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Betty Hill of Portsmouth, other half of UFO couple, dies at 85
Foster's Online ^ | Monday, October 18, 2004 | BRUNO MATARAZZO Jr.

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. Hill’s 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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: New Hampshire
KEYWORDS: abducted; abduction; alien; aliens; barneyhill; bettyhill; hill; obit; obituary; portsmouth; ufo; ufos
FYI and discussion
1 posted on 10/18/2004 5:04:41 PM PDT by Momaw Nadon
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To: Momaw Nadon

I remember this story! Carl Sagan even talked about it in the "Cosmos" series.


2 posted on 10/18/2004 5:07:57 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (I FINALLY updated my FReeper page! Click on my name and see how you can help our President!)
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To: Momaw Nadon

I doubt she's dead, just abducted again...








Cosmos was fiction.


3 posted on 10/18/2004 5:09:00 PM PDT by konaice
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To: Quix
Ping!


4 posted on 10/18/2004 5:10:59 PM PDT by Momaw Nadon (Goals for 2004: Re-elect President Bush, over 60 Republicans in the Senate, and a Republican House.)
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To: Quix; andysandmikesmom; areafiftyone; bigfootbob; Ecliptic; El Sordo; Ghengis; green team 1999; ...

PING, Quix's UFO ping list..


5 posted on 10/18/2004 5:11:46 PM PDT by Michael Barnes
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To: Momaw Nadon

In other news, the Art Bell show ratings mysteriously dropped by 10%.


6 posted on 10/18/2004 5:12:24 PM PDT by Prime Choice (The Leftists think they can tax us into "prosperity" and regulate us into "liberty.")
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To: Quix; andysandmikesmom; areafiftyone; bigfootbob; Ecliptic; El Sordo; Ghengis; green team 1999; ...

ping to quix's ufo ping list...


7 posted on 10/18/2004 5:12:27 PM PDT by Michael Barnes
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To: Michael Barnes

whoops...double post...my bad folks...


8 posted on 10/18/2004 5:13:07 PM PDT by Michael Barnes
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To: Momaw Nadon

All in all, she lived a decent life and I hope she rests well.


9 posted on 10/18/2004 5:13:20 PM PDT by theDentist (Proud Member of FreeRepublic 's "Pyjama-Hadeen")
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To: Momaw Nadon; Michael Barnes; andysandmikesmom; areafiftyone; bigfootbob; Ecliptic; El Sordo; ...

THANKS.

UFO PING LIST PING.

Let me know if you want on or off.


10 posted on 10/18/2004 5:13:51 PM PDT by Quix (PRAYERS 4 PRES, FAMILY, ADVISORS N OUR REPUBLIC IN OCT MAY BE VITALLY CRUCIAL)
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To: Momaw Nadon

I recall Look (weekly) magazine had a two week story about the incident.


11 posted on 10/18/2004 5:20:07 PM PDT by Las Vegas Dave ("Let's roll" in 2004 ----- Vote for President Bush!)
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To: Momaw Nadon

I met her in 1976. Quite a character.


12 posted on 10/18/2004 5:23:18 PM PDT by Semper Paratus (Michael)
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To: Momaw Nadon
They were a very nice couple and this was the grandaddy of abduction stories, and definitely the one I was inclined to believe. Betty Hill even appeared on either Meet The Press (I think) or Face The Nation. The book is The Interrupted Journey, very spooky and believable.

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.

13 posted on 10/18/2004 5:23:48 PM PDT by Williams
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To: Semper Paratus

Tell us about her please.


14 posted on 10/18/2004 5:24:33 PM PDT by Williams
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To: Michael Barnes; Quix
"The Interupted Journey", the story of Betty and Barney Hill was the first book I read decades ago about UFOs. I remember as a kid, walking home after dark from basketball practice wondering if I might have "missing time" once I got home.

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.

15 posted on 10/18/2004 5:25:47 PM PDT by Lawgvr1955 (I think Kerry needs more cowbell.)
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To: Momaw Nadon

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.


16 posted on 10/18/2004 5:28:16 PM PDT by T'wit (It's OK if you don't get a flu shot. Kerry & Edwards will heal you as soon as they get stem cells.)
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To: Williams
But more recently I stumbled upon a site that debunks UFO stories.

Do you recall the addy for the site?

17 posted on 10/18/2004 5:28:40 PM PDT by Lawgvr1955 (I think Kerry needs more cowbell.)
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To: Williams
I was with my fiancee and we travled up to Eliot to stay at her grandmother's house for the weekend. When we got to the house her grandmother called from the porch and said had a guest, Betty Hill. Her grandmother was good friends of the Hills and had them over often.

