My Tasmanian colleague, xAberration, has created some wonderful videos and playlist for an album I compiled of my spaciest songs called, fittingly enough, “Space Songs”, recorded over the last decade or so.
Since it’s a virtual album, here are some of the virtual liner notes:
All songs written, composed and performed by Adam Gorightly except for:
Lost in Time – co-written by Joe Hook, with Joe on 12-strng guitar.
Mind Traps – Chris Wilhoite: Synthesizer, 5 String Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, 12 String Tanglewood Guitar, Mellotron and Digital Drum Pads – Adam Gorightly: Vocals and Synthesizer
UFO Lane – Composed and performed by Joe Hook with Gorightly on theremin and synthesizer.
On one occasion, Bill Moore and Paul Bennewitz were on the deck of Bennewitz’s condo when he instructed Moore to set the shutter speed of his camera to 1000 and snap some random photos of the general landscape which encompassed Kirtland AFB and Manzano Mountain. When Moore later developed these photos, several shots revealed a curious tube of light that was only visible at this 1000th of a second setting. By using this shutter setting, Bennewitz had presumably employed a method of photographing images otherwise unseen by the naked eye.
Another oddity Bennewitz observed were orange orbs that frequently materialized in his home. Bill Moore later confirmed seeing one of these softball-sized orbs, which he described as three dimensional and self-illuminating, hovering near the ceiling. According to film maker Mark Pilkington:
“Others had noticed the orbs too. On one of his many trips out to the Bennewitz home to check up on things when the family was out (i.e., break-ins) Doty and two NSA operatives had disconnected the alarm system and were just about to start snooping around when they noticed one of the balls floating underneath a central stairway in the large entry room. “It was orange and had sparkles in it,” said Doty. “I asked the other guys: ‘Is it one of yours?’” But the NSA men were mystified as well, and the trio tried to see if the phenomenon was projected from outside of the house somewhere. No dice. ‘We never did figure out what that was,’ said Doty. Perhaps the NSA was in fact responsible, but if so, they never admitted this to anyone outside their circle.” 1
Orbs weren’t the only weird things buzzing about Bennewitz. National Security Agency (NSA) operatives had moved into a vacant building across the street from Bennewitz’s home in an attempt to monitor his activities. Although Bennewitz didn’t know if the strangers across the street were actually government agents, or aliens in disguise, he somehow determined that they were scanning him with high tech equipment. Bennewitz said he could “sense their sweep” and that it caused a stinging sensation on his body. Over time, Bennewitz grew to suspect that this “sweep” had been performed by an ET beam. On one occasion, Bill Moore was visiting Bennewitz and also experienced this sensation, describing it as a beam that scanned his body.
To combat this perceived ET beam, Bennewitz constructed his very own spacegun. “The speed of my weapon exceeds that of their weapons and in its most sophisticated form can be readily computer controlled to allow extremely rapid tracking and lock-on regardless of speed along with electronic wobbulation of the beam.” 2 Bennewitz further claimed that: “Two small prototypes have been funded and constructed by my Company. Tests conducted to date indicate they do work and work rather well considering their small size…” 3
The beam or “scan” that Bennewitz and Moore experienced could have conceivably been a form of directed-energy weapon that was first reported in development during the late 1990s by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Kirtland Air Force Base. According to researcher Christian Lambright:
“In 2001, the AFRL publicly revealed the existence of Active Denial Technology (ADT), which was referred to, behind closed doors, as the ‘pain beam,’ a science fiction sounding “microwave beam that heats the water in the surface layer of the skin where the pain-sensing nerves are, and can do so from a considerable distance…By all accounts, the sudden and intense pain is enough to cause virtual panic as people desperately try to get away from the beam. Research into such ‘non-lethal’ weapons has reportedly been going on since the mid-1980s, though it is an outgrowth of research into radar and electromagnetic pulse technology.” 4
During the ADT’s 2001 public roll-out, a contraption called the Active Denial System (ADS) was demonstrated, which consisted of a large antenna mounted atop a military transport. In 2003, Eric Adams—an associate editor with Popular ScienceMagazine—volunteered himself, guinea pig style, to test the effects of this technology. According to Lambright:
