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|EDITOR AND STILL
James W. Moseley
Volume 45, No. 1
January 10th, 1998
P. 0. Box 1709
Key West, FL 33041
The Beckley edition includes additional material written by him, as well as a list of alleged UFO crash/retrievals written by someone named LeRoy Pea, and also a 2-page article by our friend Antonio Huneeus, with the screaming headline "At last - These may be long lost `alien photos' taken at the site of the Roswell, New Mexico, UFO Crash Case". Huneeus' reference is to two photos on the back cover of the book, which show an oriental-looking creature of some sort. The picture you see here is of the same "alien", and was distributed by Beckley in connection with the book. The back cover of the book tells us: "WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVE: Soviets release photos of alien bodies recovered from `flying disc' crash site".
So, what is really going on here? It turns out that the "alien" is actually a clay sculpture created by a Canadian artist named Linda Corriveau, who recently told her story in detail on the World Wide Web. The sculpture was on public display from 1978 to 1981 at the "Strange, Strange World Pavilion" of an exhibition called "Man and his World", in Montreal, Canada. It was thus seen by countless thousands of people during that period. The only thing not made clear is what happened to the "alien" after the exhibition closed.
Corriveau for some reason called the figure "the man of my dreams". When she finally came upon her sculpture posing as an alien on the back cover of our book, she was surprised, amused, and also confused as to whether or not she should go public with her knowledge. To make things more complicated, Ms. Corriveau is a "True Believer" in aliens, abductions, government conspiracy, etc; but she also knows that there is a great deal of deliberate "Disinformation" out there!
Huneeus, who is International Coordinator for the vast MUFON organization, has written us a letter about all this, at our request. It reads in part as follows:
"I am enclosing my articles about the non-Roswell Corriveau Montreal dummy fiasco and a few copies of the post cards Beckley printed as a companion to your book, but which apparently you never received... As you can see, I have published three versions of this affair. The first and by far the worst, unfortunately, is the one in your book. Tim (Beckley) rushed me to do it when I was only half finished with my investigation, because he wanted a fresh scoop with the release of your book. Obviously the information was incomplete and hyped to the maximum."We are reminded of the recent Bob Guccione fiasco, in which the supposedly sophisticated publisher of Penthouse Magazine, OMNI, etc., may have paid as much as $50,000 or $100,000 for photographs of an "alien" dummy which is still on public display at the International UFO Museum in Roswell. This story was carried in "Smear" at the time.
"Sure enough, I soon solved the case by chance, when Richard Glenn recognized the photos immediately as the Montreal dummy done by Linda Corriveau.... I wanted to clear the record, so I gave Beckley an updated report with a rehash of what's in your book, but with the solution to the case at the end, in my interview with Glenn. But Tim wanted to keep milking the photos as long as possible, so he put them in full color with a banner headline on the inside cover of the Winter 1991 issue of his magazine `UFO Universe'. Tim didn't print my article as submitted, but rewrote the beginning and then quoted extended paragraphs from my original draft!
"Finally, when FATE Maazine asked me to do a cover story on UFO Hoaxes for the September 1994 issue, I decided to tell the story once again, i.e., for the third time. This time, free of Tim's selling instincts, it was done clearly, succinctly, and without any hype. Now that the creator of the model, Linda Corriveau, has finally emerged, the story has gone full circle and there are no more mysteries left about this particular and rather dubious UFO episode, which was once part of the `top secret' evidence for the mother of all cases, the grand Roswell crash...
Regarding the Canadian dummy, Huneeus concludes by saying: "Unfortunately, John Keel will be able to say accurately that Tim, you, and I all helped to stir the pot on this one. You were actually innocent, but Keel will never believe it." Antonio refers here to the fact that Keel intensely dislikes your "Smear" editor, and has tried to blame him for hoaxes we had nothing to do with - even including the notorious Gulf Breeze/Ed Walters affair!
"UFO Crash Secrets" is still in print, and is available from "Smear" Headquarters for a mere ten dollars, or nine dollars autographed!
Sadly, a much better book that Gray Barker put together for us about 1967, called "Jim Moseley's Book of SAUCER NEWS", is long out of print. This is an anthology of early SAUCER NEWS articles, written by many of the leading UFO researchers of that era.
Also out of print, or more precisely not yet in print, is our forthcoming book co-authored with Karl Pflock, to be called "Shockingly Close to the Truth". Watch for it - and keep watching, watching, watching.....
Amazingly, someone named Gretchen Condon has written to the Nobel Foundation, claiming that the inventors of the transitor - named Brattain, Shockley and Bardeen - who developed the transistor for Bell Labs, received the Nobel Prize improperly for their work, and that this should now be investigated. This letter has inspired our ace cartoonist Matt Graeber to come forth with the appropriate cartoon above.
