- Hi All --
The Ghost Lights of Marfa have been talked about for over 100 years.
These small ethereal lights float, ebb and glow far out in the west
Texas desert, some nine miles east of Marfa. These mysterious lights
have been explained as campfires, phosphorescent minerals, swamp gas,
static electricity, and genuine paranormal phenomenon. These lights
change colors, vary in intensity, and move about the night sky. Are
these lights the product of a hoax, the imagination, something mundane,
or something stranger?
According to a press release, Miller Brewing Company and the city of
Marfa are negotiating a licensing deal that would lead to Miller Lite
becoming the official sponsor of the Marfa Lights, to be renamed The
Marfa Lites. According to Jeff Colbert, Millers' general manager for
sales in Texas, "We are very excited ... [t]his is part of our 'True to
Texas' campaign that aims to tell the story about the diversity,
traditions, and history of the Lone Star State."
The press release claims this would be the first time a U.S. company
has negotiated sponsorship of a paranormal phenomenon.
The press release was filed March 31, 2000, at 6:33 p.m., just a few
hours before April Fool's Day. Coincidental, or significant?
I can't find anything on the Miller Brewing Company site or on the
Marfa Lights site, nor on any of the news services, except for reprints
of the original Business Wire story. To see the complete press
release: http://www.businesswire.com/webbox/bw.033100/200910366.htm .
Time will tell ...