“[Adams] had the system fired at him from a half mile away with the directed-energy beam controlled to hit him only in the middle of his back. In less than two seconds, he experienced a warm sensation that quickly grew to feel like an ‘electric burner.’ Though in this demonstration the purpose was to show that the ADS could generate only enough pain to motivate someone to leave the area, in a 2007 accident at Moody AFB, Georgia, an exposure of four seconds at 100% power injured one person seriously enough to require being flown to a local burn center. However, at lower power levels the beam can produce only a mild feeling of warmth and, as the above demonstration showed, it can be focused on a relatively small area even over a substantial distance…” 5
Lambright notes the existence of “man-portable” ADS-like systems in development as far back as the early 1970s. A 1972 Time Magazine article entitled “The Death Ray” described “a portable chemically-powered laser” that could “silently burn a fatal, quarter-inch-wide hole in the body of an enemy soldier up to five miles away…Much of the Pentagon’s laser weaponry research is being conducted in great secrecy at Kirtland Air Force Base, outside Albuquerque.” Lambright goes on to say:
“The above Time Magazine article was written forty years ago, and we are left to wonder how the research may have developed since then. Perhaps it melded into the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Directed Energy Directorate and a little-known research group located at Kirtland Air Force Base…Even more interesting, is word of the Portable Efficient Laser Testbed (PELT), which was described in the above New Scientist article…as the ‘first man-portable heat compliance weapon of its kind.’ Cursory information on this weapon appeared in a Department of Defense (DoD) document titled Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Exercise Reference Book published in 2003, which listed the PELT laser rifle as a classified program. Included in the document is an illustration of this decidedly futuristic looking weapon and, if you look closely, it sports the unique logo of the ScorpWorks…
“What about the choice of the unusual name ‘ScorpWorks’? It was one of the questions I addressed to the AFRL Public Relations Office and, as expected, they acknowledged that the name is a play on the infamous Skunkworks, the secretive advanced aircraft division of Lockheed. The reference to a scorpion is supposed to reflect the Southwest flavor of their New Mexico location. But a scorpion being selected to symbolize the types of weapons the ScorpWorks develops, directed energy beam weapons with painful effects, also brought to mind what Paul Bennewitz complained about. It is what scorpions do. When a scorpion strikes… it stings… “ 6
ADS was subsequently deployed to Afghanistan during the 2010 Iraq War, but never used due to “ethical and safety concerns” and was “deemed too unpredictable to use in war zones.” 7 However, as recently as the Summer of 2020, the Trump administration was toying with the idea of using ADS on its own citizenry. According to a National Public Radio (NPR) article dated September 16, 2020:
“… Joint Forces Headquarters Command in Washington, D.C., confirmed to NPR that hours before federal police officers cleared a crowded park near the White House with smoke and tear gas on June 1, a military police staff officer asked if the D.C. National Guard had a kind of ‘heat ray’ weapon that might be deployed against demonstrators in the nation’s capital.” The command “inquired informally about capabilities across the full-spectrum of non-lethal systems, to include the Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) and Active Denial System (ADS)…” 8
Soon after, The Washington Post matched NPR’s reporting citing the congressional testimony of Major Adam D. DeMarco, the senior-most D.C. National Guard officer on the ground when the hammer went down in Lafayette Square. Not only did DeMarco contradict White House denials that they hadn’t used tear gas on protestors, but DeMarco also provided an email from June 1, 2020 that stated:
“…the Defense Department’s top military police officer in the Washington region… asked whether the unit had a Long Range Acoustic Device, also known as an LRAD, or a microwave-like weapon called the Active Denial System, which was designed by the military to make people feel as if their skin is burning when in range of its invisible rays…”
The email went on to describe ADS in glowing terms:
“ …the ability to reach out and engage potential adversaries at distances well beyond small arms range, and in a safe, effective, and nonlethal manner…The ADS can immediately compel an individual to cease threatening behavior or depart through application of a directed energy beam that provides a sensation of intense heat on the surface of the skin. The effect is overwhelming, causing an immediate repel response by the targeted individual.”