More recently, ACC has come up with an even more outrageous allegation - that the Bell Labs people overlooked another artifact from the crashed saucer, namely a devioe they oall a Transcap, or T-CAP, which has the ability to revolutionize the computer industry. "The energy levels the T-CAP can store can represent mathematical values up to 10 to the 23rd power" (whatever that means), says ACC. The T-CAP is "similar in function to the synapses of the brain or the neuro ganglial pill, yet much smaller, more precise, and much, much faster."
Of course Art Bell, the famed radio talk show host, is involved in all this somehow, as is Jack Shulman, president of ACC. "Smear" will give Shulman a free lifetime non-subscription to our magazine, if he will just explain what the hell he is really up to here! It sounds like a possible stock market scam to us. (Our thanks to all the people who sent us information on this, including the delightfully paranoid Ed Komarek of Operation Right to Know.)
The author is an electronic engineer named Jurgen Heinzerling, who begins by saying, "EVP is one of the most peculiar of modern Fortean mysteries, combining as it does ancient mediumistic contact and modern electronic technology." The author, who seems very objective about the whole thing, concludes that "here is an authentic enigmatic phenomenon in an early and undeveloped state."
Research on this subject seems to have taken place primarily in Europe, during the 1970s and 1980s. The details are extremely complex, and we advise you to obtain "Fortean Times" and read the article in full.
Our own interest in the subject is heightened by an experience we had in 1976 with a comparatively crude series of EVP experiments. Psychic researchers Stewart Robb and his wife Marilyn of Anaheim, Ca., now both deceased, used to entertain guests in their home by turning a tape recorder up to maximum volume, passing a microphone around the room to let each person speak briefly, and then playing back the tape to see if any unknown voices were present. Due to distortion and miscellaneous outside noises, many false & meaningless readings were obtained, and to us it all seemed a waste of time. Until one evening, an unknown voice was clearly heard speaking English sentences! It's a long story, but in our opinion there is no way this could have been either a hoax or a mistake. Sadly, we did not make a copy of the tape or even a written summary of the evening's events, as we didn't really realize until later just how decidedly odd this occurrence was.
This experience of ours in Anaheim was written up in more detail a few years ago in "Smear", in an issue we are too lazy to search for at the moment.
Howard's informant is a Puerto Rican UFO researcher named Jorge Martin, who did the best he could to investigate the incident. The murder, and the strange fetus associated with it, was given a lot of publicity on TV and in the newspapers. It turns out, however, that the "alien embryo" was not really related to the murder at all, or it would have been taken away by the killer. The final verdict seems to be that the vial was a crack vial, and the tiny creature inside it was a fake - a hoax intended to discredit serious UFO research in Puerto Rico.
Jorge Martin says in his article, entitled "The Alien Embryo Hoax", that there have been several other specific instances of the Puerto Rican news media cooperating with shadowy official sources, to spread ufological disinformation. To obtain the whole story as related in "The New Herald", write to Bill Howard at: 125 West 222nd St., Carson, California 90745....
We met Ford only once, and found him to be a disagreeable sort of character. Interestingly, Ford's arch-enemy in the New York UFO scene a few years ago was a lecturer named Bill Knell, against whom Ford claims to have filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit. Whether for that reason or others, about that time Knell moved with his family from New York to Florida, where he apparently continues to lecture on UFOs.
Knell, who has a history of illegal gun sales and pirating of copyrighted UFO material, now calls himself a "paranormal investigator and media consultant". We don't like him any more than we like Ford, since Knell sent us a series of written death threats a couple of years ago! (This we can document!)
Ford and Knell, each in his own way, show us the worst side of the UFO research scene.
Regarding Ford, Elaine Douglass of Operation Right to Know (ORTK), together with several others, has established a John Ford Defense Committee, devoted to raising money to help him out. The paranoia here is that Ford must have been on to Something Big, or else he would not be treated this way. Stay tuned!
AND, according to a book review in "Fortean Times", Corso was promoted from Captain to Major in 1944, 19 years before he retired. In other words, Corso received just one more promotion (to Lt. Col.) during the entire last nineteen years of his less than illustrious military career!...
It is believed that scientists might be able to achieve teleportation between atoms within a few years, and molecules within a decade or so. Teleportation of human beings, as in "Beam me up, Scotty", is far, far in the future - if ever. ...
Nevertheless, "alien alphabets" constitute a fascinating UFO-related subject, and we were therefore pleased when, a few days after receiving Aggen's zine, we received a 90-page softcover book on the same subject, written by one Mario Pazzaglini Ph.D. The title is "Symbolic Messages - An Introduction to a Study of `Alien' Writing".
