Thursday, July 30, 2009


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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Bruce Duensing Ponders the Contactees

Bruce Duensing, at Intangible Materiality, on the contactees. A very different perspective: The Gravitational Field of the Contactees.
In thinking about what do "they" want, Bruce puts forth:
And so we ask, "What do they want?" Consider for a moment a one word reply. Nothing.

Maybe they do, maybe they don't. For much of UFO, anomalous and paranormal interactions, maybe the answer is that "they" don't want anything. They just are.

Bruce considers the interactions between contactees and the entities and presents some interesting perspectives;for example, are our desires and anxieties contributors to the experience?

I can never do Duensing justice so I'll stop now. Visit his site and read his article if you want something new to turn over regarding the contactee experience.

I'll just say that, while I remain utterly inarticulate as to why abductees, contactees and other experiencers of high strangeness should be considered seriously and not just as some quaint yet embarrassing aberration better left alone if one is a "serious" UFO researcher, it is important to explore this realm, without the finality of the decree "they were all frauds."

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Greg Bishop and the Name Game

Fun and interesting post on Greg Bishop's UFO Mystic: The Name Game.
The Name Game

It has been noted that names of witnesses to UFOs and other strange phenomena sometimes repeat themselves. An article by Frank Altomonte references an obscure 1957 case from my local area which is significant in this regard.

The original account was related by Coral and Jim Lorenzen in their 1967 book Flying Saucer Occupants (which is actually one of my favorite UFO books.

For the rest, you'll have to visit Greg's blog!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

YouTube Find: Vintage UFO Footage

From the YouTube link, footage of UFOs in Oregon and California, 1962-1963.

Monday, July 6, 2009

When I was a kid, The Outer Limits was at the top of my list for favorite TV shows. Even though many an episode scared me I remained intrigued. I never missed an episode, and many of those shows stayed with me. For example, the bug eyed egg headed aliens in the woods, or this one, shown here. An amazing show, a great show, and the remake doesn't come close.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Bruce Rux on BOA

Fantastic job by Tim Binnall at Binnall of America, who interviewed Bruce Rux, author of Hollywood vs The Aliens and Architects of the Underworld -- also, Rux is an actor, playwright, . . . yet he doesn't have a "web presence" as Tim put it, and he's kind of a mysterious figure. Adding to this intriguing aura is the interesting fact Rux works for Wackenhut, which, as any conspiracy esoteric Fortean junkie knows, is a juicy tidbit, since the shadowy MIB like implications of that corporation is well known, as Rux himself happily acknowledges. This is a three part interview; much to think about as Rux and Tim discuss the intentional disinformation planted by government into our media and popular culture.

Be sure you listen to this series of interviews. Great work, and as always, thanks to Tim Binnall for bringing us these great interviews for free.

Monday, June 22, 2009

UFOs of the 19th Century

UFO's of the 19th Century, by Cristina Aguil. Very interesting! Several items about UFO sightings from the 1800s. Here's an excerpt:
Most fur trappers may tell tales of Indians, or bears, or mountain lions, but Lumley's account of a flying saucer that crashed into Cadotte Pass was among the most explicit and remains a mystery to this day. It is said that debris from the crash may still be up there, but few there has been no findings since. Nevertheless the story has remained one of the most mysterious of the 1800s.

Lumley was about 175 miles above the Upper Missouri in Great Falls Montana. He was on his way back to his camp site when he saw a "bright luminous body in the heavens." It went rapidly into an eastern direction and was plainly visible for about five seconds. As it flew Lumley saw it burst into an explosion in the sky and he later heard an explosion. It was shortly followed by a strong wind through the forest like a tornado, and the event left the air smelling like sulfur.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Pics From 10th Annual McMinnville UFO Fest

Some pics from the McMinnville UFO Fest last month. The pics were taken from the third floor of Hotel Oregon, hence the bird eye type view from above, which is appropriate, in the context of UFOs. . . I have more I'll post at a later time.

