|EDITOR AND STILL
James W. Moseley
Volume 50, No. 5
May 15th, 2003
(Whole Number 361)
OUR FIFTIETH YEAR!
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The 40th National UFO Conference (NUFOC) is scheduled for the weekend of September 6th and 7th at the lovely Beverly-Garland Hotel in Burbank, California. Speakers include Brian Boldman, Bob Wood, Derryl Simms, Terry Hansen, Rev. Harrison Bailey, your "Smear" editor, and local host(ess) Ann Rruffel, who will speak on her new book about legendary researcher Dr. James MacDonald, who killed himself years ago under tragic circumstances. There is still a faint hope that Bill Moore will be on the program. For further informamation, contact Ann Druffel at 257 Sycamore Glen, Pasadena, CA 91105-1350; or on the (cursed) Net: firstname.lastname@example.org. Say "Saucer Smear" sent you!
It seems that in the town of New Square, New York, a tightly-knit community of Hasidic Jews, a Hasid named Zalmen Rosen was about to kill a carp fish, when the fish began talking to him in Hebrew - shouting apocalyptic warnings, and claiming to be the troubled soul of a revered community leader who had recently died.
The only witness, other than Rosen himself, was an Ecuadorian immigrant named Luis Nivelo, who does not understand Hebrew at all. But he did hear the fish talk, and was duly astounded by it. As for Rosen, he became so excited that he cut his finger badly and had to be rushed to the hospital.
Although most people even in this religious community seem to think the story is nonsense, not everyone does. Said one man: "Two men do not dream the same dream. It is very rare that God reminds people He exists in this modern world. But when he does, you cannot ignore it."...
Incidentally, Phil Klass, who is now in his early 8Os, remains in declining health at his condo in (shudder!) Washington, D.C. After-effects of unsuccessful spinal surgery several years ago have left him almost bedridden, and his voice is down to a whisper. Klass has always enjoyed the self-appointed role of Number One Devil in the ufological scene, and no doubt there are those who feel that he has now received what he deserves. However, this is cruel and narrow thinking, in our humble opinion ....
First, we are informed that because of 9/ll and general Apathy, the group is closing down its Headquarters. Some of the same functions will henceforth be carried on elsewhere, and others won't be carried on at all. Karl Pflock has pointed out, Quite correctly, that one reason groups like MUFON are on the skids is that people get the same feeling of membership and "belonging" from the (cursed) Internet these days, for free, and don't need to spend money on magazine subscriptions or in-person appearances at conventions.
One thing is for sure: MUFON won't earn much money or respect from the current policy of selling "benefactor jackets" (for one thousand dollars each!), caps, and T-shirts. Such tactics merely show that they are basically an amateur, hobbiest organization, devoid of science!...
"At the far end of the path, under a fir tree, there was something glowing. I pointed my flashlight at it anyhow. It only made it whiter where the beam landed. It seemed to be a raccoon. I wasn't frightened. Later, I wondered if it could have been a hologram, projected from God knows where.
"The raccoon spoke. 'Good evening, doctor', it said. I said something back. I don't remember what, probably, 'Hello'. The next thing I remember, it was early in the morning. I was walking along a road uphill from my house."
Could it be that something psychedelic had crept into the good doctor's chemistry lab? We will never know for sure. However, if you want more hard-science information like the above, send a hefty $35 to dear old MUFON at: P.0. Box 369, Morrison, Colorado 80465. Or, for a mere thousand dollars, you can become a lifetime member!
Now we have the case of Sean David Morton, who bills himself as "one of America's greatest psychics". He sued UFOWATCHDOG.COM and its editor for "false and libelous statements" on the Internet, most notably an article entitled "The Shameless Psychic and his Prophecy of Lies". Using the word "lies" is a no-no; but in spite of this, the lawsuit was thrown out of court after the judge gave Morton every opportunity to show that his point of view on the matter had validity.
