|EDITOR AND STILL
James W. Moseley
Volume 48, No. 10
December 1st, 2001
P. 0. Box 1709
Key West, FL 33041
The promoter/coordinator for this event will be an energetic lady from Lima, Ohio named Jan Pheneger, who is a professional at this sort of thing, having been involved in several past events involving UFOs and also popular music. Ms. Pheneger is looking for speakers, sponsors, and anyone - especially MUFON people - who want to help out. She can be reached on the (cursed) Net at email@example.com, or by "snail mail" at P.O. Box 641, Lima, Ohio 45802. Possible speakers at this, our 39th annual event, include Dr. Bruce Maccabee, Stanton Friedman, Karl Pflock, and of course your humble "Smear" editor.
We are also pleased to announce that we have a couple or so good leads already, for the sponsorship of the 2003 conference, which will be our 40th. We will publish more information on this as time goes by.
Before being killed, Cooper managed to shoot one officer twice in the head, but the man is expected to recover. Cooper's manner of death was no surprise at all to those, including your "Smear" editor, who knew him.
Cooper had spent the past few years holed up in his house, avoiding a warrant regarding unpaid taxes for the years 1992 to 1994. He was a hard-core tax evader, and made no secret of it, for he believed the federal government had no right to collect income taxes at all.
For several years Cooper had been a regular and very popular speaker at Tim Beckley's UFO conventions in various western cities. The pleasant relationship between Cooper and Beckley ended abruptly when the latter suggested he pay taxes on the money he received for his lectures at these conventions.
Bill Cooper first appeared on the UFO scene in the late 1980s, when the MJ-12 controversy began. Cooper claimed that, as a former Naval Intelligence officer, he had seen government documents that proved our military has interacted with alien spacecraft. One of these documents was, as we recall, "Project Blue Book Report #13;" which actually does not exist. There was a #12 and a famous #14, but never a #13, as far as we have been able to find out!
Eventually Cooper got off the saucer kick, rather suddenly. In essence he said, in regard to all the alleged classified information he had been talking about, "Never mind, it was all disinformation". But he never attempted to explain why the Navy was deliberately showing him detailed disinformation over a period of time!
Cooper continued to lecture to saucer groups, but he focused on other things, such as the Kennedy assassination. One of his most interesting theories was that the driver of Kennedy's car fired at least one of the bullets that killed the former president. Cooper also tried to tie in the Kennedy assassination with various classical conspiratorial groups such as the Freemasons and the Illuminati, and he illustrated these talks with impressive slides.
Cooper was the author of a book called "Behold a Pale Horse", which sold very well in the "underground" press. Your "Smear" editor is listed therein as a secret agent of our government, but Bill later told us that this designation was an error on his part (thank god!) Cooper also had a regular show on a shortwave Christian radio network, and we did an hour interview with him on that program once, several years ago.
We knew Bill Cooper quite well, mainly from having spent long periods of time with him at the bar, at various conventions. Cooper was quite a drinker, and one excuse for this was pain from having to walk on an artificial leg. He said he had lost the lower part of one leg from an assassination attempt, which he did not further explain.
One good thing we will say about Cooper - he was one of the best public speakers we have ever heard, in regard to technical performance. (The content was something else again!) Cooper never used notes, and yet he never faltered or repeated himself. In the heyday of Beckley's western conventions, Cooper would draw several hundred people and earn perhaps a couple of thousand dollars!
Our most interesting memory of Bill Cooper is from a Beckley conference in San Diego. Bigfoot enthusiast Erik Beckjord - another hard drinker - was there, and kept giving Cooper a hard time all evening about a perceived wrong. Finally, at a private party in one of the hotel guest rooms, they started to grapple with each other physically. Sadistic Beckjord pushed Cooper to the floor, and then said something like, "Don't worry. I never fight with cripples". This quite rightly enraged Cooper, who got up, and Beckjord pushed him down again.
Eventually both men left the party (which was quite shaken up by all this); but later Cooper came back alone, and by then he was really visibly plastered. He started shouting wild insults at the few remaining party guests in the room, who quickly fled in disarray. Your editor just sat there quietly observing the scene, and confident that Cooper would not get physical with us. He didn't, probably because on a certain level We respected each other.
So, anyhow - a tortured soul has moved on. So long, Bill Cooper! We kind of liked you for some reason, though we rarely agreed with a word you said! (Our thanks to several non-subscribers who sent us info for this article.)