Sea Hunt Episode with Leonard Nimoy

Found this on YouTube: a 1958 episode of Sea Hunt, starring Lloyd Bridges. In this episode from season one, titled The Shipwreck, Leonard Nimoy appears as one of the lost.

spy-fi channel: Man From U.N.C.L.E.

A new favorite of mine, the spy-fi channel, has the following item on The Man From U.N.C.L.E., a show I loved when I was a kid. I even joined the Man From U.N.C.L.E. fan club. (I know, geekdom starts early.)

Then of course there was the Girl From U.N.C.L.E., remember that?

spy-fi channel also has something neat on the 1945 serial Secret Agent X-9, something I was unfamiliar with, starring Lloyd Bridges, before his Sea Hunt days. (another favorite show of mine when I was a kid.)

Saturday, May 30, 2009

MIB Saturday

Quirky synchronicities today involving black SUVs. We saw two identical black SUVs, one behind the other, in the North part of town as we were doing errands. We made jokes about MIBS of course; I know, we're real UFO geeks. Much later, as we turned onto our street, we saw another black SUV just like the two previous ones; no markings on it but a sheriff -- who looked very serious, and he had a big moustache not seen since Tom Selleck was popular -- was behind the wheel. More MIB jokes, with a brief discussion on if that qualified as MIB or not. (It did. . .) As we were getting out of our car, another black SUV drove by, the man driving was looking intently at the houses as he drove by. He was probably just enjoying the front yards with all their roses. . . any other theory would be paranoid.

Monday, May 25, 2009

A new blog find: The Spy - Fi Channel

Just read on Christopher Mills' Atomic Pulp blog that he's started another blog called The Spy-Fi Channel, which is a cool name and a cooler idea. The blog is an homage to spy movies and shows.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

"Lost" Adamski Film Might Change UFO History

'LOST' documentary changes UFO history presented by Larry Lowe, Phoenix UFO Examiner on Neil Gould's research:
A long forgotten documentary which includes an analysis of a rare film taken by George Adamski, an icon from the early days of the modern age of UFO sightings, has surfaced on YouTube thanks to the effort of historian Neil Gould.

The 7 segment YouTube film is well worth watching in its entirety, but a particularly compelling segment discusses a seldom seen film, originally shot by Adamski himself in the presence of Madeline Rotterfor in the back yard of her house in Silver Spring, Maryland, in February 1965.

What the segment shows is the analysis done on the film, which--along with the testimony of Rotterfor, Sir Desmond Leslie and others who knew Adamski personally--makes a compelling case for the authenticity of the non-human origin of the saucer seen to dance in the sky.

Much more, a lot to consider, and very well the time to take a look.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Keep UFO Hunters on Air

Lesley posted this on Women Of Esoterica, and I'm passing it along. Please sign the petition and keep UFO Hunters on the air!

Bill has just finished filming for Season 3 and I don't know if there will be a Season 4. Maybe you -- plus some pals -- can write to the network and let them know you would like to see more episodes:

or you can sign a petition:

Either way, it can't hurt, and it just might help!

Keeping hope alive!



Friday, May 22, 2009

Vintage Book Cover

I have this book in my collection; a neat find at the Goodwill awhile back. I remember the TV show,starring Roy Thinnes, who played David Vincent, an architect who found out that aliens are, indeed, among us. The show aired from 1967 to 1968.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

I love these kinds of movies, and monster maker king Ray Harryhausen was the best. Some classic images from the 1955 movie "It Came From Beneath the Sea."

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Nick Redfern on a classic alien pic: "My Favorite Martian Photograph"

How many blogs does Nick Redfern have? I can't keep up; he also has "My Strange Blog" which is very nicely done, pretty spiffy. Anyway, Redfern writes about a classic image in UFO lore. I've always loved this image too, even though it's not what it appears to be. . .

