Joe Simonton and the Pancakes from Another Planet

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Joe Simonton holding one of his purported “pancakes”

One afternoon in April 1961 at his chicken farm in Eagle River, Wisconsin, Joe Simonton’s lunch was interrupted by a noise that sounded like a jet engine over his house. Simonton hurried out to his yard to see what was up, and observed a craft, which he described as a “huge, big thing…coming straight down, just like an elevator.” It looked like “two washbowls turned face to face.” 1 Walking around the object, Simonton noticed an opening through which he could see three normal-looking (albeit short, at about 5 feet) men inside the craft. They were dressed in blue turtleneck knit get-ups with small knit caps made of the same material.

A hatch opened on top of the craft and out popped one of the little men with a jug in one hand; with his other hand the little guy made a gesture like he was thirsty. Simonton accepted the jug and went down into his basement to fill it up, then brought it back, having to stand on his toes to reach up and hand the jug back. The little man saluted as if to say farewell and Simonton saluted back, which is probably what most of us would do if saluted by a little man from a far-off land. While all this saluting was going on, Simonton observed one of the little guys inside cooking something that looked like pancakes on a flameless grill, the latest in Martian technology.

Simonton made a gesture of putting food to his mouth to show he wanted to try one of the pancakes, so the little man handed a few to Joe, then the hatch closed and the saucer took off. As Simonton stood in stunned disbelief, he figured he might as well sample one of the cakes, which he described as “hot and greasy” and not all that great tasting. “If that was their food, then God help them, because I took a bite of one of ‘em and it tasted like a piece of cardboard.” Sad!

While some pegged him as a crackpot, those who knew Simonton considered him as a no-nonsense kind of guy, among them a local judge, Frank W. Carter, who was a member of the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP). Carter sent a sample of a Simonton’s pancakes to NICAP’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., and afterwards Dr. J. Allen Hynek of Project Blue Book traveled to Eagle River to look into the case. Initially Hynek was dubious about Simonton’s claims, basically because they sounded so outlandish, although Simonton remained consistent whenever he related his story, and there was no evidence he was trying to profit from it, or to make a name for himself. One of the pancakes was afterwards sent to an Air Force lab where analysis described the contents as “fat, starch, buckwheat hulls, wheat bran and soybean hulls” and that it appeared to be “an ordinary pancake of terrestrial origin.” 2

This article was a bit of a bastardization of an entry authored by Greg Bishop that is featured in A is for Adamski: The Golden Age of the UFO Contactees available now while supplies last from your finer internet booksellers.

1 Lorenzen, Coral and Jim. 1967. Flying Saucer Occupants. Signet (p. 130).

2 Clark, Jerome, 1996. The UFO Encyclopedia Volume 3 (pp. 168-175), Omnigraphics, Inc

Carl Anderson Meets the Nicotine Addicts from Mars!

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Carl Anderson (Photo credit: Joe Fex/APE-X Research)

Carl Anderson’s first purported UFO encounter occurred on April 4th, 1954, while camping in Desert Hot Springs, California. On the night in question, Anderson, his wife Stella and their two kids, Bobby and Betty Ann (names straight out of a Leave it to Beaver episode) were startled from slumber with the sudden dematerialization of their tent after which they were paralyzed by a beam of light:

We did not know at the time just how long we remained in this paralyzed condition while we continued to watch and listen. We could now hear voices mumbling in a low tone, but could not tell, however, if the conversation was in English, as the sounds were very faint.

We do not know whether or not any people alighted from this craft. We did not see any. But we did hear voices. After what seemed like hours we began to hear a slight humming sound like a generator running.

A low droning, pulsating hum. The dim glow surrounding the saucer slowly took on an orange cast, then a bright red color. It glowed like a huge ball of red fire. Then it started to rise straight up, very slowly at first, then faster and faster as it got higher and higher. The red light changed to a brilliant bluish white. Then slowly the tent began to reappear and once more we were aware of its presence. As the tent became a reality we were once more free to move about. We now realized that we had been paralyzed for our own good. It was not meant for us to go near or touch this wonderful craft from another world.”

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Carl Anderson and his charming wife, Stella (Credit: Joe Fex/APE-X Research)

On the evening of June 27th, 1958, Anderson was taking a stroll in Fullerton, California, when a Martian named Kumar appeared out of nowhere, offered him a lit cigarette, then lit another for himself. After exchanging pleasantries, Kumar said he had to be going but would soon return with a squadron of rescue ships to evacuate “enlightened” humans in advance of the forthcoming atomic war. Kumar then pressed a button on his belt and disappeared into thin air.

