Message #219:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: Reluctantly Dealing with E.T.
Date: Tue, 9 Jul 1996 23:47:24 -0700 (MST)
Encoding: 190 TEXT


Not long ago, the Albuquerque Archaeological Society published a two-part
article about a search for archaeological evidence and archaeologists who
may have been associated with the UFO non-sense called the "Roswell
Incident."  After publication, a woman wrote the AAS Newsletter stating that
the incident was fiction; she described how her husband's name (and those of
archaeologists) had been co-opted and used without permission by persons
interested in UFO phenomena.

Forbes Magazine digs additional dirt on the "Roswell Incident" (
"Undientified Flying Dollars -- P.T. Barnum is alive and apparently living
in Roswell, N.M."  July 15, 1996, Pages 49-53).  The flagship of capitalist
magazines puts it's finger on the issue -- 90,000 tourists a year, hotel
room tax revenues up 36% over four years; $5 million a year pumped into a
community of 50,000 where household incomes are 27% below the national
average.  UFOs lower the still high jobless rate - 7% - by a full point.
"Civic leaders are positively giddy about prospects for next year's 50th
anniversary.  Like Hollywood, Roswell is in the fantasy business."  Forbes
notes Roswell's resurgent economy dates to 1994 when a newly elected mayor
(a former college marketing major) took office.  Roswell's other claim to
fame is the world's largest mozzarella factory.

Any way you look at it, capitalism or no capitalism, Forbes says not too
kindly that Roswell and the continuing UFO marketing cut the cheese in a big
way.

Forbes notes that the Roswell UFO museums lack authenticity, with exhibits
consisting only of mounted newspaper and magazine articles about UFO's.
Forbes reports that the museums make big bucks in the gift shops and with
tax-exempt donations.  Forbes also notes that leaders of the downtown UFO
Museum have moved the location description of the purported UFO crash site
to a spot on US Forest Service land in the Capitan Mountains, all after the
owner of the original crash-site property refused to sell his land (no fool,
the landowner of the 'original' site charges $15/person to visit his
property and gets 500 takers a year).  Forbes also spoke with an 82-year old
woman who's family has lived within a half-mile of the supposed new crash
site since 1909.  The woman says it's all a hoax, "But, let's get it on my
ranch."

I recommend this article to all archaeologists who find themselves
reluctantly dealing with E.T. (Easy Thickskulls!!).

SASIG Ed.