Whatever or whoever they were, you first heard about these conspiracy-theory hall-of-famers right here in the Northwest. One of them reportedly traces to a downtown Tacoma cafe.
On June 21, 1947 — two weeks before whatever happened in Roswell — Harold Dahl of Tacoma reported an encounter with six donut-shaped discs hovering above the water south of Maury Island. Three days later, a federal marshal reported nine unidentified objects flying across the north face of Mount Rainier; from this encounter, “flying saucer” first flew from the media’s mouth.
“Man in black” — the appellation applied to an agent with spooky ties to alien conspiracies and cover-ups — was born at a downtown Tacoma cafe, the Seattle Museum of Mysteries says. After eating breakfast with a man described as being dressed in black and driving a black Buick, Dahl claimed his UFO encounter was a hoax.