Ultimately, federal officials were unable to get their hands on an ADS device and instead opted for tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd from Lafayette Square so that President Trump could stage a photo op of himself holding a bible in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church.
Apparently, this wasn’t the first such instance in which the Trump admin contemplated using ADS on civilians. According to reporter Michael D. Shear in the August 26, 2020 edition of The New York Times:
“Fifteen days before the 2018 midterm elections, as President Trump sought to motivate Republicans with dark warnings about caravans heading to the U.S. border, he gathered his homeland security secretary and White House staff to deliver a message: “extreme action” was needed to stop the migrants….That afternoon, at a separate meeting with top leaders of the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection officials suggested deploying a microwave weapon — a “heat ray” designed by the military to make people’s skin feel as if it is burning when they get within range of its invisible beams… Two former officials who attended the afternoon meeting at the Department of Homeland Security on Oct. 22, 2018, said the suggestion that the device be installed at the border shocked attendees, even if it would have satisfied the president…”
1 Pilkington, Mark. 2010. Mirage Men: An Adventure into Paranoia, Espionage, Psychological Warfare, and UFOs. Skyhorse Publishing. (p. 126)
2 Bishop, Greg. 2005. Project Beta: The Story of Paul Bennewitz, and the Creation of a Modern UFO Myth. Paraview Pocket Books. (p. 164)
3 Summary & Report Status (With Suggested Guidelines) “Project Beta Report”– Paul F. Bennewitz.
4 Lambright, Christian. 2012. X Descending. X Desk Publishing. (Kindle Locations 4345-4348)
5 Lambright, Christian. X Descending. 2012. X Desk Publishing. Kindle Edition. (Kindle Locations 4355-4356)
6 Lambright, Christian. 2012. X Descending. X Desk Publishing. (Kindle Locations 4407-4409)
The “ufotwitter intellectuals” have been all abuzz the last week or so with the startling release of Wolfman vs. the Pentagon (aka Skinwalkers at the Pentagon) by longtime UFO enthusiast George Knapp and a couple other guys who are like scientists or something. Amazon link here.
While I’m sure the book will contain some startling new details about the Wolfman duking it out with the military, as well as other crazy shit about Resurrected Dino-Beaver-Pigs, I must admit I was less than enthused with the book’s cover, which is one of the worst UFO covers in the history of such things, and I stated as much on twitter. That it sucked. You can judge for yourself below.
A short time after voicing my dissatisfaction, another twitter colleague recognized the wolf eyes in the photo to be the very same wolf eye’s that appeared in a anti-Deep State novel by Steven Seagal of all people entitled The Way of the Shadow Wolves, which also featured a foreword by that shitbag Joe Arpaio. See below.
It’s the same eyes. By and large, we all thought this was pretty funny, but I also felt it my crowdsource duty to give the authors some other options, and thus I launched an alternate Wolfman vs. the Pentagon cover contest.
To follow are the finalists from our contest, and I need your help, dear readers, to select the winner. If you have a fav, (and I know that you will!), either comment at this post or drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Just say something like, “I dig the one that’s the third from the top, dude.”
Show #914: September 26, 2021 – ‘Saucers, Spooks & Kooks’ with Adam Gorightly (1240 AM & 99.5 FM)
During the 1970s and ’80s, “Rockin” Rollen Stewart was a familiar presence to sport’s fans. Even though you might not be familiar with his name, you’ll remember the banners he used to display at sporting events, reading ‘John 3:16’.
After garnering his first frenetic fifteen seconds of Warholian fame at a Portland Trailblazer Basketball game in 1977, Stewart sought to spread his message further afield. For years he was seen making a spectacle of himself at various sporting events in a huge rainbow colored wig, smiling from ear to ear with wide eyes, hoisting giant placards with biblical passages writ upon them, as he gleefully bounced around, clad in fake fur loincloths.
