Flying saucers may not have become a big news item if not for cash rewards. Kenneth Arnold's sighting in June 24, 1947 was an unexpected by-product of him searching for a crashed Curtis Commando R5C military transport plane that carried a reward of $5,000 for the finder. Arnold struck out, but in the aftermath of his UFO sighting, several parties put forth rewards for evidence that the flying saucers were real.
(The text in the clipping below is tiny, but it's it's the headline that's important, and the detail from it shown below.)
|Berkeley Daily Gazette, July 8, 1947|
Three Rewards of $1,000 each for flying saucer proof from:
- E.J. Culligan, Illinois businessman.
- Spokane Athletic Round Table (a group of gangsters?)
- World Inventors Congress (catch: offer expires in five days.)
"For a thousand dollars almost anyone will describe a flying saucer, and that is just what is happening today. E. J. Culligan — a Chicago industrialist — offered a reward for a flying saucer or a correct explanation of the celestial discs. Now he is being swamped by hundreds of letters and telegrams — all claiming to have the inside information on the saucers."
The Neosho Daily News from Neosho, Missouri on July 11, 1947
The Spokane Athletic Round Table wanted a saucer itself, delivered in person.
|WallaWalla Union Bulletin, July 8, 1947|
The World Inventors Congress also provided reward for a saucer, and the word was getting around. People started to come forward with claims.
"Meanwhile, the World Inventors Congress has offered a thousand dollars reward for the delivery of a 'flying saucer' to their exhibition at Los Angeles this week.
Concrete evidence too has not been wanting, so far three reports of 'discs' or parts of discs being reported. While one discovery reports a "flimsy construction" with material "some sort of tin foil," another speaks of diecast metal an eighth of an inch thick melting only at a heat of 6,300 degrees, and third speaks of 'rock-like metal' which rained down from a huge flying disc."
The Concrete Evidence"Flimsy construction" and "tin foil" was from the balloon crash at Roswell found by Mac Brazel.
|Warrant Officer Irving Newton identifying the Roswell tin foil.|
|August 1947 Tacoma Times|
Stay TunedThe cash rewards helped feed the 1947 public's saucer fever, and in the days and weeks to come, many more people would come forward with stories and claims of the recovery of crashed flying saucers. This serves as a teaser to a recurring series here at The Saucers That Time Forgot, tentatively titled, "Captured Flying Saucers," coming soon to this very screen.
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