The UFO Enthusiasts
The Weekly Standard

In 1995 the city of Roswell, New Mexico, population just trailing 50,000 then as now, discovered that it had the potential to become a major tourist site, courtesy of The X-Files. That immensely popular television series ran from 1993 to 2002 and was briefly revived in early 2016. It combined extraterrestrial-centric science fiction, evergreen paranoia about government cover-ups, and a Twin Peaks-style atmospheric noir that signaled a pervasive darkness underlying cheery middle-American culture. It had as its myth of origins an event that had occurred in Roswell in July 1947: the crash of a mysterious object, believed by some to be a UFO, at a ranch not far from town.

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