Eisenhower, the E.T.'s and Henry W. McElroy, Jr.
Fresh from the state that brought us Betty and Barney Hill, we now have a low-res YouTube video dated May 7 that shows a man identified as retired New Hampshire State Representative Henry W. McElroy Jr. reading a rather eyebrow-raising written statement.
He claims to have seen, while in office, a government document confirming the existence of “benevolent” extraterrestrials on planet Earth. More to the point, he says that the document also confirmed that efforts had been made to set up a meeting between said extraterrestrials and then President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
This breathes new life of sorts into the decades-old rumor that Eisenhower met with extraterrestrials at Edwards Air Force Base in 1954. (Another Ike-E.T. meeting is rumored to have taken place at Holloman AFB in 1955.)
Unable to find a single photograph of McElroy online to compare to the face in the video, I telephoned the New Hampshire State Archive and, a few days later, received a photocopy of McElroy’s listing in the 2003-04 edition of The Handbook of New Hampshire Elected Officials. It included the photo of McElroy shown here.
Satisfied that the man in the video was, indeed, McElroy, I located his home telephone number and was about to call him when I found out that UFO researcher Larry Bryant had beaten me to the punch.
Speaking on the May 21 edition of The (Angelia) Joiner Report, Bryant said that he'd asked McElroy six questions, not directly, but through an intermediary by phone. This intermediary indicated to Bryant that she was the person who'd encouraged McElroy to make the YouTube video.
McElroy's answers to Bryant's questions, which he describes as being rather "cagey," amounted to this:
He's 100% confident that the document he saw was real, but doesn't recall whether it bore any security classification markings. He has nothing more to say on the subject, isn't interested in being interviewed and isn't going to help anybody verify the authenticity of the alleged briefing document. Moreover, if asked, he would not be willing to testify before a congressional committee.
But wait a minute. Did anybody else see the document? Did anybody think to make a copy of it? And how did a freshman state legislator come to possess, however briefly, such an explosive (and, one would think, incredibly well-guarded) piece of paper?
These questions and others may never be answered, but one thing seems certain. Henry W. McElroy Jr.'s documentary film career is off to a terrible start.