OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE SAUCER & UNEXPLAINED CELESTIAL EVENTS RESEARCH SOCIETY
There will be cartoons by ace "Smear" cartoonist Matt Graeber, and a foreword by famed futurist/philosopher Robert Anton ("Bob") Wilson. Because of scheduling requirements, the book probably won't actually be opt until the later part of next year. More details later!
Now David has written a two-act play called simply "UFO", though there is no UFO in the production, and only two simple sets. One set is his modest apartment in a rooming house, and the other is the scene in a realm from which alien creatures frequently visit him, mostly at night. In other words, the wall of his room opens up, and these aliens simply walk in, presumably from another dimension.
These beings don't seem to have names, so David has named them. One is a creature resembling a praying mantis, which he calls "Hmmm", simply because that is the sound it makes. There are various women, including one he calls "Crescent". Huggins has sex with "Crescent" on Page 35 of the first act, while "Hmmm" watches. The aliens then perform a very brief marriage ceremony and David goes on a one-day honeymoon with "Crescent", and gets badly sunburned at some unexplained beach.
In the second act, the various aliens, including "Crescent", urge David to copulate with another woman, whom he calls "Aloo", and this happens to be the same woman depicted in the painting at left. David, being inhibited by antiquated Earth morals, is somewhat shocked that his interdimensional wife would not object to this. However, the aliens' overall purpose is mainly to produce as many hybrid babies as possible; and indeed, we learn that David has already helped create a large but undetermined number of such babies over a period of time.
There is a bit more to the plot than this, but not much more. In spite of brief interdimensional sex acts in both acts of the play, there is not much going on that would hold the attention of an audience. The dialogue is in very short phrases, as the aliens talk as little as possible for some reason. Eventually Huggins starts talking like they do. The play then ends inconclusively.
David Huggins claims that the play is "at least 90 percent accurate" in chronicling his own adventures. We at "Smear" honestly don't know what to make of all this. David seems to be an intelligent, normal sort of guy who earns a living and fits into human society without any major problem. He also seems to be sincere in recounting these incredible events. He neither seeks publicity nor avoids it. All we can say for sure is that he apappears to really believe what he is saying.
Yet, unfortunately, in spite of the cartoon below, this play will never make it on Broadway, in spite of the novel theme. There is also a Broadway in Hoboken, where there actually are (or at least used to be) a couple of bars where "Happenings" and poetry readings are held. Maybe that is the ultimate destination of this very unusual play. In any case, we sincerely thank David Huggins for sending his play manuscript to "Smear".
What we like best is that there will be a character in this fictional film (if it is ever really produced) who is a sort of hybrid of your humble "Smear" editor, together with the late Dr. J. Allen Hynek. Will Hynek sue? Probably not.
The man behind this visionary effort is named Mike Gensler, a friend and co-worker of Ralph Coon, who a few years ago produced the documentary "Whispers From Space" about the legendary Gray Barker. Your editor had a prominent role in said documentary, we might add.
It's a long way from a working script, to financing, to a completed film; but if anything ever comes of "Crowded Asylums" we will certainly let you know!...
While on this show we learned from Erskine that Peter Gersten of CAUS has finally gotten one of his UFO-related lawsuits into court. This particular lawsuit (one of several in Gersten's bulging briefcase) is specifically about the March 1997 mystery lights over Phoenix, Arizona, where Erskine lives. In due time, a federal judge in Arizona will rule on whether or not to allow "Discovery", i.e., whether or not Gersten can pursue his allegations of official misconduct in regard to UFO secrecy on this matter.
See also Erskine's letter to the Editor, further along in this issue.
"This publication was described by a writer in 'Fortean Times' some time ago as being polemical. However, I disagree. In this respect it can hardly compete with 'Saucer Smear'...By comparison, you will see how genteel and refined the 'Monthly Supplement' really is."
We disagree. John's comments, though not without a hard core of Truth, are rather unduly harsh, even by our standards. Here's an example:
"It is clear that ufology is set to continue for an indefinite period, not because of any scientific interest but because it has become firmly established as a form of popular entertainment. All but a few of the many books published on the subject are sensationalist or pseudoscientific. Although there have been books by skeptics, even these are usually marred by over-simplification of complex cases and the suppression of details which the authors cannot easily explain. One reason for this is possibly that a fiercely partisan approach, whether pro or anti, makes a livelier and more readable book than one which is scrupulously impartial.
"Ufology now has an assured place on the bookshelves with other saleable subjects such as the 'paranormal', the lost continent of Atlantis, and the 'space aliens built the Pyramids' school of Egyptology. The very few serious UFO books which appear rapidly go out of print. Also ufology has become a staple of the TV pseudo-documentary and the chat show. UFO conferences attract large crowds, so long as the organizers take care not to invite skeptical or unbiased speakers (if any can be found).
"Of course, there are some ufologists who carry out serious research and investigations, but even some of those seem to be a bit flaky at the edges. For most, though, ufology is simply for entertainment, socializing, or a form of role-playing fantasy gaming.
