Iconic FATE magazine to sponsor 6/22 party commemorating Men in Black’s origins in 1947
SPELL The magazine – said to be the world’s oldest magazine devoted to UFOs and other paranormal topics – lent its support behind ‘6/22: The Men in Black Birthday Party,’ the very first event celebrating the 75and anniversary of the Maury Island incident and the world’s first alleged encounter with the iconic Men in Black.
The evening of 22/06 will take place on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, and is scheduled to start at 6:22 p.m. at the Quarterdeck in Des Moines, on the shores of Puget Sound and in the shadow of Maury Island. The evening will feature the Men in Black Birthday Bash Awards (the MIBBBYs) to celebrate outstanding contributions to Pacific Northwest mythology.
The North Carolina-based magazine’s support is inspired by its own historical connection to the infamous 1947 “flying disc” sightings in Washington.
“Our stories – the foundation of SPELL Magazine and the strange happenings of the Maury Island Incident – are shared in many ways”, Phyllis Galde, FATE editor, said. “Our founder Ray Palmer was instrumental in the 1947 Maury Island investigations during the Summer of the Saucers.”
In July 1947, Palmer – then editor of amazing stories – hired Kenneth Arnold, a pilot famous for his own UFO sighting at Mount Rainier, to cover the story of the Maury Island incident. Arnold interviewed Maury Island UFO witness Harold Dahl. Arnold’s own story helped launch SPELL in March 1948, and Arnold and Palmer’s 1953 book “The Coming of the Saucers” fully revealed Dahl’s encounter with Men in Black in 1947.
“We had to be involved with the 75and Anniversary,” Galde said. “Maury Island’s history is important and has been ignored for far too long. Also, sometimes history should be fun.
6/22 co-founder Steve Edmiston agreed.
“We’ve celebrated Maury Island for a decade at a private event we call Burning Saucer, but 6/22 is kind of our coming out party,” Edmiston said. “For us, preserving this history and this culture is a mission. Maury Island’s history is continually ignored for reasons that – based on the FBI’s own records – have been shown to be historically inaccurate. We are trying to change that. And there is no doubt that Maury Island provides the first reported encounter of Men in Black. Our gratitude to SPELL joining us in shedding light on history is immeasurable.
The Northwest’s UFO history and its status as the birthplace of the Men in Black has long been celebrated by Maury Island Incident Historical Society. The event was labeled the Birthday party for men in black by Geek’s Lairfeatured in Believe it or not by Ripley, inspired the award-winning film The Maury Island Incident, landed a segment on History Channel ancient aliensand inspired the Washington State Senate to pass Resolution 8648 to recognize the contribution of the Maury Island incident to the history and culture of Washington.
WHAT: ‘6/22: The Men in Black Birthday Party
WHEN: Wednesday, June 22, 2022. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; the Great Synchronization is at 6:22 p.m.
OR: Quarterdeck – 22307 Dock Ave. S., Des Moines, WA 98198 (map below)
TICKETS: On sale now at EventBrite.
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About FATE magazine.
Six decades before AMC’s Walking Dead, SyFy’s Paranormal Witness, late night radio’s Coast to Coast AM, and countless websites, blogs, books, and movies began captivating audiences with true stories of the paranormal – there was FATE – a first-of-its-kind publication devoted to in-depth coverage of mysterious and unexplained phenomena. FATE publishes true reports of the weird and the unknown and has been published continuously since 1948. FATE is published by Galde Press, Inc. Phyllis Galde serves as publisher and editor.
About Quarterdeck at Des Moines Marina
The Quarterdeck serves beer, wine, and coffee, all enjoyed with the best view in Des Moines. Learn more about https://www.quartierdeckdm.com. Contact: Ken Rogers [email protected]
About the Maury Island Incident Historical Society / Burning Saucer
The annual meeting of the Maury Island Incident Historical Society, aka Burning Saucer, is a private community celebration of Puget Sound’s most infamous alleged UFO sighting that features the annual “telling the story”, as well as a serious dose of comedy, camaraderie, and real history, all followed by that famous flamboyant flying saucer. Learn more about https://www.quadrant45.com/#/mauryisland.
About Steve Edmiston (6/22 Host)
Steve is appointed to the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau and has delivered keynote addresses for the Washington State Historical Society, Smith Tower Rumrunners Club, McMenamin’s History Pubs, conferences, festivals, historical societies, and business groups. He is also a business, entertainment and intellectual property lawyer, as well as a freelance film writer/producer. He is credited with four feature films (including Lifetime’s Crimes of the past), and his award-winning shorts include The Maury Island incident, the day my parents turned cool, and Thr33. Contact person: Steve Edmiston [email protected] or visit https://www.quadrant45.com.
The Quarterdeck is located at 22307 Dock Ave S.: