On This Date in History: In 1969, Captain James Earl Carter of the United States Navy was retired and serving the people of Georgia as Governor. He later became the 39th President of the United States. However, he went into the annals of UFO lore by reporting (complete report) a UFO on this date in 1969. It was a clear evening and Carter was scheduled to speak at the Leary, Georgia Lions Club. Both the governor and several men watched what Carter said was “at one time, as bright as the moon.” He also said that it was sometimes as large as the moon and had described it as “bluish at first, then reddish, luminous, not solid.” The men watched it for about 10 minutes and Carter said it seemed to move toward them and even estimated that the object was 300 to 1000 yards away. A later investigation concluded that the object was the planet Venus. Carter is referred to in some circles as “the UFO President,” among other things.
For UFO enthusiasts, it is more important that Carter on the campaign trail that if he became president, he would “make every piece of information this country has about UFO sightings available to the public and scientists.” Carter kinda kept his promise. He opened up the Freedom of information Act to include UFO sightings. But, after being briefed upon taking office, he quickly blocked any information from being released that could be related to national defense. Thus, the UFO folks were thwarted by their champion.
The University of Texas Longhorns, behind over 400 yards of passing from Colt McCoy, defeated Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl, ending up with a 12-1 record. Now, on January 8, the Oklahoma Sooners will face the Florida Gators for the championship, even though the ‘Horns beat the Sooners on a neutral field earlier in the season and even though Ole Miss beat Florida. Meanwhile, Utah ripped an over-rated Alabama team in the Sugar Bowl to finish the season undefeated. Texas’ only loss was on a last second play at Texas Tech, which was soundly beaten by Ole Miss in the Cotton Bowl. Then there is USC. If you are a playoff proponent, this would be the year for you to go crazy. In the meantime, just recognize the superiority of the Texas Longhorns and consider how far McCoy has come since his second game of his career against Ohio State.
Weather Bottom Line: I was detained by the football game on Monday night and then having to get up early for Jury Duty on Tuesday. I did take a gander and the situation seems to be coming out as I anticipated with rain followed by a little snow on Wednesday evening and perhaps some flurries early Thursday. The GFS continues to be the most bullish with about .75″ of snow with the NAM more like a quarter inch. In both cases, it would be interesting to see how cold the ground is to support any accumulation. Either way, its not that big of a deal. I’ll have more later. I’ve got other things to do right now.