Justified & Ancient
- Nov 22, 2021
Thank you!Route 90 = Denny Avenue = the road passing over the Pascagoula High Rise Bridge (the bridge at the incident's scene).
Although most newspapers carried the Associated Press (AP) newswire story, a few printed an alternative UPI news release, for example:Was the trailer escorted by (blue-lit) Mississippi Highway Patrol cars I wonder?
The best information I can find out is that the O'Dome was a product of a firm called Tension Structures based in Plymouth, Michigan.
Now I assume this prefabricated fibreglass structure would have had to be delivered from Michigan to Pass Christian (just west of Pascagoula) where the construction contractor would have installed it. Would that route have naturally gone past Pascagoula on the way? (Google Maps suggests not, but the roads in 1973 may have been very different - or the dome could have come via an intermediary)
Tension Structures still exists as a component of EIDE Industries. They now specialize in tensile structures with high-tech fabric or membrane skins.
The O'Dome dates back to the dome building craze during the 1970s. It was a pre-fabricated modular tensegrity structure that had to be assembled on-site, so in newly deliverable form it wasn't transported as a pre-assembled whole.
This Q&A document gives more details about the O'Dome construction and on-site requirements for assembly / installation:
Wish we knew where exactly..... the blue 'glow brought to mind some welding being undertaken - it wasn't that late at night and we know work was being carried out at night on the O'DOME structure, apparently being constructed that same week.Nevertheless a newly erected dome type structure along Route 90, possibly in the week of the sighting, is still an interesting bit of background.
Wish we knew where exactly..... the blue 'glow brought to mind some welding being undertaken - it wasn't that late at night and we know work was being carried out at night on the O'DOME structure, apparently being constructed that same week.
All of this, of course, raises fundamental problems with the entire abduction story, however, just out of curiosity, I wondered what a contemporary welding, protective mask might look like.
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Didn't expect that!
Found lots of new material now. There was one perspective I was hoping to find and this is close enough:This Q&A document gives more details about the O'Dome construction and on-site requirements for assembly / installation.....
Found lots of new material now. There was one perspective I was hoping to find and this is close enough:
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If only those two front windows were seen from a distance...
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Still obviously speculation and I cant see where a welder would fit in, plus the entire abduction story behind some kind of misunderstanding.
The version of an entity with large eyes, 'pinkish wrinkled' skin and especially the lobster-like hands, might be more comparable with this, apparently contemporary photograph.
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One thing which comes out of the earliest UPI newsfeeds is that Calvin Parker reportedly fainted at seeing the 'UFO' and couldn't remember anything.
Hickson also unquestionably claimed the beings had two large eyes, a factor which seems to have altered considerably.
Do the witnesses' original police statements exist online?
I never understand that the female Alien scratched his eye, and choked him and the his blood was taken out of him and he went from knowing she was evil to have the best feeling in his life as he had a OBE and saw Angels ????????I've never been quite clear on exactly how the 'craft' approached. I've seen accounts stating it descended behind them, hovering over a rubbish tip of some sort and only being noticed when in that position, and others suggesting they watched it in the air first. Again there is confusion about how the entities are supposed to have approached over the water, if the craft was over land.
How about the audio recording of their interview with the police (11 October 1973)? Has anyone mentioned it since it surfaced in 2020?... Do the witnesses' original police statements exist online?
This is priceless evidence and certainly new to myself.How about the audio recording of their interview with the police (11 October 1973)? Has anyone mentioned it since it surfaced in 2020?
I have come across the following, which is perhaps not such a well known depiction. I had never seen this before and at least it seems slightly closer to what Hickson originally described.
The Waco News-Tribune (Waco, Texas)
Monday 29 October, 1973
"Blann went to Kesler Air Force Base at Pascagoula to interview the two fishermen after their story made national headlines. Charles Hickson, 45. and Calvin Parker, 18, were examined by Air Force doctor Col. Robert E Smith, who confirmed the men had undergone an intense psychological experience. The two men described the creature who abducted them to Blann, who made a sketch of his impression of the interplanetary being.
"It took about 15 sketches for me to come up with the exact one, but the men confirmed that the drawing looked like what they saw," Blann said.
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Hold on, so the entities' hands, according to the article, were clamps?
It's clear there is significantly more variation in the men's stories than is usually stated, not just in matters like how the UFO was first seen, but even in the description of the creatures themselves.
... There seems to be some confusion in the early accounts, re the object visibly approaching from the water, as opposed to something being heard behind them and landing on the ground. ...
It absolutely does come across like this.I've often wondered if the object's description was a sort of collage assembled from multiple otherwise unrelated observations.
The 29 October article illustrates this shift in description. It claims early reports described "silver wrinkled skin and crab-like hands", but in fact the alien (or one of the aliens) "... was wearing a silver suit and the hands the men were talking about were clamps that were probably operated from the inside of the suits."
This isn't just an apparent shift in physical details. It's also a shift from the biological / anatomical to the artificial in describing physical features.
This aspect of the testimony has always been the part of the Pascagoula incident description that bugs me the most. There doesn't seem to be any coherent description of approach / arrival / departure by a single object or vehicle.
I've often wondered if the object's description was a sort of collage assembled from multiple otherwise unrelated observations.
This is a most helpful article, featuring a photograph of the exact location.Route 90 = Denny Avenue = the road passing over the Pascagoula High Rise Bridge (the bridge at the incident's scene).
Just to note I happened to come across this...As Kottmeyer has pointed out many aspects of this report are in part a collage of different, unrelated cases featured in the contemporary paperback.