Beckjord goes on: "Also, Muslims abhor pig meat...If you bring on canned Spare, which is pig meat, you can open it and throw bits at them, to force them back. You must chant 'Pig meat!' over and over. Some, not all, will recoil and back off...
Finally, if all else fails, Beckjord advises people to buy off potential hijackers with money and whores. But we should only give them money and whores if they agree to DEFECT and reveal their plans and locations. Wheee! (Our thanks to former UFO researcher Tim Brigham for this item.)
More details about the Straith letter, as well as the complete text of our famous expose of George Adamski, will appear in our forthcoming book, co-authored by Karl Pflock.
Steckling is also still giving a hard time to former Adamski associate Carol Honey. This is a complex feud, going back many years...
"Incoming mail is worrisome. As a rule we get five or so nut case letters each month. Usually these are mailed without identification or return address, in true terrorist style. The authorities warn against handling this sort of mail. Now the authorities also warn that antrax spores can escape from tainted letters and taint other mail going through their machines. This is very unnerving for me. I am now handling the incoming mail using rubber gloves and putting the envelopes in the trash. Even with that extra caution, I am still concerned that spores may have tainted what is inside the envelopes. That means Kathy and I are potentially exposed every day of the week. This is not a fun situation!"
No, it certainly isn't!...
This formation was over 900 feet across, and consisted of over 400 individual circles, some of them as much as 70 feet in diameter, with others much smaller. "This is the formation that has brought the phenomenon back to the people", cried Stuart Dike on "Crop Circle Connector", which is the croppies' online focal point. The print media in England went wild. As yet, no humans have taken credit for this magnum opus! We would like to reproduce the picture here, but we just can't do it justice in the Space available.
...As I was saying, then came the "little men". In the early 1950s, credible reports began coming in from people claiming to have seen little humanoids near landed or hovering saucers, scooping up soil and plant samples, making observations, etc. Sometimes the diminutive characters appeared to be doing some emergency repairs on their ships. When they realized they had been spotted, the saucermen hopped into their machines and, engine trouble or not, headed for the hills (not the Hills. That came later).
Sometimes they stood their ground, zapping those who stumbled upon them with paralyzing rays, as in the July l, 1965 Valensole, France incident, or blasting/gassing them with strange "balls of fire", if, for example, Florida scoutmaster Sonny Desvergers is to be believed. But the little men usually shied away from any close contact or attempts at communication with the locals, at least in virtually all of those instances that appear credible. (Sorry, George. Sorry, Orthon.)
So it was that the pattern of exploration and study continued. First there was the long-range survey and the probing of our detection and intercept capabilities, the latter probably to make sure the expedition could do its work in relative safety. Then came "One small step for Reticulikind" and many follow-up landings and surface-sampling activities. Many in ufology were convinced it wouldn't be long before the proverbial landing on the White House lawn. Wrong!
Instead, at least some of the saucer beings decided to get considerably more up close and personal, in the mid- and late 1950s, there were many disturbing reports of attempted earthling-nappings, some of the most harrowing of these coming from South America and involving powerful, hairy dwarves with long, sharp claws (embellishments confined to that continent and likely the product of culturally influenced perception). It looked like They were trying to collect a few of us, maybe for their version of the alien-body pickle jars at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (the Right Field, for saucer-trivia fans).
If these grab-and-snatch incidents can be credited as actually happening - and some such cases are quite convincing - they were very clumsy, hardly worthy of spacefaring super-scientists. At best, they seem spur of the moment actions, possibly even against the rules, maybe the doings of drunken graduate students blowing off steam, or the interstellar version of sailors getting out of hand on shore leave.
Speaking of which, consider the X-rated case of Antonio Villas-Boas and the Space Babe... (Stay tuned.)
The next book we would like to consider is "The Trickster and the Paranormal", another scholarly tome written by our friend George Hansen, who can be described as a professional parapsychologist. Unfortunately his book is not free to anyone, as it is one of the new genre of books that are printed one copy at a time, to fill an order. (Try phoning 888-795-4274 or 215-923-4686, if you want to generate an order - or whatever!)
"The Trickster and the Paranormal" seems to be a dispassionate look at the very complex relationship between, for example, stage magic, which is trickery; the psychic, which sometimes (but not always) involves trickery; UFOs, etc. After reading several parts of the book we are still not totally clear as to what a trickster is, but a clue is given in Hansen's letter in our last issue, where he correctly states: "James Moseley...is an exemplary trickster figure - a believer, a grand hoaxer, and a debunker, all in one."