Rollen, through years of practice (and spending every last cent he had to attend these sporting events) developed an innate talent for strategically positioning himself–much to the constant chagrin of network cameramen–in such a way as to steal the limelight from the televised proceedings while spreading The Word of the Lord.
“He’s a pest, ” an NBC executive once snorted. “We try to take him out of a shot whenever we can.”
“He got to be a terrific distraction,” seconded ABC sports producer Chet Forte. “He would station himself behind home plate and our camera would view over the pitcher’s shoulder and it was very annoying seeing this guy waving the signs and all.”
Occasionally, those annoyed by Stewart’s actions would provoke security guards. “You know you’re not wanted when they send security guards to walk you out of your seat,” Stewart once said. Stewart claimed he was hounded by authorities at the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo who took him for a spy, thinking his JOHN 3:16 placard was some sort of coded message.
Stewart became known as “The Rainbow Man” due to the aforementioned rainbow-hued wig of which he adorned his anointed, holy-madman-head, buzzing as it did with the divine resonance of The Lord. It was sometime during the late 70’s when I first spotted Stewart on my home TV screen at a sporting event (this was before he was born-again and rescued by Jesus from a dark abyss of sexual promiscuity and wanton drug abuse. Stewart later said of that period of his life: “I said I was going to sail around the world on my water bed.”)
At the height of his popularity, Stewart appeared in a commercial for Anheuser-Busch, and was paid to attend parties looking his outlandish self, rainbow hair, loin-cloth and all. His character was featured on Saturday Night Live, St. Elsewhere and The Tonight Show. Cartoonist Charles M. Shultz drew The Rainbow Man into his cartoon Peanuts standing alongside good ol’ Charlie Brown.
But, unfortunately, toward the end of the 80’s, things started to unravel for The Rainbow Man. In a 1982 interview with Golf Digest magazine, Stewart was quoted as saying: “I was living on my ranch…and my life revolved around sex and drugs. I wasn’t happy, though, and one night I had a religious experience and was born again as a Christian.”
This historic conversion took place after the 1980 Super Bowl in Pasadena. As Stewart recalled, “I had gone in my fur loincloth and wig. The girls loved it. Everywhere I walked, they were patting my butt. I could have held a thousand women in my arms that day, and yet I walked out of there sad. It was the shallowness. I was being seen all over the world, but never as myself.” That night, after returning to his hotel room he found Jesus, while watching a television show called Today In Bible Prophecy. “I fell to my knees there in that room and allowed Jesus to take control of my life.”
Subsisting on one meal a day, and smoking massive quantities of pot, Stewart began a blitzkrieg for the Lord, working 12 sporting events a month as he fervently flashed his JOHN 3:16 message on placards, signs and T-Shirts, spreading The Lord’s Word in his own unique fashion. (The message of the Gospel according to St. John, chapter 3, verse 16, is, “For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”)
In 1984, he met Margaret Hockridge, a born-again grade school teacher, at a church in Virginia. Margaret found herself, “in awe of him.” Smitten, the two bought a Toyota van and hit the road for the Lord. Ten months later the couple were married in St. Louis. The bride dressed in mauve, and Stewart wore a T-shirt emblazoned with the message ‘Jesus is Coming.’
As the 80’s progressed, Stewart fell deeper and deeper into his strange vocation, driving more than 50,000 miles a year, and traveling to more than 100 sporting events. The strange thing is, Stewart didn’t even like sports. In fact, as he told People magazine in 1988: “I despise sports. People who go to sporting events are like the Romans who went to watch the lions eat the Christians. I know I’m a strange and unusual vessel. But we’re sincere about this.”
He didn’t much like TV either. “I realize now television is a tool of Satan,” he said. “I never watch TV unless it’s to figure out my own strategy so that I can appear on it.” This he did to perfection, figuring out where cameras were located and calculating how tight the camera angles were. Then he could place himself in a position so when the camera came on him Stewart was ready to bounce about and spread his tutti-frutti word o’ the Lord.