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.

18 posted on 10/18/2004 5:29:21 PM PDT by Semper Paratus (Michael)
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To: Momaw Nadon; Mulder; Conspiracy Guy; Howlin; thor76

19 posted on 10/18/2004 5:31:17 PM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity

When I was young, I poured over this book. Just forever.


20 posted on 10/18/2004 5:32:48 PM PDT by Howlin (Bush has claimed two things which Democrats believe they own by right: the presidency & the future)
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To: Momaw Nadon
I always enjoyed the UFO stories although I don't really believe any I have seen so far.

I don't know who this person is but the stories of abductions are the most ridiculous of all the various UFO tales.

21 posted on 10/18/2004 5:33:30 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: Howlin
Incident at Exeter? The film with James Earl Jones is too much. Bizarre story...whatever one's conclusions.
22 posted on 10/18/2004 5:35:53 PM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: Momaw Nadon

sounds interesting


23 posted on 10/18/2004 5:36:38 PM PDT by mel
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To: Momaw Nadon
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., a niece, Kathleen Florence Miller Maden of Stratham, and several offspring on the distant planet Zukus.

Sorry, Betty, couldn't resist.

24 posted on 10/18/2004 5:47:04 PM PDT by NilesJo
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To: Semper Paratus

Was she serious or was she messing with you? If serious, I'm guessing she was a little kooky, or else she knew something.


25 posted on 10/18/2004 5:47:39 PM PDT by Williams
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To: Williams
Was she serious or was she messing with you? If serious, I'm guessing she was a little kooky, or else she knew something.

No, she lost a little something after her husband Barney died.

26 posted on 10/18/2004 5:56:25 PM PDT by Semper Paratus (Michael)
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To: Momaw Nadon
The timing of this report is questionable.
27 posted on 10/18/2004 5:58:08 PM PDT by evets (God bless president George W. Bush)
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To: Williams
I also learned that Travis walton's family had a history of making false UFO reports.

You mean all the others with him that night were lying though they told the exact same stories while isolated and all passed lie detector tests...

They sure were good...and never made a nickel off it either...

28 posted on 10/18/2004 6:23:58 PM PDT by joesnuffy (America needs a 'Big Dog' on her porch not a easily frightened, whining, Surrender Poodle...)
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To: Momaw Nadon

Was she beamed up, or did she just have a comet to catch?


29 posted on 10/18/2004 6:26:19 PM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (The Measure of a Man is the Willingness to Accept Responsibility for Consequences of his Acts.)
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To: Momaw Nadon

I read the book about 10 or so years ago and found it very interesting. I often wondered what became of them. Now, I know.


30 posted on 10/18/2004 6:33:44 PM PDT by MamaB (mom to an angel)
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To: Momaw Nadon

It's Bush's fault!


31 posted on 10/18/2004 6:39:56 PM PDT by Sam Cree (Democrats are herd animals)
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To: Momaw Nadon
no matter how cynical I may be, I will not question the truthfullness of their story (though I will say it made a great TV movie).

My only comment is that I KNOW that she now knows the Truth, beyond question or doubt.

I trust that she will remember that God loves her and her husband.

32 posted on 10/18/2004 6:47:01 PM PDT by Phsstpok (often wrong, but never in doubt)
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To: Quix

Thanks, Quix!


33 posted on 10/18/2004 7:04:09 PM PDT by auggy (http://home.bellsouth.net/p/PWP-DownhomeKY /// Check out My USA Photo album & Fat Files)
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To: Quix

Thanks for the ping Quix. I remember reading their story so many years ago and it was spooky. I always wondered what happened to them!


34 posted on 10/18/2004 7:25:02 PM PDT by potlatch (Sometimes I think I understand everything, then I regain consciousness.)
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To: potlatch

Most welcome.

They seemed like an interesting couple apart from the UFO stuff.

Blessings,


35 posted on 10/18/2004 7:41:45 PM PDT by Quix (PRAYERS 4 PRES, FAMILY, ADVISORS N OUR REPUBLIC IN OCT MAY BE VITALLY CRUCIAL)
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To: Quix

Blessings to you too, Quix.