Saturday, May 2, 2009


The Daily Grail has an item about Nick Redfern's article in the third volume of Darklore: "Body Snatchers: Before and Beyond" and an interview. Redfern is the author of the book Body Snatchers in the Desert, which puts forth a theory equally strange as any ideas about ET, though, if true, certainly more insidious.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

On Cabinet of Wonders: The Man Who Invented The Men in Black

Cabinet of Wonders (an excellent blog) brings us The Man Who Invented the Men in Black.

Insidious Round About Book Banning

A law that was passed in January seems to be strangely under reported. That law concerns vintage children's books; it's illegal to sell them. Vintage meaning any book printed before 1985.

The reason given for this law has to do with lead content in ink.

This law has caused great confusion among libraries, book sellers, etc.

It's not as straight forward as it might seem; there's much more to this just below the surface.

For more, read what my article on my blog Octopus Confessional. And so some research of your own; I think you'll be startled at what you find.

Friday, April 3, 2009

New Movie: Alien Trespass

R. W. Goodwin's Alien Trespass sounds like fun. A new movie opens today that's an homage to 1950s type sci-fi flicks. Goodwin directed the first few seasons of The X-Files. I like that Goodwin didn't use CGI but "real rubber" and didn't use any camera lens created after 1957.

Here's a trailer for the movie! Enjoy.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

10th Annual Mcminnville, Oregon UFO Festival

It’s Headed Right For Us!

The 10th Annual UFO Festival at McMenamins Hotel Oregon

UFO enthusiasts are making plans to converge in Oregon wine country

All are welcome -- event tickets now on sale at

McMINNVILLE, Ore.—Thursday, April 2, 2009—The buzz is building as we get closer to the 10th Annual UFO Festival on May 15 and 16, 2009, hosted by McMenamins Hotel Oregon. The festival, set in a small town in the middle of Oregon wine country, explores and celebrates the possibilities of life beyond Earth. On our decade anniversary, we welcome keynote speaker and journalist Linda Moulton Howe, who will discuss a 1974 military encounter with a UFO; Kathleen Marden and Stanton Friedman, co-authors of Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience. The True Story of the World's First Documented Alien Abduction (2007); and UFO witnesses Kris and Marc Bales. Tickets are $10 per event, $15 for two ticketed events or $25 for all three events; UFO tickets are available at

Skeptics and believers alike are invited to enjoy all the events happening throughout the weekend – an outdoor festival tent and UFO gift shop, live blues and Americana from Gavin Wahl-Stephens, an outlandish alien costume parade, an alien pet costume contest, a performance of the 1938 Orson Welles classic “War of the Worlds” by Willamette Radio Workshop and more! And have a pint or two of McMenamins Alienator Ale, handcrafted especially for the event. To cap off the weekend, attend our Alien Costume Ball for live rock ‘n’ roll by Big Mama Gayle & Her Sugar Daddies and a chance to win prizes for the most comical or well-done space outfit. All events are free and open to all ages, unless otherwise noted. Additional information and photos can be found at


Please note: All of our speakers are available for print, radio and television interviews. Contact Renee Rank, McMenamins Marketing Director, at (503) 492-5457 or for scheduling and availability. See for additional photos and a video from our 2008 event, along with schedule details, festival history and beyond…

About the Speakers:

Linda Moulton Howe • Saturday, May 16 • 4 p.m.

Reporter/Editor for and Investigative Reporter for “Coast to Coast AM with George Noory” and “Dreamland Online” with Whitley Strieber

Linda Moulton Howe is a graduate of Stanford University who has devoted her film, television and radio career to science, medicine and the environment. With videotaped interviews, slides and illustrations, Howe will present one family’s eyewitness account of a 1974 military encounter with a UFO in Albuquerque, NM.

Kathleen Marden • Friday, May 15 • 7 p.m. (in conjunction with Stanton Friedman)

UFO Researcher and Co-Author with Stanton Friedman of Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience. The True Story of the World's First Documented Alien Abduction (2007)

Marden is the niece of Betty and Barney Hill, the focus of one of the most well-known alien abductions in UFO history. With UFO research luminary Stanton Friedman, Marden co-authored the story of her aunt and uncle’s harrowing 1961 experience. During her long career as a social worker, educator and certified hypnotherapist, Marden implemented model educational programs and taught adult education classes on UFO and abduction history. For 10 years, she served on the MUFON Board of Directors as the Director of Field Investigator Training.