Over the next few years, Kumar visited Anderson and on those occasions levitated and performed other Jesus-type feats. On one visit, Kumar brought along an “adorable” seven foot tall Venusian princess named Nirvana, who served the men a sparkling elixir from crystal goblets.

Anderson’s final meeting with Kumar occurred on May 4th, 1963, when he was taken aboard a spacecraft and given a demonstration of its propulsion system. At this time, according to Anderson, he was instructed to travel to Germany to share this Martian technology with German scientists.

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Although one of the lesser known contactees in the U.S., for some reason Anderson became a hit in Europe and his book Two Nights To Remember was translated by a Swedish publisher. Anderson and fellow contactee Reinhold Schmidt were featured speakers at the Fourth International UFO Congress on October 22th–24th, 1960 in Wiesbaden, Germany, which evidently allowed him the opportunity to share Kumar’s Martian technology with German scientists attending the event, including famed physicist and space flight pioneer, Dr. Hermann Oberth. According to some accounts, Oberth was less than thrilled to share the stage with the likes of Anderson and Schmidt, whom he considered a couple of quacks.

For more stunning stories just like this pick up your very own copy of A is for Adamski: The Golden Age of the UFO Contactees while supplies last!

Reinhold Schmidt Meets the Caffeine Addicts from Saturn

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Reinhold Schmidt at Giant Rock. (Photo credit: Joe Fex/APE-X Research)

On November 5th, 1957, Reinhold Schmidt was cruising through the rural landscape of Kearney, Nebraska, when he came across a cigar-shaped object that had landed in a field. Driving toward the craft, Schmidt’s car engine suddenly stalled as two humanoids appeared, who then led him aboard their startling ship from the Saturn. The crew inside consisted of four muscalar men and two curvaceous women from who spoke “high German.” (As opposed to “low German”). After a brief conversation about the U.S. space program, the crew bid Schmidt a fond farewell and presumably returned to their home planet.

Schmidt subsequently reported his encounter to local newspapers and, soon after, Kearney law enforcement officers responded to the scene of the supposed saucer landing where they discovered three sets of footprints and a “mysterious green residue.” When the cops learned that Schmidt had previously served time for embezzlement, they grew suspicious of his claims. During a follow-up investigation, an empty can of green motor oil was discovered near the “landing site” and some of this same oil was found in the bed of Schmidt’s pickup truck.

The following day, a psychiatrist examined Schmidt’s head and concluded that he’d been suffering from delusions. Afterwards, Schmidt was committed to Hastings State Hospital, only to be released a few days later.  Schmidt later claimed that his confinement at the facility was an attempt by the Silence Control Group to discredit his Saturnian saucer encounter.

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Reinhold Schmidt (center) with famed contactees Gloria Lee and Rev. Frank Stranges (Credit: Joe Fex/APE-X Research)

In the years to come, Schmidt enjoyed many more visits from the crew of the Saturnian starship and was treated to several trips into outer space. The Saturnians—it was revealed—enjoyed a damn good cup of Joe, their preferred brand being MJB. To ensure coffee supplies never fell to perilously low levels, the crew kept a Volkswagen Bug stored in the cargo hold of their ship in case they needed to travel incognito to the nearest town to resupply their caffeine fix during Earthside visits.

On May 28th, 1961, a cinematic rendition of Schmidt’s encounters entitled Edge of Tomorrow premiered at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, a film produced by Ron Ormond (of The Little Green Man fame.) The June 1961 edition of Saucer News described the film as “hopelessly boring, technically inadequate, poorly photographed hodge podge of inanities.”

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Schmidt (far left) on the set of Edge of Tomorrow

Around this time, Schmidt partnered with Major Wayne Aho and John Otto, and the three men rolled out a tripleheader UFO show they took on the road. This partnership eventually ground to a halt when Schmidt was convicted of swindling little old ladies (who attended his lectures) out of their life savings.

Schmidt’s scam included the fanciful yarn that—during one of his many spaceship flights—he observed a unique form of quartz crystal (while flying over Earth) which could cure cancer, but to be able to extract these miraculous mining deposits he’d need investors, of course, and that’s how the little old ladies got roped into the caper. When all was said and done, Schmidt bilked his marks to the tune $30,000. On October 26th, 1961, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

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Read the complete amazing story of Reinhold Schmidt here!

