|EDITOR AND STILL
James W. Moseley, J.S.
Volume 42, No. 3
March 20th, 1995
P. 0. Box 1709
Key West, FL 33041
The article, written by a professional writer named Gillian Sender, is decidedly negative in tone. Ms. Sender was "turned off" when she checked into Schmitt's claimed educational qualifications, and found them to be exaggerated. She says: "In addition to his false statements about his educational background, Schmitt embellishes reality. He constantly refers to his books as `bestsellers', but that is certainly stretching the facts since the books have never appeared on any bestseller lists..."
Schmitt's pursuit of the Roswell investigation borders on an obsession according to some of the people who know him. Even his girlfriend says, "99.8% of our lives are devoted to Roswell..." The question arises as to whether a man with this characteristic can be fully trusted in regard to the objectivity of his UFO research. Arch rival Stanton Friedman (hardly an objective source) doesn't think so, according to the article, and MUFON Czar Walt Andrus is quoted as saying, "They selected the word `truth' (in the title of the current Schmitt/Randle Roswell book) because they had to compensate for errors they made in their first book. Just because they say it's the truth doesn't ultimately make it the truth."
Surprisingly, Kevin Randle's next Roswell book is going to be published around May 1st by our old friend from the UFO/New Age movement, Tim Beckley, rather than by a nationally-known publisher, and equally surprisingly, Don Schmitt is not a co-author on this one. We do not know what the significance of this may be, if indeed there is any. We expect to meet Beckley again at his First Annual Pike's Peak New Age & UFO Expo in Colorado Springs, Co., on the weekend of April 28th-3Oth. Your "Smear" editor will be one of the lesser-known speakers there. Getting back to Don Schmitt - an addendum to the "Milwaukee Magazine" article states that research by Ms. Sender has established the fact that Schmitt's "day job" is that of a rural mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. This may or may not be a "cover" for his alleged work as an undercover drug agent, but in any case the article has apparently sent him into a bout of paranoia! We have met Kevin Randle many times at DEC conventions around the country, but we have met Schmitt only once, at which time he was very cordial. Possibly he doesn't travel as much as he claims, because of the pressing duties of his job - whatever his real job may be....
Well, it's been another slow month here at "Smear" Headquarters, so we're going to tell you a bit more about the sizzling feud between Brik Beckjord and associates vs. Inner Earth devotee Harley Byrd.
The Farces of Darkness, led by Beckjord, succeeded in wiping out Byrd's intended New Age convention at a North Hollywood, California Holiday Inn, scheduled for Feb. l8th-l9th. In short, the event simply did not take place. Byrd writes that "the General Manager of the hotel indicated that he had received several electronically distorted calls from men identifying themselves as Feds". On the other hand, Beckjord believes that, at his instigation, many people sent on to the Manager various threat letters that Byrd had mailed to them. There's even a possibility that the real FBI was induced to take an interest. When "Smear" phoned the hotel, we were merely told that "there were some difficulties". In any case, free speech has been soundly defeated!
Beckjord has taken it upon himself to purify the UFO field by kicking Byrd out of it; but it's a matter of opinion as to whether Byrd was ever in it to begin with, or whether Beckjord himself is really in it! Beckjord, whose specialty is seeing things (UFOs, monsters, etc.) in photographs that only he can recognize, had this to tell us, in the same Feb. 15th letter from which we took the quote above our masthead:
"...The National Inquirer (sic) is now looking at photos we took at Nicole Simpson's condo in January that show many weird images, as often happens at death scenes, like battlefields, etc. Two of the best images show the face of OJ (Simpson) and the face of AC on the side of a palm tree. Since these people are still living, could it be that the resident spirits are sending us a message?"Probably not, Beckjord!
Nothing can excuse Harley Byrd's persistent misuse of the U.S. mails, but two wrongs don't make a right. If Beckjord wants to scale the heights of meaningful achievement in the field of ufology, he should do his own Thing, instead of picking on others!
Meanwhile, Byrd, always looking to get closer to the legendary "holes in the poles", has sent us this joyous item: On the day after Christmas of this year, the University of Illinois Alumni Association is apparently sponsoring a 2-week real-life expedition to the Geographic South Pole and nearby tourist attractions (??), and anyone can go along for the meager sum of $26,900 per person. Harley Byrd has stamped his business name ("Universal Expos") and address onto the expedition brochure, as if he too is a sponsor; but we haven't checked with the University of Illinois about this. Somehow we just wouldn't feel comfortable at the South Pole with Byrd on board, or Beckjord, for that matter - or even without either of them! So we think we'll pass on this one. The expedition fee is more than we make from "Saucer Smear" in a whole week!
This is the seventh annual "TREAT" "happening" in a series which started out as being quite scientific, but has become less so as the years go by. We have a sheet from last year's event which lists the sale of lapel pins, key chains, belt buckles, sweatshirts, and T-shirts, all with the "TREAT" logo. Wheeee!..
Incidentally, Ms. Mendez may join your editor and others on our above-mentioned trip through New Mexico, this coming May. ...
