|EDITOR AND STILL
James W. Moseley
Volume 45, No. 6
June 5th, 1998
P. 0. Box 1709
Key West, FL 33041
Not all of the speakers have yet been scheduled, but as of this writing they include Karl Pflock from Albuquerque, who will talk about his recent re-examination (on a "Sightings" TV Special) of the classic 1952 Scoutmaster Sonny Desvergers contact case. Other speakers include Antonio Huneeus, Tom Benson, David Huggins, Dr. Richard Sauder, Ph.D., and of course your humble "Smear" editor, who is Permanent Chairman of the NUFOC.
For further information, write to the "Smear" snail-mail address (above), and ask for a copy of our Convention flier.
Korff, of course, had visited the Meier camp in Switzerland once before, leading to his debunking book about Meier published by CSICOP's Prometheus Press, a couple of years ago. This time, according to Erskine, Korff "brought with him Dorothy plus fake Mossad & Interpol badges; he wore a bulletproof vest, and carried with him a fake bomb clock & various and sundry articles of intimidation". All of this, just to face down a group of 6 to 8 hippies living at the Meler camp!
At a nearby restaurant, Korff asked so many pointed questions about Meier that he was quickly spotted as a "negative" person and was in effect asked to leave the area. Surely his methods were overly intense in dealing with people who, though selling fake UFO pictures, are nevertheless physically harmless!
For further information on this and other ufological projects that Erskine is involved with, you can write him at 6313 E. Sandra Terrace, Scottsdale, Az. 85254, or E-mail JPayton790@AOL.com.
Says Stonebrooke, "Why would I make this stuff up? It doesn't exactly help my singing career, does it?" Motive: A $100,000 advance! We are jealous!
The trouble here is that members of FUFOR (Fund for UFO Research) and other respected investigators such as Bob Durant have looked at these enlargements, and are not able to see any such thing. Furthermore, one should assume that if there really was alien writing on any part of the debris, General Ramey would not have allowed it to be photographed in the first place! ...
It is unclear why he has not yet come to trial after all this time. Ufological friends of John's, includirig Don Jernigan of PlC (Phenomenon Investigation Committee) and Elaine Douglass of ORTK (Operation Right to Know) are still trying to raise money for his defense, on the tenuous assumption that the charges are bogus, and that John's legal troubles could happen to other UFO researchers as part of a conspiracy to silence them...
Many of the speakers at the upcoming August event are of special interest, as they include several ufological old-timers whom we thought had faded away. Foremost among these is England's Desmond Leslie (now Lord Desmond Leslie!), who co-authored the original George Adamski contact book in 1953, "Flying Saucers Have Landed". Little has been heard of Leslie since that time. Other old-timers include Bill Hamilton, Wayne Aho, Dr. Frank Stranges, and Rev. Robert Short. There is even a "Giant Rock Survivors Panel", and talks by one of George Van Tassel's daughters and by a son-in-law of the master of Giant Rock! Wish we could be there. Your editor attended California's famed Giant Rock conventions two or three different years - all the way from New Jersey.
There are also more than twenty other speakers, including Guy Kirkwood (alias Mel Noel) and Mia Adams (alias Sheila Franklin). For more information, phone 303-543-9443....
Your "Smear" editor wrote an article about the Nazca Lines which was published in the October 1955 issue of Fate Magazine. At that time we had not actually seen the Lines; we wrote the Fate article from an uncopyrighted English-language booklet written and distributed by Ms. Reiche, whom we never met.
About 1956, your editor became the only non-archaeological person ever to obtain legal permission to actually dig for buried treasure on the ancient Lines. Sadly, we found nothing there, but we did find many Inca and pre-Inca treasures in other parts of Peru. ...
Way to go, Jerry!...
As we understand it, in the early days of computers, space was at a premium, and some bright programmers decided to save space by leaving out the "19" in a date such as "1998". After all, everyone knows that "98" means "1998". But when the year 2000 arrives, the computers will treat "2000" as if it were "1900". Get it? Everything will go wrong, and all hell will break loose, because our society is now so terribly dependent on computers in so many ways.
In general private industry is hurrying to make the proper preparations for Y2K, but the scary part is that the government isn't. The Federal Aviation Administration, the Defense Department, and the Internal Revenue Service are far behind in their preparations, with little or no hope of catching up soon enough. This will bring about the remote possibility of nuclear annihilation, and even worse, Social Security checks for us worthy oldsters simply will not be delivered! No one knows for sure just how severe the madness will be, starting immediately after midnight on January 1st, 2000; but hopefully we will all live long enough to find out.
We met Bender a few times, and he even lectured for our UFO group in New York City in the early l960s. Bender eventually moved to California from his apartment in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and he dropped out of the UFO field altogether. The late August C. Roberts, a co-worker, kept in touch with Bender for many years, but he was apparently the only ufologist Bender would write to.
