Several newspaper articles quote Don Weiss as stating that the hoax was inspired by Betty Johnson’s 1958 hit song “The Little Blue Man.”
The Wikipedia article reference below as well as a quick search of the web does not suggest that Betty Johnson knows of her connection to the Huron County’s interpretation of her song.
Wikipedia contributors. “Betty Johnson.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Betty_Johnson&oldid=854652855. Web. Accessed 19 Dec. 2018.