posted on Dec, 31 2011 @ 10:40 AM
Its true that Bob Lazar's UFO stories turned the vicinity of Area 51 into a tourist mecca for UFO watchers. Glenn Campbell came to Nevada to
investigate, and did some pioneering work in the field of Area 51 research. More importantly he served as a focal point for other researchers, forming
a complex synergistic network for sharing information. Glenn eventually became more interested in government secrecy policies and the
psychological/sociological aspects of Area 51 in popular culture.
Tom Mahood and others investigated Lazar's background extensively and found his credibility questionable. To date, there is absolutely no evidence to
support the existence of Lazar's so-called S-4 facility at Papoose Lake. Aerial and satellite imagery shows no activity or manmade structures at that
location. Lazar described hangars built into the side of a mountain at the edge of the dry lakebed, but the adjacent terrain is actually a gently
sloped alluvial fan. There is no mountain next to the lakebed. Additionally, there is no documentary evidence or testimony from confirmed former Area
51 personnel indicating any facility in the Papoose Lake area.
The advent of the Internet really put Area 51 "on the map" in popular culture, but Area 51 was far from unknown. A government spokesman issued a
press release in May 1955 announcing construction of the base. It was distributed to 18 media outlets in Nevada and Utah including a dozen newspapers,
four radio stations, and two television stations. Further updates on what was then known as the "Watertown Project" followed over the next few
years. In 1959 and 1960, additional information was released on what variously called "Project 51" or "Area 51" at Groom Lake. Over the years,
news stories about airplane crashes at the Area described it as "the super secret Nevada air base." In the pre-Internet era this information was not