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Air Force Denies Close Encounters of the Roswell Kind

October 2017 Roswell Article

The following, is an article I wrote for the Roswell Daily Record news paper, Roswell, New Mexico, which was published on Thursday, October 5th, 2017.

The movie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, originally released in November of 1977, has become a cult classic not only to UFO investigators like myself, but non-enthusiasts alike. Written and directed by Steven Spielberg, a self-proclaimed ufologist, the movie follows the life of an Indiana electrical lineman, Roy Neary, who had his own UFO encounter. 2017 marks the movie’s 40th anniversary with a special re-release at selected movie theaters last August, and a 40th anniversary Blu-Ray edition. Many question; as fantastic as this movie was/is, was the concept based on fiction or… non-fiction?

In July of 1947, something, which is still being debated today, crashed outside of Roswell on some remote ranch land. My investigations indicated, a rancher, his son, and his son’s friend came across debris from some type of aircraft crash while checking on their sheep after a horrific thunder storm the night before. What is debatable after all these years is, exactly what that debris was? What’s even more debatable is, the four foot tall occupants that were seen at the impact site some 17 miles from the ranchers debris site! Grey Aliens!

On July 8th 1947, Roswell Army Airfield put out a press release stating it captured a Flying Saucer on a ranch in the Roswell region. Later the press release was retracted from a Fort Worth, Texas, Army Airfield base stating it was a weather balloon. Later, as recently as 1994, the Air Force once again retracted the story, now stating the weather balloon was actually a high altitude balloon chain with special electronics that could detect nuclear-test blasts from foreign countries. Even later in June of 1997, the Air Force came out once again stating, the bodies that were seen at the alleged crash site were six feet tall test dummies being thrown out of airplanes. However these test dummies weren’t actually used in New Mexico until 1953, so if any type of humanoids lying on the desert floor were observed, it wasn’t in 1947, the Air Force claimed, it was really 1953. So basically the Air Force said the observers must have their dates wrong. Hmm…

Or… Maybe there was a time-phase-slip phenomenon that caused test dummies that were thrown out of airplanes in 1953 to travel back in time to 1947, lose about 3 feet in height, thus resembling four foot, four finger creatures with large heads and elongated eyes, which some people actually saw! Hey, that could happen… Yeah, maybe in the movies.

Speaking of movies, back to “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” The movie title was derived from UFO researcher, J. Allen Hynek’s 1972 book, “The UFO Experience.” Part two of the book, “The Data and the Problem”, discussed six different types of UFO encounters which include; Nocturnal Lights, UFO’s Seen in the Daytime, Radar-Visual UFO Reports, and finally, Close Encounters of the First, Second, and Third Kind.

J. Allen Hynek, was a professor of astronomy at Ohio State University and served as the astronomical consultant to the Air Force’s UFO research projects; Project Sign (1947-1949), Project Grudge (1949-1952) and Project Blue Book (1952-1969). His major role for the Air Force was to debunk the UFO reports he investigated by explaining them away as some type of natural phenomenon like Venus or even the mythical, swamp gas scenario. Through all the years and sighting reports he investigated, Dr. Hynek turned from a skeptic and debunker to a believer. As a result, his Air Force contract was canceled and he ultimately started “CUFOS”, the Center for UFO Studies.

His book, “The UFO Experience,” categorized Close Encounters of the “First Kind” as very brilliant light or lights that are close to the observers less than 500 feet away. The “Second Kind” entails a UFO- type craft that leaves a visible record of its visit or encounter with human observers. The “Third Kind” is when the presence of animated creatures are reported. Animated creatures in this case refer to humanoid creatures or robots, as opposed to creatures that are computer generated.

Now the movie itself goes beyond “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” into “Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind,” which is an expansion on Dr. Hynek’s scale by his good friend and fellow UFO researcher, Jacques Vallee. Now known as the Vallee Classification, which many mainstream UFO organizations follow, “The Fourth Kind” is when the witness has been abducted or taken by the aliens. This last classification stands out very clearly at the end of the movie when human occupants are released from the mother craft. Richard Dreyfuss’s character, Roy Neary, goes into the craft by his own submission, which doesn’t follow the Vallee Classification. We’ll just have to call that, “Close Encounters of the Roy Kind.”

Most people who aren’t familiar with Ufology seem to think Steven Spielberg came up with the four foot Grey Alien design for the movie. However, research and eye witness testimony shows the little Grey Aliens seen in the movie were seen back in 1947 at Roswell. It’s possible that J. Allen Hynek, who was technical advisor for the movie, had some input on that. And the cover-ups? The movie used some type of nerve gas scenario from a train wreck, whereas with Roswell, it was the Air Force retracting multiple stories before finally claiming some people can’t tell the difference between 1947 and 1953! Either way, this year Roswell celebrated the 70th anniversary of the 1947 UFO event, and still today, relatives of eye witnesses are coming forward and fueling the fire in favor of something other than a balloon chain hitting the desert. My question is, when will the Air Force finally retract their last explanation and finally admit that people in and around Roswell really did have their own, “Close Encounters of the Roswell Kind.”

