For those who are interested, History’s Project Blue Book returns on Tuesday, January 21. Normally, I wouldn’t bother with this but I have seen one of the trailers and I have some other information about the show that I thought I would mention.
First, however, let me say that those who visit here regularly know that I was something of a fan of the show. I pointed out, repeatedly, that I viewed it as science fiction rather than science fact and the claim that it was based on the Project Blue Book files was stretching things quite a bit.
What caught my attention in the latest trailer was a mention of Roswell. Roswell, of course, refers to the UFO crash, something that Project Blue Book ignored… or, if you wish to be totally accurate, Project Sign ignored. For those who aren’t immersed in the history of the Air Force UFO projects, Sign was first, followed by Grudge and then Blue Book. Roswell happened five years before Grudge evolved into Blue Book.
Make no mistake here. These projects weren’t separate entities. Sign became Grudge which became Blue Book. All the files collected by Sign eventually ended up in Blue Book… or I suppose, more accurately, the files stayed in place and only the name was changed to hide the truth.
Having spent years reading the Sign/Grudge/Blue Book files, and having looked, specifically, for anything related to Roswell, I can say without fear of contradiction, there is nothing there about Roswell in the files. The only mention of the case is in a newspaper clipping that is part of another sighting report. In third paragraph of that story is the claim that the officers in Roswell had been issued a blistering rebuke for the press release about “capturing” a flying saucer. Walter Haut told me, repeatedly, that there had been no rebuke.
And that’s it. Nothing else.
Other, similar cases, meaning those that contain information about flying saucer crashes, are there. Shreveport, Louisiana, (July 7, 1947) has a file about the hoax in which a small, saucer-shaped object supposedly crashed onto a street. It was recovered. J. Edgar Hoover was annoyed that the “Army grabbed it” before his FBI could get there. There is no doubt that this was a hoax.
Black River Falls, Wisconsin (July 11, 1947) was reported to Sign. It was another small disk, weighing something like a pound and a half. This too, was a hoax. This
too, has a case file.
|Jesse Marcel, Sr.|
The point is that Roswell was national news at the time. Even if a solution was offered within three hours of the information hitting the wires, it was still a big story. In those others, it was civilians who found the objects, but in Roswell, the recovery was made by military personnel including a member of the counterintelligence corps (Sheridan Cavitt) and the 509th’s air intelligence officer (Jesse Marcel, Sr.). But there was no case file… and I find that a bit strange.
The point here, however, is that Project Blue Book (Sign) never investigated the case and there is no evidence that Roswell was even discussed by those assigned to the project. Without seeing the episode, I have to say this. “The only thing about the episode that is true is that there was a Project Blue Book and Dr. J. Allen Hynek was the scientific consultant. Everything else will probably come from the imagination of the writers, producers and those others involved in making the show.”
I fear this will inject more nonsense into the Roswell case and the last thing that serious research needs is more nonsense.