In the Dewey Decimal system, nonfiction books are divided into 10 broad classifications. Class 000 is Computer Science, Information, and General Works. At the time of this writing the first book on the shelf in this category is called Eureka!: 81 Key Ideas Explained. This is where I started. In general, I started with this book and browsed the shelf until I had approximately 5 books chosen to check out. Some of the titles I found myself confronted with were:
1001 Ways To Make More Money as a Speaker, Consultant, or Trainer,
Uncle John’s Slightly Irregular Bathroom Reader, and
UFO’s, JFK, and Elvis Conspiracies You Don’t Have to Be Crazy to Believe.
While all of these titles made me smile, it was the latter one that provoked a memory.
I just happened to have been born in Roswell, New Mexico. UFO enthusiasts will recognize the name Roswell as the site of the alien crash. My Dad was career Air Force and stationed at Roswell. You can imagine all the jokes I’ve heard my entire life about this fact. I never took the joking too seriously until years later when I attempted to apply for a passport and was basically told I didn’t exist! When I was born hospitals kept records on file such as birth and death certificates. It had been explained to me that the hospital where I was born had burned down and the fire had destroyed all records on file. I had a copy of my birth certificate which I had always used for everything. When I tried to apply for the passport it was well before 9-11. However, I was told even then that my birth certificate had to have the official seal on it and not just show the seal as a copy. This was problematic. After a series of phone calls, I was told to contact the state of New Mexico. Upon explaining my situation to the state of New Mexico, they decided to just make me a new birth cetificate with a seal. They asked me to send them a copy of the birth certificate I had always used. Within a few weeks, I received my new birth certificate in the mail. Without explanation, my new birth certificate did not match the information on my old birth certificate. Was this an attempted government cover up? Was there any truth to the Roswell incident? All I know is that it is a very strange feeling to have a Dad in the Air Force, be born in Roswell, and not be able to prove you are alive! I think I can hear the jokes starting again. I was already having fun just thinking about this memory. Imagine what could happen if I actually started opening the books and reading them!