James Randi, grand magician and super debunker, draws this comment from Hansen: "Randi has written a number of books on the paranormal, and they are not known for their accuracy. I documented some of his errors in my overview article on CSICOP. He was infuriated by that and wrote me an unpleasant letter demanding a correction. I asked him to explain any mistakes I made, but he was unable to do so, and I didn't hear from him again..."
Our favorite passage, of the parts we have read, was Hansen's detailed description of Budd Hopkins and the Linda Cortile (aka Napolitano) UFO abduction case of 1989. Hansen attributes Hopkins' acceptance of this complex, highly amusing hoax as an aspect of his sincerity and gullibility. Hansen does not brush off all UFO cases as mundane, however, and states: "I want to be clear that I am not suggesting that all UFO reports can be dismissed as intentional fraud or honest mistakes. On the contrary, the evidence is clear that some UFO phenomena have a physical event-level reality. Well-documented cases have not been satisfactorily explained in conventional scientific terms, despite considerable efforts by debunkers..."
As Hansen tells us in the text - this book need not be read in sequence, from front to back. Feel free to skip around, as we did. But do buy it if you can get some action out of one of those two phone numbers!
"...Lt. Col. Milton William ('Bill') Cooper, author of 'Behold a Pale Horse' (or 'Behold a Pail of Horseshit', as Martin Cannon calls it), was shot and killed in Arizona on Nov. 6th as the culmination of his struggle with the federal government. I enclose the 'Arizona Republic' report on the incident, as well as Kenn Thomas's eulogy, which he posted on his website and also emailed to me. Kenn seems to think that since Cooper had a missing leg it would have been possible to subdue and arrest him nonlethally, but he neglects to mention that Cooper shot a deputy twice in the head before being fired upon. Cooper is famous throughout the conspiracy and UFO world for being belligerent and erratic in his behavior, and this is enough to explain, to answer the final question in Kenn's editorial, why this happened. Which is not to say I'm glad it happened.
"I spoke with Cooper only once, on the phone. I invited him to be on my radio show, and he hung up on me when he ascertained that I had never heard of his short-wave radio show. He sounded drunk. I am told by those who have had more interaction with him that this was a typical encounter..."
"...Regarding Ron Story's (inaccurately) titled 'Encyclopedia of Extraterrestrial Encounters', let me make the following comments: Last year Story petitioned me to write a 'series of articles' for the proposed reference work...Finally, citing spacial restrictions, he settled on six, plus a 'personal position statement'. He then agreed to send me two copies in lieu of the free professional material he was getting. In point of fact, I received one. He used...only one piece. And, in spite of having produced hundreds of radio shows on the UFO subject and having participated in hundreds of hours as a panelist on such, as well as having had published two of the mostly highly praised books in the field... I am not awarded even a sentence in the text, as either researcher or author, and I am not included in the Index! Yet, this is hardly surprising, considering how ill-conceived and shabbily executed the volume is - rambling endlessly through areas virtually unrelated to the subjects, inaccurate in much of the material (as doubtless you have noticed), and overlooking major persons in the history of the field, revealing an appalling ignorance of many aspects of it!..."
"...As to Kevin Randle's question about Jesse Marcel's military records, the answer is really quite simple. Had Randle been conducting such research twenty years ago instead of only ten, he would have known that the policy about releasing records was considerably different then than it is now. Back in 1981 I requested and received about two dozen military records from St. Louis on a variety of people, of whom Jesse Marcel Sr. was one. I had no problems whatsoever in obtaining them, except in a few cases where records were incomplete due to loss by fire.
"...Unfortunately I no longer have Jesse's records on file, due to the fact that I loaned them out to someone (I forget whom) about ten years ago, and never got them back. I would expect that whoever 'borrowed' them is probably the one responsible for introducing them to 'mainstream ufology', although it remains entirely possible that someone else undertook a similar initiative and received their own copy.
"Why any of this is important at this late date is beyond me, except for the fact that it provides an excellent example of the relative competence of certain would-be researchers."
"It's good to see that Linda Napolitano is as feisty as ever and still promoting her abduction story. With the U.N. Secretary General, and now even the Pope involved, the case might even last longer than Roswell. I hope so, because I have nearly a full chapter on Linda in my book 'The Trickster and the Paranormal' (which is now available from Amazon.com and can be ordered at some bookstores)."
"...I am writing to tell you of yet another ridiculous attack on me from the George Adamski Foundation. They placed 15 pages of it on their website, probably not realizing they were alerting people all over the world about me and my (eventual) disassociation with Adamski. I would assume that most of the people following their claims today have never heard of me. They no doubt may want to get more information about me and what it is all about..."
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