South Missouri History
Shelby Knows the Secrets!
READ the Book: Remember that Sunday afternoon in June 1954? General Curtis E. LeMay, who was the commander of Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, NE at that time, along Colonel Gray who was the head of Project Blue Book were both present that afternoon. The event was announced the previous Monday in a front page article of the Springfield New-Leader. That paper was on microfilm at the old Springfield-Greene County Library on North Booneville, which I was able to view with help from the lady Librarian around 1980. As she pointed out the page was cut and pasted to remove the article and replaced it with something else.
The Librarian had discussed this with Frank Farmer, the reporter that wrote the article, who was her close friend. Long time Mansfield High School Principal, Charles F. Calame attended the event with his good friend General LeMay. My longtime Mansfield friend Andy Anderson who lived near Willow Springs at that time was there on that Sunday too. Andy introduced me to the General at Andy’s home in Mansfield autumn of 1959.
There were over 1,000 witnesses at the event outside Mountain View that Sunday near the home of Buck Nelson. What was the event? A 17 year old young man was leaving Earth heading back to his home on Venus by flying saucer at over 5,000 mph according to USAF radar.
U.S.A.F. fighter jets already in the air, gave chase and could hardly believe what they were witnessing. Local and county law enforcement were present, as were Missouri State Highway Patrol officers, U.S.A.F. personnel and a sizeable presence of Military Police. By late Sunday night and early Monday many of the people who attended, reported being threatened with bodily harm if they told anyone what they had witnessed. These included Farmer and other staff at the Springfield News-Leader newspaper. This newspaper paper now declares Farmer never worked for their paper until 1957. I knew the pilot who flew Farmer down to Mountain View on both Sundays. He was a Springfield jeweler who accompanied Farmer on many occasions to cover stories.