Part 2: The
What I Saw After I Waited
1. "I will make the land of Egypt utterly waste and
desolate from the tower of Syrene even unto the border of Ethiopia. No
foot of man shall pass through it, nor foot of beast shall pass through
it, neither shall it be inhabited 40 years." Ezekiel 29: 10-11. Less
ostentatiously, Ezekiel also prophesied Tyre would be taken by
Nebuchadnezzar and trodden down by horses and chariots, never to be
rebuilt. Nebuchadnezzar never destroyed Tyre and the city flourished
for centuries. St. Jerome of the fourth century professed astonishment
at Ezekiel's prophecy failing so utterly.
2. Doxographic sources ascribe to the early Pythagoreans, among them
the cosmographer Philolaus, belief in the moon being inhabited all over
by big, beautiful animals and plants. "The animals in their virtue and
energy are fifteen degrees superior to ours (and) emit nothing
excrementious." There was believed to be a danger of their destruction
by means of a weather catastrophe involving suffocation in the
glassified, cool water element of the moon-heaven. It is suspected this
cosmic catastrophe was being predicted to occur at the end of a world
period such as that found in Babylonian and Indian religions. Even
allowing an ambiguity of a few thousand years for expiration, this
prediction can be declared impossible by virtue of the failure of the
Greek system of teleological physics.
3. "What retribution thou dost destine for the two sides, O Wise One,
by thy bright fire and by molten metal, give a sign of it to souls, to
bring harm to the wicked, advantage to the just." Thus spoke
Zarathustra (628-551 B.C.) in the Persian text Yasna.
Zarathustra was hoping for the imminent transfiguration of the world,
the renewal of existence. Good was to totally triumph over evil by the
will of Ahura Mazda. Zarathustra's proclamation of imminent eschaton
was among the first to depart from the cosmic cycles predominant in
preceding religions. Zarathustra has been considered a contactee in Oahspe.
4. Roman writers such a Pliny, Lydus, and Obsequens
spoke of flying shields and their aerial kin as portents of future
evils and worldly disorders. Joannes Lydus treats UFOs in prophetic
terms in De Ostentis. When they moved east to west it was said
to foretell "a future movement of the hated Parthians." North to south
movements signaled thunderstorms.
5. Deferring to that faction of UFO study that advocates the contactee
status of Jesus, we enter him because some theologians, especially
those following the studies of Albert Schweitzer, feel his prophecy
that the Kingdom was "at hand" was central to his ministry. Matthew
10:7. Its subsequent failure prompted some interesting hedging by his
6. April 14, 1561. The Nuremberg Broadsheet illustrates a "dreadful
apparition" of crosses and rods and globes fighting vehemently among
themselves in the morning sky till they fell from the sun down upon the
earth where they burned and wasted away with immense smoke. Its author
warns against ridiculing these high signs or "God may send us a
frightful punishment on account of our ungratefulness." By this
reasoning, "the God-fearing will by no means discard these signs, but
will take it to heart as a warning of their merciful Father in heaven,
will mend their lives and faithfully beg God, that he avert His wrath,
including the well-deserved punishment, on us, so that we may,
temporarily here and perpetually there, live as His children." The
Nuremberg apparition would have been more timely had it preceded that
century's violence rather than follow it.
7. Emanuel Swedenborg was strongly driven by a millenarian impulse that
held the Christian Church was due to be overthrown. He taught that the
Flood ended the Most Ancient Church and the Crucifixion ended the
Ancient Representative Church. The third judgment, prophesied by Christ
and foretold in Revelations, would usher in a new age. The many evils
of his age he catalogued in his Spiritual Diary served to
confirm to him his expectation of Apocalypse. Swedenborg felt The Last
Judgment occurred in 1757 in the world of man's spirit, but the state
of the mundane world admittedly had not changed outwardly. Swedenborg
has been credited with more material prophecies such as the Stockholm
fire of 1759, but these accounts are not first-hand and have debatable
8. November 17, 1896. One of the first sightings of the Airship Mystery
includes a comment by the operator of an airship that almost hits a
tower on a brewery. "We will get to San Francisco about half-past 12,"
was what R.L. Lowery overheard. If they got there, nobody noticed.
