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The Kecksburg UFO – 50th Anniversary

There’s no doubt that when it comes to accounts of crashed UFOs, the Roswell affair is the one that springs to mind for pretty much everyone, regardless of whether they are a true-believer, an open-minded skeptic, or a closed-minded debunker. It’s a case that has been championed, denounced, denied, and held aloft for years – decades, even. But, of course, Roswell is just one of many alleged examples of ET’s absolutely crappy piloting and landing skills. All of which brings me to the subject of today’s article.

If there’s one thing that catches the eyes and the ears of ufologists (and even of government agencies, no less) it’s anniversaries. For example, when the summer of 1997 rolled around, Ufology went ballistic. Why? Because it was the 50th anniversary of Roswell, that’s why. The town of Roswell, New Mexico, was an absolute hotbed of activity, with people descending on it like they would the World Cup Final (football, that is; unfortunately referred to as soccer by the unenlightened and the dimwitted).

Roswell UFO Incident

Roswell UFO Incident

Not only that, the anniversary marked the publication of the Philip Corso/Bill Birnes book, The Day After Roswell, and also the publication of the U.S. Air Force’s The Roswell Report: Case Closed. Thus, there was a very strange and surreal situation, in which a retired member of the U.S. military – Corso – was saying aliens crashed at Roswell, and the Air Force was stating it was all a case of mistaken identity, and that the bodies were really crash-test dummies. And they were both saying it at the same time – the anniversary.

So, why do I mention this now? Well, December of this year will mark the 50th anniversary of yet another, genuinely intriguing case that has, for so long, attracted the attention of Ufologists: the crash of…well, somethingat Kecksburg, Pennsylvania. It’s a case filled with accounts of cordoned-off woods, military crash-retrieval teams on the scene, dead aliens, dire threats dished out to the townsfolk by “them,” and rumors of an extraterrestrial spacecraft having come down in the woods. Or, maybe, a Soviet space satellite. Or nothing. Or something else. One takes one’s pick.

Kecksburg 1965 event - an unsolved mystery.

Kecksburg 1965 event – an unsolved mystery.

That something happened on December 9, 1965 is not a matter of any doubt. The affair was the subject of notable media attention – both on the part of local newspapers and radio. In the years that have since passed, the Kecksburg affair has been the subject of high-profile television shows, books, and even a civil-action against NASA.

So, here’s what I say: Roswell is a distinct old-timer now. Let the old woman rest. Put her to bed. Put a pillow over her face and put her out of her misery while no-one is looking. Put a large does of rat-poison in Roswell’s favorite tipple and coldly savor the moment as it gets washed down. Force her car over a cliff at midnight on a precarious, winding road. I don’t care which. Just get it over and done with. I won’t tell.

The Roswell case has, at various times, been filled with credible people, downright lunatics, liars, freaks, and dedicated researchers. God knows how many hours, days, weeks, months, and even years have been spent investigating it, and where have we got? Not far, that’s where.

Even the most recent development – the controversial matter of the “Roswell slides” – will not lay the matter to rest, since there is nothing that 100 percent proves their link to Roswell. Yes, there are suggestions of a connection, but that ain’t gonna cut it. And nor should it. So, I say, unless we have something undeniable, and which is not open to interpretation or debate, let’s move onto Johnny-Come-Lately. Kecksburg, as it’s better known.

As we get closer and closer to Kecksburg’s 50th, I predict we’ll see it highlighted more and more – in both the mainstream media and the UFO community. And, perhaps, we’ll have something that cracks the case and blows it wide open. Of course, in a subject like Ufology, it’s not at all wise to be so hopeful and upbeat. In all likelihood, what we will get is more testimony and data, and it will all be very interesting, but it won’t resolve anything.

But, whatever December 2015 brings, in relation to the Kecksburg affair, it will surely be a respite from more and more (etc., etc.) on bloody old Roswell. It had its chance. It’s still an enigma. It always will be. Move on to the significantly younger saga. Let what happened in the desert stay in the desert. Roswell won’t be proved – one way or the other. Maybe Kecksburg still has a chance, and the time, to do that.

But Roswell? Nah. Call me cynical? Well…yeah.

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Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.
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