Pazzaglini does not list his qualifications, but from the highly intellectual tone of this self-published book (1991), we can only assume that his scholarship is genuine. What really impressed us is that this is an objective attempt to make some sense out of the many, many types of messages that have come to us through "automatic writing" and other such sources. Pazzaglini emphasizes the difficulty and complexity of this study.
Says the author: "Our... assumption is that the world we perceive is a mentally constructed world that is clearly not the same world that `really' exists out there." Further on, he cautions: "Many scripts are blatantly mundane in their origin. Best examples (of this) are perhaps scripts that contain exactly the same letters and number of letters as our own alphabet. It would be extremely unlikely that another race of beings developing totally separately from us would produce exactly the same symbol and sound repetoire.. although nothing is impossible..." At the very end of the text he states, profoundly: "Are we talking to ourselves or is someone else trying to tell us something. Who knows?"
As usual, Space limits our ability to do justice to this unique contribution to UFO literature. The book is presumably available from the author, at: 523 Capitol Trail, Newark, Delaware 19711. This is great "4-D" stuff, and certainly worth a few bucks.
We should add that, in addition to the 90 pages of text, Pazzaglini includes about 80 pages of various terrestrial alphabets, as well as unknown writings of various sorts. Our favorite in the latter category is Jesse Marcel Jr.`s recollection of the "symbols" he saw on the "I" beam of the Roswell, N.M. crashed saucer. He notes that all of these characters were in violet. Looking at this famed series of symbols, they still look like stylized flowers to us. Hard-core Roswell fans will know just what we mean by this!
"I did not see the Leeza Gibbons TV program with David Huggins, but I did have lie detector testing myself at one time. This was at the request of Attorney F. Lee Bailey. Prior to the testing itself, I spent two hours a day for two days, so that the operator would know my reactions. On the second day, I was told to deliberately lie at times, so he could record this.
"The third day was the actual testing, done in front of TV cameras, to be shown nationwide. The program was called `Lie Detector'. Naturally, I received a high score for truthfulness.
"The validity of lie detector testing is accepted by 28 states, if the operator is an expert, trained by FBI standards. Many innocent persons have been cleared of suspicion of wrong-doing.
"No middle ground exists. The person is either telling the truth or lying. If the test is inconclusive, the operator is unqualified. However, I have been told by trained operators that every person, who claims to be an abductee, tested by them has failed..."
"I thank you for the mention of my new book, 'The REAL Roswell Crashed-Saucer Coverup' - and I know you are deluged with reading material. But if you had only read the jacket of my book you would have learned that it contains hard evidence to show that there definitely has been a Roswell crashed-saucer coverup. And if you had taken several minutes to read the 8 pages of Chapter 26, you could have learned (and revealed to your readers) who the `guilty parties' are.
"In regard to Bill Moore's letter, about whether he is `being truthful when he claims he is unable to shed any further light on the authenticity of the MJ-12 papers': When you excerpted my letter of Aug. 4th (copy enclosed) in the Oct. 10th issue of `Smear', you left out my specific suggestion as to how Moore could `shed further light'.
"Therein I said: `In an interview with Jerry Clark, published in the April 1988 issue of FATE Magazine, Moore claimed he had met in 1982-83 with a courier in an upstate New York motel who allowed him to examine and take photographs of an alleged crashed-saucer/MJ-12 briefing paper for President Jimmy Carter. Why doesn't Moore release those (alleged) photos?'"
Editor's Note: Klass' excellent Chapter 26 quotes a number of declassified government documents which clearly show that they have no UFO debris from the Roswell era. Some of these same documents have also been quoted in "Smear".
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"...Thanks for your latest issue, which contains your position on UFOs. I was surprised to read this; It is the same conclusion I have come to. In my life, I've had two UFO sightings - one with many witnesses (Lake Worth, Florida) and one alone, in New York. Also I have experienced other phenomena, but I don't talk about them to many people."
"...Weird things do happen.. One of those weird things is a peculiar stimulus which triggers the UFO-mythology... The nature of that stimulus is a big fucking mystery.
Roswell UFO Encounter '97 honored by Tourism Association of New MexicoAt the Governor's Cponference on Tourism, held in Taos, new Mexico on October 23-25, Roswell UFO Encounter '97 came away with top honors.
Stan Crosby, past chairman of the Roswell UFO Encounters, accepted the most coveted award: Best Public Event of the Year.
Roswell UFO Encounter '97 was also recognized as the Top International/National Media Event of the State.
"Stan did the unthinkable by promoting the UFO history of Roswell, and using it to create an internationally recognized celebration," stated Deon Crosby, IU-FOMRC Director.
"People may laugh about Roswell's UFO incident, but in the back of their mind they wish they could boast of something this popular! The entire Encounter committee is to be commended."
Roswell UFO Encounter '98 is scheduled for July 4-6, 1998.
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