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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