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In spite of all the growing hoopla, he said, “Everybody should be concerned, but I don’t think it’s anything for people to get hysterical about.”

Sunday, June 29, 1947

San Diego Union: “Those Discs Just Beer Bottle Caps.” Ray Taro of Everett, Washington, claimed to have solved the mystery. The bright, swiftly moving lights weren’t reflections from distant planes or fragments of meteors or “the migraine condition of certain people. It’s me — my foundry — that’s responsible.”

Taro’s ironworks boiled down bottle caps for alloying metal. The cork on the inside burns, and the steel melts, he said, but each bottle cap has a little aluminum disk under the cork that doesn’t melt. So, during melting periods, he would blow “hundreds of thousands of them” from his 40-foot-high stacks.

“Big blowers attached to my furnaces…send the little disks hundreds of feet into the air, and they’re carried away by air currents.”

And that, said Taro, is what “Ken ‘Saucer’ Arnold saw.”

Next time: Sightings Everywhere

QUOTATIONS

  1. 1. Kenneth Arnold (to Edward R. Murrow): “I never could understand at the time why the world got so upset about nine disks, as these things didn’t seem to be a menace. I believed that they had something to do with our Army and Air Force.”
  2. 2. Ted Bloecher: “To many it must have come as a relief to read of Kenneth Arnold’s sighting, and to discover that they had not taken leave of their senses.”
  3. 3. Kevin P. Randle: “Once the first of the sightings enters into the public arena, then there are those who come forward with their tales, many of which are hoaxes.”

QUOTATIONS

  1. Kenneth Arnold (to Edward R. Murrow): “I never could understand at the time why the world got so upset about nine disks, as these things didn’t seem to be a menace. I believed that they had something to do with our Army and Air Force.”
  2. Ted Bloecher: “To many it must have come as a relief to read of Kenneth Arnold’s sighting, and to discover that they had not taken leave of their senses.”
  3. Kevin P. Randle: “Once the first of the sightings enters into the public arena, then there are those who come forward with their tales, many of which are hoaxes.”

SOURCES:

Arnold, Kenneth, “Interview with Edward R. Murrow,” broadcast April 7, 1950; “How It All Began,” in Fuller, Curtis G., Proceedings of the First International UFO Congress, 1980; The Coming of the Saucers, Amherst, 1952; “I Did See the Flying Discs,” FATE Magazine, Spring, 1948.

Berliner, Don, UFO Briefing Document, New York, 1995.

Bloecher, Ted, Report of the UFO Wave of 1947, NICAP, 1967.

Keyhoe, Donald, Flying Saucers Are Real, New York, 1950.

Project 1947, “UFO Reports, 1947,” project1947.com.

Randle, Kevin P., “A Different Perspective: June 24, 1947, the Arnold Sighting,” kevinrandle.blogspot.com.

Vallee, Jacques, UFO’s in Space: Anatomy of a Phenomenon, New York, 1965.

Articles in the San Diego Union, the San Diego Tribune-Sun, and other newspapers.

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Skookumbaya Sept. 19, 2013 @ 2:55 p.m.

http://www.best-story.net/story/204/Most-Important-UFO-Incidents-in-History/

Check out the painting for #2 in the above site. Probably comes closer to depicting what Arnold saw that day. (Clearly bottlecaps, right? haha!)

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