Sacramento district attorney, Frank D. Ryan, surmised the signs and
wonders meant the advent of the millennium. A letter to the Stockton
Evening Mail a couple days later theorized whimsically, "It is
probable that in a short time (the Martian Lord Commissioner's)
ambassador will make a call on the President," but it was waiting for
McKinley to take charge of things.
9. April 9, 1897. An encounter between James Southard and the occupants
of an airship in Nebraska reveals an intention to destroy the Spanish
Navy within the week.
10. A.C. Clinton, alleging to be an airship inventor, promises to
appear before the directors of the Omaha Trans-Mississippi Exhibition
on April 17, 1897 and demonstrate his craft. Similarly, guys descended
from the ten lost tribes of Israel in the North Pole area claimed they
would appear at the Nashville Exposition on June 18 and 19. This was
according to Judge Love and his fishing partner, Mr. Beatty of
Waxachiw, Texas. Neither airship exhibited themselves.
11. The prophecy received from the Virgin at Fatima contained an
assurance World War 1 would end that very day, October 13, 1917. Some
accounts misreport the prophecy as being about Communism.
12. Eros Urides, a Martian communicating through a medium in 1920,
predicted a great awakening for the earth and promised communication
with Mars and other planets would be "realized in a short time."
13. During the mediumship of George Valiantine a prophecy came through
that the Martians would get through to us before we got through to
them. They were saying, in the 20s, this would happen before long and,
incidentally, they were already trying to communicate with us.
14. Kenneth Arnold, after his sighting, received media attention and
got a call from a Texas preacher who was getting his flock ready for
the end of the world because the saucers were harbingers of doomsday.
15. Reverend Lester Carlson, pastor of a La Grande, Oregon tabernacle,
was witness to a flying saucer on June 27, 1947 and was led to predict
the end of the world also.
16. M.F.S. Hehr, who was in contact with Venus, reports saucers were
manned by Atlanteans in training "for the salvage work necessary in
1960." Persons and material must be collected for the restart of
17. The national commander-in-chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars,
Louis E. Starr, of Portland, Oregon, revealed on July 5, 1947 he was
momentarily expecting word from Washington which would "help explain
the discs." A telegram concerning the "fleets of flying saucers" was
due 3 p.m. EST, but it apparently never arrived.
18. "Saucers were all a part of a prophecy - one of the things man was
to see and not understand," explained an elderly Negro man to Louisiana
governor Jimmie H. Davis. "The time was not distant when the world
would know no seasons - winter will come in summer, spring in fall, and
fall in spring - men will walk before they crawl, cotton will open
before it blooms, the watermelon will come before the vine. The
governor commented, "The watermelon thing I gotta see."
19. Speaking of the saucer craze in July 1947, Orson Welles said, "I'll
bet ten to one this will fizzle out." Newsweek also assigns
them a premature burial with an item titled "Broken Saucers." It
lamented, "As quickly as they had arrived, the saucers disappeared into
the limbo of all good hot weather stories."
20. Donald Keyhoe, in his historically important article for True
magazine in January 1950 intimated we might get a surprise revelation
like contact by spacemen in 1950. Keyhoe also noted that since saucers
showed peak activity in July 1947 and July 1948, we could expect it to
peak again in July 1950. (No. It peaked in March that year.)
21. March 9, 1950. Mexico's government newspaper El Nacional
quoted a Mexican scientist as saying his claim that flying saucers
carry visitors from Mars would be confirmed in the near future.
22. "The official explanation may be imminent." --Donald Keyhoe, 1950,
in his book The Flying Saucers are Real.
23. Mr. Silas Newton, infamous from the Scully hoax,
prognosticated that saucers soon would land on the Earth, because they
had nearly completed their survey. The date might be winter 1950, or at
least by the fall of 1951.