For additional UFO contactee fun and frivolity be sure to pick up a copy of A is for Adamski: The Golden Age of the UFO Contactees available from you finer internet book sellers.

Ron Ormond’s Little Green Man

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Ron Ormond with his “Little Green Man” in a cardboard box. (Photo credit: Joe Fex/APE-X Research)

During the 1950s and ’60s, Ron Ormond directed a slew of exploitation films that are now nearly impossible to find, including such gems as Mesa of Lost Women and The Monster and the Stripper. Another obscure and impossible to find film Ormond produced was called Attack of the Flying Saucers, a UFO documentary featuring contactees Reinhold Schmidt and Daniel Fry.

In the late 1950s, Ormond co-authored a number of psychic phenomena/self help books with a fellow named Ormond McGill (now what’s the chance of writing a book with someone whose first name is the same as your last name?) These titles included a book on psychic surgery called Religious Mysteries of the Orient/Into the Strange Unknown, in addition to a series of books on hypnosis.

In 1959, Ormond assumed duties as editor-in-chief of Ray Palmer’s Flying Saucers From Other Worlds magazine and in the August issue penned the curiously titled “I Found A Little Green Man” under the byline of Colonel Ron Ormond (Member United States Air Force Auxiliary). According to the article, Ormond claimed that a prospector from Arizona had given him a mummified little green skinned man, roughly 15 to 16 inches tall. The prospector allegedly discovered the creature in a cave nearby his mining claim that had been frequented by flying saucer overflights. A photo from the period features Ormond carrying around a beat-up cardboard box supposedly carrying his little green man, although there’s nothing to suggest he ever publically displayed the creature. Ormond claimed that his Little Green Man was similar to a photo that ufologist Robert Coe Gardner was presenting at UFO conferences at the time, alleged to be an ET in the company of German scientists.

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Robert Coe Gardner (Credit: Joe Fex/APE-X Research)

A private pilot, Ormond survived a plane crash in 1968 that led to his conversion to Christianity, after which he devoted himself in the following years to producing a number of somewhat bizarre and gory religious films as a testament to his new-found faith.

You can read more about such colorful characters in A is For Adamski: The Golden Age of the UFO Contactees available now while supplies last from your finer internet book sellers.

“Hello everybody, this is Gloria”

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Gloria Lee (Joe Fex/APE-X Research)

A gal with classic good looks coupled with a classic martyr syndrome, Gloria Lee was among the more tragic figures to emerge from the Golden Age of the UFO Contactees. A former childhood actress, model, and airline stewardess, Lee began receiving communications in 1953 via an entity from Jupiter going with the initials of J.W.

1959 proved to be a very productive year for both Lee and J.W., which included the publication of Why We Are Here!, a channeled collaboration between the two that read much the same as other cosmic messenger books of the day, filled with a lot of universal wisdom and the Coming-Of-A-New-Age proclamations, although on a sadder note it predicted that England would be swept under the sea. That same year, Lee founded the Cosmon Research Foundation to further promote J.W.’s teachings, an organization that at its height reportedly boasted 2000 members.

Like many contactees of the era, Lee was a speaker at the Giant Rock Interplanetary Spacecraft Convention. During her presentation she shared J.W.’s words of wisdom that “Earthlings have misinterpreted the purpose of their sexual drives” and that marriage was a human conception that didn’t exist on other planets, which allowed for greater sexual freedom throughout the cosmos. It was the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.

In the fall of 1962, Lee approached the United Nations with a plan for world peace that included construction of a space station, but officials rebuffed her. Steadfast in her resolve to bring peace and harmony to the galaxy, Lee took up residence in a Washington, D.C. hotel on September 13th and a short time later began a hunger fast to bring attention to her cause. As Lee informed journalists: “I’ve heard from J.W., and they’re disturbed up there because of fighting in the world and the fact that nuclear bombs might upset their planets. The space people are going to invade the earth and establish a peace program. J.W. has ordered me to go on a fast for peace until he sends a ‘light elevator’ down to take me to Jupiter.”