The offensive material is back online, and can be seen (by those with computers) at http://www.ufowatchdog.com/morton1.html. (Our thanks to Tom Benson for this one.) ....
"Either you stop lying about me and defaming me, or I'm sending your beloved Agency my collection of tape-recorded phone calls with you spilling your guts about them. I demand and deserve an apology and a retraction of all your damn dirty lies! You're such a low-down, dirty, sneaky liar, you make grave-robbing Moseley look like a decent human being (which we all know he is not). And in case you can't remember which ones are lies, just consider everything you ever wrote about me to be a vicious defamation and fabrication, which is something in your jaded mind you know already..."
Zechel signs himself as "Director of Operations, Associated Investigators Group", which is apparently a group consisting entirely of himself. Zechel has always had it in for Pflock becaUus of the latter's admitted CIA background.
As for your editor, we've never quite forgiven Zechel for running up thousands of dollars in phone bills at our New Jersey residence, many years ago.
Pflock vows not to reply to the above diatribe or other recent insults from Zechel, but he (Pflock) wonders if perhaps Zechel has gone off his medication. Could this be true?
"Hundreds of you seem to have lost all interest in buying UFO & related material. I am beginning to cut such people from the printed catalog mailing list, not being able any longer to afford wasting catalogs every month. If you are through with the subject, why not ship your UFO, cryptozoology, hollow earth and ancient astronaut books to Arctutus? We will find active and caring homes for them, and you would be doing the right thing by recycling your stuff. Also, the UFO community is largely an aging bunch. If you're close to checking out, or are the spouse of a ufologist who has already checked out, make immediate arrangements with Arcturus to get us your library, lest it be lost for good to vultures, disasters, or - worst of all - unconscious heirs. Do the right thing NOW."...
We have long been fascinated by this particular suject. Just as we suspected, almost none of the many experiments on telepathy, since the 1880s, have dealt on twins to any serious degree, and we wonder why!
About 30 to 35 percent of twins report moments of telepathy, and this mysterious power seems to work best when the twins are absolutely identical, female, extroverts, and firm believers in the reality of telepathy. We haven't yet read the book, but we would add that in our own humble opinion, "at the age of puberty" should be added, to the list of ideal qualifications, as there seems to be some sort of psychic/sexual energy exuded by girls of that age. We're not trying to be nasty or unduly Freudian, but this does seem to be the case.
The most interesting (and gruesome) story given in the bock review is that of Romanian twins who, born in 1962, both married women named Monica in the year 1987. One twin killed his Monica in a fit of drunken rage, and on the same day (the precise times are apparently not known), the other twin killed his wife, even though they had been getting along okay up until that point. Something real and provable is going on here, and we look forward to learning more about the subject ....
This year's Ozark UFO Conference took place on the weekend of April l/th-12th, and included a few well-known speakers, including Nancy Talbott of BLT, Inc; Raving contactee Wendelle Stevens; Linda Moulton Howe; and England's well-known researcher Timothy Cood.
Some day we just have to make it to one of these events, which take place in a hotel set in a very scenic Arkansas countryside. (Our thanks to researcher Joan Thompson for sending us the convention program, after the gathering was already over.)....
Reluctantly we give you Farish's mailing address: #2 Caney Valley Drive, Plumerville, Arkansas 72127 ....
In other words, the interior of this building will make you feel younger, but you won't look any different. Your editor penetrated to the inside of the Integratron just once, on one of several trips to the annual Giant Rock UFO convention; but he does not remember feeling any differently at all!
Van Tassel died many years ago. Currently, the Integratron is being used as a "rejuvenation and retreat center" by two sisters named Nancy and Joanne Karl. At various times a number of possible uses have been proposed, including a discotheque; but the building's difficult-to-find location all by itself on the desert makes such a use unlikely. We don't know who the Karl sisters are, but we wish them well. They, together with their business partners, offer tours, spiritual events and private parties at this famed local curiosity and historical landmark.
