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I am continuing my exploration of UFOs and the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis (ETH).
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Naturally, one of...if not the...most interesting aspect of the UFO phenomenon to casual observers (or anyone for that matter) would be the nature of the occupants of these alleged craft. What are they like? What does their physiology tell us about their home planet? What credible sources are there to go on? That latter point is the weakest of all links in this chain of information, but in the spirit of this exploration, I will merely examine what claims are out there.
Of immediate interest is the account of Col. Philip J. Corso. In his book The Day After Roswell, Corso asserts with no ambiguity that he saw an alien body. While stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas in 1947, Corso came across several sealed crates being stored in a high security area of the army base. Curiosity got the better of him and with flashlight in hand, he pried open one of the crates. What he found astounded him.
It was a corpse...but it was not human.
"The contents, enclosed in a thick glass container, were submerged in a thick light blue liquid. At first I thought it was a dead child they were shipping somewhere, but this was no child. It was a 4ft human-shaped figure with arms, bizarre- looking four-fingered hands - I didn't see a thumb - thin legs and feet, and an over-sized incandescent lightbulb-shaped head that looked like it was floating over a balloon gondola for a chin."
Corso claims to have later learned that the alien corpse was part of wreckage recovered from the UFO crash at Roswell. It had stopped over on the way to Walter Reed Hospital where a cadre of military pathologists would carry out an autopsy. In his book, Corso writes of what he says were the findings of that procedure:
"Of specific interest was the fluid that served as blood but also seemed to regulate bodily functions in much the same way glandular secretions do in the human body. In these biological entities, the blood system and lymphatic systems seem to have been combined." (p. 95)
"Walter Reed doctors were also fascinated by the nature of the creature's inner skin. It resembled, although their preliminary reports didn't go into any chemical analysis, a thin layer of fatty tissue unlike any they'd ever seen before." (p. 96) "...I kept thinking, also, that the skin analysis that I was reading sounded more akin to the skin of a houseplant than a human being." (p. 97)
While I've made my skepticism of Corso's allegations quite clear before, I am intrigued by a few of them. For instance, you know those silver suits that the EBEs were said to have been found wearing? No? Well here's how the Guy Hottel FBI memo (again, dubious source but this post is all about that right now) described them:
"Each one [recovered UFOs] was occupied by three bodies of human shape but only three feet tall, dressed in metallic cloth of a very fine texture. Each body was bandaged in a manner similar to the blackout suits used by speed fliers and test pilots.”
Corso says that the clothing cited is actually spun onto the aliens inside a large device. I'm going to use that in a novel one day. But I digress...
Interesting as all get-out, but what about possible encounters with aliens that were a bit more...shall we say...lively than those purported by Corso? Of course there are inordinate amounts of abduction and contactee claims, but the majority of those can leave one flummoxed as to the biological nature of the supposed aliens. In the course of my searching, I did come across this interesting little anecdote.
The story takes place in the summer of 1947 (when else?) in New Mexico (where else?) A retired rancher was driving his pickup truck along New Mexico Route 12. He came upon what he thought was a child wearing a one-piece, gray outfit, walking along a fenced pasture. As he stopped the truck, the man found that it was no child:
"He said at this point it was very scared. He noticed four long fingers, but no thumbs, no ears, fairly large eyes."
So what else would anyone do upon encountering such a strange being? That's right. Ask it to hop into the car and then take the little guy home to the wife.
The man's wife offered the alien food and water, but it did not take it. The couple were, however, able to get it to calm down enough to sit in a chair. Mystified as to what else to do, the rancher called the sheriff. A deputy said he would be out in the morning. Shrugging their shoulders, the couple went to bed and left the alien sitting in their kitchen.
By dawn, the alien was gone.
It seems that there had been a spate of UFO sightings in that area previous to that encounter. What's more, a crashed, disc-shaped UFO was said to have been found near NM Route 12 that same summer, complete with dead crew members. Did one survive and wander off only to be found by the passing rancher? And then what happened to it? Was it rescued by its brethren? Did it walk off into the desolate expanses of New Mexico (of which I was personally introduced to this summer and can attest to its barren loneliness) to live out its finally moments in peace and isolation? Never mind the fact that it sounds like UFOs have a puzzling penchant of dropping out of the sky like flies for such sophisticated devices. This is a great story.
Doesn't tell us much about alien physiology, but I like it a great deal anyway. As a story, that is. I'll have to work that one into a novel as well. As for the nature of UFO occupants, I'll keep looking.
But I'm not expecting much.
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