36 posted on 10/18/2004 7:50:44 PM PDT by potlatch (Sometimes I think I understand everything, then I regain consciousness.)
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To: joesnuffy

I don't know, the Walton story is also one of my favorites, but I am telling you what I read. People don't only make up stories for money, they also do it for attention. Also, I'm afraid that UFO stories are so loved by the media they often fail to report facts that undermine the story line. Personally, I always thought the Betty/ Barney Hill story was brilliant and have always wanted to believe that one. For example, Norad records supposedly tracked a UFO landing and taking off at the time the Hills had their encounter.


37 posted on 10/18/2004 8:40:13 PM PDT by Williams
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To: Momaw Nadon

I guess this means she will be voting for Kerry.


38 posted on 10/18/2004 8:41:48 PM PDT by TonyM (E)
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To: Williams

The Hill story is very interesting. No I dont believe in alien abductions, but their story is rather fascinating.

It seems hard to imagine that in the mid 60's a mixed race couple would concoct a story and choose to draw intense scrutiny to themselves.

They sounded like a normal, average couple when the alleged abduction happened.
Not like crazed attention seekers.

A lot of NH's history is strange.
Btw did this happen near "Mystery Hill" aka America's Stonehenge ?



39 posted on 10/18/2004 10:21:52 PM PDT by Selkie
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To: yarddog

It happened to me once.

I was driving to work and I suddenly blacked out. When I awoke I was in a strange room and surrounded by beings I couldn't identify. They wore all white and had strange masks on their heads.

Before I knew it one was placing a probe into my anal cavity while the others were prodding my chest with instruments.

I was then taken to another room and put through some type of scanning device. I was given some kind of drug and taken to a room where every hour they would come in and check my vital statistics as if they were monitoring their experiments.

I awoke the next day to find they carved into my left leg and ankle. I barely remember them giving me more mind altering drugs that was intended to render my memory useless.

OH WAIT...that was after a car accident I was in.


40 posted on 10/18/2004 10:28:41 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Kerry is a Nuanced Nuisance!)
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To: Quix

Thanks, Quix! I remember this incident well. Whether it really happened or not I don't know, but I believed that the Hills were sincere. I've always wondered what happened to them.


41 posted on 10/18/2004 11:06:45 PM PDT by janetgreen
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To: janetgreen

I think they were sincere, too.

I think she got to where she enjoyed the attention. But many people would.


42 posted on 10/18/2004 11:35:12 PM PDT by Quix (PRAYERS 4 PRES, FAMILY, ADVISORS N OUR REPUBLIC IN OCT MAY BE VITALLY CRUCIAL)
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To: Fledermaus
Interesting as I too was once kidnapped by aliens.

It was while I was QB of the Green Bay Packers. Interestingly they chose to abduct me right after I had completed a 99 yard pass to win the Super Bowl.

I awoke to find myself surrounded by several hundred gorgeous blondes wearing bikini's. They were speaking an unknown language but I could sometimes make out words like "awsome" "handsome" "a real stud" "king" and a few other mildly complimentary terms.

After several years ruling the known universe, I happened to see a picture of Hillary Clinton. Suddenly everything went black and I found myself living in the Florida backwoods, slightly overweight with a little arthritis. No one knew about my previous life, they just treated me like an ordinary person.

Unlike all those other stories, I swear mine is true.

43 posted on 10/19/2004 6:13:29 AM PDT by yarddog
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To: Momaw Nadon

Apparently anal probes give you lung cancer,

Who knew?


44 posted on 10/19/2004 6:15:33 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: yarddog
After several years ruling the known universe, I happened to see a picture of Hillary Clinton...

Sorry, your story is obviously false.

After seeing a picture of Hillary Clinton, you would have went into a coma instead.
45 posted on 10/19/2004 6:17:40 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (President Kerry - - there, scared ya didn't I?)
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To: reagan_fanatic

I guess Michael Schenker's going to have a tough time getting the band back together, with the other half of the UFO couple gone.


46 posted on 10/19/2004 6:21:13 AM PDT by vollmond
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To: All

As for me, I wish a hearty R.I.P. for Ms. Hill.

As for some of you, haven't you ever heard of not speking ill of the dead? Sheesh, whatever you may think of UFO's, Abduction, and related phenomena, Ms, Hill seemed to be a decent person outside of the "subculture" and deserves at least a modicum of respect.

Some people are deserving of ridicule at their death, Ms. Hill is not one of them.

< /soapbox >


47 posted on 10/19/2004 7:32:43 AM PDT by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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To: KevinDavis; Las Vegas Dave

Another oldie.


48 posted on 04/23/2006 8:30:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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