Now, I'm no expert on this incident, but Wikipedia says that the first report of a flying disk came in 1947. This memo was dated March 22, 1950. It doesn't say when the statement was issued (or that part has been redacted), but if people had already been speculating about flying saucers, then that eyewitness account proves nothing.
Also, that is a major MAJOR headline fail.
I live in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada (population 224,300). Here we like to complain about winter a lot, and how hard we have it, and how tough we are to get through it.
Truth is, Saskatchewan's pretty much one of the safest, uneventful places in the world to live as far as large-scale disasters go. We don't have earthquakes, we don't have volcanoes, and the nearest ocean is about a thousand miles away. We get the occasional tornado, but rarely do they do tons of damage (the deadliest killed 28 people in 1912). A couple years back we had one of the biggest blizzards on record, with two fatalities. Sometimes it rains a bunch, and in the 80's a person drowned in a flooded underpass. That's about it.
How prepared am I for a major emergency? I rely solely on tap water, I have a couple cans of tuna kicking around, and I generally drive my car until it's almost out of gas before filling up. In short, I'd be totally screwed.
How the hell do you measure how boneriffic a boner is?
With a Plethysmograph
In seeking the unattainable, simplicity only gets in the way. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982