Did you find these references on the scanned pages of a books published in 1954 and 1957 respectively?
There are also a bunch of links (at the bottom of the WP page), that (apparently) link to the scanned pages of newspapers around the same time. They don't work for me, but maybe you need to sign up to view them.
If it was a hoax, it was a damned elaborate one that way pre-dated the internet.
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