|EDITOR AND STILL
James W. Moseley, J.S.
Volume 43, No. 9
November 15th, 1996
P. 0. Box 1709
Key West, FL 33041
An outstanding group of speakers was obtained by Schellhorn, including all three of the current socially-acceptable experts on the infamous Roswell Incident - Stanton Friedman, Karl Pflock, and Capt. Kevin Randle (Ret.) - in alphabetical order. Unfortunately, none of the three focused his convention lecture on Roswell, having perhaps "run out of steam" on this controversial subject. Friedman spoke on "Deceipt in Ufology", and gave an unusually interesting presentation in which he knocked contactee Mel Noel (alias Guy Kirkwood); Bob Lazar; Don Schmitt (who now claims to be a fulltime agent of the DEA!); Phil Klass; Carl Sagan, and inevitably, the U.S. Government's alleged UFO secrecy policy.
Pflock, carefully avoiding mention of the Mogul Balloon project that probably explains the Roswell Incident, talked about several well-known and lesser-known early UFO cases, roughly from 1947 to 1960. And Randle's topic was "Cultural and Folkioric Traditions of Abduction by Creatures of the Night". This kind of thing doesn't really go over any better than Project Mogul at a gathering of hard-core UFO believers. (but we enjoyed it!)
UFO historian Jerome Clark lives in Minnesota, and was therefore persuaded to make one of his relatively rare public appearances. He spoke well, in regard to various historical details of ufology, but some people wanted something more sensational. At the banquet dinner, Clark was given the NUFOC's coveted Ufologist of the Year Award, and veteran UFO/psychic author Brad Steiger was given our Lifetime Achievement Award. Speakers at the dinner were Steiger and your humble "Smear" editor, raving about various UFO & psychic experiences we have had in the course of a lifetime.
Abductionist Budd Hopkins was another of our speakers. His new book "Witnessed", about the famed Linda Napolitano (not Linda Cortile!) abduction case, is just out, after an unexplained delay of several years. In the course of the convention, Mr. Hopkins was gentlemanly enough to shake hands with your editor, with an offer to "bury the hatchet" regarding our well-known posture of not speaking to each other at all. Thus, in the interests of detente, we will not review "Witnessed" herein. We have bought it ($23 plus tax!) and although we have not actually read it, we fear that we will be no more likely to believe the Linda story now than in the past. The publisher is Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster - a prestigious outfit indeed.
Another major speaker was Colin Andrews, a leading expert on England's continuing wave of crop circles, which get more and more complex in their designs as time goes by. Interestingly, Andrews stated that quite a number of people claim to have seen crop circles actually being formed, but they all give different descriptions of what is seen and heard. There is a video that has been made, showing the actual formation of a crop circle at Marlboro, England, on July 12th of this year. However, this wonderful-if-real video has come under serious question, and some in the field, including Erik Beckjord, believe it to be a fake.
Other speakers included: Curt Sutherly (shown at left, above), author of the just-published book "Strange Encounters - UFOs, Aliens & Monsters Among Us"; Col. Wendelle Stevens of Pleiadean fame; Robyn Quail, abduction researcher from Atlanta, Ga; Dr. Frank Stranges, lifetime pal of the space entity Val Thor; Prof. Cope Schellhorn; Randolph Winters, another devotee of the Pleiades; Al Bielek, a time-traveler from the Philadelphia Experiment; and someone named James Courant. Our friend Tim Beckley was present but did not lecture, although he was on our Abduction Panel briefly.
In all, the 1996 NUFOC went off quite well, and Prof. Schellhorn is to be congratulated. The hotel was very nice, the crowd was larger than expected, and nothing went terribly wrong. As for next year's NUFOC, we do not yet have a local host or a city picked out, although we have received several "bids".
Finally, the photo at the right, above, shows Karl Pflock with Kevin Randle. If all goes well, your editor may be co-authoring a UFO book with Pflock in the near future. More details about this anon...
There is a lot more to be said about ISUR - short for International Society for UFO Research. For further information1 write to: P.O.Box 52491, Atlanta, Ga. 30355. The web site address is: www.isur.com.
Takano claims he didn't try to fool anyone. Three pictures he took of the alien dummy were picked up by various media, but a 4th picture - clearly showing Takano standing next to the dummy and the stuffed doctor which goes with the dummy, at the Museum - was not picked up by anyone! Takanashi has kindly sent us a copy of this 4th picture, but it is too dark to reproduce here.
Still mysterious is how these pictures fell into the hands of Bob Guccione of Penthouse.
Incidentally, Mr. Takanashi is the MUFON Director for Japan. It would be a wonderful thing if all state and national MUFON directors were as open-minded and as interested in the truth about UFOs as Mr. Takanashi obviously is!...
Also, the specific origin of the fragment has now been determined. It is a metal scrap from a jewelry shop in St. George, Utah. Its unusual appearance is the result of an ancient Japanese metalworking technique which is rarely seen in this country. When the artist, named Randy Fullbright, originally tried to tell the International UFO Museum people the truth about the fragment, he was rebuffed, he claims. Now the Museum's Board of Directors has agreed to accept this prosaic explanation, but the fragment will still be displayed there, along with the story of the work that went into debunking it - as a testament to the institution's research skills. (HA! - Editor.)
