- Now Recovering, Family Says; But Appearances
This story was prepared jointly by Deon Crosby of the Roswell International
UFO Museum and CNI News, with the express knowledge and consent of the
Philip Corso family. CNI News thanks Philip Corso, Jr. for providing additional
- Roswell, NM -- In a brief statement made
to the Roswell International UFO Museum, the Philip Corso, Jr. family stated
that on Tuesday, June 9, Philip Corso, Sr. suffered a severe heart attack.
At that time, doctors stated that the attack resulted in 95% damage to
the heart and that they feared Col. Corso would not recover. Corso is 83
- Col. Philip Corso (U.S. Army, ret) is
the author of the controversial 1997 best-seller "The Day After Roswell,"
in which he states that, during the course of his military duties, he personally
saw an alien body, alien autopsy reports, pieces of wreckage and other
evidence from a UFO that crashed near Roswell in 1947.
- At last report, Col. Corso's condition
was greatly improved. Doctors are somewhat baffled by Corso's unexpected
recovery and will be watching him closely in the immediate future. (CNI
News expects to gather more information on Corso's recovery and will report
further details in the July 1, 1998 edition of the news.)
- Phil Corso, Jr., in a conversation with
Deon Crosby, Director of the International UFO Museum, stated that the
entire Corso family would be retreating completely from public life, asking
that anyone wishing to contact Col. Corso do so through the International
UFO Museum in Roswell, NM. (see contact information below).
- Col. Corso and the Corso family have
been under considerable strain in recent months, as explained in a statement
written by Col. Corso only days before his nearly fatal heart attack. That
statement, sent to CNI News by Phil Corso, Jr., reads as follows:
- "Certain elements have laid claim
to all my future writings. They have involved me in legal proceedings.
I will not foster on the world cheap sensationalism, half-truths, errors
passed off as reality, etc. for the purpose of personal gain.
- "The U.S. government and the Army
have not attempted or even hinted to me not to make the truth on Roswell
or UFOs that I possess known to the world. But other elements have stopped
me, by using the courts. I will not under any condition put the knowledge
I possess into their hands to exploit for their ends; so the story may
never be told.
- "I survive on my military retirement
pay. It is not sufficient to live on and pay my legal fees, although my
attorneys have been most tolerant. I have not received any royalties from
"The Day After Roswell" and as such cannot continue my work because
of the heavy financial burden.
- "Therefore, I wish to establish
the Col. Philip J. Corso Legal Fund. All donations and questions may be
referred to [my attorney, Deborah L. Taylor. See further information below].
- "I wish to add that I have received
[speaking] invitations from Italy-San Marino (accepted expenses only),
China-Beijing UFO Research Organization, Moscow, England, Germany, Australia,
Japan, Brazil, Mexico, France and numerous scientific organizations worldwide
and in the United States. I have not been able to accept because of possible
legal implications by those that wish to exploit the situation. They have
even involved my family into the fracas and legal matters." [end Col.
- The International UFO Museum will post
regular updates on Corso's condition on their website, http://www.iufomrc.com,
beginning June 18. Due to the circumstances, Col. Corso has canceled all
future public speaking engagements. Corso was scheduled to speak during
the Roswell UFO Encounter '98 Lecture Series taking place July 3-5. Individuals
wishing to receive refunds for those tickets are asked to contact the Museum.
CNI News editor Michael Lindemann will be speaking in place of Col. Corso.
- To contact Col. Philip Corso or the Phil
Corso, Jr. family, please direct all requests to the International UFO
Museum, Attn: Phil Corso, PO Box 2221, Roswell, NM 88202; by phone (505)
625-9495 or fax (505) 625-1907. Email messages will be delivered to Phil
Corso through Crosby's email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Get-well messages are
welcome and encouraged by the Museum staff.
- Questions specifically regarding the
Col. Philip J. Corso Legal Fund may be directed to Deborah L. Taylor, Attorney
at Law, Wilner & Taylor, Wedge International Tower, 1415 Louisiana
Suite 4175, Houston, Texas 77002.
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