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Film, Video Eleanor Roosevelt, Robert Oppenheimer and UFOs

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Title

  • Eleanor Roosevelt, Robert Oppenheimer and UFOs

Summary

  • In the late 1940s, reports of UFOs and "flying saucers" became an American cultural obsession. Movies such as "Invaders from Mars" (1953), "Earth vs. the Flying Saucers" (1956), and other popular media capitalized on the mainstream fascination. Even people like former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt were intrigued by the reports of flying saucers. After interviewing a pair of pilots on her television program who reported a UFO sighting, Roosevelt received written material from a fringe group that believed UFOs were piloted by interdimensional beings. Roosevelt wrote to physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer in May of 1950, asking what he thought of UFOs. Here is what he had to say.

Event Date

  • July 07, 2023

Running Time

  • 1 minutes 32 seconds

Online Format

  • video
  • image
  • online text

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