The Sledgehammer – Version 2.0

November 14, 2008

This is What a Slow News Day Looked Like in 1967

Filed under: Bellevue, History, Random Stuff — Brian Lutz @ 12:33 am

I made another research trip out to the Bellevue Library this evening (from which I should be posting a few more historical items related to Crossroads later on this week,) and while digging through the microfilm from the middle of 1967, I came across an apparently short-lived bout of UFO fever in Bellevue.  This story was on page 1 above the fold of the April 20th 1967 edition of the Bellevue American:

I’m sure that if such incidents actually warranted the attention of the government at the time, they probably would have claimed it to be a weather balloon.  In this case, they wouldn’t have been too far from the truth.  A week later, the following was published, also on page 1 right below the masthead:

I’m not sure if this could be called a correction, a clarification, or a nice way of phrasing the obligatory “Boy we sure feel stupid for putting that up on the front page last week” statement, but  either way, that must have been one heck of a slow news day…  Or maybe that’s just what the little green men WANTED us to think.

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