In the weeks following the historic UFO sighting by Kenneth Arnold, many explanations surfaced for the reports of flying saucers. This was spoofed in a cartoon in the July 7, 1947 edition of The Times Record from Troy, New York:
|The Times Record, Troy NY, July 7, 1947|
|The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 28, 1947|
|The Tennessean Sun, June 29, 1947|
|Daily News, July 5, 1947|
|The Montana Standard, July 5, 1947|
|The Independent Record, July 6, 1947|
|Dr. Steckel v. Dr. Overholser|
|The News-Press, (Fort Myers, FL) July 7, 1947|
|The Mexico Ledger, July 7, 1947, The Evening Sun, July 7, 1947|
|The Milwaukee Sentinel, July 7, 1947|
|The Ottawa Journal, July 7, 1947, Tampa Bay Times and The Evening Sun, July 9, 1947|
|The Daily Courier, July 10, 1947|
Grain Silo Reflections?
|The Sentinel, Carlisle PA, July 9, 1947|
Several Silly Suggestions:
|The Weekly Acadian, July 10, 1947|
|Tampa Bay Times, July 13, 1947|
|Messenger-Inquirer, July 20, 1947|
Associated Press Science Editor, Howard W. Blakeslee wrote a long article on how the flying saucers might be a "new folklore in the making":
The flying disks are probably the first of a series of aerial puzzles, with others to come, in the opinion of Dr. J.L. Moreno, New York... Men have been seeing things like flying disks for centuries. Now these apparitions have a new meaning and some of them a new dreadfulness.
The full text of the article can be found at Saturday Night Uforia, "in the news 1947," look for the story, Seeing of Saucers in Flight Is Phenomenon of Current Fears
|The News Palladium, July 30, 1947|
The Saucers That 1947 Forgot
By August of 1947, the flying saucer sensation was over, and the topic was spoken of in the past tense. The Gallup Poll asked "What do you think the saucers are?" After months of conflicting explanations, no one could be sure, but of the respondents who thought saucers were real, the top answer was military "secret weapon."
|Aug. 15, 1947|
The Soviets thought they were ours.
|St. Clair Chronicle, Aug. 23, 1947|
Oregon Representative Harris Ellsworth got word that behind the saucers story we might find a rocket from Russia.
|The Freeport Journal-Standard, Dec. 22, 1947|
Stories of saucer sightings, and various explanations from the credible to the crackpot variety, continued to make good copy. The newspapers continued to provide stories about flying saucers for their curious readers. It didn't much matter to the newspaper editors what was being seen, or whether it was real; saucers were news, and they sold news.