I first met Walter Haut in the 1990s. He was the consumate
gentleman who always had a kind word and a mischievious smile. He was
stalwart in his assessment that his fame in the UFO community and
beyond was undeserved. Of course, he was as wrong as he could be, as
history has a way of illuminating a moment in time.
Over the years I had the opportunity to sit and visit with him
privately and in groups. I interviewed him twice for the record. Once
was in 1999, when a French film production company visited me and I
took them to Roswell to meet Walter. It was during that filming session
that Walter admitted to me the first of several blockbusters. I asked
him if the alleged disc recovery was a cover-up. He replied that it was
and admitted for the first time that he actually was in the meeting
when General Roger Ramey declared that the disc recovery was to be
denied and that the weather balloon story would be the cover story.
In 2001, Dennis Balthaser and I interviewed Walter for the record
and recorded it on digital tape. It was during that interview that we
discovered things about Walter that nobody outside his family really
knew. Walter was very generous and left for history his acknowledgment
that he had actually seen the wreckage and the body, which he described
Fame never altered Walter Haut. He remained a soft-spoken man who
loved to see young people visit the museum. His hope was that they
would get a better understanding of Ufology and maybe, just maybe, they
might be led to eductional rewards in science.
I shall miss his easy-going smile. I do remember one tidbit I
haven't really shared with many in the field of Ufology. While the
French film team was at the museum, I talked with Walter off the
record. I told him that I thought the most obvious place to take a
recovered alien body(s), would be the infamous Lovelace Clinic. It was
founded by Col. William R. Lovelace in the 1940s and many classified
projects were performed there for the government. Walter leaned back
against the front visitor counter and smiled for a long, long time. He
said, "You are extremely astute." Of course I tried to get him to open
up more, but his smile and he walked slowly away.
A bombadier who flew through the mushroom cloud of an atomic
explosion and gave the world news of a crashed flying disc, has no
doubt trumped us all.
Rest Well, Walter