As the Roswell investigation spreads, we come upon some strange information. I was told, not all that long ago, that the negatives of Ramey, Ramey and DuBose, and Jesse Marcel, in the Special Collections at the University of Texas – Arlington, had been sold. It was suggested that someone at Microsoft had bought the negatives but to make it worse, those negatives were now gone. They had been lost.
This was big news because it is on one of the negatives of Ramey and DuBose that the message clutched in Ramey’s hand could be seen and partially read. Over the years, as technology improves, those negatives were scanned again and again, attempting to get a better and clearer image. Who knows what the current technology might reveal, or what new technology might find when applied? If the negatives are gone, leaving us with only prints of the pictures, then the original source, and therefore the best source, would be lost.
The conspiracy implications were evident. If someone had bought the negatives and then “lost” them, there would be no additional information found. It could be suggested that someone, afraid of what might appear as our technology improved, made the pictures, disappear. The government at work.
I sent a letter to the Special Collections, giving them the various codings used there, along with the title of the pictures, asking about them. I was sent a quick email saying that they weren’t sure which pictures I wanted, but did send small prints and a price list. These were the pictures in question, and I thought I had the information.
But, thinking about it, I realized that they could make scans from the photographs. I do it all the time, and see little in the degradation of the original. We all have scanners that do that sort of thing and those scanners of professional quality certainly would be better than the one I have.
So, I sent an email and asked specifically. Are the negatives there at the University of Texas?
I got a short reply.
“Yes, we have these negatives.”
End of story.
End of conspiracy.
I have no idea how this story started but it is untrue. So, if our technology improves to a point that we can decipher the blurs on the Ramey Memo, we might have an answer to what it says. At least the potential for universal acceptance of what the memo says is still there. No one bought and then lost the negatives.