Last "Smear", I advocated a new look at Project Blue Book Special Report #14, an objective re-analysis of the data and more. It turns out something like this already has been done.
In the late 1970s, my old friend Bruce Maccabee took a hard look at BB14 and the conclusions and methodologies used by the Battelle investigators. His results were published in two parts in the CUFOS "Journal of UFO Studies", Vol. I (1979) and Vol. III (1983), during a hiatus in my active involvement in The Field.)
Bruce recently supplied me with copies of his very interesting articles. He also told me the original study's raw data is no longer available, making what I proposed impossible. Sigh... (Wonder if Bill Jones could be talked into poking through musty Battelle archives and broom closets, just in case?)
However, we do have Bruce's important and fascinating papers, which really should be made available as one in a reprint volume, perhaps updated and revised, and with additional commentary from a select group of BB14 experts, even (gasp!) Stan Friedman. Even better, Bruce's work and the thoughts of others could be combined with a reproduction of Leon Davidson's BB14 volume. Still better, include the complete BB14, which the Fund for UFO Research once made available. This would be the definitive source on BB14 and a very important contribution to the literature of Serious Ufology. How about it, CUFOS/UFO Research Coalition?
Miller Johnson's "Owlman" photo ("Saucer Smear", March 10th) is striking but really doesn't answer the Motthman mail. Yes, the critter certainly looks like ol' Mothguy, but among other things, can it rise straight up from the grotmd and pace a car at 100 m.p.h., all without flapping its wings? On the other hand, Mothboy is said to have emitted mouse-like squeaks in flight, as some owls do when hunting. Hmmmm... Let's all turn on our porch lights tonight and see who/what shows up. Hoooo-squeak! Eck!!
Fun Saucer Mystery Fact #3 (source: "Probe", 9/80): In 1978, Antonio Villas-Boas broke decades of silence to do an interview on Brazilian television. In the years since his 1957 encounter with the Space Babe, V-B had become a respected lawyer (is that an oxymoron?), and he was offended by press treatment given his sex-in-a-saucer story.
During the interview, he repeated his sensational account, but added an interesting detail he'd previously withheld: His alien lover collected a semen sample from him following their second (what a man!) coupling. After the show, the interviewer asked V-B's wife how she felt about the possibility her husband had otherworldly kdds in addition to the four she had borne him. She said she would be rather proud if it were so. Far out!
"UFO Magazine, Inc. is in possession of a copy of 'Saucer Smear' (Volume 50, No.4, April 15th, 2003.)
"UFO Magazine, Inc. is the copyright owner of the drawing on page 2 of said newsletter. The use of said drawing by 'Saucer Smear' is without consent and any further use of the drawing must cease immediately. In addition, the use by 'Saucer Smear' of any material published by UFO Magazine, Inc., including but not limited to the contents of 'UFO The Science & Phenomena Magazine' would require prior written approval by UFO Magazine, Inc.
"After notice, as is herein given, any unlicensed publication thereafter will compel UFO Magazine, Inc. to notify the authorities of unlicensed activity. It is a criminal offence for a person to infringe a copyright willfully for purposes of commercial advantage or private financial gain..." (This goes on for another three paragraphs! - Ed.)...
"I refer 'Smear' readers to the 15th April 'Smear', the ca. 1967 photo of yourself with John 'Mothman' Keel on the latter page and the eroto-abduction scene painting by David Huggins on the facing page. Clearly, the human figure in Huggins' painting is not really the artist, but rather a 1967-young John Keel!
"What, pray, can this mean? Is it mere coincidence? Surely not, for there is no such thing as 'mere' coincidence. Is it the Trickster at work? Has one or the other illustration been altered by MJ-12 agents for obscure nefarious reasons? Does Huggins secretly have the hots for Keel - or vice versa?..."
