Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2015 14:10:01 +0000 (UTC)
From: michael swords <>
Subject: Re: Photo case submitted by young lady;
Feb. 21, 1960; Grand Blanc, Michigan

The photographer displayed the photo in his store window and then became convinced to tell the USAF about it. In response to that, the Air Force apparently contacted the FBI and two FBI agents showed up and were given the photo. When [somehow --- this photo story was also in the newspapers -ex. Detroit Times 3/9/60] NICAP learned of the case and FBI involvement, they inquired about it to Hoover. "He" replied that the FBI doesn't investigate flying saucers but that they had submitted the photos to an Air Force representative "for whatever action was deemed appropriate by that agency." ... and all that makes perfectly good sense.

Sometime shortly thereafter, the photographer inquired about the photo, and, with goading by NICAP, insisted that he receive the photo back with some statement about the results of the analysis. That then happened, and the Air Force statement was "that the blue spots {should have said "spot"} on the slide are not images but result from damage to the emulsion during the developing process."

NICAP then received the photo and turned it over to Max Miller who had just signed on as NICAP photography consultant. Miller reported on 9/18/1960 that the alleged UFO "quite probably is a cinch mark ... it could either be foreign matter which attached itself to the film during processing or underdeveloped emulsion, and I'm inclined to say the latter ... the greenish inhalation is sympathetic to the defect and is effected by one of the color developers overcompensating around the undeveloped emulsion (if a cinch mark) or foreign matter."


NICAP covered the front end of this case in their Special Bulletin of May 1960, and Hall covered the second half of this in UFOE1. Eberhart also cites the Detroit newspaper, plus a 1967 FSR commentary which tries to link this to the MIB legend.