Lieutenant Colonel Douglas "Dougie" Milford was a United States Air Force officer, specifically assigned to investigations concerning UFOs. In his later years, he was the publisher of the local newspaper, the Twin Peaks Gazette. He was known to marry often, lastly to Lana Budding Milford.
Douglas was born into the Milford family, the long-standing owners of Twin Peaks' oldest pharmacy, on August 11, 1909. Douglas grew up in the shadow of his older brother, Dwayne Milford, who stood to inherit the family business. During school, he was a classmate and friend of Emil Jennings, then flunked out of a pharmacy school in Yakima. In his youth, Douglas was often in conflict with both his brother and his family at large, due to his impulsivity and unpredictable temper, which contrasted him with his older brother's reliability and trustworthiness. As a result, his family would regard him as a black sheep, and the community of Twin Peaks viewed him as a somewhat of a trouble maker.
At some point, he and Dwayne began a feud over something concerning "an old flame and a rumble seat." The feud lasted for the rest of Dougie's life.
Like Dwayne, Douglas joined the Twin Peaks chapter of the Boy Scouts of America, and was, again like his brother, a scoutmaster for a time. During a camping trip at Pearl Lakes in 1927, he claimed to have seen a "giant" as well as a "walking owl." He stated that he had photographed both, but when the film ended up prematurely exposed, he blamed his brother for improperly mixing chemicals in the family's pharmacy darkroom. Despite this, Milford had a photographic memory that his brother could attest to.
The following month, Milford demanded an investigation into the incident from the Regional Scoutmaster Council in Spokane, lest he bring it to the attention of the National Scoutmaster Council. His brother tried to calm him, only for Douglas to become violent and forcibly removed from the meeting. He subsequently was asked to resign from the scouts and began "living in sin" with Pauline Cuyo, the estranged daughter of Twin Peaks Gazette owner Dayton Cuyo. He became the town drunk until becoming a drifter in 1929, leaving Twin Peaks at the outset of the Great Depression.
Dougie eventually reached San Francisco and enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps on December 8, 1941, the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. During wartime, he was a quartermaster's brigade.
He was stationed in Guam and was promoted to sergeant by November 1944, when he was charged with black market trafficking of Army liquor and cigarettes. Despite the charges being dropped, he was demoted to Private and was stationed at the Alamogordo, New Mexico White Sands Missile Range in 1945.
By 1947, he was a Corporal and had been transferred to an air base in Roswell, New Mexico. On the morning of July 5, he heard rumors that an air crash had occurred that morning and snuck away from his post to see the wreckage thirty-five miles away. There, he saw a large field of metallic debris. In the field, he saw military personnel extracting a large, plane-like craft from the wreckage to be loaded onto a truck and others loading smaller objects into ambulances. He then saw General Nathan F. Twining arrive at the field to investigate, but shortly after, Milford was arrested by military police. He was interviewed about the incident on July 8 by an Army Lieutenant, though eventually requested to speak to the Lieutenant's superior officer to discuss a similar experience he had previously had.
Following this incident, Corporal Milford was promoted to the grade of Major and was assigned to Project Sign by the United States Air Force, with General Twining as his commander. On July 12, he and FBI agent Frederic Nathan interviewed Kenneth Arnold, who claimed to have seen UFOs on June 24.
On July 14, Milford flew to Seattle and purchased a black 1947 Buick Roadmaster from Bob J. Hart. Subsequent alleged sightings of a "man in black" driving a Buick Roadmaster have been suggested to have been of Milford.
Following the September 4 sighting by Einer Jennings of Twin Peaks, Milford traveled to the town to speak to Jennings on September 7, ostensibly as a friend to Einer's son Emil, rather than an Air Force officer. After hearing Jennings' account, Milford advised him of the potential dangers of continuing to tell his story, citing Kenneth Arnold's plane being sabotaged.
The following day, Milford traveled to the site where Jennings claimed to have seen the UFO and was greeted by a vision of an area in Ghostwood National Forest, near Pearl Lakes. He ventured to this location, where he claimed to have heard a hum, followed by bright, multi-colored lights, all coming from a large, round object twenty-five feet in the air. Underneath the object, within the clearing, he saw three children looking up at the object. Soon after, the object and the children disappeared. Milford searched the area, finding to evidence of the object or children, but took photographs of the area before fleeing.
Months later, Milford had been promoted to the rank of Major and was present for Project Sign's first official meeting, held at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. The meeting discussed and analyzed eighteen UFO sightings reported between May and September of 1947, including Milford's own.
By 1966, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and began working under President Richard M. Nixon, who was his White House source "M" when Vice-President of Eisenhower. He secretly continued Project Blue Book for Nixon by gathering allies for 4 years, keeping it secret from other agencies such as the CIA who refuse to convey information to the president's office. Nixon eventually showed him a facility with many UFO related objects and even the survivor from a UFO crash which occured in 1958. After the demise of Nixon, his only trustful ally to continue his activities in Twin Peaks was a man from the FBI who was recommended by Nixon: Gordon Cole.
At age 60, he returned to Twin Peaks, where he took over the Twin Peaks Gazette and renamed it the Twin Peaks Post after the death of then editor/publisher Robert Jacoby. He used his newspaper to prevent any news about the construction of the base to leak. When the Mayor investigated, Douglas sent in the FBI agents Gordon Cole and Phillip Jeffries to falsely report it to be part of Reagan's "Star Wars" Project.
In bed with Lana, Milford died of a heart attack, wearing a gold ring with a green stone or gem on his right little finger, which he had already been wearing before the marriage.
Behind the scenesEdit
According to Harley Peyton, there was consideration of casting writer William S. Burroughs – a fan of the show – as Dougie Milford. However, this idea was ultimately scrapped when it was deemed too expensive.
The Secret History of Twin Peaks contains a minor continuity error for Milford's middle name. Early in the book, his middle name is stated to be James, but his obituary states it to be Raymond.
His enlistment form states that he had no distinctive marks although he should have already had the three triangle marking from his scout years' abduction.