Hey Gazrok -
Good work verifying the articles - there was so much information regarding the LA Times article, I didn't think it was a hoax, but it's good to know
it is actually there in the Archives. I might order a copy anyway, as it might make a cool wall poster... right next to my "I want to believe"
I've mentioned it to a few people who were around back then, but they don't remember and look at me like I'm bananas. I've seen the Marshall
documents and the Majestic 12 stuff - something
seems to be going on here...
The evidence does seem to be pointing toward UFO involvement, either extra-terrestrial or not, however, for the sake of discussion -
I keep thinking about the possibility of an early military 'holographic projection' exercise. The 'thing' materialized over MGM studios in Culver
City - I don't know exactly why, but the mention of a major movie studio in the article makes me wonder. Also, eyewitnesses say the shells fired at
it had no effect, and seemed to pass right through the thing. Thirdly, the air raid sirens were sounded, and the city was blacked out - if this was a
holographic exercise, a black out would have helped focus a projected image in the sky.
So, possibly a special ops hologram team was testing this technology with an image of a "classic" flying saucer, which would soon be introduced into
society with a variety of sightings. They used the ruse of an air raid to see if the regular army and coastal defense would actually see the thing
and believe it real enough to shoot at it. They did. Success - regular folks on the ground bought it - even reports to the president said, "looks
like a UFO to me, sir".
I'm not anti-alien theory - I'm just suspicious of everything, I guess. Gaz, what'cha think?
Also, I heard a story from a Santa Barbara resident regarding the sub attack. This is one of the "legends" of the attack in the area. Apparently,
this was a rouge japanese sub, and the captain of the sub actually used to live in Santa Barbara before the war. He had a personal vendetta against
some people in the area, and under his own initiative, he took the sub off course and lobbed the bombs into the SB oil refinery. Yes, this is simply
a story, but it's a popular belief among Santa Barbarians.