On December 3nd—sixty-six days into her fast—Lee fell into a coma and died at the tender age of 37, leaving behind a husband and two young children. As tragic as this story may sound, a short time later there was some good news from the spirit realm courtesy of psychic medium Nada-Yolanda (real name Pauline Sharpe): “Hello everybody, this is Gloria. Yes, it’s really me. I’m really finding out how this thing works.” What “this thing” was, we can only surmise—unless, of course, Gloria Lee’s spirit was referring to J.W.’s “light elevator” having transported her to a far better place. 

Gloria Lee’s messages from beyond were later compiled into a staggering five-volume set of books published by the Mark-Age Meta Center, Inc., a non-profit corporation based out of Miami, Florida, that was operated by the aforementioned Pauline Sharpe along with her companion and fellow channeler, Mark (aka Charles B. Gentzel.) 

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John Otto and the Sleigh Bells from Outer Space

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John Otto (Photo credit: Bob Beck Collection/Joe Fex – APEX Research)

In 1954, John Otto—a member of the Detroit Flying Saucer Club—along with fellow club member, Richard “Dick” Miller, purportedly made contact with the space brothers using a short wave radio set.

Later that year, Otto—in cahoots with radio host Jim Mills of WGN-Chicago—cooked up an ET contact caper, which they rolled out on the evening of November 28th, at 11:15 PM, broadcasting the following stunning announcement across the WGN airwaves:

“This is Jim Mills. I invite you and those in flying discs listening to this program…to standby for a message from the friendly people of Earth! We desire to communicate with you…therefore at exactly 11:25 PM, Chicago Earth Time, we will hold a 15-second period of silence for you to cut in and speak to us through the transmitter.

“Give landing instructions if possible…Now, Earth listeners, please, if possible, maintain complete silence at 11:25 and report anything you see or hear to me, Jim Mills, WGN Chicago, by letter or postcard. Thank you.” 1

At the appointed time, Mills announced “Come in, Outer Space” and the microphones in the studio were shut off in anticipation of a cosmic message soon to beam their way. When Mills and Otto went back on air, the switchboard lit up with callers, among them a couple of spinster sisters from Chicago—Marie and Mildred Maier—who claimed they’d tape recorded something that sounded like Santa’s sleigh bells. Otto made arrangements to meet with the sisters and made a copy of their tape that he later played on other radio programs, including his own WGN show, Out of this World.

The following year, a publication called Journal of Space Flight featured a story on the Maier sisters. Journal of Space Flight, it so happens, was affiliated with the Chicago Rocket Society, of whom John Otto was a card-carrying member, and it was Otto who was responsible for the article. This, in turn, aroused the interest of the CIA’s Office of Scientific Investigation (OSI), who suspected that the sisters may have recorded a clandestine terrestrial transmission of some sort. 2 Afterwards the Maier sisters were visited by a couple of CIA agents (disguised as Air Force officers) who confiscated the tape in the interests of “national security.”

In 1957, UFO investigator Leon Davidson wrote to the Air Force Intelligence Branch at Wright-Patterson requesting information on the confiscated tape and was told it had been “forwarded to the proper authorities.” When Davidson figured out that it was actually the CIA who investigated the case, he pressed them for their analysis of the recording, and CIA officials responded that the sound on the tape was Morse code from a U.S. radio outpost. Davidson grew convinced that the CIA’s response was a cover story designed to conceal UFO activity and when he requested a copy of the tape, was informed it had been destroyed. 3

These developments led John Otto to conclude that the Maiers’ tape recording had been suppressed by the notorious UFO “Silence Group.” (Insert creepy organ music here.)

For more startling revelations just like this one, check out A is for Adamski: The Golden Age of the UFO Contactees available now from your finer internet book sellers.

1 Barker, Gray, ed. Spring, 1955. “The Saucerian”, Vol. 3, No. 2

2 Redfern, Nick. 2006. On the Trail of the Saucer Spies. Anomalist Books.

3 Gerald K. Haines. 1997. Studies in Intelligence CIA’s Role in the Study of UFOs, 1947-90: A Die-Hard Issue.

 

 

Dick Miller’s Favorite Martian

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Richard “Dick” Miller (Photo credit: Joe Fex – APEX Research)

At the 1956 Giant Rock Interplanetary Spacecraft Convention, Richard “Dick” Miller played taped recordings of Martian Commander Mon-Ka that had allegedly been discovered on blank reel-to-reel tapes in his garage. According to Miller, Mon-Ka possessed “wisdom that is light years beyond the most intelligent person on our planet.” One of Miller’s tapes featured “Mon-Ka’s Prediction”:

