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By Finn J.D. John
Chronicle Columnist 

Offbeat Oregon History - Flying saucer stories got their start in Pendleton


March 14, 2019

Image provided/Ziff-Davis Publishing Co.

The October 1957 issue of Amazing Stories Magazine, published 10 years after Nolan Skiff and Bill Bequette started the fad with their article about Kenneth Arnold's UFO sighting in the Pendleton East Oregonian, was "The Flying Saucer Issue."

If you were getting ready to take a UFO-themed road trip around the western U.S., there are several places that would naturally be at the top of the list.

There's Roswell, New Mexico, of course. And Area 51 in Nevada. And while in Nevada, a trip to the town of Pahrump - from which, since 1984, the great Art Bell and later George Noory have filled the small hours after every midnight with the four-hour Coast to Coast AM paranormal talk show.

Most casual UFO aficionados wouldn't put any Oregon destinations on that list unless they happened to be taking their tour in the third weekend of May,...

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