Stanton Friedman • Friday, May 15 • 7 p.m. (in conjunction with Kathleen Marden)

Internationally Recognized UFO Researcher and Lecturer

In 1970, Friedman left his career as a physicist to pursue the scientific investigation of UFOs. Since then, he has lectured at more than 600 colleges and 100 professional groups in 50 states, nine provinces and 16 foreign countries. Friedman has published more than 80 UFO-related papers and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs. He has also provided written testimony to Congressional hearings and appeared twice at the United Nations.

Kris and Marc Bales • Saturday, May 16 • 10 a.m.

UFO Witnesses, Northern Idaho, September 2000

While on an overnight hunting trip, four men witnessed an enormous, triangular object hovering 200 feet above them. The report they filed with the National UFO Reporting Center reads: “My brother and I ... like to think we are normal, educated, businesspeople. ... We all have excellent eyesight. This was also a ‘dry’ camp. Although this exceeded the limits of our known comprehension we felt privileged to have witnessed this most incredible piece of equipment.” Two of these eyewitnesses will relate their incredible experience.



All ticketed events will be held at the McMinnville Community Center (600 NE Evans St.), just two blocks away from McMenamins Hotel Oregon.

All events are free and welcome to all ages (unless noted).

Friday, May 15

Kathleen Marden & Stanton Friedman

Co-authors of Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience

Doors at 6 p.m.; event at 7 p.m. • McMinnville Community Center

$10 per person; tickets available online or at the door (multi-event discount available)

Live music by Gavin Wahl-Stephens

As part of the Great Northwest Music Tour

7 p.m. • Mattie’s Room at Hotel Oregon

Live music by Kirby Swatosh & The Moon Rock Patrol

7 p.m. • Cellar Bar at Hotel Oregon • 21 & over

Saturday, May 16

Food & Concessions Tent

9 a.m. ‘til 6 p.m. • Evans St.

UFO Witnesses Marc and Kris Bayles

Doors at 9 a.m.; event at 10 a.m. • McMinnville Community Center

$10 per person; tickets available online or at the door (multi-event discount available)

Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Following the Bales presentation: Peter Davenport, Director of the National UFO Reporting Center (Seattle, WA)

Davenport will discuss UFO cases that were reported in 2008.

Vivid Curve Digeridoo-Making for Kids

Kids can make a cool digeridoo and then walk in the parade and play them.

11 a.m. • U.S. Bank Plaza on Third St. • First come, first serve (up to 50 kids)

UFO Costume Parade

1 p.m. • Third St.

From school groups to marching bands to crazy floats to dancing Hammerheads, all are welcome to participate in the parade! Go to for an application!

Alien Pet Costume Contest

2 p.m. • U.S. Bank Plaza on Third St.

Dress little Spot or Fluffy up as a UFO, an alien or what-have-you! Give your pet a moment in the alien spotlight.

A Performance of Orson Welles’ classic “War of the Worlds” by Willamette Radio Workshop

2 p.m. • Mattie's Room at Hotel Oregon

Speaker’s Forum with Keynote Speaker Linda Moulton Howe, investigative reporter and editor of

Doors at 3 p.m.; event at 4 p.m. • McMinnville Community Center

$10 per person; tickets available online or at the door (multi-event discount available)

Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Following the Keynote Forum: A Q&A panel emceed by Peter Davenport, including Kathleen Marden, Stanton Friedman and Peter Robbins.

Live music by Kirby Swatosh & The Moon Rock Patrol

7 p.m. • Cellar Bar at Hotel Oregon • 21 & over

Alien Costume Ball

Featuring the live music of Big Mama Gayle & Her Sugar Daddies

7 p.m. • Mattie's Room at Hotel Oregon • 21 & over

Rooms at McMenamins Hotel Oregon are sold out – please refer to the McMinnville Downtowners Association or the Chamber of Commerce for alternate local lodging.