Meanwhile, the latest book by Howard and his wife Connie is called "Threads of Light to You", which "opens your eyes to endless knowledge, for ever learning, but never knowing all". The book, available this coming May will be mailed with an audio tape by his daughter Heidi Evans, and will cost $25 postpaid. More on all this later. ...
...Charles Broerman's letter (in your last Issue) raises a very interesting point. Indeed, the typical UFOnaut in abduction stories does look remarkably like Crowley's 1920s drawing of LAM, an Enochian entity. The Enochian critters, according to Western Occultism, should never be invoked by amateurs or novices; only the most advanced magicians can deal with them, the Experts say.
"Nonetheless, Grady McMurtry, one of Crowley's star pupils, once informed me that Uncle Aleister told him, `You don't have to memorize the Enochian invocations. When you're ready, THEY come for you.' Of course, Uncle Al had a sneaky sense of humor, but - -
"I reprinted this sketch of LAM, by Crowley, in my 1981 book, `Masks of the Iluminoti.' Later, I moved it onto my letterhead. One obvious difference between LAM and a Hopkins `Grey' lies in the eyes. Some initiates say that if you meditate on LAM by staring at Crowley's sketch, eventually it will open its eyes and talk to you. It looks even more like a Grey then, they say.
"Of course, the eyes open sooner if you use the magic herb known within the Sanctuary of the Gnosts. In this matter, Bishop Greenfield has evidently followed all four of the Magical rules: to Know, to Dare, to Will, and to Keep Silence.
"Back in my days of experimenting with hypnosis (c. 1971-1981), I sent lots of people to magical islands where they met magical animals and experienced shamanic initiations. Nothing reported by Budd Hopkins astonishes me, nor does LAM. We all have access, at times, to a `world' where Magick works; indeed, we spend 8 hours a day there, every day. People should not get that world confused with the physicists' space-time world where we have to buy food and pay taxes and look out for marauding bands of cops and other dangerous crooks.
"...Gerald Anderson has been viciously vilified in print and on the media since his one and only (phone) conversation with a well-known fiction writer. He compounded his `crime' of telling what that writer didn't want to hear about a July, 1947 crashed saucer in the Plains of San Augustin, by much later changing the phone bill, which `crime' he has admitted. He knew far too much verifiable info for him not to have either been present himself, or to have been well briefed by someone who was at that site. ...
"My 1995 MUFON Paper will be `Deceit in Ufology'. Should be fun!
"...The only nice thing I can say about the Roswell, N.M. `incident' is that it has replaced the boring references to the frustrated/neglected women who claim to have been beamed up into flying saucers, where they have had all kinds of experiences which would be considered perverted if they were engaged in with other humans.
"Now you, who are at the cutting edge of ufological research, are replacing the Roswell thingee with Bishop Greenfield's writings. Bravo!
"Last summer, everyone was excited by `Roswell in Perspective' (by Karl Pflock). You said that you were a big fan of Project Mogul as the solution to the Roswell case. Project Mogul Flight No. 9, mentioned as the culprit in scattering debris on the Brazel ranch, has been eliminated. Although the winds aloft data suggested that it would have followed the path of Flight No. 8 and Flight No. 10, it wasn't as definitive as it could have been. Now the final proof has surfaced. ...As we develop the final information, it will be clear that Project Mogul balloons cannot account for the debris. It will be just one more failed explanation...
"Why do you find it so amazing that the Roswell witnesses remember a different number of bodies? If I put five people in a room and parade another group down the hall, letting some of them glimpse in and others peer in, I'd probably get different reports as to the number in the room. It doesn't mean that anyone is lying; only that from a specific point of view, they saw something different. The important fact is that a growing number of people saw the bodies.
"In the yein of correcting mistakes - (re your photo in the last issue of `Smear'): rival authors Stanton Friedman and Kevin Randle clutch their latest - look again. Friedman is clutching mine and I'm clutching his.
"I knew that you'd want to know this."
"In your recent `Smear' appears the `touching scene' of Stan Friedman and Kevin Randle, each displaying their latest Roswell book. But look again. They are clutching each other's book, by the corner, presumably just before chucking it into the trash can!
"I don't think the discrepancies over the number of bodies at the `crash site' is so serious (after 45 or so years). For one thing, some of these people had never seen any bodies; they were merely repeating what other, long deceased witnesses allegedly told them.
"The claim for a live ET, by three people, is interesting. It confirms what that master witness Gerald Anderson said, thus proving that he was, after all, speaking the truth. Surely, if a man lies about his phone bill, it follows that he must be telling the truth about Roswell, as any MJ-12 or MJ-13 supporter will tell you!
"Is the `conventional wisdom' still that Roswell was a crashed spcaeship??
"Which reminds me that we have had two recent TV documentaries over here (in England). One had a 20-minute sequence on Roswell, but without any mention of Randle, Schmitt, Friedman, Moore, or Karl Pflock. Impossible you say? Not at all. However, it did include Fred Whiting of FUFOR, and two so-called `witnesses' (Glenn Dennis and Barbara Dugger), plus some archive film from the FUFOR video...
