What’s with the National Atomic Testing Museum? Carl Sagan would be “proud”?

Remember this story promising “Military Secrets Revealed”?

The National Atomic Testing Museum ran a special lecture on Saturday featuring several former military personnel.

Well, here is was Monday and no one seemed to be reporting on the event. Where were the big secrets?

A heads up from @anomalistnews revealed this twitter feed.

I’m not finding info on their website but this does seem to be a sheer publicity event. The lecture will be available soon. So what was said. I keep looking for stuff but nothing comes up.

Is the museum pandering to UFO hype to draw in the visitors and make some sales? I don’t know. There are still no answers as to what this was about, what was revealed. But I received this tweet:

Really? Carl Sagan would have been proud of THAT? A HUFF PO REPORTER?

I am currently appalled at this. I await an explanation…

Please: If you find further information, please post in comments below. Skeptical inquiring minds want to know.

  4 comments for “What’s with the National Atomic Testing Museum? Carl Sagan would be “proud”?

  1. September 24, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Thank you for this.

    I got no reply back from the NATM. I asked them to explain, but it was a tweet so I didn’t actually expect any. I still feel this was irresponsible and a publicity stunt that Dr. Sagan WOULD NOT have approved of. At all.

  2. John Stewart
    September 29, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    I asked a Smithsonian employee (friend) about the fact that the museum’s website uses the phrase “In Association With The Smithsonian Institution” (yes, with all those caps) in its banner, and he said, “That’s the first that I’ve heard of it. Regardless, hundreds of museums across the country are associated with the Smithsonian by being part of the Smithsonian Affliates network.”

    So I checked out the site for Smithsonian Affiliations and read the overview page: https://affiliations.si.edu/DetailPage.Asp?MenuID=44

    I also read the policy page https://affiliations.si.edu/DetailPage.Asp?MenuID=21 which mentions “the Smithsonian’s reputation” five times, though in one instance the apostrophe S appears to have been omitted as a typographical error. I would say that this press conference does, in fact, diminish the Smithsonian’s reputation.

    Also, after having looked at just a few pages, I would say that the purpose of the program is to lend artifacts for exhibits, so the general use of the tagline permitted in paragraph 10 is not what was envisioned.

  3. September 29, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    That is very interesting.

    People give credence to such affiliations. (Reminds me of the Paranormal Research Society and their “affiliation” with Penn State – a BIG no-no.)

    But, since this facility is not doing what appears to be such a great job of upholding professional standards, it isn’t helping the Smithsonian any (except maybe making them look “hip”).

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