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Re: Once More The Term 'Flying Saucers'

From: Kevin Randle <KRandle993.nul>
Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2007 12:33:09 EDT
Archived: Fri, 05 Oct 2007 16:30:45 -0400
Subject: Re: Once More The Term 'Flying Saucers'

>From: Greg Boone <Evolbaby.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2007 18:23:29 EDT
>Subject: Once More The Term 'Flying Saucers'

>Once again the gnawing problem about the term Flying Saucers is
>bothering me.

>If memory serves, Kenneth Arnold report didn't say he saw Flying
>Saucers, he said something to the effect that the objects he saw
>moved like when one skips saucers on water.

>I buy this because a close friend of mine, a witness to a
>daylight multiple sighting said the objects moved that way.

>So if the term Flying Saucers was an error made by the press,
>why do we have reports and pics of saucer shaped aircraft?

>Are any pics prior to Arnold's sighting or any reports of such
>shaped objects prior to Arnold?

>If not, there's some s'plainin' to do.

Greg, List, All,

I love when this question comes up because there are so many
fine answers to it. I'll just let the following give the
explanation. From The Dennison Daily News reported on January
25, 1878:

Mr. John Martin, a farmer who lives some six miles south of this
city, we learn the following strange story: Tuesday morning
while out hunting, his attention was directed to a dark object
high up in the northern sky. The peculiar shape and velocity
with which the object seemed to approach riveted his attention
and he strained his eves to discover its character. When first
noticed, it appeared to be about the size of an orange, which
continued to grow in size.

After gazing at it for some time Mr. Martin became blind from
long looking and left off viewing it for a time in order to rest
his eyes. On resuming his view, the object was almost overhead
and had increased considerably in size, and appeared to be going
through space at wonderful speed.

When directly over him it was about the size of a large saucer
and was evidently at great height. Mr. Martin thought it
resembled, as well as he could judge, a balloon. It went as
rapidly as it had come and was soon lost to sight in the
heavenly skies. Mr. Martin is a gentleman of undoubted veracity
and this strange occurrence, if it was not a balloon, deserves
the attention of our scientists.

So, yes, he said it resembled a balloon but he also said that it
was the size of a large saucer. I believe this is the first time
that saucer was used in relation to UFOs. If I'm mistaken here,
I'm sure that either Jerry Clark or David Rudiak will have the
better information.


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