24. Is Another World Watching? was Gerald Heard's question
titling one of the first books to appear on the saucer mystery. Heard
speculated Martians were concerned our A-bombs might blast Earth into a
cloud of dust which would yield a nuclear winter on their world.
Inversely, they might also be concerned the bombs would accelerate
sunspot growth such that an X-ray summer would follow or even, physics
forbid, a nova.
25. In February 1951 Keyhoe predicted an upswing in UFO activity for
the spring of 1951 due to scheduled atom bomb tests near Las Vegas,
26. Lonzo Dove, Chief Astronomer of the IFSB, advanced one of the
droller claims of having made a successful prediction. Dove was
floating a Martian launch theory derived from prior saucer sighting
dates and charted a 1952 arrival date for the space armada between
April 14 and 16. On the 16th, Dove felt he had been vindicated when he
photographed "a huge cloud 30 miles in diameter and 15 miles up in the
sky, a double track a mile wide." He found added significance in the
simultaneous appearance of an "equally abnormal double cloud" hanging
some 60 to 90 miles over a region of Mars.
27. Walter Winchell, the columnist, announced on June 30, 1952 that
"Scientist at Palomar Observatory, California are supposed to have seen
a 'space ship' land in the Mojave Desert, in May last. Four persons
stepped out, took one look, and went off again. The U.S. Army may
officially announce it in the fall." (No.)
28. "Within the next few days, they're going to blow up and you're
going to have the granddaddy of all UFO sightings. The sighting will
occur in Washington or New York - probably Washington." A few days
later the great Washington National flap began. The timing is indeed
uncanny and it has the impressive distinction of having been made to
the head of Project Blue Book. The scientist based this on a buildup of
UFO cases then happening on the East Coast. The scientist was unnamed
however because of security reasons. Nobody gets credit. Funny how that
29. Writing for Look magazine in 1952, Donald Menzel put
forward his mirage explanation for certain UFO sightings and concluded
triumphantly, "I believe these experiments will eventually cause the
saucer scare to vanish - most appropriately into thin air, the region
that gave birth to it." A less sanguine colleague, Urner Liddel, penned
remarks for the Optical Society of America that proved better grounded.
"I have no delusions that all 'explanations' which may be given will
stop the flood of saucer stories. They are but facets of this stage of
history. People believe what they want to believe - not necessarily
what is true."
30. Readers responding to a major article in Life magazine in
the summer of 1952 gave editors the impression that they were resigned
to visitations from space and they expected a landing momentarily.
31. In January 1953, Edgar L. Plunkett predicted we were on the verge
of a breathtaking discovery with respect to saucers.
32. Between January 14-18, 1953 the Robertson Panel predicted UFO
sightings would "increase again this summer." (No.)
33. In April 1953, Albert K. Bender editorializes on natural disasters
he sees wreaking havoc and predicts a pole shift may be due in 1953.
34. In July 1953 Edgar R. Jarrold, President of Australian Flying
Saucer Bureau suggested saucers occur in two-year cycles and might be
connected to Mars in some way. Because Mars would be even closer in
future oppositions, he said we should anticipate greater number of
sightings in 1954 (No) and 1956 (No). The years 1953 and 1955 should be
fairly light ones. (Yes & Yes) In fairness, 1954 saw a heavy flap
in France, but not here.
35. Max B. Miller of Flying Saucers International interpreted
Nostradamus as predicting for 1953 "A third world war will come to the
world. A great ship from another world of higher intelligence shall
land and intervene."
36. Donald Keyhoe hoped his book Flying Saucers from Outer Space would
prepare Americans for the "final act of the saucer drama." He termed
1954 a "possibly fateful year" in which Russians could stage a mass
A-bomb attack by paralyzing defense efforts with rumors that alien
machines were actually secret Red weapons.
