posted on Jan, 15 2008 @ 02:15 AM
Greetings Isaac, et al,
My apologies for not getting back to you re our previous dialogue, I'll give you the details in a day or so.
Heres why its widely considered a hoax.
In regards to the "Airship Phenomenon" of 1896-'97 . . . no doubt there were some hoaxes involved; however, what became an "international
spectacle" was "short on hoax" and long on "extraordinary!"
These events began in Sacramento, and having done a great deal of research on the subject I can say with authority that the townsfolk saw a UFO (in
the verbatim); personally, I believe what was witnessed in Sacramento, and then later in San Francisco, as well as other parts of the Bay Area was
indeed an "Airship" The technology had been around for decades and test-flights were performed (in Burlingame [Bay Area]) as early as 1859.
Initially, the Sacramento papers poo-poohed the sightings . . . that is until they became to numerous, and to many "reputable citizens reported
seeing the strange craft.
While the sightings were occurring in Sacramento, the San Francisco and Oakland papers were having a hey-day, stating that Sacramentans were spending
to much time in the opium dens, and or "pulling the cork to often."
Their tone would change as well, once the contrivance appeared over their cities.
Here is an article
from the San Francisco Call dated , Nov 22,
Knowledge is Power