"The interdisciplinary nature of UFO studies means that it is unlikely that any coherent and scientific approach to the subject can be successful. Ufology will long remain merely a playground for eccentrics and paranoids."
Speak for yourself, John!
It is written by three men: Kevin Randle, who has recently acquired a mail order Ph.D., and who is well known for various books contributing to UFO lore, notably in regard to the Roswell Incident. Russ Estes is a producer of documentaries whom we have met several times. Dr. William Cone is a psychologist who has had many weird experiences of his own, none of which are specifically explained in the book. Supposedly all three of these gentlemen believe that 3-D interplanetary saucers exist but that abductions do not. Alas, Randle, who is otherwise a very bright, rational individual, still swears that an alien craft crashed at Roswell. (Shame!)
Amazingly, CSICOP reviewed "The Abduction Enigma" favorably, and was so taken by the anti-abduction theme that they were apparently willing to overlook the fact that these guys are Believers!
Enigma" makes so many important points that we can only summarize a few of them here:
This is an exceptional book. We have actually read (almost) all of it. Whatever your ufological views may be, there is a lot to learn here. The publisher is Tom Doherty Associates, and the price to those who have to pay for it is $25.95.
UF0dumb's conspiratorialists have for years searched high and low for the seat of power from which The Great UFO Cover-up is directed, and for the agency that provides cover for this nefarious activity. How they could have missed The Truth, as plain as the noses (or lack thereof) on their faces, is beyond me. Well, that's not really fair. Until my youngest son phoned recently to tell me about his new job, I hadn't realized the obvious either: the U.S. Postal Service.
Think about it.
The proportion of those in ufology who have a Postal Service connection, especially of those with influence or whose activities have had a significant impact on the field, is far higher than that in the general population. Most infamously, there's Don Schmitt, who kept his USPS job quiet until its exposure would do the most damage to the case for Roswell and the credibility of his erstwhile partner Kevin Randle (who sometimes looks and acts like a mailman on the Edge himself).
Then there's Barry Greenwood, once a leader in the effort to expose the cover-up, but now most often heard from denouncing claims of those who attempt to expose MJ-12 and its toadies. And consider Herb Taylor, one of ufology's old-timers, and a virtual founding father of CSI of New York. Once Herb was a True Saucerer. These days, about all we hear from him are diatribes against Roswell and its boosters. The list goes on and on.
And now they've recruited my son, a UFO buff who will soon be carrying mail in a state I dare not name. And what about me? When I was a Air Force reservist, I was assigned for a time to a postal service squadron. Today, despite the best of intentions, I spread ufological confusion, arguing that the Roswell saucer really was a Mogul flight train and suggesting the Florida scoutmaster incident may not have been a hoax.
How many of us in ufology use post office boxes? Why do you suppose that is? It's not an accident or coincidence, I assure you. And do you really believe it's just chance that the meeting-place landmark for Area 51 watchers is a mailbox?
And remember, Barney Hill was a career employee of what is now the Postal Service...
(to be continued - if the mailman doesn't get me first!)
"Thank you for being on 'Erskine Overnight' on Sunday Feb. 6th. Jim, we really got out some valuable information, as you will hear on the tape. You are passionate, articulate, and most important - entertaining. I can't believe you told the 'hoax' story. I loved it! One of my closest friends is a professional hoaxer in Ireland. He calls himself a 'surreal alchemist'.
"It was refreshing to take a realistic approach to the entire UFO movement. They need to loosen up!
"I went to the hearing in federal district court where Peter Gersten's case was presented. Honestly, Peter laid out an excellent case for governmental disclosure. In court his case was lucid, sensible, and to me made more sense than the government saying they did all that could be expected by a 'reasonable person'.
"I really can't understand the unwillingness of our government to say what flew over Phoenix was or wasn't ours. This case is steeped in fraud from the Deletoso analysis and witnesses to the confusion between the two events (8:30 p.m. = UFO, followed by 10:00 p.m. = flairs.) The fact is that something flew over Phoenix at 8:30 p.m. on March 13th, 1997, and we are unsure what it was!..."
Editor's Note: The "hoax" story referred to above is in regard to the so-called Straith Letter sent to contactee George Adamski in 1957 - later found to be the nefarious work of Jim Moseley & the late, great Gray Barker.
"I have read the November and December 1999 issues of your 'Saucer Smear' newsletter with interest.
"Larry Bryant is a personal friend of mine. He tells me about the various projects he is pushing. Right or wrong, you have to give him credit for keeping the POT boiling, to get people's attention to the issues old and new.
"In regard to the current MUFON flap about Larry Bryant's program, it makes me think about the 52+ years of effort by many UFO researchers who have had or are having their 15 minutes on the stage, working and contributing their research to solve the UFO puzzle.
"I am not interested in the TURF WARS. My passionate interest is the UFO technology that demonstrates the existence of an energy source that can replace the use of petroleum, which is a finite resource..."
"Thank you very much for your order for six appearances of your tricky ad in the International UFO Reporter. We are pleased to have you aboard, even though I sometimes think that 'Saucer Smear', when I used to read it, was often unnecessarily vulgar, or was it just your subscribers?
