Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau will be presenting “UFO Northwest” – the true 1947 story of how Washington State spawned the original ‘Men in Black’ – on Saturday, May 4, 2024, from 2-4 p.m., featuring Steve Edmiston.

Steve Edmiston

This free event will take place at the Highline Heritage Museum in Burien (map below).

Edmiston, known for writing and producing the award-winning “The Maury Island Incident” short film, which was locally produced and shot (including at an historic farmhouse in Tukwila), brings a unique, historic perspective to this intriguing topic.

Here’s more from Humanities Washington:

“On August 1, 1947, the tragic crash of a B-25 bomber in Washington State triggered an FBI investigation of ‘The Maury Island Incident’—an infamous Northwest UFO sighting, and history’s first alleged encounter with the so-called ‘Men in Black.’

“The FBI’s records from 1947, which were sealed for decades, reveal Cold War fears, jurisdictional disputes, cover-ups, false confessions, a courageous FBI Special Agent, and the hands-on involvement of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. 

“Relying on the FBI records, this talk exposes a Washington story that shapes our current UFO narratives, from 1950’s pulp magazines to the ubiquitous X-Files and Men in Black film franchises. Also examined: how the Northwest’s unique position in UFO history is challenged by others that assert contradictory narratives.”

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To prepare for this event, you might want to view the full film, which can be viewed at the link below: