Fwd = Key player in UFO incident visits Roswell
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Original Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 12:03:24 -0700
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Key player in UFO incident visits Roswell
Judy Rosella Edwards
Record Staff Writer
In 1947, James Bond Johnson was a newspaper writer for the Fort Worth
Star Telegraph when he was sent on a routine assignment he says has
become `the longest running story.'
Johnson was in Roswell Saturday for the very first time to visit the
UFO Museum and Research Center that houses copies of the photo he says
he took by accident. His assignment was to write about an event but,
because he happened to have a camera with him, he took a photo. That
photo keeps Johnson as one of the key players in the UFO phenomena and
connected to the museum.
In July of 1947, something unidentified landed northwest of Roswell.
At the Roswell Army Field, Col. William Blanchard dictated to his
public relations officer a press release about an alien UFO crash
landing within 100 miles of the Trinity atomic bomb test site.
James Bond Johnson points out the letter in the photograph he shot of
General Roger Ramey in 1947. Contents of the letter are said to
indicate that there was more than a weather balloon crash at Roswell.
That PR officer, Lt. Walter G. Haut, a Chicago native, wrote and
distributed the original press release that eventually went out over
the AP wires from Roswell. The remains from the crash were transported
to the Roswell air base and then flown via a B29 to Fort Worth.
Upon arrival there, James Bond Johnson was sent to write an article
about the material the military found. During the course of
interviewing General Roger Ramey, Johnson captured the general on film
while he was holding a military communique. Few additional details
have been released by the government since then.
Over the years through digitizing Johnson's photo, a few words in the
communique have been translated indicating there was something at the
site other than the alleged weather balloon.
For him, the curiosity had taken a back burner for several decades.
After all, the photo had only taken one fiftieth of a second of his
life. He went on to become a child psychologist and a minister. He is
now relocated in Long Beach, Calif.
Johnson's curiosity was rekindled by a Leonard Nimoy show about UFOs.
When Dennis G. Balthaser, a local UFO researcher, contacted Johnson
and encouraged him to come visit the museum, since he had never been
to Roswell, he and his wife came out for their very first visit to the
He says he is pleased with what he sees displayed and documented at
the museum. Johnson was depicted in the movie, "Roswell," but the
movie studio added another 15 fictional photographers to the scenes
involving Johnson. "They said it just didn't look right that I was the
only photographer," he said.
Eventually the original photographs were sold to the University of
Texas- Arlington. Copies are owned by the UFO Museum and Research
Center, which former PR Officer, Lt. Walter Haut, opened in 1991.
Johnson posed with his photograph and met with visitors to the museum.
"The museum reflects the curiosity of people, when you look at the
number of visitors who have been here," Johnson said.
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