From 1947 –
1969, the United States Air Force conducted an “investigation” into the UFO
phenomena. It began as Project Sign, Grudge and later became known by its more
popular name as Project Blue Book.
After only a
few years into the project, the Air Force continually discredited UFO
witnesses, cases and told the public most cases were generally explainable as
swamp gas, the planet Venus, hoaxes, etc. But one man did not believe the
explanations given, and in 1966, began pushing for Congressional hearings on
the topic. His name? Gerald Ford.
more popularly referred to as the 38th President of the United States, in 1966,
he was still a Representative from Michigan’s 5th congressional district, and
at the time, the House Minority Leader.
In his own
week’s end, the Air Force explained away the UFO’s as a product of
college-student pranks, swamp gas, the rising crescent moon, and the planet
Venus. But the Air Force has been explaining away UFO’s for years,
and I don’t believe the American people generally are satisfied with its
that reason, I have proposed that there be a congressional investigation of UFO’s.
try to get to the bottom of this thing. I know some people are alarmed by it.”
will find many of his statements and press releases, obtained from the Gerald
Ford Library, in which Ford pressed the issues and pushed forward for UFO Congressional
This is a scan of the original document, as
obtained from the Gerald Ford Presidential Library. The original documents are
located in Box D6, folder “Ford Press Releases – Column for 5th District
Weeklies, 1966” of the Ford Congressional Papers: Press Secretary and Speech