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Expert Explores UFO Legend

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2007 08:16:24 -0500
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Subject: Expert Explores UFO Legend

Source: The Berkshire Eagle - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA


Monday, January 15

Expert Explores UFO Legend
By Jessica Willis
Berkshire Eagle Staff

PITTSFIELD =97 What was it, exactly, that crash-landed in the
desert near Roswell, N.M. in July 1947?

A weather balloon? A test aircraft? A UFO?

Local astronomer and archaeologist Woody Printz explored those
questions in a lecture at the EPOCH Assisted Living Center last

"At the time, I wasn't a believer (in UFOs)," said Printz, who
was studying archaeology at New Mexico Highlands University when
the incident happened. "But for every long-standing myth or
legend, there is a grain of truth somewhere."

During his talk, "The Roswell Incident: Fact or Fiction?," the
Richmond resident sought to focus on facts, steering away from
the sort of kitch that inevitably is associated with anything
alien- and conspiracy-related.

'That's the question'

"I'm not going to give you any off-the-wall experiences and
thoughts," Printz told the 25 people in the audience. "But it is
no secret to me that there is life beyond us. But is it visiting
us? That's the question."

Printz began by summarizing the facts behind the case: the
"Flying Saucer" report issued to the press by Army brass; the
way that report was quickly replaced by stories about a downed
weather balloon; and Roswell's relatively close proximity to
atomic bomb and missile test sites.

He then presented his findings, which included a slideshow of
photographs Printz took in 2000 when he visited Roswell and the
nearby White Sands Missile Test Range.

Suspicious over plaque

At the White Sands museum, he saw a primitive-looking, mushroom-
shaped spacecraft that looked like it had been built by a
"boilermaker," and when he noted that its plaque stated the
contraption was part of the Voyager mission to Mars, he became

"(The plaque) said it had a top speed of 1,100 miles an hour,"
he told the group. "Hovering would have been a major feat for
that thing."

Printz, who has his commercial pilot's license and worked as a
"human factors engineer" on NASA's Gemini space program in the
mid-'60s, thought "it made absolutely no sense."

He recalled cringing in embarrassment as he went inside
International UFO Museum in Roswell, which featured a flying
saucer sculpture plastered against the side of the building.

"I thought, 'oh, this is dippy,'" he said.

His embarrassment disappeared when he was introduced to two key
Roswell players: Lt. Walter Haut, the information officer on the
base who was told to release =97 and later bury =97 the flying
saucer story, and Glenn Dennis, the mortician on the base who
was ordered to leave the scene immediately after he commented on
the crash debris he saw in a military ambulance.

"I was no longer the total skeptic," Printz said. "I believed
something crashed there. Was it one of our own? I believe there
was a cover-up."

He concluded the lecture by showing segments from a SciFi
Channel special about an archaeological dig that took place at
the Roswell crash site in 2002 =97 which proved that something
had, indeed, struck the ground some years ago.

"Was it the saucer bouncing off? We don't know," he said.

Despite the inconclusiveness of the findings, John Kusmech of
Sandisfield said he appreciated Printz's level-headed approach
to a decidedly flighty issue.

"I liked that he had a critical mind, and he wasn't nutty about
it," he said.

His 11-year-old daughter Evangeline =97 also an alien buff =97

"We all know it wasn't a weather balloon," she added.

[Thanks to Stuart Miller of http://uforeview.net/ ]

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