"Regarding the bodies at Roswell, it looks like you and/or Phil Klass also have a problem with numbers. You say, either quoting or paraphrasing Klass, that `each of the seven remembers a different number of alien bodies.' Then you go on to contradict that statement by showing us that actually four of the seven witnesses say they saw three bodies. It seems that there's always room for more confusion regarding the Roswell scenario..."Editor's Note: Four of the seven witnesses saw the same thing only if we count dead aliens, live aliens, and mutilated aliens as being the same. But actually we were wrong, because two (not four) of the seven do claim to have seen the same thing, = three dead bodies and one live alien (each). I hope this ends the confusion, but probably not!
"In response to Harley Byrd's rantings, I sent Mr. Byrd an explanation when I found out this `Madonna Card' had been sent to him some time last year. I'll explain once again, clarifying this situation for the public.
"The card was sent to Harley as a joke from a jealous gentleman friend of mine. Soon after mailing this card to Byrd, this fellow flew the coup to Pennsylvania. I suspect the reason he mailed this card is because he knew Byrd was more interested in me performing for him in the `bedroom' than on stage at his `Universal-UFO EXPO'.
"The card he mailed to Harley has been the catalyst of some of the most perverted mail I have ever received. Not even Monty Cantsin's letters to me could ever live up to Harley Byrd's pornographic mail, which continues to this very day!"
"We here of the Hollow Earth Society find Mr. Beckjord's alleged `death threats' not only false but absurd. For the past four years we have indeed been the brunt of his stalkings, and over 100 wild erratic phone calls day and night, and have received over 100 cards and letters obviously designed to demean a now very passe view of the inner continents... We have not and never will make death threats on anyone or any individual. We do, however, deal with those who could try and undermine our family character by bringing the matter to trial....
"The Key West weather report for this date (Feb. 10th) shows that an all-time low temperature was experienced, coinciding with an all-time low in non-subscribers' character assassinations of one another. Could it be that Mother Nature is giving `Smear' the cold shoulder?"
"In your current issue, you give a blink of the eye review of Patrick Harpur's book `Daimonic Reality - A Field Guide to the Otherworid'. They say never judge a book by its cover, particularly its title. Oddly, this book discusses the multi-dimensional (3+1/2D) universe theory that you have been hyping for several years.Guess we better take a deeper look at it! - Editor
"Perceiving the book as just another name for demon is a mistake. It was the Religionists, four hundred years ago, who relegated the daimonic reality, including all the paranormal, to the realm of Satan and the Devil. This false perspective brought us the Inquisition, the witch trials, and horrible wars, the most recent occurring in Yugoslavia and Africa. - Throughout history, before the so-called `rationalist' period, the daimonic world was an accepted part of the culture. This reality includes all paranormal phenomena from elves and fairies to angels and the Blessed Virgin Mary. I predict that this book, along with Richard Thompson's `Alien Identities', will be the most insightful UFO books of the decade, if not beyond."
"...Doesn't it seem to you pretty indisputable by now that, in fact, there has never been any genuine UFO crash? Although any material `nuts-and-bolts' objects would naturally have to come to grief sometimes, these things, being only deceptive simulacra, have never done so and never will. Of course this carries the rather sour-tasting implication that all ufological research has been, and will continue to be, a fruitless pursuit - except, to be sure as a never-ending source of weird events that produce amazement (by this time rather strongly mixed with horror); also, at least for a few connoisseurs like you, a source of human antics that furnish never-ending amusement..."Well put! - Editor.
I have come to the unfortunate conviction/conclusion that it is impossible to be a UFO investigator - as there are no UFOs to actually investigate. It's like buying a box of crackerjack and finding a badge inside and calling yourself a police investigator - only not having any crimes to investigate.
"All there is to investigate are the claims of others.... The problem with this is (1) We can't tell if the witnesses are telling the truth or not, and (2) At times, they can't tell either. We have no psychology that enables us to distinguish, and even lie detectors are a 50-50 proposition.
"So there is nothing to investigate.
"...Whereas the true laissez faire free enterpriser is cold-bloodedly detached and practical in business matters, you, like so many contemporary businessmen, just can't seem to discipline yourself in the traditional Victorian way, in which Sadism is sensibly restricted to a refined hobby, and business and pleasure are never mixed or confused. But you have made `Smear' a hobby simply for the pleasure of torturing maladjusted ufologists, whether they are sincere lunatics or insincere CIA agents. It makes no difference to you; they are all fodder for your malice.
"Your criticism of the Randle/Schmitt book is ridiculous. The alien bodies were badly mutilated. Arms, legs, heads, and torsos of aliens were strewn all over the crash site. The mutilation was so bad that the people who found the bodies couldn't even recognize what planet the aliens were from. So they didn't know how many arms, legs and heads a single alien was supposed to have. Naturally, this made figuring out the number of alien bodies difficult... .The one live ET was a barking Venusian dog, which most of the witnesses didn't even notice amidst all the carnage!..."