“Greetings, people of Earth. I am Mon-Ka. I am what you would call the head of my government. I speak to you this evening from the planet which you call Mars…We, of the Space Confederation…speak now to you, people of Earth. We shall prove our remarks by bringing about an incident which will forever dispel any claims…that would deny our existence. On the evening of November 7, of this your year 1956, at 10:30 P.M. your local time, we request that one of your communications stations remove its carrier signal from the air for two minutes. At that time we will speak from our craft, which will be stationed at an altitude of 10,000 feet over your great city of Los Angeles. This ship will be visible to all of the people, as it will be illuminated by our force fields…People of Earth, it is time you knew the truth…your planet is not ready…May we, your brothers, share the great warmth and friendship of peace, and now, co existence. I, Mon-Ka, have spoken.”

 

In the run-up to Mon-Ka’s predicted flying saucer appearance, AFSCA’s Gabe Green appeared on Art Linkletter’s House Party on October 29th speaking in glowing terms about Dick Miller’s favorite Martian. When the evening of November 7th rolled around, Angelenos—rife with anticipation—popped some popcorn, pulled out lawn chairs and mounted rooftops with binoculars in preparation for the saucer spectacle soon to unfold. Playing along with the gag, L.A. radio stations KATY and KBIA went off the air at the appointed time. Not to be outdone, news reporter Paul Coates of television station KTTV hired an airplane to go out in search for Mon-Ka’s Martian spacecraft. 1

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But alas—like many another saucer prediction—Mon-ka backed out at the last minute and the whole she-bang turned out to be a bust. UFO researcher Max Miller of Flying Saucers International afterwards noted that Dick Miller’s Mon-ka stunt “set saucer research on the West Coast back ten years.”

In the aftermath of the Mon-ka debacle, the Los Angeles Mirror ran an article accusing Miller of having fabricated a short wave radio-flying saucer communication back in 1954 when he was a member of the Detroit Flying Saucer Club. According to UFO researcher and radio personality John Otto:

“I exposed one of [Miller’s] attempted hoaxes here when he was a member of the Detroit Flying Saucer Club. Randall Cox, auto dealer and Miller’s ex-employer, told me by telephone, “Miller told us he had information that on a certain date we were to contact a saucer in a certain area. When we went out there, he had us remain in the car to listen on the radio. Soon we heard his voice. He said he was speaking from the spaceship. He said he could see us on a kind of advanced-type screen aboard the saucer. Later, when he returned to the car, I was suspicious. I got the radio ham who assisted Miller to break down and tell me the whole story. About half a mile away, in an abandoned truck, we found the radio transmitter he had used to cut in on our car radio with his phony message from the spaceship.” 2

Due to these embarrassing revelations, Miller made himself scarce for a while only to re-emerge on the saucer lecture circuit a few years later. By this time, Mon-ka had been replaced by an entity named Kla-la from the Aldeberan planetary system.

For those fortunate enough to have attended Gabe Green’s 1960 AFSCA convention, Miller was on hand hawking actual Kla-la recordings for the low, low price of $4.95 (Cheap.)

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For more startling revelations just like this one, check out A is for Adamski: The Golden Age of the UFO Contactees available now from your finer internet book sellers.

Sources:

1 “The Mon-Ka Business in Los Angeles.” The APRO Bulletin, Alamogordo, New Mexico, November, 1956.

2  L.A. Mirror-News, November 2, 1956.

Gabe Green, The Space People’s Choice

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Gabe Green at Giant Rock some time in the 1960s. (Photo credit: Joe Fex-APEX Research)

In 1957, Southern California native Gabriel “Gabe” Green encountered UFO occupants from the planet Korender. Inspired by his otherworldly interactions, Green founded the Amalgamated Flying Saucer Clubs of America, Inc. (AFSCA). During its heyday, AFSCA boasted 2,500 members worldwide and published a newsletter, Flying Saucers International.

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Throughout the 1960s, Green organized a series of UFO conferences in Los Angeles that featured prominent contactees. At the 1960 AFSCA convention, Green launched his candidacy for President on the Universal Flying Saucer Party ticket, encouraged in these efforts by Rentan from Alpha Centauri. (“Abe in 1860. Gabe in 1960!”) 1

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Identifying himself as “The Space People’s Choice”, Green’s next political bid came in 1962 for the California State Senate. Although unsuccessful, he reportedly received 113,205 votes, including an endorsement from Nobel Peace Prize winner Linus Pauling. Green made a second Presidential bid in 1972, recruiting fellow contactee Daniel Fry as his running mate on the political platform of “United Universal World Economics.”