When we obtained the California address a few weeks ago, we wrote to Bender, and received the letter back unopened, inside a larger envelope. This makes us believe that we have the right guy but that he still does not want to correspond. The address is: Albert K. Bender, P.0. Box 45713, Los Angeles, Ca. 90045. Maybe one of you CIA operatives, self-appointed detectives or just plain snoops can find out his home address and/or phone number from this. If so, let us know...
Incidentally, we now have an address for the new fake APRO organization, headed by Bill Heft. It is: 119 Harrison Ave., Dixon, Illinois 61021. Write to them and ask if they have the files from the original APRO, founded by Jim and Coral Lorenzen in 1952!
Says Huggins, in describing this work of art:
"The two women are holding me and stroking me. I reach my climax in a container. The insect being is in the foreground. To the right is a group of women behind the curtain...David Huggins' works have been exhibited in New York City and Huntington Beach, California. This particular painting has not been shown in public however, due to the vestige of Puritanism in this country. "Smear" however, is fearless.
"As to how this came about, one night I found myself in a room with many women. The tall thin man came by and in passing he said, `You will give all these women babies'. I asked, `Make love to all of them in one night?' The tall man laughed... I was given a bowl, and two of the women to arouse me. I remember them making soft, purring sounds as I reached my climax. The insect being was there and the other women were there. The women were artificially inseminated..."
Some of Huggins' other paintings will be displayed at our Bordentown N.J. NUFOC Convention, in connection with his slide lecture there.
Coral Castle, for those unfamiliar with it, is a group of huge stone carvings, each weighing several tons, constructed during the 1920s and 1930s by a Latvian immigrant named Ed Leedskalnin. It is now located in Homestead, Florida, a few miles south of Miami on Route One. (Originally most of it was built a few miles away, and then moved to its present location by Ed, always working alone!)
Your editor first heard about the Castle in the late 1950s, and visited it many times. We wrote an article on the subject for the September 1963 issue of "Saucer News". This article was quoted in a book by one Otto Binder, and for many years that page from Binder's book was in a frame on the wall of the souvenir shop next to the Castle, which has become a well-known tourist attraction in southern Florida. Thus your editor became a pseudo-expert on the Castle, even though our "Saucer News" article was taken from material available at the souvenir shop itself. We even were allowed to visit without paying the usual admission price!
The mystery of Coral Castle was in regard to how Ed was able to move stones weighing several tons each, while using nothing better than primitive tools - which are still on display there. In the course of our visits we became friendly with a woman named Virginia, whose last name now escapes us. She was in charge of the little souvenir shop, and claimed that she and her husband had known Ed quite well before Ed's death in the early 1950s. We begged Virginia to tell us the secret behind Ed's amazing work, and she always insisted that he did not use levitation or any other mysterious force. In those days we had the Will to Believe, and resisted Virginia's prosaic explanation.
Then in 1985 your editor went on a Miami radio station to talk about UFOs & various other mysteries, and one of the telephone callers claimed to know a man who, as a boy, had watched Ed work. (It is known that Ed liked kids, and apparently he would let them watch him, but he would not work in the presence of adults.)
The man in question was named Earl Lee, and we interviewed him at his home in Florida City, which is near Homestead. Lee was then in his late 60s, and may no longer be alive. But he told us in some detail about Ed's work methods. Unfortunately we did not make sufficient notes about what he said, but the gist was that he and his friends had talked at length to Ed many times in the old days, and watched him do his work - and there was simply nothing mysterious going on. (See the April 1st, 1985 "Saucer Smear" for more details about this.)
There is a lot more to our involvement in the Coral Castle story. In the late 1960s your editor almost bought the Castle and surrounding empty land, but the price was too high. We met the owner, who, however, had never known Ed. Eventually the place was sold to someone else. The souvenir shop was enlarged and remodeled, and our claim to fame was taken off the wall. Time and pollution turned the stone walls of the Castle darker, modern metal fences were put up, and somehow the place lost some of its charm.
One last interesting thing; Ed apparently built the Castle in honor cf his "Sweet Sixteen", a woman long ago in his native Latvia who had promised to marry him and then changed her mind at the last minute. Her name was Agnes Scuffs. Just a few years ago she was still alive and was invited by the state of Florida to come, all expenses paid, to attend a tribute to Ed that was to be held here. She declined to come.
Unfortunately, the "hard" evidence is, by Streiber's own admission, far short of proof. The book is in three parts - the first devoted to the many, many UFO videos of recent years, primarily from Mexico; the second consists of testimony about ET contact and abduction from a few of the thousands of people who have written to Streiber; and the third & presumably most exciting part of the book is about alleged alien implants, including one which Streiber recently had removed from his own ear.
In the course of the book the author seems to rely (among many others) on several researchers whose reputations in the UFO field are extremely poor - such as Jose Escamilla, who has videotaped endless anomalies in the sky near Roswell, N.M., while others around him see nothing; Jim Dilettoso, already familiar to "Smear" readers; and Derrel Sims, who has been compared to a snake oil salesman.
