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.