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AFSCA mobile response unit, circa 1960s.

Gabe and his wife Helen were familiar figures at the Giant Rock Spacecraft Conventions, often decked out in matching otherworldly attire. Helen passed away suddenly in 1970 and afterwards Gabe received otherworldly transmissions to the effect that her spirit had been transported to a Mothership orbiting the Earth.

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Helen and Gabe Green at the Giant Rock Interplanetary Space Convention (Photo credit: Joe Fex – APEX Research)

A broken hearted Gabe spent the remainder of his life attempting to establish interplanetary contact with his dearly departed, but to no avail. In a perfect universe, the two are now reunited aboard that Great Mothership in the Sky following Gabe Green’s passing in 2001.

For more startling revelations just like this one, check out A is for Adamski: The Golden Age of the UFO Contactees available now from your finer internet book sellers.

1  Flammonde, Paris.  1971. The Age of Flying Saucers. New York: Hawthorn. (p. 144).

 

Further reading

Green, Gabriel. 1967.  Let’s Face Facts about Flying Saucers. New York: Popular Library.

 

“A” is for Aho!

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Major Wayne Aho at the 1998 UFO Congress in Laughlin, Nevada (Photo credit: Nick Redfern)

Wayne Sulo Aho claimed otherworldly contacts dating back to his childhood. However, his key encounter with the space brothers allegedly occurred in Washington State in 1948:

“I had my first experience telepathically with the beings who inhabit ‘flying saucers’ while I was making use of a rather noisy D-7 bulldozer used in logging. I had read about an airplane crash with no apparent survivors and noted that some observers saw some UFOs near the scene of the crash three days afterward. While engaged in using the bulldozer, I mused, ‘Who are these strange beings flying in their craft at the scene and why are they here?’ A reply that came was startling: ‘We are caretakers of the souls of the dead!’…”

In 1957—while attending George Van Tassel’s Giant Rock Interplanetary Spacecraft Convention—Aho encountered a “beautiful, majestic egg-shaped light” that telepathically instructed him to launch his own annual flying saucer bash. 1

In 1960, Aho began hosting his “New Dawn” conventions at the base of Mount Rainier (in proximity to Kenneth Arnold’s historic sighting) naming the venue Spacecraft Protective Landing Area for Advancement of Science and Humanities (SPLAASH.) In a letter sent to state and federal authorities—including the President of these United States!—Aho identified SPLAASH as a “Free Landing Zone” (along the same lines of nuclear free zones established by peaceniks across the planet) that would be maintained free of arms and open to all sentient beings, human and otherwise.

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Aho claimed he served with Army intelligence during World War II and on the flying saucer lecture circuit referred to himself as Major Aho, a transparent attempt to conflate his name with famed ufologist Major Donald Keyhoe. According to Saucer Smear editor Jim Moseley, others in the UFO field at the time derisively referred to Aho as “Major A-Hole.”

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In 1958, Aho formed a partnership with Otis T. Carr, a self-described Nicholas Tesla protégé who claimed to have discovered a hitherto unknown propulsion system, the Utron Electrical Accumulator. Carr announced he was busy at work developing a terrestrial spacecraft—known as “The OTC-X1 Circular Foil Craft”—the design of which would be saucer-shaped and carry a crew consisting of he and his pal Major Aho of the “Air Force Reserves” on its maiden voyage to the moon.

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Otis T. Carr and Long John Nebel discussing the finer points of the OTC-X1.

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Carr and Aho traveled around the country visiting flying saucer clubs and soliciting donations for the OTC-X1, which they planned to launch into outer space on April 19th, 1959 at the Frontier City amusement park in Oklahoma City. Leading up to the event, Carr appeared on Long John Nebel’s Party Line and invited him to attend the OTC-X1 blast-off. A few days before this historic launch, Long John traveled to Oklahoma City and after a little sleuthing was able to track down the OTC-X1’s secret location at a warehouse on the outskirts of town. Long John repeatedly pounded on the door until at last he was met by a rather hulking figure who informed him that the site was “classified.”  After a spirited back and forth, Long John was able to persuade his way inside the “lab” to view the OTC-X1, which resembled more a pile of unconnected parts than a functioning spaceship. As for the whereabouts of Commander Carr, rumor had it he’d been overtaken by a mysterious throat ailment that rendered him unable to speak.

