posted on Feb, 27 2004 @ 11:31 AM
Fifty years ago, on February 20, 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower was mysteriously missing for a day during a golf vacation in Palm Springs,
California. The legend is that he made a secret trip to a nearby Air Force base to meet two extraterrestrials. At first he was declared dead, then it
was announced that he went to the dentist. But since he left at night, without telling anyone where he was going, people have always been suspicious.
The trip was billed as a vacation, although it came up very suddenly. The president had taken a vacation in Georgia less than a week before. A
motorcade was observed entering Muroc Air Force Base (now Edwards) on the night of the president's disappearance. The base was also the scene of many
extraordinary UFO sightings, but none were reported on the night in question. In the Washington Post, Peter Carlson writes that one of the biggest
mysteries about that day is that Ike was reported as being dead. The Associated Press ran a story saying, "Pres. Eisenhower died tonight of a heart
attack in Palm Springs." Two minutes later, they retracted the story and said he went to the dentist. It's unlikely that someone would confuse these
two events. What does a dentist have to say? James Mixson wrote and article for the November 1995 issue of the Bulletin of the History of Dentistry
titled "A History of Dwight D. Eisenhower's Oral Health."
He says Ike’s dental records show that on the night of February 20, 1954, Ike chipped the porcelain cap of his "upper left central incisor" and it
was repaired by Dr. Francis A. Purcell, who died in 1974. "The lack of a dental record from Purcell's office," Mixson says, "has helped fuel
belief in this UFO encounter." But "the President had well-documented difficulties with this crown."