37. E.R. Chamberlin, in his study AntiChrist and the Millennium singles
out the first contactee work, George Hunt Williamson's The Saucers
Speak, as a technological dispensation of the millennial impulse.
Telepathic communications with Saturn's tribunal established "A new
Golden Age is about to be ready to be born on the earth." It was
understood that a fleet of Martian spacecraft would arrive in 1956.
Chamberlin observes, "In the 1963 edition of the book, the author
speculated that the fleet may, in fact, have arrived as promised - but
in secret, a curious echo of Charles Russell's belief that Christ
arrived in 1874 - invisibly."
38. The Yada proclaimed in 1953 that the discs portend the expansion of
the sun into a supernova, the heating and crystallization of the
understrata of the earth under increasing cosmic radiation, and the
forming of hollows in the Earth.
39. Three Men-in-Black told Albert K. Bender in September 1953 that the
U.S. Government would reveal the secret of the UFOs in either 5 months
or 4 years. A 1976 prediction by Bender stating, "In 1977 something
spectacular will take place involving space" fared no better.
40. In 1953, a pair of miners reasoned that since flying discs had
appeared at Brush Creek, California on April 20, May 20, and June 20,
it might reappear on July 20. John Black's June encounter had been so
close he even saw the pilot - a little guy dressed in green trousers, a
tie, a jacket, and a green cap. "He looked like someone who had never
been out in the sun much." A crowd of over 200 people assembled in
anticipation. It included cameramen from United Press Movietone and
Telenews Corporation and a pair of telepaths. Someone attributed the
no-show to bow-hunters being present.
41. Orfeo Angelucci's alien friends were right about one thing: "There
would be no mass contacts." Promises that their next campaign would be
"more revealing than the one of 1952" seem less on target. Intelligence
about atomic warfare with Russia being imminent, success over cancer
arising, and Christ's reappearing soon can be deemed disinformation.
There are a great many other predictions offered up in Angelucci's Million
Year Prophecy. Those that have already expired include a Grand
Committee of the world's finest humans coming into full flower by 1984,
an exodus from an economically bust California in 1984, a subsequent
turnaround for California by '75, George Wallace's Third Party becoming
a might force by '72, the disproof of evolution in '69 leading to its
complete discrediting by 1999, and lastly, the mystery of life and the
mystery of Sleep being known by 1980.
42. July 28, 1954. Affa of Uranus passes along a message through
contactee Francis Swan indicating, "This earth is really going to end
as stated in the Holy Bible around 1956."
43. In October 1954, James Moseley announced "The Flying Saucer Mystery
- Solved." He had in his possession irrefutable documented evidence
from a high official source solving the saucer saga. He promised it
would "be presented in full in the November issue" of his publication Saucer
News. In the next issue however he apologized and revealed only he
was not permitted to publish the information and would not elaborate
why. Eventually it did appear. In the June-July 1956 issue the solution
was finally unveiled. Saucers were built by the "The Organization" - a
super-secret group entirely separate from the U.S. Government. Their
mission: "absorbing excess radioactivity in our atmosphere."
44. Easily the best account of a failed prediction concerns the saga of
Dr. Charles A Laughead and Mrs. Dorothy Martin that was chronicled in
the famed sociological study When Prophecy Failed. It tells of
the reception of a prophecy from Sananda of the planet Clarion. Chicago
would be flooded at dawn on December 21, 1954. A great tilting of the
American continent would follow it. Other continents would variously
submerge or rise up. A group of believers in these teachings were to be
picked up some time before the cataclysm. Phone calls from a Captain
Video informed them the pickup time would be 4 P.M. on the 17th. These
and other predictions never came to pass. "The cataclysm was stayed by
the hand of the God of Earth." That excuse was a bit too pat for some
believers and they left. Others stayed and stepped up their
proselytizing efforts. Not one new convert was made however and
circumstances caused a dispersal of the band of disciples. While the
sociologists were correct in predicting increased proselytizing, their
expressing a faith that the group would have grown under the publicity
they received had not circumstances intervened, hints that the absence
of converts ran counter to their expectations.
