65 years ago this week flying saucer mania began

Perhaps not many people know what sparked the flying saucer frenzy 65 years ago. The iconic shape is still reportedly seen today.

UFO frenzy was sparked here 65 years ago

In the summer of 1947 – 65 years ago this week – Seattle had UFO fever, sparked in part by a headline on the front page of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

On June 26, 1941, the P-I ran an Associated Press story from Pendleton, Ore., telling the story of pilot Kenneth Arnold seeing “nine bright, saucer-like objects flying at incredible speed at 10,000 feet altitude.”

Arnold, a U.S. Forest Service employee, reported seeing the discs weaving in and out of formation between Mount Rainier and Mount Adams. If one dipped, Arnold said, the others did, too.

“It seems impossible,” he told a reporter, “but there it is.” His account generated worldwide publicity and launched the flying-saucer frenzy – helped by the P-I headline, “Mystery Discs Hurtling in Sky.” Rewards were offered for evidence. A pastor said “flying saucers “signaled the end of the world. A man found bleeding from the head claimed he was hit by a flying disk.

That summer, a group of witnesses in Seattle met with P-I editors to argue that they could not all be crazy. The paper’s files filled with the names of hundreds of citizens reporting saucer incidents. Within two months, the P-I ran at least 50 separate stories on flying disks.

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UFOs and flying saucers are definitely iconic image in America. They are an important part of our media and folklore and permeate our ideas about space, history, nature and government. We are fascinated by them.

Celebrate UFO culture with World UFO day on July 2, 2012 – dedicated to the existence of Udentified Flying Objects.

Why? Well this:

On [sic] of the first and foremost reasons is to raise awareness about the undoubted existence of UFO’s and with that intelligent beings from outer space.

Also this day is used to encourage governments to unclassify their knowledge about sightings throughout the history. Many governments, the US government for instance, are believed to have gained exclusive information about UFO’s through their military departments. A subject that still raises a lot of curiosity is the Roswell incident in 1947 when a believed UFO crashed in Roswell New Mexico.

Hmm. I doubt it. So it’s not undoubted. They must live on another world than me because I am not convinced intelligent beings from outer space are around these parts. Roswell? Really? Oh, my.

On second thought. Stay down to earth and have a look at these sources of interesting info:

UFO Skeptics page
Dr. David Clarke page
Bad Astronomy

  4 comments for “65 years ago this week flying saucer mania began

  1. June 28, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Do aliens freak out when they discover that their saucer is rife with paranormal activiity?

    And do they talk about space cryptids?

    Enquiring minds want to know.

  2. June 28, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    I still have a hard time believing I’m the only that has suggested that 65 is a good time for flying saucers to retire.

  3. Moose McNuggets
    June 28, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Psst: It was Ringo!

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