Chuck Zukowski

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Roswell Crash Still Offering New Hints 70 Years on;

2017 Roswell Incident Lecture

” The following segment is from Roswell New Mexico’s, Roswell Daily Record newspaper article pertaining to mine and my sister’s lecture at the 2017 Roswell Incident Lecture.”

Some may believe, since the Roswell crash occurred 70 years ago, that there is nothing left to uncover. But for Chuck Zukowski and Debbie Ziegelmeyer, they are still investigating the infamous Roswell incident.

Zukowski and Ziegelmeyer, siblings and field investigators, kicked off the second day of the Daily Record event, “The Roswell Incident,” Saturday with their presentation “A Behind the Scenes Investigation of the Roswell Incident.”

In their presentation, Zukowski and Ziegelmeyer recalled their various investigations on the Roswell crash spanning over a decade, as well as interviews with key eyewitnesses, including Mac Brazel’s granddaughter and Jesse Marcel Jr.
In the early 2000’s, the dynamic duo participated in archeological dig sites in an attempt to discover new evidence on the crash.

A piece of evidence they found, for example, was a horse bridle artifact. Zukowski added military officials would have gone to the crash site on horseback.
They also found a piece of metal that, they said, was not native to the Roswell area, but can still be found on Earth.

Zukowski has been involved with different categories of research and field investigations since the early ’80s, including UFOs, alien sightings, ghost investigations, Bigfoot and animal mutilations. He was featured in “The 37th Parallel,” a New York Times best-selling book written by Ben Mezrich. The book, which was released on Sept. 6, 2016, has been optioned for a movie. It is rumored that Robert Downey Jr. is interested in portraying Zukowski.

Ziegelmeyer was also featured in “The 37th Parallel.” She has many titles, including the Missouri Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) State Director, Director of the MUFON Dive Team, MUFON Star Team Investigator and MUFON Business Board of Directors. She has investigated over 1,000 UFO sighting reports, including over 700 MUFON cases and became a 1947 Roswell crash investigator in 2001.

Last year, while Zukowski and Ziegelmeyer visited Roswell while running a follow-up investigation, they both had a personal experience with a possible UFO.

On July 3, 2016, they drove in Zukowski’s truck to stargaze outside of Roswell. Zukowski saw a single bright flash of light in the sky. Thinking the flash was a meteorite, he ignored the flash and decided to show his sister his new front light bar he installed on his truck, which was activated by a remote control.
He turned on the strobe setting for the lights and, to their left in the clear sky, two very bright flashes of light appeared.

Shocked, he turned on the strobe lights again and the flashes of light soon followed. They did this numerous times and the flashes followed.
They could not think of a plausible explanation for the lights, as the sky was completely clear and they couldn’t see anything in the sky besides the stars and the Milky Way.

“The following link is the complete article which covers info on the other speakers at the convention.”

Roswell Daily Record Newspaper Article Link

 

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Roswell, It Happens Here!

The Roswell Daily Record Newspaper ran the following article I wrote to help promote the “2017 Roswell Daily Record’s Roswell Incident” festival June 30th, thru July 2nd. My sister Debbie Ziegelmeyer and I will be speaking Saturday, July 1st at 9:00am, kicking off a great day of speakers.

Roswell Daily Record Article Link

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The July 1947 event just outside of Roswell is probably the most important UFO related event in American history. First, very unusual looking debris was found near Corona, and then the military was informed, and then there was a press release, and then a retraction. If it was today, the retraction would have said, “Our bad, what our experts at Walker Army Air Field thought was a UFO, was just a dumb old weather balloon.” Talk about “Fake News! Actually it wasn’t the press that “Faked” the news, it was our military. Once they realized what they had in their possession, including the small bodies they found, it’s been 70 years of denial from them. Well, there’s no denying what the rancher saw, and there’s no denying what Jesse Marcel Jr. saw, and there’s no denying there’s a lot more to Roswell than what happened in 1947.

I’m a UFO/Paranormal Field Investigator, and I’ve been researching and investigating the 1947 Roswell incident for over 30 years. When my children were quite young, my wife Tammy and I would pile them into our motor home, and go on vacation. No matter where we went, I always figured out a route which included Roswell as one of the stops. Back in the day, there were three UFO related museums in Roswell I used to visit. I talked to people and researched material, while my wife and children waited patiently in the RV watching TV. Sometimes we would camp near Roswell, and other times I would have a four to six hour window, then it was back in the RV, driving to our next destination. Sure it was a lot of work, but it paid off, I got to meet Glenn Dennis and Walter Haut. I spent time with them listening and learning about what happened back in ’47. Then in the late 1990’s, my sister Debbie Ziegelmeyer, who is a UFO Field Investigator out of Missouri, joined my obsession with Roswell to combine forces to step-up the investigation. Tag-teaming at the International UFO Museum and Research Center, we acquired GPS coordinates to the debris site from Glenn Dennis. Now we were cooking!