"...Perhaps the most pleasant surprise, for me, was meeting and talking with Stanton Friedman. After all the calumnies about the man that I've read in 'Smear', I expected to meet an unapproachable, opinionated, self-important 'superstar' who pretended to higher academic credentials than he actually had. Instead, I met a pleasant, gracious researcher who has devoted a significant part of his life to the investigation of the Roswell Incident. He declared his credentials candidly at the start of his talk and corrected a member of the audience who addressed him as 'doctor'. Stanton and I had lunch together and he was a delightful and interesting dining companion.
"Among Pat Marcattilio's menagerie of New Agers, contactees, Bigfooters, and Raellan cultists, Friedman's talk stood out sharply as a genuine scientific report. Whether or not he's right about Roswell remains to be seen; but speaking as a scientist myself, I think he has gone about his research in a meticulous and commendable fashion..."
Yes, Friedman is not without socially redeeming qualities! - Editor.
"You can imagine my surprise when I finally got to page 8 of your Whole Number 360 issue of 'Saucer Smear' to find a picture of my UFO colleague and his not-too-flattering description of my behavior and me. I have never had a picture or a letter published in your fine 'Smear' (and may never have), so this was quite a surprise!
"Contrary to your editorial comment that this was an 'interesting situation', it is just another humdrum example of the schism within ufology between the objective investigator factions, the Believer factions, and those who sit somewhere in between, that have been a part of the subject of ufology over the years. Bruce and the Executive Council of MUFON of Ohio parted ways - he wasn't fired - without rancor (or so I thought) over opinions concerning how MUFON of Ohio should be managed and promoted, and how the UFO subject should be approached.
"I must admit that I am anything but charismatic, but feel that charisma is more appropriate to religion and politics than ufology. Bruce certainly has me beat in the charisma domain. He is also better looking than I am, which is why I am not sending you my picture.
"I should point out that I appointed Bruce to the position of MUFON State Section Director for Ohio approximately two years ago, a position that he still holds.
"I hope to see you and Bruce at this year's MUFON symposium in Michigan, where we can shake hands and discuss the state of ufology over a couple of brews."
- Researcher NORMAN HOWARD writes as follows:
"I couldn't help but think of you when I attended this month's Nevada MUFON meeting here in Las Vegas. Why did I think of you?
"The answer lies in the enclosed hand-out from the meeting. It seems that many monthly attendees are not actually official MUFON members, so the state director and his wife are recruiting. There are many levels of membership, but YOURS, of course, is the absolute lowest! There is no one lower in the MUFON organization than a 'journal subscriber' (or, as you like to express it, a 'J.S.') Despite all your years as a member, you have never risen above the rank of private recruit. For shame!..."
Ah, but a long time ago your editor was State Section Director for Monroe County, Florida, where he lives. Then, after doing absolutely nothing for the organization for a couple of years, he was demoted to Assistant State Section Director - even though no one was appointed over him. Finally, he was demoted to (ugh!) "J.S." - Editor.
- Ace graphic artist & researcher MILLER JOHNSON of New Mexico writes:
"...Here's something to consider regarding the annual March Aztec, N.M. crash story event: I know that March 25th, 1948 has been assigned the historical timing of this questionable landing, thereby qualifying for a annual date for ufologists to gather. March in northern New Mexico, in my humble opinion, always has the equal opportunity for bad or not so bad weather, as opposed to great or really great weather. July, on the other hand, offers warm or hot weather and possible timing for a UFO double event in the Land of Enchantment. Why not move the Aztec event to July, two days after or four days before the annual Roswell celebration, enabling UFO-NUTS to save on travel expenses while really getting their fill of the Saucer Smorgasbord?
"This would allow a one-day break for travel time between the two Saucer cities, with a break in Albuquerque or Santa Fe for lunch and/or a little tourism. Aztec and Roswell could share travel expenses for event speakers making presentations at both Aztec and Roswell. This would add to profitability at both locations."
