Nothing Disappears Without a Trace

- by Don Ecsedy, February 5, 2014

My reading of the press release and the noon announcement can be debated, but Pearce’s comment has to be accounted for in any controversion of my reading.

The text of Pearce’s article can be found on David Rudiak’s excellent Roswell website:

SF Examiner July 9, 1947

I have not yet seen a photocopy of the newspaper page, which I want for the Foreshadower files, but I have not found any errors on Dr Rudiak’s website, except a typo or two, so I trust his accuracy.

The Pearce article is a commonly cited in Roswell books, articles, webpages, blogs, and forums by Roswell advocates. What interests them is the evidence that General Ramey already had the weather balloon and rawin story hours before Major Marcel arrived with his packages or WO Newton identified their contents. And that is true and it is important, but no one I’ve read has noted the “sober announcement”.

But to accept that Ramey’s Ft Worth “press conference” was an official hoax…a lie, should lead one to question the veracity of the entire commonly accepted Roswell narrative, which is as much a product of the AAF as is the big reveal in Ramey’s office at Ft Worth; all the elements of the narrative are inseparable and can be sourced to the AAF.

By the accepted narrative I mean the Brazel to Wilcox to Marcel story, Wilcox’s comments, the Brazel ‘interview’, and the Ft Worth reveal. This narrative was transmitted via the wire services, Associated Press and United Press. Within these accounts are texts that do not fit into the accepted narrative, and there are also texts from outside it, such as Pearce’s article. That is what I mean by “traces”.

Here’s one. On July 9, 1947, under the headline: “Army Navy Try To Halt Flying Saucer Rumors — by United Press”, the account refers to flying saucer reward claimants, hoaxes, and the Ft Worth reveal, several military sightings, and Admiral Blandy’s opinion, the last paragraph reads:

“There were other diehards. Not all the principals were satisfied with the announcement that the wreckage found on the New Mexico ranch was that of a weather balloon.”

Are those “principals” (in the plural) among those I called ‘actors”? Would that be Brazel and Wilcox? Haut and Marcel? Blanchard and Ramey? One principal may have been Major Marcel, who, in 1947, provided several traces.

The Press Release

The “press release” has this:

“The many rumors regarding the flying disc became a reality yesterday when the…[RAAF]…was fortunate enough to gain possession of a disc”

The Roswell Daily Record under the headline RAAF Captures Flying Saucer On Ranch In Roswell Region, and the subhead No Details Of Flying Disk Are Revealed, has a “noon announcement”:

“The intelligence office of the 509th Bombardment group at Roswell Army Air Field announced at noon today, that the field has come into possession of a flying saucer.”

For a long time I thought the RDR story was just newspaper hyperbole, but it was becoming obvious to me that the RDR was not reporting the press release. There were too many differences and omissions. Plus, in none of its stories did the paper refer to a press release or a Lt Haut (or ‘Haught”). Also there is no evidence anyone at the RDR confirmed that Haut had delivered a press release to the paper.

Here is Haut’s account of the delivery, beginning at 1 hour 2 minutes in:

Video Interview, July 1990

As you will hear, the Roswell media were not excited by the press release, which requires, I think, some explanation in consideration that the media in the rest of the world got excited. In fact, George Walsh (KSWS), Frank Joyce (KGFL), and Art McQuiddy (Roswell Morning Dispatch) all expressed far more emotion in their accounts than Haut’s allows. The answer is that they already knew the story and that story was the noon announcement which the Daily Record has preserved. The “announcement” was likely George Walsh’s bulletin on KSWS (and likely Frank Joyce made one, as well) based on Haut’s phone call to him (Joyce also said Haut called him).

The press release appears to be a response to the noon announcement. It says the RAAF has a disc which is the reality of the rumors about a flying disc. The UP telex has it in quotation marks “DIS” [sic] indicating, I think, it is a ‘mention’, not a ‘use’ (an autograph copy of the press release may have the RAAF’s disk in quotation marks). So, the press release does not say the RAAF had possession of, or had captured, the rumored flying disc, or any flying disc or flying saucer. It says the RAAF has the “disc” that is in reality what was rumored to be a flying disc. And by that we know they meant a bleepin’ weather balloon and radar target.

So, how did the national press, the wire services get the idea that the RAAF had a flying saucer in its possession? Were there national media reporters in Roswell who heard the noon announcement, or did George Walsh put the noon announcement — Haut’s phone call to him — on the wires? What about John McBoyle?

There is a 1947 trace of the noon announcement outside of Roswell town. It can be found in the July 9, 1947, San Francisco Examiner article by Dick Pearce:

“The first sober announcement of the discovery was made by the Roswell, N. Mex., Army Air Field. It said definitely that “the many rumors regarding the flying disc became a reality yesterday,” and went on to declare that the disc had been found on a ranch near Roswell.”

Mr. Pearce refers to the canonical press release as “the first sober announcement”, which I think surely means there was a previous announcement that was not “sober”, and I think an “announcement” that the RAAF had captured a flying saucer would fit the bill.