North of Roswell
On a starlit night in July of 1947, something occurred in the desert between Corona and
Roswell New Mexico that came to be known as the Roswell Incident. An object fell from the sky
onto the Foster Ranch and was subsequently discovered by the ranch foreman, William “Mac”
Brazel. Mac reported his discovery to Sheriff Wilcox who called the near by Army Air Field and
reported the incident.
On July 8, The RAAF issued a news release that they had recovered a flying disc that had
crashed on a ranch near Roswell New Mexico. Within a matter of hours, it was all over the
country that the Air Force had captured a flying saucer. The word was that they also had
recovered alien bodies. A few days later The RAAF retracted their statement and The Eighth
Air Force in Fort Worth issued a subsequent news release stating that there was no flying disc
and that the recovered material was from a top-secret weather balloon. Mac Brazel in turn gave
the press a statement that dismissed the weather balloon theory, stating that he had retrieved
many weather balloons from the ranch in the past. He was quoted in the Roswell Daily Record as
saying “I am sure what I found was not any weather observation balloon”
A flurry of newspaper articles followed from around the country. The Sacramento Bee ran
the headline, “Army reveals it has flying disc found on ranch in New Mexico.”
“Experts” and locals alike were interviewed at length, each with conflicting opinions. There
were also numerous reports of military cover ups with accusations as far reaching as the white
house. There are many that believe a space ship was indeed recovered along with the bodies of
aliens and taken to a top-secret location known as “Area 57”.
In the 1990’s the air force issued reports that they claimed accounted for the debris found
and for the reports of recovered alien bodies. The reports identified the debris as coming from a
top-secret government experiment called Project Mogul, which involved balloons carrying
microphones and radio transmitters. The supposed purpose of this equipment was to monitor
nuclear tests by the Russians. They claimed that some of the reports of recovered aliens resulted
from misidentified military experiments using anthropomorphic dummies. Others were
reportedly misidentified human bodies from military accidents.
The first book on the subject “The Roswell Incident” by Charles Berlitz and William L.
Moore was published in 1980. Since then there have been articles, books and television specials
too numerous to mention. Many of these publications and programs allude to a government
During the time leading up to the incident and for a period after, there were numerous reports
of lights in the skies over the desert. Some of these sightings appeared to be from credible
sources, while others were obvious hokum.
Even among UFO proponents, the Roswell incident stirs controversy. Theories about the