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Come launch day, Carr was a no-show and Aho—left holding the proverbial bag—announced that the OTC-X1’s maiden voyage had been indefinitely postponed due to “technical difficulties” associated with a “mercury leak.” The next day, Long John tracked down Carr at the local Mercy Hospital where he discovered the saucer scientist in his night dress, chatting up an attractive candy-striper about the wonders of the OTC-X1 and his prowess as a spaceship pilot. Long John surprised him with “Hello, Otis” and Carr abruptly fell forward on to his bed in exaggerated gasps of pain. 2

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Carr was ultimately convicted of swindling a number of OTC-X1 investors and sentenced to six months in prison. No charges were brought against Aho, who was viewed as an unwitting dupe in the caper. Not long after, Aho went on a solo lecture tour and while in NYC found himself committed to the mental ward at Bellevue Hospital, as documented in “Wayne Aho Falls Victim to the Men in White Coats” an article published in the UFO periodical  S.P.A.C.E.  The author of this article, one Nobert F. Gariety, was a John Birch Society member who claimed that Aho had been railroaded and thrown into the nuthouse by the International Jewish Banking Conspiracy (or something of that sort) due to his involvement in the OTC-X1 debacle.

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In recent years, a fellow named Ralph Ring surfaced with claims he was part of the crew that worked with Otis Carr and that he (Ring) piloted an OTC-X1 test flight that traveled ten miles to arrive at its destination instantaneously. According to Ring, Carr was about to introduce the OTC-X1 to the public when the Feds raided his lab and destroyed everything in it to suppress the OTC-X1 because it was powered by “free energy”—and we all know how much the Feds hate free energy. Ring also claims that he helped Jacques Cousteau develop the aqualung, although recent evidence suggests that it was actually a song by Jethro Tull.

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Ralph Ring sharing some OTC-X1 knowledge at the 2008 Retro UFO Convention in Landers, California. Photo by Gorightly.

In the fall of 1958, around the same time that Carr and Aho were out on the OTC-X1 fund raising circuit, the Justice Department launched an investigation into Aho for “…IMPERSONATING A MAJOR IN U.S. ARMY INTELLIGENCE…” 3

Apparently, Aho had been going around telling prospective OTC-X1 investors that he was active military, which apparently prompted the FBI’s investigation. A memo to the FBI Washington Field Office stated that Aho “was dismissed from employment at Aberdeen Proving Grounds [in 1953] for poor credit rating and alleged falsification of records; he has been the subject of an impersonation investigation by the Bureau resulting from the cashing of bad checks and also of a Fraud Against the Government investigation based on alleged influence he used in the awarding of Government contracts and also on alleged fraudulent expense vouchers submitted by him while he was employed by the Army. Prosecution in both cases was declined…”

Around the same time of the FBI’s impersonation investigation, Aho sent a somewhat screwy letter to J. Edgar Hoover concerning the prospect that the Russians had secretly landed on the moon. (Aho’s name was redacted from the letter).

 

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Aho had a long history of sending government officials flying saucer related correspondence. One such example is the letter below that he dashed off to President John F. Kennedy in June of 1961 describing a “divine revelation.”

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For the complete Aho/Carr FOIA files, you can feast your eyes here courtesy of John Greenewald’s Black Vault.

And if your mind wasn’t blown enough already , download Otis T. Carr’s Dimensions of Mystery!

For more startling revelations just like this one, check out A is for Adamski: The Golden Age of the UFO Contactees available now from your finer internet book sellers.

Sources:

1 Aho, Wayne. 1972. Mojave Desert Experience. Seattle: New Age Foundation.

2 Flammonde, Paris. 1971. The Age of Flying Saucers. New York: Hawthorn.

3 Department of Justice teletype dated 10-3-58.

Albert Bender and the Girls from Kazik

During the early 1950s, Albert Bender oversaw the International Flying Saucer Bureau (IFSB), a civilian research group based out of Bridgeport, Connecticut, with a worldwide membership of 1500. In conjunction with the IFSB, Bender published Space Review, a newsletter dedicated to the latest saucer happenings.