Our thanks to Prof. Charles Moore of Socorro, N.M., for most of this information. Prof. Moore, of Mogul Balloon fame, had a hand in the isotopic analysis of the fragment. ...
Now David is among the artists whose ufologically-oriented paintings are featured (Sept. 12th to Oct. 26th) in an art show in New York City called "Visions of Space & UFOs in Art". He is possibly the only artist anywhere who paints realistic scenes from his own abduction experiences.
The prestigious New York Times had this to say about Huggins' work, in their Sept. 12th issue: "...David Huggins, another self-described abductee, paints graphic and disturbing images from a lifetime of supposed encounters, including babies he fathered with alien mothers. The women have the bodies of Playboy centerfolds and the familiar gray alien heads with sloe eyes..."
So - paintings that would have been offered for a couple of hundred dollars not so long ago are now priced in the "couple of thousand" range. Ufology moves on, ever Onward & Upward!...
"...Thank you for the plug for my book and for what I presume were intentional misstatements of fact, to test the powers of observation of your readers - some of whom, like me, are getting on in years. It was even more clever to use the word facts mixed in with the false statements.
- TOP SECRET/MAJIC is only available at this time in hardcover, not soft cover. The price is indeed $22.95.
- The best place to buy it is not Marlowe and Co., 632 Broadway, 7th Floor, NY, NY 10012 (an incomplete address was given.) Try Barnes and Noble, Borders, etc. For those who want to order an autographed volume by mail, send $25.00 to UFORI, POB 958, Houlton, Maine 04730-0958. This includes postage and handling.
- Since I know several leading American ufologists who accept some of the Majestic 12 documents as genuine.. .and since a number of participants in an unscientific poll being conducted by an Internet UFO interest group also think some are genuine, I know you have no data to support your strange (obviously intentionally false) claim that I am the only one who thinks some are genuine. Of course you were clever enough not to define `leading'. Perhaps you meant all those who reject the MJ-12 Documents, such as those who take Just Cause, which has been carrying false claims about the documents for years??..."
"...I have read Stan Friedman's TOP SECRET/MAJIC. Let's give him credit for being a truly dedicated man. Unfortunately he is dedicated to a completely lost cause (in fact two lost causes - Roswell and MJ-12).
"His Appendix C about `Insider Information' looks convincing to a newcomer. Yet each & every item therein can be decisively refuted by anyone who cares enough. A whole book could be produced to knock Stan's points down one by one; but such a book would not sell a single copy!...
"Stan constantly parades Blue Book Special Report 14's statistics as proof of ETH, but never mentions Allan Hendry's decisive refutation of them 15 years ago.
"Research on the hilarious `Group Operations Manual', we are told, `awaits funding'. Which sucker is going to be the benefactor this time?"
"...I am not a `fan' of the MJ-12 documents and never have been. I know little more about them today than I knew when Shandera and I wrote our report on the subject six years ago, and my opinion concerning them remains the same as it was then - i.e., I still consider the matter an open question. As for Friedman, I think he is in this thing way over his head, and I wouldn't be a bit surprised to see him get badly burned by it. It troubles me greatly to see the money-grubbing showman side of him dominating his once respectable scientific acumen.
"I have said it before (most notably at Las Vegas back in `89) and I'll say it again: Most of those who dominate ufology today do not seek to SOLVE the mystery, but rather to PERPETUATE it; because once the ultimate answer is found, they're all out of business. My sincere advice to those few who are truly seeking answers: Stay away from the circus. It will only take up your time and distract your attention. (In case you haven't noticed, I've been assiduously following my own advice these past several years.)"
"This is the first I've heard of these slanderous allegations, and
I find them very difficult to believe...
Kelly & Henry Owens have now resigned, as mentioned
earlier in this issue. -Editor.
"In addition, it might interest you to know that Mr. Ford never filed
any lawsuit of any type against me. He sent me a letter from a lawyer. He
had it delivered to the house that I was renting, after my family and I
had already moved to Florida. He did this on purpose, hoping
that no one would find the papers and he would win by default.... After
checking all branches of all civil courts in Suffolk County, the Clerk
wrote back to me saying that `no suit was on file in Suffolk County and
no judgments had been entered against you by anyone'....
"Ford shot out the back glass on my mother's car in New York shortly
after I moved here to Florida. Witnesses saw him and my mother identified
him; but he has so many other charges against him I doubt that will
come up unless it has to..."
"First law of Ufology: Since anybody with enough know-how can doctor a
photo, photos prove nothing, unless they can seem to support your
Belief System (B.S.) or to refute somebody else's Belief System (B.S).
"First law of ley hunting: Any group of ancient megaliths and/or
medieval churches will form a symbol of some sort if you use a small
enough map and a thick enough pencil.
