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Former-Army Sec Gordon Gray Roswell & Newburyport

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Tue, 03 Jul 2007 09:28:52 -0400
Archived: Tue, 03 Jul 2007 09:28:52 -0400
Subject: Former-Army Sec Gordon Gray Roswell & Newburyport

Source: The Daily News - Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA


July 03, 2007

Did Suspected UFO Cover-Up Have Ties To Port?
Nick Pinto

NEWBURYPORT -- Sixty years ago this week, a mysterious craft
crash-landed outside Roswell, N.M., leading to one of the
greatest suspected UFO cover-ups in history.

A central figure in the purported government suppression of
proof of alien life was Gordon Gray, a former secretary of the
Army whose curriculum vitae also included secret government
psychological warfare programs, top-secret security
consultations with the Oval Office, and - oddly enough - the
preservation of historic downtown Newburyport.

Gray was serving as Assistant Secretary Of War for Harry Truman
when the Roswell crash occurred, but researchers of unidentified
flying objects believe he was also a member of a secret group
known as the Majestic 12, a mysterious committee of scientists
and military officials charged with investigating and perhaps
concealing evidence of alien visitors to this planet. The
authenticity of the documents purporting to prove the existence
of the group and Gray's membership in it is contested, but
whether or not Gray was actually in the business of hiding the
existence of extraterrestrials from the American public, the
decades-long myth of the Majestic 12 has forever linked his name
to alien mysteries.

The undisputed facts of Gray's official career are almost as
intriguing. In 1951 and 1952, he served as the director of the
Psychological Strategy Board, a newly formed group that plotted
government 'psychological operations'. From 1958 to 1961, he
served as national security adviser before being replaced by
McGeorge Bundy, and he remained on the Foreign Intelligence
Advisory Board through the Ford Administration.

But it was in his capacity as the chairman of the National Trust
for Historic Preservation in 1964 that Gray played an
instrumental role in preserving Newburyport's historic downtown.
When city resident Dr. Robert Wilkins began his campaign to
preserve the downtown's venerable buildings rather than tearing
them down, he sent a letter to Gray.

Gray and Wilkins had been classmates at the University of North
Carolina, and Wilkins asked his fellow Tarheel for advice on how
to prevent the complete teardown of the city center.

Less than a week later, Gray sent a letter to the Urban Renewal
Commissioner of the U.S. Urban Renewal Administration, gently
urging the commissioner to push for preservation alongside urban
redevelopment in Newburyport.

"This community may provide another opportunity for us to show
that preservation and renewal can go hand in hand," Gray wrote.
"There should be some way that urban improvement and
Newburyport's heritage can be developed and maintained jointly."

The influence of Gray's letter was critical, said Mary
Haslinger, Wilkins' daughter.

"All of a sudden the people at Urban Renewal Administration are
hearing about Newburyport from the top down," Haslinger said.
"It put Newburyport in a different light. The influence of
Gordon Gray was central to getting government support behind
historic preservation in the renewal effort."

Sixty years after the Roswell incident, it may or may not be
appropriate to blame Gray for our continued ignorance of what
really happened in Roswell. But 43 years after the beginning of
Newburyport's revitalization, it is probably appropriate to
credit him for the preservation of the city's historic downtown.

[Thanks to Greg Boone for the lead]

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