"In either event, I want to congratulate you for filling an entertaining nitch in this very odd field of endeavor which is sometimes - no, most of the time - fruitless. All I know is there are UFOs, whatever they are."
"...Re Roswell - when Glenn Dennis was still communicating with me, he said Kaufmann had been an alcoholic for as far back as he could remember. Glenn even mentioned taking Kaufmann on more than one occasion somewhere to dry him out. I don't know how accurate that story is, but I've heard from other sources that seem to confirm Kaufmann's alcohol problem. At his age he must have ceramic-lined kidneys to have survived Y2K!...
"A major flaw in the Franklin Mint Kaufmann story: He states that he was sent 35 miles north of Roswell to investigate the crash, yet the model base has a metal plate that locates the crash site between Oscura Peak and the city of Socorro, a 40 mile distance as the turkey vulture flies. This puts the Mint's crash site about 120 miles west of Kaufmann's crash site!...
"So much for another version of the Roswell Incident! How strange that with crash sites all over New Mexico, not one of them has produced any physical evidence that reflects extraterrestrial visitation!
"Regarding Clifford Stone: I attended a Searchers Group meeting a couple of years ago, where Sgt. Stone was the self-appointed Roswell expert. Your analysis of him as a pathological fibber looking for attention agrees with mine..."
"Fascinating piece about Todd Zechel in the new issue of 'Saucer Smear'. While I could never be a 'good character' witness for Zechel, I must challenge your statement '...that Todd Zechel himself is a prime suspect in this hoax (having created the original MJ-12 documents) due to his self-confessed Intelligence background.'
"Although I was one of the first to denounce the original MJ-12 papers as a hoax, I have never suspected that Zechel was in any way involved. (Nor do I know of any other MJ-12 skeptics who suspect Zechel's involvement.) The unusual hybrid civil-military date format used by the person who typed the 'Eisenhower Briefing Document' is identical to the one used by William L. Moore in his numerous pre-MJ-12 letters to me. It was never used by Zechel in any of his letters.
"Second, Zechel's 'Intelligence background' consisted solely of his several years at an Army 'listening post' in Asia, some of whose radio intercepts were supplied to the National Security Agency."
"In the February 10th, 2000, 'Saucer Smear', Karl Pflock made some disparaging comments about my Fall 1999 IUR article, 'Probing the Roswell Thin-Strut Debris'. Please give me the opportunity to respond, as follows:
"In the last 'Smear' Karl Pflock cites the statements made by Major Jesse Marcel during interviews with Linda Corley, Bob Pratt, and others, as proof that the I-beam fragment handled by Jesse Marcel Jr. was actually just a piece of balsa wood. Pflock made similar comments in a recent letter to the editor of the International UFO Reporter (IUR) as part of his knock against my Fall 1999 IUR article. Since 'Smear' doesn't have the space I would need to fully rebut his charges, I'll refer him to the letters section of the forthcoming Winter 1999/2000 IUR for my response.
"Just out of curiosity, I wonder what Pflock has to say about the February 2000 'MUFON UFO Journal' article by Neil Morris and Ron Regehr titled, 'Not enough 'foil' to go around'."
"It's okay to make fun of the Franklin Mint, I suppose, but let's not forget that I live within a few miles of Ground Zero, where those Roswell cosmonauts' bodies are still kept, and it would be no work whatever to take a shovel over to Wright Patterson Air Force Base & gather some soil samples to sell along with our lovely plasticene model of a gray. As Ben Franklin once said, a penny saved is a penny earned."
Carlos Castaneda died in Westwood, California, in 1998. "His only real
sorcery," writes Kathryn Lindskoog in her book Fakes, Frauds, and Other Malarky,
"was turning the University of California into an ass. The next time you come
close to a crow, try calling out "Hello Carlos!" If you are high enough on peyote,
you might hear the bird answer.
TALKING TO HIMSELF|
For 10 years, Prof. Hitoshi Kodama has worked on his 1,200-page
Japanese-Friesian dictionary. Only two Japanese, including himself,
speak Friesian, a dialect in northern Holland. No Friesian-speaking
Dutch are known to speak Japanese."lt's a labour of love,"
|Ice balls falling from the sky over southern Europe claimed their first victim when a man in the Italian city of Ancona suffered head injuries after being bombarded by a chunk of ice weighing more than one pound. Spain had also reported similar incidents during the previous week, including one nine-pound block falling on a car in Seville. Cold weather experts in Italy were no more able to explain the phenomenon than their counterparts in Spain. However, some of the ice was known to have been created as a hoax.||
Most elves were gay, expert claims|
LONDON -- Although the word "fairies" is sometimes used today as a slur word for gays, the mythological creatures were never thought to be homosexual, an expert in folklore says.
Ironically, it is elves, slightly built creatures fond of wearing green tights and dancing in the woods, who were often described as gay.
Even a casual reading of folk tales of the British Isles leaves no doubt that most, if not all, elves prefer members of their own sex," says English folklorist George White-Tunnicliff.
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