With combined forces, Debbie and I started investigating the debris site. Well one thing led to another, and we landed an opportunity to do a sanctioned archeology dig in 2002 for the Syfy Channel’s documentary, “The Roswell Crash: Startling New Evidence” hosted by Bryant Gumble. Then in 2006 we were asked back again by Syfy to do another dig, this time for their show, “Syfy Investigates: The Roswell Incident.” All pretty exciting except for one thing, we found something back in 2002 on the first dig. A little triangular piece of metal reminiscent to what Jesse Marcel Jr. saw back in 1947. Here’s how we found it.

Back in the 2002 dig, it was mine and my sister’s opinion, that we were wasting way-too-much time, and digging way- too-deep, looking for artifacts from 1947. Out in the summer desert for five days, and digging holes over 100 centimeters, or 3 feet deep, volunteers started leaving. At one time, they started to revolt against the people in charge, and one of them I had to tackle before he yanked one of the head honchos out of the camera helicopter. By the way, I never got a thank you from that head honcho. Yeah I’m not revealing any names because that’s not important, what’s important was what happened afterwards. Debbie and I convinced the lead archeologist, my good friend now, Dr. Bill Doleman, to let us run our own dig for a day. It was that last dig that found the little triangular piece. We dug 1 by 3 meter strip digs only digging 8 to 10 centimeters in depth, in an area where erosion could have moved material over the years since 1947.

Debbie and I will talk about that little artifact along with what we learned at this year’s, “Roswell Daily Record’s, Roswell Incident” festival. But wait there’s more! In 2007 while lecturing at the Roswell Civic Center we were approached by Roswell resident, Robert Ridge. He showed us a very unusual rock with a crop circle design on it, which he found just outside the city. We took it upon ourselves to spend a year trying to find the origins of this rock, and debunk its very existence. With no luck debunking the rock and realizing Robert had a very significant artifact in his possession, in 2008 right in Roswell’s Civic Center, we ran a press release, christening the rock, “The Roswell Rock”. But wait, there’s even more.

Just last year in 2016, my sister and I were lecturing for the Roswell Cosmicon, and on July 3rd, late Sunday night, we decided to drive out to the area where the Roswell Rock was found. It was at that location we had our own UFO experience, and we’ll share what we saw and what we learned at our lecture in July.

So if you think the only unusual event in Roswell happened in 1947, then you’re sadly mistaken, because Roswell is still a hot spot and is being watched. The 100 dollar question is; who’s watching and why? C-ya at Roswell!

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Begginer Guide Roswell Conspiracy Theory

Begginer Guide Roswell Conspiracy Theory

The event that kick-started more than a half century of conspiracy theories surrounding unidentified flying objects (UFOs). Something did crash at Roswell, New Mexico, sometime before July 7, 1947 and – at first – the US authorities stated explicitly that this was a flying saucer or disk – as shown by the splash story on that day’s Roswell Daily Record, pictured. Numerous witnesses reported seeing metallic debris scattered over a wide area and at least one reported seeing a blazing craft crossing the sky shortly before it crashed. In recent years, witnesses have added significant new details, including claims of a large military operation dedicated to recovering alien craft and aliens themselves, at as many as 11 crash sites, and alleged witness intimidation. In 1989, former mortician Glenn Dennis claimed that he was involved in alien autopsies which were carried out at the Roswell air force base.
The conspiracy theory has been fanned by the US military repeatedly changing its story. Within hours of the army telling reporters that it had recovered a crashed saucer, senior officers insisted that the only thing that had fallen from the sky had been a weather balloon. A report by the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force released in 1995, concluded that the reported recovered material in 1947 was likely debris from a secret government program called Project Mogul, which involved high altitude balloons meant to detect sound waves generated by Soviet atom bomb tests and ballistic missiles.
A second report, released in 1997, concluded that reports of alien bodies were likely a combination of innocently transformed memories of military accidents involving injured or killed personnel, and the recovery of anthropomorphic dummies in military programs like Project High Dive conducted in the 1950s.
Since the late 1990s the debate about Roswell has polarised with several former pro-UFO researchers concluding that the craft was, indeed, part of a US military project and that it was, most likely, some sort of weather balloon. But further evidence has emerged – notably a signed affidavit by Walter Haut, the Roswell Army Air Field public affairs officer who had drafted the initial press release on July 8, 1947. Haut says in the affidavit -signed in 2002 – that he saw alien corpses and a craft and that he had been involved in a military cover up. Haut died in 2005.
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