Did the Tomato Man come from outer space?


A silvery disk crashed in Mexico, and someone took photographs of the alien.

In the late 1980s, I was overjoyed to be invited to attend a program meeting of UFO enthusiasts. Some were high-ranking MUFON members. I took along a friend who had like-interests and I had talked this friend into asking a question during the question and answer session at the end.

The reason I did not want to be the question-asker myself, was because I wanted to scan the faces of the group as the question was asked and see if I could detect anything by their facial expressions or body language.

The moment had arrived. The guest speaker, who had given a wonderful program on Area 51, had asked for questions in general, any or all. My friend then asked, “What is your opinion of Tomato Man?”

I tried to check as many faces as I could with a quick scan. Clearly one third of the people there sneered at the question. Some shook their heads in disgust. Another third did not display much emotion, but clearly ten to thirty percent of the entire group seemed to get excited at the very mention of Tomato Man.

They were not sneering. Some moved closer to the edges of their seats to hear any discussion points better. I hoped we had not started a fight among members. There were two glaringly opposing views.

“Clearly a hoax,” I heard a gruff voice behind us mumbling. Then I heard others saying, “Yeah,” and “Absolutely.” Another voice said “A hoax, no doubt, but a very good one!” I was disappointed. I had always been impressed by Tomato Man and did not want him to be a hoax.

The esteemed speaker then said, “I am not willing to say Tomato Man is a definitely a hoax at this point in time.” There were some gasps before he continued, “The photographic evidence is convincing, but we really don’t have enough information. I felt a wave of encouragement surge through my body. I decided the speaker was worth talking to further, after the meeting broke up.

Who or what is Tomato Man? In the late 1940s North, South and Central America were inundated with UFO sightings. The Roswell Incident was tantalizing. Were there aliens that had lived and were secreted away? Did anyone have any actual photographs of aliens from The Roswell Incident?

In about 1978, a rumor began to travel like wildfire in the UFO enthusiast community: there had been a similar UFO crash in July of 1948 in Mexico. It was not very far from the Texas border, only about 30 miles, near Laredo.

The silvery disc, 90 ft in diameter had been tracked on radar and was chased by, and maybe shot at by, two military aircraft. According to eyewitnesses there was an alien in the crash. The body of the ET pilot was charred. All debris was carted off by Mexican and American military personal, but something interesting did happen.

A young man, a navy photographer, had actually been able to snap a bunch of photographs of the charred alien body. Then the photographer was either afraid to make them public or he kept them secret for thirty years. When he ran across his negatives again, he printed them and sent two photographs to MARCEN. The alien in the photo has been known ever since as Tomato Man.

Scoffers point to the very earthly-looking eyeglasses that can be seen sticking out from beneath the alien body. They want this to be proof that the photos are a hoax. It would seem that way, but the eyeglasses could have another explanation. Perhaps the aliens had confiscated the glasses earlier for examination.

If someone were trying to create a hoax, they surely wouldn’t include such a glaring error in the photo, now would they?

The artifacts from the crash were said to have been taken to a military base in San Antonio. Those who had gotten a close look at the alien said that his oversized head had wrap-around eyes, a slit for a mouth and slits for nostrils. He stood about 4’ 6” with long arms, the hands having no thumbs and the feet no toes. Rumors of two other aliens that were blown out of the disc remained living and were taken into hiding.

 The Tomato Man mystery—nothing like it in the world.

Sara Marie Hogg is the author of Curious Indeed, a collection of true stories about the unknown and unexplained. Please click HERE to purchase your copy on Amazon.


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