Set in Oregon’s idyllic wine country 40 miles south of Portland, McMenamins’ historic 1905 hotel in McMinnville is the perfect retreat for guests wanting to uncork and unwind. Cozy guestrooms, a comfortable restaurant and pub, live music on weekends, the legendary Rooftop Bar and more offer visitors from far and wide several reasons to simply relax. Hotel Oregon is also home to the quirky and fun UFO Festival, now in its 10th year and the second-largest alien-related gathering in the nation! More than 5,000 visitors convened in downtown McMinnville for the 2008 festival and parade. The festival began as a way to honor the 1950 Trent UFO sighting in which two local citizens witnessed and photographed an unknown craft hovering in the sky above, said to be some of the most credible images of UFOs to date. See for more information.


The name “McMenamin” is well known throughout the Pacific Northwest, signifying a great place to enjoy handcrafted ales, wine, spirits and pub fare with family and friends. The dream began more than 20 years ago in the hearts of brothers Mike and Brian McMenamin. With 56 properties (including Hotel Oregon) and counting, the siblings are considered to be pioneers of the Pacific Northwest microbrew, historic hotels and music venue industries. Go to for additional information.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Will Jima, 8 Track Tapes

Received an email from someone looking for "books and tapes. . by mysterious seller of UFO spoken word LP and 8 track tapes, Will Jima." Jima made recordings of his experiences in the 1970s.

Jima seems like an interesting person; this is from the site 8 Track of the Moment:"
"Secret Government Information Suppressed
One of the Most Amazing Recordings Ever Made"

This tape was recorded and distributed independently by one Will Jima . It seems old Will had a deep conviction that the government was suppressing amazing information about UFOs way back in 1974 and decided to put out his own 8-track to let the world in on his fantastic discovery.

This guy was obviously way ahead of his time what with all the X-Files and turn-of-the-millennia UFO mania our culture is in the grips of these days. Mr. Jima had some pretty clear answers to some very relevant UFO questions. The label of the 8-track speaks for itself. The cover image is of--well I don't know what--but presumably it's a UFO.

I knew that if anyone had something about Jima, it'd be Adam Gorightly; he has an excerpt from one of Jima's tapes here. Great listening; I love the background music!

Here's more on Jima from Adam.

The search is on!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Get Your Own Antique Ray Gun

I found a blog new to me called "Geekologie" which is full of great, weird, odd, off the wall stuff, including an item on how to get your very own ray gun. Which everyone needs, but not everyone can afford, at six hundred something dollars a piece. For more visit here.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Ann Druffel on BOA

This is a bit overdue, I just haven't had time until today to listen to the interview, but Tim Binnall's recent guest on Binnall of America is Ann Druffel. This is one interview you cannot miss! Ann is co-author (with D. Scott Rogo) of The Tujunga Canyon Contacts, and FIRESTORM: DR. JAMES E. McDONALD's FIGHT FOR UFO SCIENCE, published in 2003. Tunjunga Canyon was one of the first books I read on the UFO/abduction subject, and it was one of the books that threw me into this area.

Ann Druffel, and this interview, is a great resource into UFO history. Her ideas and experience, her insights, into the abduction phenomema are very interesting and refreshing.

Ann has been invovled in NICAP, and so much more. You can listen to the interviews here. Ann's website is here.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Going Through the Files: Melinda Leslie

I was going through my files and found all kinds of things I'd forgotten about. Like this flyer promoting an appearance of Melinda Leslie, abductee, at the local community college (Lane Coummunity College, where I got my associate degree so long ago.) I didn't make it but held on to the flyer. I'm not sure when this is from, but I'd say the late 1980s.

