The Nation: The Visitation

For those who care about such matters the event was as electrifying as the descent of a Martian spaceship. Abed recovering from pneumonia, Paul Buckley, senior scientist for the National Park Service in Boston, promptly got up on hearing the news of the sighting and drove straightway to Salisbury, Mass. Four Maryland enthusiasts drove all night to the site. One businessman winged in from Los Angeles. Friends desperately tried to get word to an expert vacationing in Africa to return at once. As the week wore on, cars with an array of license...

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