- Famed Ohio researcher & publisher RICK HILBERG writes:
"Nice issue of 'Smear'...I too have often wondered why Bob Girard 'raves' to extremes sometimes, and I also wonder if it is costing him customer dollars!
"Wow, I never counted how many sightings were in our 1950-1960 booklet. I only included interesting and hopefully obscure incidents. The 'item numbers' are of course footnotes to properly cite references. Awkward? Look at any style manual."
- KENN THOMAS of Steamshovel Press & author of several books, writes:
"On Feb. 18th in St. Louis, Missouri, a popular on-air personality at the city's largest AM radio station KMOX, a woman named Nan Wyatt, was killed by a bullet wound inflicted by her husband, Thomas Erbland Jr. In the March 2nd edition of the 'St. Louis Post-Dispatch', reporter Heather Ratcliffe made an unusual conclusion to a report on Erbland's mental state in the days prior to the shooting. Ratcliffe repeated an allegation by the couple's former babysitter...that Wilhelm Reich's 1945 book, 'Listen Little Man', contributed to the murder...
"Thus Reich's work has emerged from beyond the grave to create a subliminal command to do murder. Much like the effect of J. D. Salinger's 'Catcher in the Rye' novel on John Lennon's killer Mark David Chapman and Ronald Reagan's attempted assassin John Hinckley, the Post claimed that Reich's 1945 book 'Listen Little Man' provided the subconscious command that ended in Nan Wyatt's death...
"The new issue of 'Steamshovel' will have an article about Reich's trip to Roswell in 1955. I'm sending it as an excuse to also send you the enclosed flyer for my upcoming talk in Santa Clara, Ca., at Conspiracy Con. 2003, on May 24th-25th. If you do run something on the Wyatt thing, you might want to mention this. For one thing, the conference has a tribute to the late, great Jim Keith. Keith told me that he met you at the bar at some UFO conference in Florida once, but I think you told me you don't remember. Hopefully you haven't forgotten Keith, though..."
We meet a lot of people in bars, whom we can't remember; but Jim Keith was indeed a great conspiracy writer, and his recent death was untimely. - Editor.
- Parapsychologist GEORCE HANSEN writes:
"I hope you remember Riley Martin, one of the leading lights of ufoology. Unfortunately, he isn't listed in the index of your book. Shame on you and Kow Pflop!
"Riley has been something of a regular on the Howard Stern Show. He was busted on a drug charge, but Howard was able to find a lawyer for him.
"Anyway, Riley's book 'The Coming of Tan' has become a classic, even though Bob Girard originally panned it. I am enclosing a copy of the Amazon.com lasting. The lowest price for the book is now $99.00 and the top price is $1,054.54.
"You, Bob Girard, and K.P. can eat your hearts out!"
- Finally, ace cartoonist MATT GRAEBER writes as follows:
"Egads, Moseley, I can't believe that you let ole Stanton Friedman trick you into publishing yet another of his infomercials disguised as a rebuttal letter, in your current 'Smear'. Damn, he's tricky!
"Chris Roth was absolutely correct about owls frequently being screen memories that the aliens install in the abductees' minds to mask their activities. But somehow it seems a bit odd that the 'covert-minded' grays provide their victims with 'conscious recollections' of seeing three or four foot tall 'big birds'!..."
First Kind: UFO sighted at close range (within 500 feet) but does not affect or interact with the witness or environment.
Second Kind: UFO leaves physical effects on the environment and may even cause power failures.
Third Kind: Living occupants of the craft are seen by witnesses but no communication or contact takes place.
Fourth Kind: Direct contact occurs between alien beings and the witness. Taken aboard a spacecraft, abducted witness interacts extensively with the spacecraft's occupants.
Fifth Kind: Observer suffers permanent physical injuries or death.
Source: Sights in the Sky & Little Green Men: A Rational Christian Look at UFOs and Extraterrestrials
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