|Roswell Daily Record, July 8, 1947, announcing the 'capture' of a 'flying saucer.'|
As it turned out, CG Ramey wasn't entirely forthcoming with his explanation - the crashed device wasn't a weather balloon, it was a device that had been used in nuclear test monitoring. Apparently the military did not want to disclose that bit of info. The Roswell flying disc story faded into obscurity until Stanton Friedman resurrected it in 1978. But that wasn't the end of the flying disc story - it would become a phenomenal part of 1950s culture. And strangely, one man would be there at every step.
|FATE Vol.1 Num.1 (1948)|
|The Ether Ship Mystery and its Solution (1950)|
|The Flying Saucers Are Real (1950)|
|Behind The Flying Saucers (1950)|
|The Riddle of the Flying Saucers: is another World watching? (1950)|
|Flying Saucers from outer space (1953)|
|Fate Magazine (1953)|
|WEIRD SCIENCE-FANTASY #26 (Dec. 1954)|
|Aboard A Flying Saucer (1954)|
|Space, Gravity & The Flying Saucer (1955)|
|Flying Saucer From Mars (1955)|
|They Knew Too Much About Flying Saucers (1956)|
|Flying Saucers Fact Or Fiction? (1957)|
Amazing Stories (October 1957)
|Flying Saucer Pilgrimage (1957)|
You'll notice that the cover features a craft with quite a different design than the saucer-like design so popular on the other covers. This shape had been used to describe the strange craft by some witnesses for years. This harkens back to Layne's The Ether Ship Mystery in 1950. The idea of the 'flying saucer' was now being transformed - the golden age of the 'saucerian' was fading away.
Another interesting aspect to this is that the Reeve's book was published by Amherst Press - a Ray Palmer publishing house. The same Ray Palmer mentioned at the top of this post. The same Ray Palmer who published Kenneth Arnold's account in FATE magazine in 1947. The same Ray Palmer who published this issue of Flying Saucers in the same year as the Reeve's book - 1957:
|Flying Saucers (1957)|
|Flying Saucers and the U.S.Air Force (1960)|
The official Air Force story was published in 1960. It was the beginning of a new decade and a new approach to strange sky craft. They would commonly be referred to as Unidentified Flying Objects - UFOs. In a strange sort of way, we come full circle. In 1950 Meade Layne emphasized the diversity of the mysterious sky craft. He also presented the idea that the visitors weren't from 'outer space', but more probably from the space we consider empty - but it's not - 'etheric' space. It all would take a more meta-physical turn.
|Flying Saucers (Nov 1963)|
One of Ray Palmer's pet projects was Flying Saucers magazine first published in 1957 as Flying Saucers from Other Worlds. It's sort of fitting to end this Flying Saucer post with another of Mr. Palmer's interesting links. The above issue of Palmer's Flying Saucers features an article written by a 16-year-old named Gregory Swofford of Milwaukee, Wisconsin - The Swofford UFO Detector. In that article the young Swofford coined a new term, 'ufology.' Palmer, 'the man who invented the Flying Saucer', managed to associate his name into the new era of UFOs. Kind of remarkable.
So, we leave this subject with a little update. The scorpion-like object in the photo below was sent to the UFO Global Reporting Center by an individual named Jamie O'Rourke. O'Rourke reported that he saw this object in the sky over Los Cristianos, Spain on Saturday, August 21, 2011. The sky craft may have changed, but the commentary between skeptics and believers hasn't.