While most of us with an interest in the Roswell incident will be familiar with the Roswell Daily Record’s coverage of the events which took place in New Mexico in 1947, another newspaper from the time – The Roswell Morning Dispatch – had also published its own take on events.
The paper, which was discontinued in 1950, published a headline on the morning of July 9th, 1947 which read “Army Debunks Roswell Flying Disk As World Simmers With Excitement.”
It also went on to repeat the official “cover-up” narrative with the subheading “Officers Say Disk Is A Weather Balloon”, along with a piece about sheriff George Wilcox fielding calls from the media.
Nick Pope, who once headed up the British MoD’s UFO desk, found the piece particularly interesting.
“It’s a fascinating piece of history that time had forgotten,” he said. “It just shows that 75 years after the Roswell incident, there are still discoveries to be made in the archives.”
“Any historian will tell you that going back to the original sources is priceless when it comes to getting an insight into what happened and how those people involved were reacting and perceiving things, and what the feeling was in the local community.”
“This is just an amazing glimpse into Roswell in 1947 – which was ground zero for this mystery that still endures to this day.”