Published in The Coast Star on August 28, 2003 By Fred Carl
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The Internet is a vast intellectual space where many ‘ideas and topics can be presented virtually, by virtually anyone.  Many leads to information about Camp Evans’ history have been preserved in archives that were discovered thanks to the Internet.
One would never have suspected documents from Camp Evans were on file at Princeton University, Stanford University, the University of Maryland, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, the Sarnoff Center, the National Archives and the Smithsonian Institution.  Thanks to the Internet, one can search an archive without wasting hours and hours searching, burning an ounce of gas or even leaving home.
Over time, more and more organizations have placed copies of original documentation on their web sites that were authored at Camp Evans or refer to work at Camp Evans. This is especially true for once-classified documents relating to Cold War era atomic and nuclear bomb tests conducted in the Pacific Ocean.
As the Army’s radiation dosimetry laboratory scientists and engineers from Camp Evans played an important part in these tests.  Various groups for and against nuclear research have placed documents that add another piece to the puzzle of Camp Evans once classified history.
An interesting, if not entertaining, group of Internet web sites are those discussing the evidence for and against the existence of aliens and unidentified flying objects [UFOs].
Some web sites discuss UFOs seen in the shore area since 1947.  Camp Evans weather scientists are quoted in published reports that the helium filled weather balloons released from Camp Evans on a nearly daily basis could easily be mistaken for UFOs The balloons and the instruments hung below them could cause unusual reflections as they spun in the fast moving; upper atmosphere winds.  Often the weather instruments were designed to be released for recovery.  As they were released the balloon would suddenly accelerate upwards without the weight of the instruments.  At a certain height the expanding helium would burst the balloon, giving the impression it disappeared.
Of course, according to some, this was all government cover-up to prevent general panic if the population knew UFOs were visiting.
A once-classified activity in which Camp Evans was involved, Project Mogul, had as a goal to develop balloons that would fly across the Soviet Union undetected.
The instruments below the balloon would detect radioactive dust which would be evidence of Soviet nuclear tests.
These balloons are also a potential source of UFO sightings.
A 1951 Special Report No. I – Project Grudge, explains a UFO sighted by a T-33 Jet flying up the New Jersey coast as another weather balloon released from Camp Evans. This time the balloon and the jet were tracked with radar.
A famous person blamed Project Diana and the radar beams Camp Evans bounced off the moon for the beginning of aliens visiting and living among us.  The powerful radio waves first transmitted from Wall in 1946 must have alerted the aliens of man’s existence.
Who is this famous person? It is former Shore resident Jack Nicholson.  He declared in a well-known campfire scene in the classic 1969 film “Easy Rider,” “They’ve been coming here ever since 1946 – when the scientists first started bouncing radar beams off the moon.  And they’ve been livin’ and workin’ amongst us in vast quantities ever since. The government knows all about ’em.”
You may want to visit to hear the audio clip.
Too bad the aliens did not detect and listen to 1930s radio programs such as the “Lone Ranger,” or “The Shadow.”  Any alien would have enjoyed a radio episode more than the beep-beep of a radar signal.
The Internet, the research tool of the 21st century.
“Say good night Gracie.”

     [Fred Carl is the director of the InfoAge Science History Learning Center]

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