Stewart was a stickler for details, especially when it came to his advertisements for God. According to Hockridge, his now ex-wife, he blew up at the 1986 World Series at Shea Stadium. Stewart figuratively flipped his wig and tried to choke Hockridge when she stood in the wrong spot with her JOHN 3:16 placard, incurring the righteous wrath of the rainbow-headed one. His mood, Margaret said later in a People magazine interview, was “constantly up and down.” By 1990, Margaret had had enough, and filed for divorce.
After the breakup Stewart apparently became more unstable. In May 1991 an arrest warrant was issued, accusing him of 4 stink bomb attacks in Orange County, California. The warrant charged Stewart with setting off foul-smelling bombs at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove; a Christian bookstore in Garden Grove; at the Trinity Broadcasting Studio in Tustin; and at the offices of the OrangeCounty Register newspaper in Santa Ana. According to the authorities, Stewart assembled the stink bombs using a timing device, a knife and an acid filled balloon.
At the 1991 Masters golf tournament, the authorities detained Stewart after he allegedly set off a remote controlled air horn, a loud buzzer and several colorful smoke bombs just as Jack Nicklaus was preparing to putt on the 16th green. Stewart was released after tournament officials declined to press charges.
“The same type of device went off at the Foreman-Holyfield fight,” Santa Ana Police investigator Ferris Buckles said. “But investigators there kicked it down a sewer storm drain and we don’t have the evidence.”
A year before, Stewart had been arrested for disturbing the public at The American Music Awards in Los Angeles after he tried to toss skunk sacs into the audience. Stewart said he wanted to show the public that “God thinks this stinks.”
Matters came to a head in late September 1992, when Stewart was arrested after holding a maid hostage in the Hyatt Hotel next to Los Angeles International Airport. Stewart, reported the Los Angeles Times, held the police at bay with threats that he had a bomb. When the stand-off continued well into the evening, police officers used what they called ‘flash-bang’ grenades to stun a wigless Rainbow Man and storm the seventh-floor room where he was under siege. A 38-year-old housekeeper was found uninjured after having locked herself in the bathroom. The police apparently decided to make their move after Stewart threatened to fire a pistol at planes landing at the airport. A few hours after the incident, as the police were driving Stewart away, reporters asked him why he had done it. “To get the word out ,” he shouted back, flashing a smile.
The incident began at 9:15 on the morning of September 22nd, when Stewart walked into a vacant room at the Hyatt, taking the cleaning lady, Paula Madera, by surprise. Madera immediately ran into the bathroom and locked herself in, figuring rightly that Stewart was some kind of crazy. It was at this point the Rainbow Man decided to light two small fires, which attracted attention to himself.
In short order, LA Police Department ordered up the SWAT Team, bomb squad and several fire engines to deal with the situation. While all this commotion was going on outside, Stewart was posting biblical placards in his hotel room window so they could be read from the ground below. One was an apocalyptic verse from the New Testament referring to the passage: “The heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat.”
At 5:45 PM–when Stewart threatened to harm his hostage and start taking pot shots at jetliners as they passed near the hotel–the police decided to act. Shortly after, the SWAT team stormed the room, using flash-bang grenades to disorient Stewart. At the scene police found Stewart’s infamous blue, red, yellow, green, purple and pink Afro wig, along with a high caliber pistol, various incendiary devices, three day’s worth of food, as well as Bibles, religious tracts and poetry.
According to another LA Times article, Stewart’s motive for taking a hostage was so he could alert the world that Armageddon was nigh at hand.
“He thinks the second coming of Christ is on the way, and he wants to spread the word,” said LA Police Detective Tom King. “I don’t consider him to be a nut. I consider him to be a religious zealot.”
