“A strange object drifting southwestward through the sky has scores of North and South Carolinians agog today. The object, on which descriptions varied, was first spotted at Fayetteville … at about 4:30 p.m. yesterday. ... Except for its shape and the scores who witnessed it, the reports were reminiscent of the myriad tales of flying saucers current since the war …” — “Strange Object Floats Across the Carolinas,” The Landmark, Dec. 29, 1949, Page 1.

Scott and Suzanne Ramsey live a little east of Mooresville, just inside Rowan County. I have written about them before. You may recall that Scott is the “Uncle Scott” in “Uncle Scott’s Root Beer,” a non-alcoholic beverage he and Suzanne formulated and began marketing a few years ago. Their beverage can be purchased at local Food Lion grocery stores and other venues.

When I met them at their home back in 2017, it was to talk about their root beer. As interesting and delicious as that subject was, while talking to them I found out that they were also the authors of a book about a UFO (read “flying saucer”) incident that happened in March 1948 near the small town of Aztec, New Mexico. I did not mention the book in my column on the Ramseys that ran in the June 4, 2017, R&L, as I wanted to focus my readers’ attention on their drink.

As far back as I can remember, I have been interested in aircraft and science, including science fiction. When I was 12, I began reading everything I could find about UFOs or flying saucers and even did a science-fair project in junior high on that subject; I won the third-place award. I have continued to be interested in the topic and have done several columns about local sightings of these mysterious objects in our skies.

Now that I have gotten around to reading their 317-page paperback book, I wanted to share their work with my readers. “The Aztec UFO Incident,” as it is called, involved the (supposed?) discovery of a saucer-shaped craft, measuring approximately 100 feet in diameter, atop a mesa in New Mexico, just eight months and some 370 miles as the B-29 flies from the better-known (supposed?) crash of a saucer at Roswell, New Mexico, in early July 1947. The full title of the Ramseys’ book is “The Aztec UFO Incident: The Case, Evidence and Elaborate Cover-Up of One of the Most Perplexing Crashes in History,” which gives a straight, upfront summary of the book.

Unlike the Roswell incident, the saucer that made a forced landing near Aztec was intact, and a number of local people arrived at the scene before members of the U.S. military crawled over the craft and even went inside it before they ran off the locals and warned them to keep quiet about what they had seen.

Suzanne Ramsey’s family lived near Aztec in what is referred to as the “Four Corners” area, where the borders of New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah converge. Suzanne and Scott have invested 32 years in researching, interviewing, finding new leads, collecting documentation, pondering on and writing their book, first published in 2016. Scott Ramsey confides to us readers: “Chapter 14 required the most time and effort in research for this book. We spent almost four years in gathering information on … (scientists) who were on the government payroll at that time.”

The Ramseys and Dr. Frank Thayer, a professor emeritus at New Mexico State University, have delved deeply into the story of this incident, and they have meticulously documented their sources. Their conclusions about the incident are provocative, especially their ninth conclusion, which reads in part, “… People in general are unwilling to consider the enormity of the implications the facts would force them to face.”

And what was the most likely fact?

“The witnesses were all 100 percent certain,” Thayer and the Ramseys write, “that what they saw that day was not a conventional aircraft, nor was it a prototype Air Force design that strayed off course and crashed on the high plains of New Mexico. Based on clear witness memories, there is no doubt that they saw a landed flying saucer from origins unknown.”

A new book on the Aztec Incident is scheduled for publication within the next few years, which will include information gathered since their 2016 book. As to why a new book on this incident is needed, Suzanne Ramsey explains: “In our two previous books on the Aztec Incident, we have done our best to include as much information as possible. However, publishers have limitations on the number of pages, photos, documents, etc. The research on and documentation of this incident is unlike any other incident of this kind, including the pre-incident sightings by the military, citizens and law enforcement; the incident itself; physical evidence; the scientists that worked on the craft; and the cover-up.

“To properly share this information, we plan to write a book that tells the complete story and furnishes much of the information.”

You might want to read their book for yourself and see how convinced you are. Copies of “The Aztec UFO Incident” by Scott Ramsey, Suzanne Ramsey and Frank Thayer, Ph.D., are available through eBay.com and Amazon.com. Copies can also be purchased at GG’s Art, Frames & Gifts, on the Square in Statesville. Additionally, copies are available to read at the Mooresville Public Library in book and audio formats.

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