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Re: Newspaper Misses On Flying Saucer Term Origin

From: David Rudiak <drudiak.nul>
Date: Fri, 09 Sep 2011 13:01:01 -0700
Archived: Sat, 10 Sep 2011 07:21:47 -0400
Subject: Re: Newspaper Misses On Flying Saucer Term Origin

>From: Gregory Boone<evolbaby.nul>
>To: post.nul
>Date: Tue, 6 Sep 2011 15:57:47 -0400 (EDT)
>Subject: Newspaper Misses On Flying Saucer Term Origin

>Please correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't the term Flying
>Saucer originate with Kenneth Arnold's sighting and that was
>after people had been reporting daylight discs? It gets foggy
>sometimes as some people contradict one another and new data

>Arnold described the movement of the craft he saw which he
>likened to skipping saucers on water that was a fun past time
>and still is. New accounts then inaccurately used the term
>Flying Saucers thus confusing even more.

>This news article contradicts that and you'll see why. Perhaps
>one of you historians can tell the paper what the real deal is
>so the public gets the story straight.


I've posted the following comment to the above-linked article
(written by Kevin Collier) to correct the historical record:

"I'm afraid Kevin Collier is unfamiliar with UFO history. The
terms 'flying saucer' and 'flying disc' originated in the
newspapers 2-3 days after the famous sighting of private pilot
Kenneth Arnold near Mount Rainier on June 24, 1947. Instead of
'many UFO historians', the reality is NO UFO historian has ever
claimed the terms began with the Roswell incident of July 8,

"Arnold initially described the nine objects he saw flying at
supersonic speed across the face of Rainier as flat and somewhat
disc-like or saucer-like or like a pie plate (later he added
that one was shaped more like a flying wing). A large number of
newspapers carried the story on June 26 and 27, but the terms
'flying saucers' and 'flying discs' didn't really take off until
another famous sighting of July 4, 1947, by a United Airlines
crew over Idaho who saw another 9 disc-like objects. That's when
the newspapers exploded the next day with the saucer/disc terms
on the front pages and in their headlines. Roswell didn't occur
until near the tail-end of this nationwide epidemic of UFO
sightings, that quickly died off after the military debunked the
Roswell 'flying disc' as a humble weather balloon, then followed
up claiming most saucer sightings were mass hysteria or people
seeing weather balloons."

David Rudiak

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