Charles R. Taylor, the baptist minister whose TV show Today in Bible Prophecy inspired Rollen’s religious conversion, echoed Officer King’s sentiments. “He’s not dangerous, he won’t hurt anyone.” Taylor, who went to the hotel during the hostage drama in an unsuccessful attempt to persuade Rollen to surrender, described him as “a little on the fanatical side. He meant well, but he took the wrong approach.”
Others, though, felt Stewart posed a genuine threat. “This is not Bozo the Clown,” said LA District Attorney David P. Conn. “He is a sick and dangerous man.”
Talking to People magazine, Stewart seemed unworried that some considered him dangerous. “I was asked by the psychiatrists here if I hear voices,” said Rollen during an interview conducted in prison. “I answered, ‘No, I’m not hearing voices. But I’ve been hearing the voice of God for years.”
On July 13th, 1993, “Rockin’” Rollen Stewart was sentenced to three terms of life imprisonment for his role in the hostage drama. This might seem extreme when one takes into account that Rollen Stewart never hurt a flea, but many felt he had the capacity to go further. LA’s deputy district attorney Sally Lipscomb described him as “a David Koresh waiting to happen. He has the same beliefs and he stands by them so strongly he’s willing to die or kill for them.”
During sentencing in the LA Superior courtroom, pandemonium erupted, as Stewart began a rambling end o’ the world rant, conducted at top volume. Upon being wrestled to the floor by deputies, he shouted: “Forgive them, Lord, for they know not what they’re doing!” While that was going on, the maid who had been trapped in the hotel room by Rockin’ Rollen, wept in the rear of the courtroom.
In February 1994 Stewart was sentenced to an additional five years for his Orange County stink bomb escapades.
“This man would not let any crime get in the way of getting his message out,” said deputy district Attorney M. Marc Kelly. “We felt he deserved to be punished and the public of Orange County deserved to have him put away for as long as possible.” Municipal Court Judge Elva Soper described Rollen as a “danger to the community.”
That this danger might have been real was brought to light by the Los Angeles Times, which reported in September 1992 that Stewart had contemplated killing President George Bush and took steps toward assassinating then Presidential candidate Bill Clinton. According to District Attorney David Conn, Stewart bought a .45 caliber handgun at the time of Clinton’s campaign visit to LA, then went to the Boneventure, where Clinton was staying, to shoot him. He aborted his plan when he became aware of the heavy security surrounding Clinton. At around the same time he was also spotted at a speech given by the Arkansas governor.
Stewart’s word spread, despite his position on the fringes of society. Though many saw Stewart as a lone-nut evangelist, he was actually part of a small and close knit group of “televangelists” whose “television ministries” were funded by a vast network of Christians sympathetic to their message of the imminent second coming of Christ. This network enabled Stewart to generate the money necessary to finance his activities, and to send his helpers to sporting events. One of Stewart’s evangelical allies, Doug Hill, told the Arizona Republic in January 1992, “To the best of my knowledge, there are only seven of us. With as many games as we’re on, most people think it’s a hundred people.”
Doug Hill first saw the master of the medium–the ubiquitous Rollen Stewart–at a football game in the mid-80’s, and thought to himself, “Wow, I could do that, too!” So Hill made himself up a John 3:16 placard, bought a rainbow-fro, and then followed faithfully the footsteps of his inspiration across the TV screens of America, waving his religious signs much to the dismay of TV sport producers.
Whether the number of copycat followers of Stewart was actually two, seven, or a hundred, it gives one cause to ponder the effect of charismatic characters such as “The Rainbow Man”, and their ability to attract followers together in a common cause, fueled by an intense belief that Armageddon is on the horizon, and that drastic action must be taken to spread word of The End Times.
In the final analysis, I believe Rollen Stewart became disillusioned with not only his fleeting fame in the late 80s, as more and more TV directors became wise to his ploys and were able to limit his on-screen antics; but also with the growing realization that his message was not being taken seriously. Perhaps this is why he decided to up the ante and secure his rightful place in martyrdom with the likes Jim Jones and Dave Koresh, albeit on a smaller, less bloodier scale, than his two charismatic counterparts.