By Dan Miller
September 22, 2008
It was an outlandish news story that I became a bit preoccupied with 47 years ago.
Then, just days ago, it got my attention again -- but for a whole different reason.
Originally -- way back then -- I was fascinated because I'd never heard of anything like it... and the people involved seemed so credible.... a social worker and a postal worker, both around 40.
Of course I was young and impressionable, still in the last vestiges of my teen years, and eager to accept such a story as factuality.
I was far from alone in my acceptance of the story.... many others did, and still do.
It has never been explained or disproved.
On a peaceful, late September night in 1961, a reputable, trustworthy couple... Barney and Betty Hill... were traveling in their 1957 Chevrolet along a mostly deserted US Route 3 near Indian Head, New Hampshire.
They were returning home from a vacation north of the border in Canada.
And there, on that lonely road in the mountains of New England, they insisted something really weird happened.
A giant flying saucer hovered over their car, and when they stopped to investigate, they were abducted by space aliens.
To this day, it probably remains the most detailed and credible story of an alien abduction.
It was the subject of several books, including the best seller "The Interrupted Journey" ... and there have been at least two movies made about the abduction of the Hills.... one in 1975 titled "The UFO Incident" starring James Earl Jones and Estelle Parsons.
I won't go into detail about what supposedly happened.... you can easily find more than you might care to read about it by Googling "Barney and Betty Hill"... but I will tell you what caught my attention the other day as I read an article chronicling the abduction on its 47th anniversary.
As much as I always wanted to believe the Hill's story, I couldn't help but wonder why space aliens would travel light years across the universe, only to select these two rather unremarkable earthlings as guinea pigs for their strange probes and tests.
Well, the answer was right there all the time.
It's simple... the Hills were driving a '57 Chevy.
Even aliens from other worlds are enchanted by a really nice '57 Chevy.
I'm living proof that a '57 Chevy can spawn unlikely behavior.
I submit for your consideration, this....
Thirty-nine years ago when I was preparing to move from South Carolina to Nashville, I was the owner of a '57 Chevy Bel Air .
I decided that, rather than drive it to Nashville, I would offer to sell it to a guy named Alan who bought my house in South Carolina.
You know how much I asked for -- and got -- for that '57 Chevrolet? $5.
That's right.... $5.
Not $50... not $500... not $5,000.... but $5.
I recently saw a nice '57 Chevy on eBay selling for $50,000!
You know what?
Those space aliens should come back and probe my head to see if they can figure out what in the world I was thinking.
I wonder if Alan still has that old car.... and I wonder if he's ever been visited by space aliens.