And here's a link to an interview with Tim Binnall and Leslie on BOA from 2006.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Sunday, February 8, 2009

The Fabulous Fifties: The Early Days of UFO in the Spanish-Speaking World

Paranoia Magazine gives us a great article by researcher Scott Corrales of the Institute of Hispanic Ufology: The early days of UFO in the Spanish-Speaking World. Besides being informative, articles like these are a reminder that UFO culture and experiences aren't restricted to the U.S. I know, duh.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Adamski's Lost Novel

An insightful post on Cabinet of Wonders/Damn Data! on Adamski's "lost" sci-fi novel, along with the good news Tim Beckley has published the book and it's now available.

Adamski's missing sci-fi novel

After posting references and noting specific things, (from Bennett, etc.) Damn Data concludes:
So to dismiss him [Adamski] out of hand for simple fakery is missing the big story.

It's the "big story" surrounding contactees that is often ignored or missed; it just isn't so simple to say Adamski and other contactees were kooks or frauds. The circus element certainly was ever present in these events; but that's not all there was to the phenomena.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Watch The Prisoner On-Line

I discovered that is offering all episodes of the original Prisoner on-line, for free. Great news! Go here to watch. I say "original" because AMC is in production for the remake, starring Ian McKellen as Two and Ji Caviezel as Six.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Patrick McGoohan, "The Prisoner" Passes

Patrick McGoohan, British actor and star of the 1960s British TV series The Prisoner passed away. He was eighty years old.

The Prisoner was one of the top five coolest TV programs, in my opinion. Still love that show. It didn't really have anything to do with flying saucers or UFOs, but it still counts. Just does. Here's a clip of the opening of the show.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Mollie Thompson, Contactee

I'm particularly interested in the contactee era, including female contactees. It seems that the female contactees aren't as well known, but there were female contactees, like Dana Howard, sisters Betty and Helen Mitchell, and Elizabeth Klarer. Adding to the list of female contactees is Greg Bishop's (UFO Mystic) item on contactee Mollie Thompson.

Thompson recorded songs about her meetings with space people. Here's what she had to say in a fairly recent letter (she's still alive):
I’m sure you have guessed by now that I never actually met and spoke with flesh and blood space people in silver suits who had arrived in their vehicles: flying saucers or UFO’s.

Vehicle is the key word here; my songs were the vehicle to carry my thoughts and ideas out into the world. But as for who wrote them ?? I was NOT telling lies when I said that it was not me…certainly not the “me” that is sitting here writing this

This is, I think, part of the phenomena. It's easy to dismiss the contactees as nothing more than liars, frauds. But I've always thought there was something more going on there than just the simplistic, knee jerk reaction that they were all kooks and hucksters. While possibly not literal experiences, they were still real experiences. Not unlike the abduction phenomena. (For example, my own experiences.)

I found this item to be a bit of synchronicity; just yesterday I came across this quote from Allen Hynek: "The part we ignore…may contain the clue to the whole subject." ~ The UFO Experiece: A Scientific Inquiry. I liked it so much I put it up on my Orange Orb blog.

Greg Bishop's article on Thompson is full of information, like links leading to a site about Thompson and YouTube videos.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Space Patrol Versions

I have a fear and distaste of clowns. I also have a fear and distaste of these weird puppets in Space Patrol, and Thunderbirds. I remember, as a kid, just feeling very creepy watching these kinds of programs. I love the sound effects and the space cities and machines; it's just the puppets that got to me, and still do. Just can't get over the sense that there's something unwholesome going on, as well as something I'm missing , something I'm just not getting. But, my personal clown/puppet neurosis aside, Space Patrol, like this clip from the early 1960s, is still a vintage goodie. According to the blurb on You Tube there was a DVD boxed set of Space Patrol released a few years ago but it's hard to find. Space Patrol was called Planet Patrol in the U.S. because there was another program called Space Patrol at that time. (With humans.)

Here's Space Patrol with humans.

Stanton Friedman M&Ms!

A Coast to Coast listener posted an image of "Stanton Friedman M&Ms" -- a tribute to one of the most honored in UFOlogy. Very cool!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Retro Pin-Up Girl

According to the site where I found this image,(The Pin-up Shop) this pin-up was done by Bill Randle, date unknown, possibly between 1946 and the 1960s. Great image!