Friday, May 13, 2005

Alien Commercialization of Roswell

D Balthaser

By Dennis G. Balthaser

     Talking to the local Roswell residents that lived here in 1947 will not produce much information in reference to what took place northwest of Roswell in July 1947. The incident pretty well faded away 3 or 4 days after it happened, thanks to General Ramey’s announcement that it was nothing more than a weather balloon. Consequently not many locals know anything about it and there is very little information available from the locals about a crashed UFO or alien bodies. Many locals that were here in ’47 are no longer with us, but the commercialization of the incident by local businesses keeps it in the forefront at least here in Roswell.

     Today, 58 years after the incident occurred, one cannot walk around downtown and some outlying areas of Roswell without confronting aliens. Not real ones, but those that have begun showing up on the storefront windows and advertisements for different businesses. They’re everywhere.

     For those of you that have never been to Roswell, New Mexico, I’ll share some of those with you in this editorial.

     Roswell is well known for it’s dairy industries, cheese factory, farming of chili peppers, pecans, cotton etc., but mention the town of Roswell to most people, and the alien connection with a crashed UFO comes to mind. Consequently many downtown businesses have picked up on the alien theme.

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