Another Good Story Ruined: Saucers Over L.A.! -- Part 7
These days, many of The Times photos and negatives are held at UCLA. Here’s one of two negatives that Scott Harrison of our photo department got from the archives. As I said at the beginning, the searchlight photo has been heavily retouched, but it is authentic to some extent.
Another Good Story Ruined: Saucers Over L.A.! – Part 1
We can tell this is a copy negative because of the crop marks. Notice that the blacked-out skyline has already been painted in.
It’s not quite as clear whether the searchlights have been airbrushed.
But instead of blobs of paint, the photo has round spots of light, perhaps lens flares or some type of reflection in the lens.
This is another negative from UCLA and it doesn’t appear to have been retouched.
This time, there’s no paint evident along the bottom of the picture.
No airbrushing is evident on the beams from the searchlights.
Now we see exactly what Marvin Miles said of that night: “But the objects in the sky slowly moved on, caught in the center of the lights like the hub of a bicycle wheel surrounded by gleaming spokes.”
Is it a UFO? As far as I’m concerned, it’s nothing but a convergence of light beams with some randomly clustered dots of light. Another good story ruined.