Skip to comments.Betty Hill of Portsmouth, other half of UFO couple, dies at 85
Posted on 10/18/2004 5:04:41 PM PDT by Momaw Nadon
PORTSMOUTH Betty Hill of Portsmouth, who along with her late husband in 1961, had the first publicized and best-documented UFO experience in the White Mountains, died Sunday in her sleep after a battle with lung cancer. She was 85.
On a return trip from Canada, the Hills said they were abducted for two hours by a UFO on Sept. 19, 1961. After going public with their story, the two gained worldwide notoriety.
Their story became the subject of a book and later, a made-for-TV movie starring James Earl Jones and Estelle Parsons.
They traveled across the country and made numerous television and radio appearances telling their story.
When her husband, Barney, died in 1969, Ms. Hill continued the job alone.
In 1995, she published, "A Common Sense Approach to UFOs,"
Ms. Hills life was not all about UFOs.
She was a social worker for the state of New Hampshire where she trained foster parents and worked in the area of adoption.
She was also an activist throughout her life where she was a member of the NAACP and a founding member of the Rockingham County Community Action.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her daughter, Rose Marie Stewart Norton of York, Maine.
Ms. Hill is survived by her daughter, Constance Jean Stewart Zukowski of North Little Rock, Ark., a son, Kenneth James Stewart of San Jose, Calif., and a niece, Kathleen Florence Miller Maden of Stratham.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Brewitt Funeral Home, 14 Pine St., Exeter. Burial will be private.
Visiting is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
I remember this story! Carl Sagan even talked about it in the "Cosmos" series.
I doubt she's dead, just abducted again...
Cosmos was fiction.
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All in all, she lived a decent life and I hope she rests well.
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I recall Look (weekly) magazine had a two week story about the incident.
I met her in 1976. Quite a character.
But more recently I stumbled upon a site that debunks UFO stories. I learned there for the first time some things that cast doubt on some of the best UFO stories. Betty and Barney Hill first drew images of aliens with long hair and long noses like Jimmy Durante. The classic oval shaped alien head evolved in their later hypnosis sessions. I also learned that Travis walton's family had a history of making false UFO reports. Finally, on the night of the Pacalooga dockside encounter, a toll booth security camera was pointed at the dock and showed nothing happened that night.
Any UFO buffs out there will know what I'm talking about.
Tell us about her please.
Shortly after I read it we had a UFO "flap" in my area with a lot of sightings. I figured it was just a matter of time when saucers would be landing on the White House lawn.
Add one or more votes to the Kerry column: here you have absolutely the perfect profile of a Democratic voter: dead and abducted by space aliens.
Do you recall the addy for the site?
We talked a bit and then Betty said she had to get going to catch the UFO's flying over Wells Maine at 8:15. Said they came fairly reguarly at that time. Betty Hill was not your run of the mill after dinner guest.
When I was young, I poured over this book. Just forever.
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