"First law of debate: Those who shout loudest that they represent
objectivity and rationality generally prove to be the most subjective
"Kelly and Henry Owens are two of the
nicest people I've ever met. They host the monthly MUFON meetings at their
home. Kelly prints the Ga. Skywatch newsletter at her own expense. They
have resurrected a group that had been moribund for a long time. All of this
on top of the fact that they own two businesses and have four children.
"In your Vol. 43, No. 6 issue of your
publication `Saucer Smear' you printed a number of slanderous and
libelous statements against me. I am not a `gun nut' and was not arrested
for selling `unlicensed handguns'.
"...You didn't mention the other reason that the owner of the car
was picked to receive her valuable prize. October 12th was her birthday,
too. Like all the rest of the `coincidences' surrounding this event
(about 25 in all!), this made perfect sense (too) because it helped
underscore the crucial flaw in NASA's choice of SETI launch date...
"...You are the same as you were, but I hereby pronounce that you
are no longer a mere boil on the ufological yonderparts; rather, an
ageless force still erupting in volcanoes of common sense, vicious good
humor, and literate prose. Part Chomsky, part Kafka, part Momma Teresa -
perhaps ufology's Mark Twain. But I wish you'd stop inhaling. The miserable
and - as one of your correspondents put it nicely - fratricidal
UFO gang needs you more than it knows!"
"Just a brief note to tell you I am really delighted to receive
your `Saucer Smear'. I liked the fact that, as you said, you are really
not into extremes; you remain open minded regarding saucers, the paranormal,
etc; you are not gullible and you oppose the extremists in both the `pro'
and `anti' camps. ... I really love the use of humor. It is a weapon that
seems to have disappeared amongst the `elite' in the saucer area and also
in the parapsychological area probably, because the people in both areas
have simply taken themselves too seriously, and I am not sure anybody is in
a position to do that..."
"I found the latest `Smear' amusing, as usual, and also as usual,
the most hilarious letters come from the people with the least sense of
humor or intent to make me laugh.
"...I enjoy `Saucer Smear' - the lines and the in-between lines,the
cartoons, and the insights. It helps to put things into context when we
are able to laugh at ourselves. `Smear' may well be one of the most
important UFO publications around from a sociological point of view,
especially if one is willing to consider that the sociological aspects of
UFO phenomena may well turn out to be the most important aspect of this
puzzle, if we ever get to a future stage where real answers may become
"Thanks for the last `Smear'. First Bob Guccione attempting ufological
journalism, and now you running that photo of
Simone Mendez - are `Penthouse' and `Saucer Smear' slowly converging?
Maybe in the next issue your front-page quote from John Keel about being
`a boil on the ass of ufology' will be accompanied by an illustrative photo! ...
"...I had to have two teeth ripped out of my head last Monday. I
think they took out the one (#28) that had the C.I.A. transmitter inserted
in it, while I was in the Navy, in Honolulu, back in `ought-52!
Actually, I think it was a sending AND receiving device. I'm going to
miss the messages from Headquarters. And, hell! THEY are going to have
to start renting videos to take the place of my daily ravings!..."
"...If Bob Guccione is willing to pay $200,000 for a pig in the
poke, I think he might pay me some upfront money to sneak onto Wright
Patterson AFB & get into that Hangar (or meat locker, whichever) for some
photos of what the USAF has hidden....
I CANNOT SEE, I CANNOT PEE
I CANNOT CHEW, I CANNOT SCREW.
MY MEMORY SHRINKS, MY HEARING STINKS.
NO SENSE OF SMELL, I LOOK LIKE HELL
MY BODY'S DROOPING: GOT TROUBLE POOPING.
THE GOLDEN YEARS HAVE COME AT LAST.
THE GOLDEN YEARS CAN KISS MY ASS!
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"This is the first I've heard of these slanderous allegations, and I find them very difficult to believe...
Kelly & Henry Owens have now resigned, as mentioned earlier in this issue. -Editor.
"In addition, it might interest you to know that Mr. Ford never filed any lawsuit of any type against me. He sent me a letter from a lawyer. He had it delivered to the house that I was renting, after my family and I had already moved to Florida. He did this on purpose, hoping that no one would find the papers and he would win by default.... After checking all branches of all civil courts in Suffolk County, the Clerk wrote back to me saying that `no suit was on file in Suffolk County and no judgments had been entered against you by anyone'....
"Ford shot out the back glass on my mother's car in New York shortly after I moved here to Florida. Witnesses saw him and my mother identified him; but he has so many other charges against him I doubt that will come up unless it has to..."
"First law of Ufology: Since anybody with enough know-how can doctor a photo, photos prove nothing, unless they can seem to support your Belief System (B.S.) or to refute somebody else's Belief System (B.S).
"First law of ley hunting: Any group of ancient megaliths and/or medieval churches will form a symbol of some sort if you use a small enough map and a thick enough pencil.
"First law of debate: Those who shout loudest that they represent objectivity and rationality generally prove to be the most subjective and pig-headed..."