By MARK BULIK
The New York Times
The first times they showed up, they were being shot at. But those references to “flying saucers” appeared in articles about skeet shooting, and came from writers seeking a synonym for the clay disks.
The other meaning of “flying saucer” didn’t land in the collective consciousness of Times readers until seven years later, in the summer of 1947. At a time of year when many Americans were looking at bright spectacles in the night sky, a spate of saucer sightings made the news, starting on the Fourth of July (see above). ...
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