I was just rereading that old case from the fifties.
I'm sure you know the one:
Two miners repeatedly saw a saucer. One witnessed it landed on a sandbar while the occupant took a pail of water from the creek. Running back to board the ufo, handing the water to someone inside, climbing aboard and taking off through the dense forest. Having seen the craft on May 20 and the following June 20th, everyone was hoping to see it again the next 20th. A huge crowd awaited, but were disappointed when it was a no-show. The press went on to have quite a field day with the story and the case is officially listed in Blue Book as a hoax (of course).
I don't know how most people think of this case, but I think there was really something to it.
The main thing is the fact they were miners. You have to know how miners are. I am an avid rock collector and have done a little prospecting for personal samples, and a bit of mining and gold panning also. Miners don't want people to know where their claim is usually. If you're on something good, the last thing you want are others taking what you worked so hard to find. I like the testimony of the district ranger for the Plumas Natl. Forest. He said that the witnesses, Black and Van Allen, had been mining the area for 3 summers-tunneling into the mountain like 50 feet, they didn't seem to be drinkers, and they were mining for "fissionable material". Would you want to draw the Sheriff's attention to yourself if you don't even have a proper legal claim? Maybe, things were a lot more lax than today.
Regarding the ore they were mining, I noticed that the July UP newspaper stories changed the uranium to gold or titanium. Why?
The owner of the Brush Creek store said the miners had a good reputation, so we have that too. I don't see any money angle to their faking this story and the only thing they got for it all was nationwide ridicule.
Well, at least that's what I think.