DURHAM, N.H. (AP) – The tale of Betty and Barney Hill, who claimed they were abducted by aliens and whose experience became the focus of a best-selling book and TV movie, is being chronicled at the University of New Hampshire.

UNH is hosting an April 17 forum and opening an exhibition. It’s collected thousands of items, including correspondence, personal journals and essays, manuscripts, newspaper clippings, photographs, slides, films, audio tapes and artwork.

The Hills claimed they were abducted by extraterrestrials in New Hampshire’s White Mountains on a trip home to Portsmouth from Canada in 1961.

When they got home, they noticed Betty’s torn and stained dress, Barney’s scuffed shoes, shiny spots on their car, stopped watches and no memory of two hours of the drive. Under hypnosis three years later, they recounted being kidnapped and examined by aliens.

Their story was the subject of John G. Fuller’s 1966 book, “Interrupted Journey,” and a movie starring James Earl Jones and Estelle Parsons.


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