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MCMINNVILLE, Ore. – Two shots of a flying saucer over McMinnville are some of the most debated pieces of Oregon history.
Paul and Evelyn Trent took the pictures in 1950, and now their children are trying to get the negatives returned.
But the negatives are in the hands of the McMinnville News-Register newspaper, who believes they should be part of a permanent historic display in Yamhill County.
The story of how this fight developed begins on the Trent Farm more than 50 years ago.
Evelyn Trent was feeding rabbits, saw something strange in the sky and hollered for her husband, who grabbed his camera and started shooting. And then the saucer was gone.
The photos were printed in the local newspaper, which sold thousands of copies across the country.
The family owns those negatives, so if the newspaper isn't going to return them, they should at least pay compensation. They've done a lot of studies on these photos and despite best efforts have not been able to find any evidence of strings or wires or other fakery.
In fact, maybe they should be required to pay a nominal rental fee. If taken to court it might be a tidy sum, especially since these are one of the few examples of photographic evidence which not only included the negatives in the submission, but also survived close inspection by computer analysis.