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from the July 2005 Star Beacon
edited by Ann Ulrich Miller
Cronkite denies UFO event
After a dozen or so attempts to reach Walter Cronkite about the
alleged UFO event reported on by Bill Knell and written up by
Richard Heiden in the April 2004 Star Beacon, Rich finally got a
Dear Mr. Heiden:
Enquirer article to which you refer was entirely fictitious.
No such interview ever took place.
I did not
then and do not now give any credence whatever to the existence of
I cannot in
any instance recall such a story as is claimed I told to Bill
Knell regarding a missile test on a remote island. I am sure that
if I had witnessed such an incident, I would have at some point
reported it — most certainly in my book A Reporter’s Life.
Sincerely, Walter Cronkite
Close encounter with UFO supports government
This UFO report concerns an incident that happened 53 years ago.
The author wishes to remain anonymous:
I was 7
years old in 1952 and living in New York City. I was up late, so
my father asked me to run out and get the ‘night owl’ edition of
the Daily News newspaper. It was very safe in 1952. The headline
said “Truman says Shoot Em Down” and showed a picture of either
the White House or the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., and
the sky was full of glowing disks. I ran home and my parents
were very upset that we may be at war with aliens. They rushed
out early to get the morning paper to find out what happened and
there was not one word about the event to be found. My mother
saved that paper.
years later we had moved from the city into a lonely and
sparsely populated area in the country. There was a big field
behind our house. One night I snapped awake in the middle of the
night and got up to look out the window. There was a solid
silver domed disk sitting in the field. No sound, no lights and
no movement. I didn’t think twice. I ran barefoot down the
stairs and out the back door. By the time I came out of the door
I saw a “hole” in one side (of the disk) that wasn’t there
before. It had no door, no hinges, no sign of how the hole
I had to
look. I walked very slowly and quietly up to the door. Odd that
I did not feel the panic or fear I would normally feel. I looked
inside, expecting “equipment” and levers and knobs. I was
stunned to find that what appeared to be solid metal was like a
smoked window from inside. There was nothing inside. It was
totally transparent. The only thing in there was a baseboard
about 10" high around the floor that was filled with what looked
like transparent straws. Hundreds of straws. Most going up and
down but some going sideways and some intertwined.
I blinked. I only blinked and I was on my back in bed and the
sun was out. I thought I had dreamt it. I threw off the covers
and there was grass between my toes, like I had ripped it out
with them. I looked out the window and saw a burned circle in
the spot where the disk had been. I told my mother and we walked
out together. She found what appeared to be bundles of straight,
stiff tinsel in the grass. My mother picked it up and put it in
the attic with the saved newspaper from 1952.
That’s when we started noticing a black car with no licence
plates parked just down the street. There were two men in black
suits in the car and they wore black hats. (the fashion of the
time) They just sat.
After the first week they began to follow me. I would walk
several miles to town on a deserted road and they hung back and
followed very slowly. If I went to the movies in town, they
would be parked down a side street and follow me back home,
parking more than a block from our house. After several weeks of
being afraid of them, I tried running at the car, but they put
it in reverse and I could never get close.
That’s when my father decided to go see friends in Pennsylavania
and we left for the weekend. When we came back, my father and I
noticed everything had been moved, but only slightly. My mother
never noticed anything, but we did. Everything was slightly
Everything was slightly askew from where it had been sitting.
It was a week later, my mother went to the attic and realized
the paper was gone and so was the bundled tinsel. We never saw
it again. The burned circle in the field stayed dead for many
years. Nothing would grow there.
The author of the above report explains why this event has
remained a secret for so long. “The strangest fact to me is that
after seeing the disk, I had no desire to tell anyone about it.
It seemed as if it did not matter, it was not anything
important. I didn’t want to talk. Very odd in retrospect that
something so big didn’t matter at all then. It took 30 years for
that feeling to wear off.”
Possibly the first real
contact between U.S. authorities and ETs occurred in 1947 after
the Roswell crash. Harry S. Truman was kept regularly informed
of the UFO situation after this, and it was following the 1952
UFO sightings that Truman issued his order of “Shoot ’em down!”
He was later advised against this.
After Eisenhower was
elected president, reports claim that while he was in
California, he was flown to a nearby air base and met with ETs.
Officially, reporters were told that he had gone to the dentist.
This has been publicized recently by Michael E. Salla, Ph.D. in
a well-documented report, “Eisenhower’s Meeting With
Extraterrestrials,” printed in Beverly Dombrowski’s June issue
of The Light Messenger.
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