60 Year Anniversary

The Long Strange Trip of Barney and Betty Hill

Sixty years after the Hills said they encountered extraterrestrials, my obsession to tell the story only strengthens.

Bryce Zabel
Apr 6 · 17 min read
Look Magazine | Photographer: Paul Fusco | 1966

A First Time for Everything

It Happened One Night

The official sign is technically wrong. The Hills did discuss their sighting publicly, filing reports with the Air Force and NICAP, and telling their Unitarian church group and a UFO study group about it. It was not “leaked” to the Boston Traveler. In reality, hard-nosed journalist John Luttrell Sr. reported the story the old fashioned way — he tracked down sources, got copies of reports and wrote about it. Luttrell deserves the credit for breaking the story in 1965.

Stand by Me

When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we’ll see
No I won’t be afraid
Oh, I won’t be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

The Story Heard Round the World

“People Already Say Things”

“I am a Black man married to a white woman, Mister Loengard. People already say things.”

Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience

New Thinking on an Old Case

What if it’s not a binary choice?

What if they were targeted?

Race

Cold War

Will the Real Barney Hill Please Stand Up?

What Really Happened?

Trail of the Saucers

Remixing UFO/UAP News, Culture, Analysis, History & Opinion

Bryce Zabel

Written by

Writer/producer in features & TV. Creator, five primetime series. Ex: TV Academy CEO; CNN reporter; USC professor. Author: Beatles, JFK what-ifs. UFO analyst.

Trail of the Saucers

Remixing UFO/UAP News, Culture, Analysis, History & Opinion from an Expanding Collective of Writers

Bryce Zabel

Written by

Writer/producer in features & TV. Creator, five primetime series. Ex: TV Academy CEO; CNN reporter; USC professor. Author: Beatles, JFK what-ifs. UFO analyst.

Trail of the Saucers

Remixing UFO/UAP News, Culture, Analysis, History & Opinion from an Expanding Collective of Writers

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