Thursday, April 12, 2012

1st Press on the Cash-Landrum case

The first news story to cover the Cash-Landrum incident,
Weekly World News Mar 24, 1981:

I'm guessing the interview and photos were taken in mid-February (speculating that the hearts on Colby's outfit were related to Valentine's Day).

How this story happened:
Vickie Landrum called Robert Gribble of NUFORC National UFO Reporting Center) on Feb. 2 to report the incident. Gribble reported it to APRO (Aerial Phenomenon Research Organization, where it was intercepted by rogue APRO member Bill English. English contacted the Weekly World News and sold them the story. (Not as heinous or unusual as it sounds, as UFO groups had close alliances with tabloid papers at the time.)

Following this, Cathy Gordon of the Conroe Courier wrote a 2-part series that beat the Weekly World News story into print, appearing Feb. 21 & 22.

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