1947’s ‘Dispatch’ offers another look at the UFO incident

ROSWELL, NM (AP) — The Roswell incident has been one of the most studied and debated mysteries in the history of the UFO phenomenon, and among the most enduring.

Barring a major reveal by July, Roswell will mark the 75th anniversary of the alleged 1947 UFO crash with the debate over what happened here far from settled.

It’s not for lack of digging. For decades, journalists, authors, documentary film crews and others fascinated by the incident have uncovered and made public countless information and artifacts from that time.

Along the way, they drew attention to many bits of Roswell history, such as the July 1947 front pages of the Roswell Daily Record which recorded initial reports of the incident as well as a follow-up version. events presented by the military that some now consider one of the greatest cover-ups in history.

The intensity of attention paid to the Roswell incident over three quarters of a century has led some to argue that most contemporary records have already been examined. But a newly unearthed piece of local history provides an interesting companion to those iconic 1947 titles audiences have become familiar with – while adding even more pages to an ever-growing historical record.

The Roswell Morning Dispatch, a long-defunct sister newspaper to the Roswell Daily Record, was published in the morning from 1928 to 1950. The Dispatch covered the news of the day, and as such contained July 1947 accounts of events ongoing related to the alleged recovery of a crashed “Flying Disk” outside of Roswell, as well as the military’s explanation of what happened.

His historical headlines were discovered among archived editions of the newspaper, the Daily Record reported.

Interesting for UFO research enthusiasts: The July 9, 1947 headline in the Morning Dispatch read, “Army Debunks Roswell Flying Disc as World Excitedly Simmers”, followed by a caption with a a familiar claim that would help fuel future accusations of a cover-up: “Officers say the disk is a weather balloon.” A sidebar depicts then-Sheriff George Wilcox fielding calls from media around the world as reporters sought information on what came to be known as the Roswell incident.

Nick Pope, who investigated UFOs for the UK Ministry of Defence, said the discovery of the ancient titles was of significance to researchers and others interested in the phenomenon.

“It’s a fascinating piece of history that time forgot,” said Pope. “It just shows that 75 years after the Roswell incident, there are still discoveries to be made in the archives.”

He added: “Any historian will tell you that going back to the original sources is priceless when it comes to gaining insight into what happened and how those involved reacted and perceived the things, and what the feeling was in the local community.

“This is just an incredible glimpse of Roswell in 1947 – which was ground zero for this mystery that still endures to this day.”

Barbara Beck, editor of the Roswell Daily Record, said spotlighting a new resource for researchers is something the journal staff are excited about. “It took more than 70 years for the Roswell Morning Dispatch with its unique articles and titles to be discovered by going through our newspaper archives,” she said. “The Dispatch was originally owned by my family and it’s very exciting that we now have a new primary resource to better understand New Mexico’s history and its undiscovered stories.”

The Roswell Daily Record headlines related to the 1947 UFO incident have, for some time, been a federally registered trademark. Beck added that the Roswell Morning Dispatch accounts were also copyrighted, meaning they cannot be reproduced without permission.

There is a lot to discover in the archives. A look at the Dispatch archives recalls, for example, just how much of a public fascination with UFOs had taken hold here and across the country at that time. The Roswell incident is one of four UFO-related stories that appear right on the front page of the Morning Dispatch of July 9, 1947. The other items: “Carrizozo Man Sees Flying Disk”, “Joe Massey Spots Disk Over Roswell” and an image of an unknown object in the sky over Seattle, Washington, with a caption that asks the question, “Is this a flying disc?” ?”

Further research in the archives revealed numerous other mentions of sightings.

Readers may also notice that Dispatch’s homepage contains sample language that reflects the less culturally sensitive periods in which the newspaper was published. The management of The Daily Record thought it was important to present the public with the front page of the archive, a piece of local history, unaltered or altered.

Pope, who will travel to Roswell in July to participate in the Daily Record’s Roswell Incident event, part of the city’s UFO festival, said he hopes the discovery of old Dispatch titles will remind people that documents history might still be there, waiting to be discovered. . Such a discovery could, as the long-awaited 75th anniversary of the incident approaches, help shed new light on what happened in 1947.

“The fact that Roswell will once again be the center of global attention is almost like…kind of a last chance to maybe solve the mystery, one way or another, for good,” he said. -he declares.

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