I am sitting
here staring in utter amazement at what well may be the
very first pictures available of 3-D symbols and
"writings" by extraterrestrial beings.
With the aid of a digital super-enlargement of
sections of a photograph I took of pieces of the Roswell
UFO crash in the office of General Roger M. Ramey, 8th
Air Force Commander, more than a half century ago -- late
in the afternoon of July 8, 1947, to be exact --
heretofore concealed details of the wreckage seriously
question terrestrial origin.
This digital enlargement was provided
by Ronald S. Regehr, associate director, MUFON of Orange
County, longtime UFO serious investigator and researcher
and a space and satellite engineer. He had made the
digital enlargement using latest technology directly from
new enlargements obtained from the original negatives of
the photos, now housed in the Special Collections Section
of the Main Library at the University of Texas at
Nothing has prepared me to begin to try
to read these strange symbols that are displayed
prominently all along some of the beams in my photos of
General Ramey, his chief of staff, Colonel Thomas J.
Dubose, and an intelligence officer, Major Jesse Marcel,
Sr. -- all photographed examining pieces of the wreckage
of the officially announced flying saucer
"captured" near Roswell, New Mexico.
It is most impressive that aided by
this advanced digital technology we finally have the
capacity to enlarge details of the wreckage to see
clearly what is indeed some kind of "writings"
that do not appear to be any known writings by any earth
residents. What is even more impressive is that the
symbols are displayed in bas-relief and certainly do not
appear to be any kind of known printing.
And as has been pointed out, the new
enlargements also seem to identify several kinds of
anomalous materials which were not even available on
earth in 1947.
But, then I reach a sobering thought:
did I in fact miss out on the most dramatic and
sensational story of my early career as a newspaper
reporter? Could the pressure of the moment to get quickly
posed pictures of the debris taken, processed and
distributed to a waiting world have caused me to not
fully examine the pieces of anomalous debris that I held
in my hand? Did I overlook that here, indeed, was
conclusive evidence of an extraterrestrial spacecraft
that had arrived on earth from somewhere beyond the
The Roswell Incident often has been
dubbed "the story of the century!" And these
new dramatic revelations certainly have raised many more
questions than they have answered.
The sudden announcement a short time
after the photo session by General Ramey -- upon orders
from his bosses in Washington, DC -- that this debris was
but a "weather balloon and radar target"
certainly makes good sense.
And the fact that no other member of
the media or public ever has been permitted to examine or
even view the debris also is understandable. It
undoubtedly was only through a fluke that I got to see,
arrange and photograph the wreckage -- and pose the
military brass while examining it.
For weeks the whole world had been
watching for flying saucers as reports of sightings were
being received daily from many parts of the country. And
now, finally, the Air Corps announced that it had
"captured" one of the objects and was flying it
to Fort Worth for personal examination by General Ramey.
I was given the wire service
"flash" announcement of this rapidly developing
story by my city editor and I headed for the air base.
Upon arrival at Ramey's office, I
learned that the general was out but expected to return
momentarily. The debris, transported from Roswell in a
series of "meat wrapper" paper covered
packages, had been deposited on the carpet in the
general's office. Just one package was opened partially.
Some packages, still sealed, were scattered around the
While Colonel Dubose went out to look
for the general, I was left alone in the general's rather
spacious office. This gave me an opportunity to further
unpack and to "pose" some of the pieces of
wreckage. I well recall how frustrated I was at the
burned and smelly debris and how little opportunity this
would permit for a good news photograph.
When the General entered the room I
handed him the "flash" announcement printed
from the news wires. He read it with interest.
I then took a couple of shots him,
still wearing his hat in his office, examining the debris
with the "flash" announcement held in his hand.
Then I asked his chief of staff, Colonel Dubose, to join
him for a couple of more poses. I was desperate to get
that "good shot" that every photographer dreams
of but could think of no very dramatic way to portray a
crashed "flying saucer."
I remember wondering if my single
peanut flash would even show sufficient detail in
shooting the darkened material. But there was no time to
set up a "slave" flash, which would have
enhanced the lighting.
While shooting the general I asked him
what all this material was.
He shrugged and answered something like: "Damned if I
know." But there was no effort by anyone to avoid
posing with the debris. Then I grabbed a couple of shots of Major Marcel, who had gathered up the UFO wreckage pieces at the crash site
near Roswell and then had first brought them to his
commanding officer at the Roswell air base and then on
direct orders of the general couriered them on to Fort
I was off to the Star-Telegram to develop and print the
shots. But before time permitted transmitting the
photos by wire photo to the waiting world,
General Ramey went on the radio to announce that
the earlier official announcement was in error
and that this was only a "weather balloon
and target device.".
is suddenly no longer a mystery why Ramey would
have issued the so-called "cover up"
announcement soon after I left his office. If at
the time of the photo shoot it already had been
determined that this was for certain a "far
out" craft, the general would dared not have
tried to pass off such a ruse since I could well
have noticed the strange "writings" and
anomalous materials and confronted him with them.
So, only after my departure and
after the debris was now safely hidden from all
the world could such an announcement have been
made with safety.
With a half century of
speculation and folklore preceding this stunning
revelation, I now believe that I was just lucky.
I was ahead of the story. The general and his
staff simply had not had sufficient time to
examine and evaluate the wreckage. As Dubose
later told a reporter, at that time "we just
didn't know what we had."
Perhaps these most unlikely
events that permitted a 21-year-old news reporter
to take a few pictures with his brand-new Speed
Graphic camera in 1947 may finally help to unlock
the secrets of the Roswell UFO mystery.
New super enlargements will be
available for viewing at the Main Library of the
University of Texas at Arlington beginning this
Sun, 31 May 1998 17:28:54 -0400 (EDT)