Sims is in partnership with Dr. Roger Leir, a podiatrist who is a UFO believer, and who has personally operated on alleged implants. Leir seems sincere, and incidentally he has the lead article in the latest (June 1998) issue of the MUFON Journal, in accordance with the new, more "liberal" policy of that magazine.
"Confirmation" ends with a long interview with Monsignor Corrado Balducci, a Catholic prelate who believes in extraterrestrials and who implies that the Vatican does also. However, an interesting recent item from the Internet states that "the Pope is set to issue an edict warning of New Age groups undermining traditional religious beliefs with claims of alien abductions and visiting spirits."
We did manage to read all of this book, as we have more spare time than before, in our semi-retirement from the business world. What impressed us most about this tome was the author's obvious sincerity. In spite of a very excusable Will to Believe, he painstakingly avoids jumping to conclusions, and manages remarkably well to keep an open mind. We wish that other abduction researchers (you know who you are!) could do this well!
The implants that have been surgically removed under controlled conditions in about a half dozen operations have all been made of known materials, though in peculiar combinations. Worst of all, no one has been able to demonstrate what use they have, to the aliens or anybody else. One test that Strieber has overlooked but would probably agree with: Why not choose say a hundred people at random out of the general population - people with no special interest in UFOs - and see how many of them have peculiar small objects under their skin. If some of this random group did have implants, would this maybe mean that they too are abductees unaware of their personal experiences?? Probably not.
Incidentally, Strieber has made the Big-Time. He and his new book are mentioned favorably in the June 23rd National Enquirer, from which the above photo is taken.
And our apologies to Whitley Strieber for misspelling his name all through the first part of this review. (We're too lazy to go back and change it!)
"You mentioned that Martin Cannon is a conspiracy writer. You maybe should have said ex-conspiracy writer. There was a message by him posted on the net in l997 stating that he disowns his Controllers theory and has left the field.
"The full text runs, `Is there any way you could remove my name from your list of ufologists? I am out of the field. I have disowned the theory in my work "The Controllers" and have requested everyone carrying the piece on the web to remove it. That damned thing has caused me nothing but trouble. If you can't remove my name, at least be good enough to inform your readers that I have changed my tune. Frankly UFO buffs and conspiracy nuts kind of make me ill these days. I am so damned sick of being called an "agent". Thanks...'
"Such things don't happen often enough, and I applaud the man."
"Thanks for the quick response and promoting my products.
"I had meant to ask you for a copy of the quoted article I am glad that you were quoting the newspaper and not me. I have often been misquoted. But I would like to see it. If it is really what I actually said, I guess it shows how naive I was.
"Dear Captain Jim:
"Let me start by saying that the latest issue of `Smear' is a classic. I predict it will become a collector's item. It seems you have managed to touch base on all current events and lunacy currently affecting the field. Bravo!
"I particularly get a kick out of Stan Friedman, through the back door advertisement for all of his publications, If I were you I would send him a bill for the free ad space!..."
"So you like the Evil Tube? Many regard it as barbaric, destructive, the enemy of literacy, etc. - sort of what you think of the computer...
"In researching my three historical novels (`The Earth Will Shake', `The Widow's Son', `Nature's God'), all set in the 18th Century, I found that the major new media feared as sinful and decadent was, at that time, the novel. In the 19th Century it was the waltz. In the early 20th, the film. (I know a guy who still can't believe I regard some movies as highly as some novels, some operas, etc.) In the mid 20th, the TV. Now, the computer.
"Some people always fear and hate the new and different. In my social psych books (`Prometheus Rising', `Quantum Psychology') I call that reflex infophobia. The opposite, always fascinated by the new, I call infophilia. Those who always fear the new, the infophobes, imprinted Mother as Safe Space in infancy and imprinted everything else as noxious or threatening. The infophiles imprinted Mother and World as both Safe Space and fun to explore and play with. (This is not really `my' theory; a lot of it I owe to Harry Stack Sullivan, Tim Leary and Konrad Lorenz.)...
"I loved your new issue. Since I am as much of an egomaniac as anybody else on this backward planet, I may have been unduly influenced by your loverly review of my new book. (It was the first review to appear in print so far. You have another exclusive scoop.)
"Thank you for your recent post card. I do share some of your misgivings concerning the `net'. At present the amount of junk on the `net' is tremendous. Do you remember the CB radio fad of the `?Os? Do you see any similarities to the Internet? I do have e-mail where I work, but I am not overly impressed. I still like to get cards & letters. I guess we are just old fashioned:"
"My mother has recently been confined to an Adult Care Center. Her first week there, the place was visited by alien craft which she captured in this photo. Note the powerful glow of light which the Mother ship beams ahead of it, the semi-translucence of the ribbed hull which reveals a row of lights illuminating the interior, and the single, laser-like light on the satellite disc beside It!
"3 1/2-D Forever...
"How much longer can you & I hold out against Computerworld?"
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