In March 1953, the IFSB conducted a group mental telepathy experiment (“Contact Day”) to establish ET contact by transmitting the following mental message:

 

THE MESSAGE

(To Be Memorized)

 

Calling occupants of interplanetary craft. Calling occupants of interplanetary craft that have been observing our planet EARTH. We of IFSB wish to make contact with you. We are your friends, and would like you to make an appearance here on EARTH. Your presence before us will be welcomed with the utmost friendship. We will do all in our power to promote mutual understanding between your people and the people of EARTH. Please come in peace and help us in our EARTHLY problems. Give us some sign that you have received our message. Be responsible for creating a miracle here on our planet to wake up the ignorant ones to reality. Let us hear from you. We are your friends. (End of message.)

 

In early September 1953—in what would have been the October issue of Space Review—Bender planned to announce the solution of the flying saucer mystery, but before he could do so was visited by three mysterious Men-in-Black (MIBs) who spooked him into silence. Bender delivered the following portentous message in Space Review for his fellow IFSB members to ponder:

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“The mystery of the flying saucers is no longer a mystery. The source is already known, but any information about this is being withheld by orders from a higher source. We would like to print the full story in Space Review, but because of the nature of the information we are sorry that we have been advised in the negative. We advise those engaged in saucer work to please be very cautious.”

Bender ceased publication of Space Review, closed down IFSB, and retired from ufology. He later revealed to close associates that the solution to the “mystery” was that the U.S.A. would soon fall victim to a massive flying saucer attack! However, this attack was not interplanetary, but actually originated from the Earth’s polar regions. Due to this dangerous knowledge, Bender was ostensibly hushed up, one of the very first victims of the legendary “Silencers” who have haunted UFO lore ever since. Others have speculated that Bender cooked up the whole caper as a convenient excuse to exit ufology, as the pressures of overseeing IFSB had become too much, perhaps even leading to a psychological meltdown.

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Al Bender with an artistic rendering of one of the three Men-In-Black

It was Bender’s purported MIB encounter which reignited attention to a phenomenon that’s almost as old as time itself.  These tales of creepy black garbed men go back eons and have long been associated with the sinister doings of witches, warlocks, and other things that go boo in the night.  Upon closer examination, it appears that Bender’s MIB experiences may have had more to do with his long standing interest in the occult rather than some sort of secret government backlash in response to flying saucer investigations.

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Due to his peculiar interests, Bender transformed an upstairs room in his stepfather’s house into what he called his “chamber of horrors.” He painted the walls with depictions of grotesque scenes from the works of Shelley, Stoker and Poe and adorned it with “macabre items such as artificial human skulls, shrunken heads, bats, spiders, snakes.” At the same time, Bender was “reading books on black magic, occult subjects, and other similar works…[he] even tried to hold some séances.” In recent years, UFO researcher and occult historian Allen Greenfield discovered—among some old photos of Bender’s “chamber of horrors”—that in one corner of the room an altar had been erected, ostensibly used for ritual magic. From this, it could be conjectured, Bender’s occult dabblings might have awakened some ancient demons that paid him a visit.

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Al Bender in his purported “chamber of horrors”

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In Flying Saucers and the Three Men (1963), Bender recounted his visit by the three mysterious men, whom he says whisked him away to planet Kazik. It was there that he was taken to a room where three exceptionally attractive women “dressed in tight white uniforms” removed his clothing and, as Bender recalled:

“My body suddenly became rigid and I could not move a single muscle…I became frightened…my fright changed to embarrassment as I felt their hands begin to remove my clothing. I could do nothing to stop them, for I was stiff as a board. With great efficacy they removed every piece of my clothing, leaving me naked as the day I was born…[they produced] a vile containing a liquid which they poured over my body. Then the three messaged the liquid into my skin. As they did so my body became warm as if heat were being applied. They messaged every part of my body without exception…”

Bender emerged briefly from his self-imposed ufological exile with an ‘appearance’ at what was the largest and best attended UFO Convention in U.S. history in New York City on June 24th, 1967, called, appropriately enough, “The Big Flying Saucer Show.” However—due to unspecified fears for his safety—Bender sent a tape recording that was played to a packed house of wide-eyed attendees. In it, he reminisced about the history of the IFSB, his chilling MIB encounters, in addition to a number of recent contactee-type experiences which were going to be part of a new book Gray Barker planned to publish. Barker later described Bender’s forthcoming book as “not good enough to do anything with.”