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originally posted by: CardDown
Frank Scully was instrumental in spreading the meme of a UFO cover-up by exploiting the Air Force's typical military secrecy policies and their bungling public relations and mixed messages. Scully, more than Donald Keyhoe, effectively trained the public to believe that if there is no UFO evidence, that's because the government is hiding it.
Silas Newton's Aztec crashed flying saucer hoax was made into a best-selling book by Frank Scully in 1950, and millions more heard about the story from radio and newspaper coverage. It helped lay the foundations for UFO belief, and when the book was discredited, the Scully story was rejected, but the concepts it introduced were still embraced.
For more on the early developments in UFO history and how the legends were born, see:
The Saucers That Time Forgot
originally posted by: TXRabbit
Frank Scully. Dana Scully (X-Files). Coincidence?