OK, here it goes: my official, formal, final answer to the WeMakeContact mystery is…that Great Falls will be getting a new minor-league hockey team! Ron’s friend DeAnne also suspects that tomorrow’s announcement will be about a new hockey team. That would be a pretty cool name for a team: The Great Falls Invaders! The “UFOs” seen in the videos will be revealed as the arrival of hockey players, and the soon-to-be-complete ice rink will be the home court.
Of course, tomorrow’s unveiling will likely prove me wrong when “they” announce that the “invasion” is, in fact, the arrival of mutant space ants that will enslave humanity and force all of us to toil in their salt mines.
UPDATE: I think that Jason may be on to something with the baseball theory: the domain GreatFallsVoyagers was purchased by someone named Tim Paul here in Great Falls back in November 2007, and he is a big baseball fan – and a design/website creator. Also: there is a posting on a minor-league baseball fan site that talks about the White Sox becoming the Voyagers. Hmmm…
MORE: also just noticed that one of the patterns in the “clues” has nine successive bars; the first bar has one dot, the second has two, and so on to the ninth bar, which has nine dots. Nine bars, nine dots = nine innings. And, as Ron figured out, the grid coordinates do indeed “point” to the ball park along River Drive.
I’ll go out on a limb here – not much of a limb, actually, with only about 12 hours left until the mystery is solved – but here I go: Mystery Solved! Looks like we will soon be home to the Great Falls Voyagers, which IMO is a much better name than White Sox (or Explorers, for that matter). We’ll get the details tomorrow (the infamous “1-15-08”) — heard rumors that there will be a press conference of some sort at the airport around lunchtime.