Evidence in the UFO field is often that which tends to support one's pet theories regardless of how well grounded it is. The same information can be seen by different person in different ways. One example can be seen on page 175 of UFO CRASH AT ROSWELL. The symbols said to have been visible on an "I" beam which was part of the UFO wreckage. The symbols have been said to be unlike any language seen before, according to previous Roswell reporting. Even here, the symbols are described as being unlike other reports of "languages" of the aliens by UFO precipients.
A superficial glance at the rendition gives the impression of an alien language. Looking at it more closely, one who looks at the symbols without interpreting them in an "alien way" can begin to see letters and numbers. The second symbol, for example, has the appearance of an "8", the third an "I", the fourth an "x".
One must put recollections like this in context. Consider that Marcel's memory is the only source so far which concretely describes writing on the wreckage, we should not forget that
1) The recollection is more than forty years old,
2) It comes from a source who at the time was a young boy,
3) It comes from source in an altered state of consciousness (hypnosis)
There is no assurance that the symbols are correct.
Let's assume that they are. Is there any way to decipher them?. One who is convinced in advance that these are alien symbols will not likely find correlations to any man-understandable language; they are after all "alien" and unlike any writing we know. A more skeptical individual, and I use "skeptical" in the broad sense of one who does not accept quick, unconventional answers, will look very hard for correlations. Indeed some of the symbols do look like crudely drawn letters and numbers.
In examining the last six symbols in the sequence, the third and fourth seem to repeat - a clue that cryptographers look for in deciphering phrases. Let's use this as a springboard for a hypothetical exercise.
The first symbol in the last six-symbol sequence, the one resembling an exclamation point, might represent the letter "B". It has two enclosed loops, one over the other, and an exclamation point would be inappropriate for the middle of a letter sequence. the second, a circle with a sort of tail drawn around it, might represent a letter "a". The next two similar symbols don't seem to represent a dotted letter "i" as there appears to be a rightward slant on the bottom. The same holds true of the first symbol in the entire 10 symbol sequence. Could these be said to be more of a representation of the letter "L". The next to last symbol looks very much like an "O", while the last hourglass shape is difficult. An "X" perhaps? But the forth symbol in the entire 10 symbol sequence appears to be more like an "X". Maybe it is a "Z", or an "N" on its side.
We have a set of letters, hypothetically interpreted. It seems to spell either "BALLOZ" (which doesn't make much sense), or "BALLON". It couldn't be!. A balloon borne device had been the favored explanation for the anti-alien Roswell critics. Such critics could see something like this as a potential alternative interpretation of the symbols, a recollection of the word "balloon" corrupted by the passage of time and the altered mental state of the witness under hypnosis. Toss in the fact that young children often misspell balloon along with a similar interpretation of the other symbols in the sequence, one gets a phrase like "L81X Balloon" and the crashed object begin to sound more like a manmade device.
End of part 2
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