Roswell Incident: Newspaper To Host Two-Day Event Relating To 1947 ‘UFO’ Crash

Back on July 8, 1947, the Roswell Daily Record posted a front-page story that made what became known as the “Roswell Incident” famous worldwide. Now they are planning an event to discuss what happened back then.

The newspaper that made all the headlines in the world possible is sponsoring an event featuring experts who will discuss the alleged UFO crash of July 1947. The experts will also explore other UFO topics over the length of the event, to be held on July 1 and 2, at The Liberty in Roswell.

What the front-page story back then reported was the crash of a “flying saucer” in Roswell, New Mexico. After the news of the “UFO” crash made the worldwide headlines, the U.S. Army stepped in and retracted its previous report, saying it was merely a weather balloon that had crashed on a ranch outside Roswell. Gradually over the years, the sensation relating to the Roswell Incident faded in the public eye.

In the 1980s, however, a rise in speculation about other reported UFO sightings and encounters, along with a little help from Hollywood, caused the incident to resurface and become a symbol of what the U.S. government doesn’t tell the general public.

According to Barbara Beck, publisher of the Roswell Daily Record, it is now time for the newspaper to revisit the Roswell Incident. Beck returned to Roswell last August to take charge of the newspaper, owned by her family for 80 years.

She said her grandfather, Thomas Shearman, owned the newspaper back in 1947 and how the whole incident has become “an important part of the Roswell landscape and attracts visitors far and wide.”

“During the time of the incident in 1947, my family owned two newspapers, The Roswell Dispatch, a morning paper, and the Roswell Daily Record, and both newspapers reported on the ‘Roswell Incident’ after the event.

“So we feel that we have a large stake in this event and are looking forward to further exploration of the UFO and sci-fi topics that our expert speakers will be exploring.”

According to a report by the Albuquerque Journal, included in the two-day symposium will be a host of experts in ufology, including some who reportedly have firsthand knowledge of the events that took place in the summer of 1947, now dubbed the Roswell Incident.

One of the scheduled speakers is paranormal writer and researcher Lee Speigel, a writer for the Huffington Post, who will present previously unreleased recordings of interviews with military personnel about the activities they witnessed back in July, 1947.

It was Speigel who brought about the resurgence of interest in the Roswell Incident back in the 1980s with radio features highlighting the alleged UFO crash.

Another person set to speak at the two day event is Nick Pope, an author, journalist and television personality who has investigated UFO reports for the British government and has been involved as a consultant for various alien-related movies, TV shows, and video games.

Alejandro Rojas, the director of operations for Open Minds Productions – a UFO news and multimedia organization – and a blogger for the Huffington Post Science and Weird News will also be there along with various other UFO investigators and retired army personnel.

More details about the speakers, along with tickets for the two-day Roswell Incident can be found on the official website.

[Photo Roswell, New Mexico via Flickr by T.Novotny, cropped and resized/CC BY-NC 2.0]