Bob Lazar Story Covered by Reno Gazette-Journal
In a newspaper article published by the Reno Gazette-Journal July 24, 1994, the newspaper covers Area 51 and the Bob Lazar alien story. Bob Lazar (Robert Lazar) is a UFO celebrity who claims to have worked at Area 51 (more specifically S-4 located 15 miles southwest of Area 51 at Papoose Lake) on alien spacecraft in 1988.
Newspaper Article Transcription:
UFO debate blasts into tiny Nevada town
RACHEL – A sign outside the Little A’le’Inn reads: “Welcome UFOs and crews, Kneepsheep Nknock Ip Nknook.”
That second part is in a space language, what bar owner Joe Travis calls “Univarian.” But earthlings are welcome, too.
Travis, 54, and wife Pat, 51, changed the name of the Rachel Bar & Grill to the Little A’le’Inn (pronounced ay-lee-inn) in 1990 and have seen a small stream of UFO buff’s follow.
“Every business needs a gimmick,” says Joe Travis, who started collecting UFO paraphernalia for the bar.
And what better place to turn into UFO Central than a bar in the middle of the southern Nevada desert, where one of the strangest stories about alien spaceships still not disproved surfaced?
The story of Bob Lazar
The bar’s name change was spurred by a 1989 feature, “UFOs: the Best Evidence,” on a Las Vegas television station.
George Knapp, then-anchorman on KLAS, interviewed Bob Lazar, a man who claimed he was hired in 1988 as a civilian contractor for the Navy and ended up working on one of nine alien spacecraft stored at Papoose Lake, 15 miles south of Groom Lake.
Lazar now runs a small photograph processing laboratory in Las Vegas, his close friends say. He also refuses to talk to the media.
But what has impressed critics is that Lazar has never deviated from his storyline.
On a trip to Nevada in 1985, he bought a legal brothel that was so profitable he didn’t have to return to his full-time job at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.
When Lazar wanted to return to scientific work in 1988, he was hired as an independent contractor to work for the Department of Naval Intelligence on a project involving advanced propulsion systems.
He was flown to Area 51, driven in a bus with blacked-out windows 15 miles south to an installation, “S-4” at Papoose Lake.
Lazar was assigned to “back-engineer” – learn the secrets of – a reactor on one of the craft, which he said was about 15 feet tall, 52 feet in diameter, seamlessly rounded and made of a shiny substance like brushed stainless steel.
He never saw any extraterrestrials, but saw one craft fly once, emitting a slight hissing sound as it hovered at 30 feet.
Even more fantastic, Lazar came upon reports at the base that the craft came from the Zeta Reticuli star system, and beings told Earth Officials they had been coming to this planet for 10,000 years and accelerated human evolution.
Lazar was fired after government taps on his home telephone picked up he had marital problems, which meant he was a security risk. But since he knew the alien craft flight schedule, he took friends into the desert to watch.
The third time, guards caught him: he was debriefed at Nellis Air Force base and threatened.
That’s why Lazar came forward and talked to George Knapp. He thought the public attention would save his hide.
The KLAS series alarmed some viewers. A man wrote Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, beseeching him to check into the covered-up program of alien spacecraft and “live aliens in captivity.” A woman implored Reid to “actively research and bring a stop the inhumane testing of human beings that is being granted to these extraterrestrials in exchange for their advanced technology.”
The Air Force says it has no record of Lazar working at Nellis. And Lazar’s credibility was called into question when he was convicted in 1990 of setting up a surveillance system and database for an illegal Las Vegas brothel.