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 31, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
I discovered that AMC.com 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, 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
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
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.
Here's Space Patrol with humans.
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!