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08:31:13 - 10:05:13
08:31:13 -- PICTURES OF THE WEEK: From Labor Day Weekend, 1964, top, seven images from the declassified files of Project Blue Book concerning a physical trace incident in Glassboro, New Jersey; middle, NICAP UFO Investigator report on the incident from its September-October, 1964 issue; followed by (again, from the files of Project Blue Book) December, 1964 Saucer News examination of the incident and a January, 1965 news clipping. More on the Glassboro case can be found in an April, 2013 entry at Dr. Michael Swords' "The Big Study" blog
here, as well as in a contemporaneous 1964 report entitled "Glassboro UFO Investigations" by the Frankford High School Science Research Club UFO Investigation Team -- just added to the Saturday Night Uforia Library.
09:07:13 -- PICTURE OF THE WEEK: A Northrop B-35 "flying wing" experimental heavy bomber on the tarmac in Los Angeles in 1946. A total of nine flying wing aircraft were produced over the next five years, including two jet-powered versions designated B-49s. Originally conceived in 1941 for use in World War II as a conventional bomber, the program was cancelled by the Air Force in 1952 in favor of the Boeing B-52, which came with a nuclear capability. Notwithstanding its real-life conventional weapon limitation, it was a Northrop B-49 flying wing which dropped the atomic bomb on the Martian invaders in 1953's film classic War of the Worlds.
09:14:13 -- PICTURES OF THE WEEK: From January, 1950, Life Magazine photos of set construction and a scene from Destination Moon, the first Hollywood film to present a scientifically-based story of space travel. The film represented another first as well, with the use of a specially-commissioned Woody Woodpecker cartoon within the film to explain the difficulties of space travel -- purportedly for the erudition of a gathering of industrialists but in reality for the education of movie goers. The same technique would be used in Steven Spielburg's Jurassic Park, with a cartoon used to educate the audience on cloning.
09:21:14 and 09:28:14 -- PICTURES OF THE WEEK: From April Fools' Day, 1950, pictures of "captured" aliens published in German publications. Top and middle, story in the German weekly Cologne Neue Illustrierte. Bottom, picture published in the German newspaper Wiesbadener Tagblatt. The Cologne Neue Illustrierte story told of a diminutive alien caught in Arizona. The strange writing, when held to a mirror, read (according to Google translate) "The earth does not like us. We want to go home." The small alien in the picture published in Wiesbadener Tagblatt was the photographer's young son after airbrushing. His American escorts are genuine members of the United States military police stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany, who agreed to participate in the April Fools' Day prank. The author of the accompanying story said it had been inspired by the tale of Ray Dimmick, who a month earlier garnered publicity with his tale of a crashed saucer in Mexico piloted by a two-foot tall alien who had not survived the crash. Both pictures later made it into and were portrayed by various publications as genuine pictures of captured aliens.
10:05:13 -- PICTURE OF THE WEEK: Cover illustration by noted artist Ugo Matania for the July 1, 1950 edition of Italy's "Il Romanzo per Tutti" (Romance for All) magazine. The illustration was for the magazine's main feature that month, the Italian translation of Bernard Newman's science fiction book, "The Flying Saucer". Published in 1948 in England, the novel tells the story of a small group who hatch a plan to stage flying saucer crashes to force the world's nations to come together against a common foe. One of the group -- a scientist -- invents a rocket-propelled saucer of a virtually indectructable material. Inside the crashed saucers are strange alien writing and even the remains of an alien made from parts of animal carcasses. Crash sites are carefully chosen to include the USSR, England and in the New Mexican desert of the United States. The book was first published in the United States in 1950.
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