Eric Anthony Rodriguez

Eric Anthony Rodriguez

This past week might have been the best week ever for those interested in extraterrestrial life and the vehicles that bring them to our planet. Some people actually showed up to storm the gates of Area 51 on Friday. There is a show currently on the Discovery Channel that investigates sightings of unidentified flying objects in a scientific manner, and the United States Navy admitted this week that videos published by the New York Times are of “unidentified aerial phenomena.” We can argue later about the government’s change of terminology from UFO to UAP, but the excitement of the alien enthusiast community is understandably at an all time high.

Matty Roberts was not sure what would happen after he created a Facebook page titled “Storm Area 51: They Can’t Stop All of Us” this past June. The 21-year-old who worked at a vape shop created a movement that got the attention of the FBI and the Air Force. At one point, millions of Americans had visited the page and said they would attend the event. Roberts decided not to actually lead his followers into what might have become a suicide mission to uncover what our government is actually hiding inside Area 51. He decided to do the next best thing, host a music festival called Alienstock, for all of the alien enthusiasts.

There was only one problem. The town of Rachel, Nevada (population 58), does not have the infrastructure to handle thousands of people. After trying unsuccessfully to work with the owner of the only hotel in Rachel, Roberts moved the event to Las Vegas and ended up calling it the Area 51 Celebration. There were still events held in the sparsely populated areas of Nevada near the real Area 51. The owner of that one hotel in Rachel, Connie West, definitely had the best week ever. There was no vacancy at the Little A’Le’Inn, and many of the newly-constructed campsites were occupied by those who came to see what would happen at the gates of the secret military base.

There were a few thousand people that came to the area and around a thousand made it all the way to the gates of Area 51. It was a large enough number that someone who is allowed to Tweet from a government-sponsored Twitter account warned “The last thing #Millennials will see if they attempt the #area51raid today” next to a picture of the once classified B-2 stealth bomber. The Department of Defense apologized for the Tweet, and thankfully no bombers were needed to dissuade the crowd from trying to storm the base. Only a few people were detained, and one was arrested for urinating near the gate. People who were hoping the raid would be successful and the contents of Area 51 would be photographed and shared on social media will have to wait for another day.

The real news for those interested in the “Truth” was the Navy’s admission that the recently-made-public videos, that were widely circulated, are real. Beyond the known video footage, there is also further verification of one of the craft that was caught on camera by American spy radar and submarine sonar that was near the area at the time. This will all make an excellent future episode of Contact on the Discovery channel. If the little green men who are almost certainly visiting our planet are waiting to make contact until our technology and intelligence matches theirs, it will be a very long wait…

Eric lives in Suwannee County and is a public school educator. He is an independent contractor. You can reach him at

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