Thanks X, but it was definitely around '73, not '79. Your link was helpful in that it led me to a couple of blurbs... still nothing too detailed. It
was Garland Texas in 1973.
"Another account of the incident was quoted like this; In the spring of 1973, the Dallas Times Herald ran some stories about a UFO "crash" in
April, 1897. A small, shiny, "cigar-shaped" craft was said to have crashed into a windmill in Aurora, Texas. The strange craft's tiny pilot was
said to have been "blown to pieces."
How did the Times Herald learn about the "crash"? Bill Case, a reporter, found the story in an 1897 Dallas newspaper. Later, Bill Case and a
treasure-hunter named Frank Kelley went to the "crash site." They dug up a few scraps of "strange-looking" metal. By mid-June, news reporters,
curiosity seekers, and UFO fans were piling into Aurora. A new interest in UFO's was born -- at least in that part of Texas."
Around the same time, Mrs. Marie Harris, of Garland, Texas, said that there was a strange thing growing in her backyard. It was "as big as a platter,
foamy and creamy, and pale yellow." It also "pulsated like a beating heart." When Mrs. Harris hacked it with a hoe, it "bled," she said. Its
"blood" was a red and purple goo.
People called it "The Blob." A biologist from the University of Texas called it a fungus. Finally, sunlight seemed to kill it.
A national news magazine linked the story of "The Blob" with the story of the old UFO "crash" at Aurora. That magazine story, surely, must have
set great numbers of people thinking about visitors from outer space.
Wish I could find the original article.