45. By his own account, Aime Michel, in the spring of 1954, correctly
predicted a wave would occur at the end of that summer. He then
predicted a new wave would occur in eastern Europe or the Middle East
near the end of 1956. (No)
46. George Adamski's aliens suggested they were foretold by ancient
prophecy as a sign of deliverance. His aliens acclaimed the approach of
a Cosmic Age for the Earth, but they also warned a drastic tilt of the
earth "could happen at any moment" and change the face of the planet.
They were concerned this would alter the lanes in which they travel
through space. In his final book, Adamski berates in no mealy terms the
landing prophecies and evacuation promises of "phoney" contactees and
attributes these "dubious" psychic messages to subconscious origins.
47. Aliens informed George van Tassel that the explosion of the
hydrogen bomb would "extinguish life on this planet." There was a
clarification after this failed to happen that only the detonation of a
"true" hydrogen bomb would do this. Bombs using deuterium and tritium
isotopes didn't count.
48. George Hunt Williamson, in Other Worlds - Other Flesh,
indicates an event his space friends call the "Great Telling" must be
getting close. On that day, millions of citizens would know "beyond the
shadow of a doubt" that aliens exist because every device capable of
receiving a message, from phones to radios, would be made to give their
announcement of intent. It was going to happen soon because weird
events in Canada proved they were running tests on earth equipment.
These events consisted of radios turning themselves on and off, phones
ringing with no one on the line, and automobile gauges that go wild -
except when at the garage for repairs.
49. Based on theories that saucers levitate through the action of
sound, Desmond Leslie predicted that with more jets crashing through
the sound barrier "soon an entire house will be raised and put down in
another site." After authorities investigate this, science would soon
be "well on the path to Adeptship in the dark arts."
50. Harold T. Wilkins wrote in August 1955, "We cannot for one moment
doubt that the artificial earth satellite to be launched within two
years - by the United States and/or Soviet Russia - will definitely
establish the existence of space ships in our atmosphere." Wilkins also
hints that a Martian "Death Ceiling" is meant to prevent future lunar
and interplanetary voyages by terrestrials.
51. August 30, 1955. David Ankenbrandt was given one week to deliver a
message to the government. "If there were any more wars here, 'they'
would have to take over." He did not deliver it, even after he received
a second visit emphasizing the matter. Blue Book found out anyway and,
as the kid feared, they dismissed him as a head case.
52. December 25, 1955. "The next war, if fought, will be on American
soil. America will be destroyed, then civilization all over the world
will be destroyed," according to Bucky of Venus.
53. If free will does not prove our undoing, mankind will culminate his
evolution by attaining the age of light and life wherein mortals will
experience final fusion with divine Adjusters. This will take place in
the safety of Morontia temples that can withstand the blazing glory
that consumes and obliterates the physical body. Afterwards, evolution
will proceed unto yet higher levels till the superuniverses settle into
light and life and the totality of the grand universe will be perfected
and its finite destiny fulfilled in the achievements of life, harmony,
beauty, truth, and goodness. A Mighty Messenger temporarily assigned to
Earth's Archangel Council says that after this most profound occurrence
in the annals of eternity "There are those who hold the Supreme Being
himself will emerge from the Havona mystery enshrouding his spirit
person and will become residential on the headquarters of the seventh
superuniverse as the almighty and experiential sovereign of the
perfected creation of time and space." The timescale implied by the Urantia
Book presumably forbids calling this a miss in our lifetime or in
billions of years, but every consumer knows if it sounds too good to be
true, it probably is.
54. Truman Bethurum jotted down some impressions he received during his
visits with the people of Clarion. These include the absence of atomic
wars, a return to the soil via small farms and country estates, and the
disappearance of class with equality for all. These are arguably
correct in a small, measured degree, but there were other predictions
much farther off the mark. Political partisanship was to disappear but
did not. The third new President was to be female but was not.
Battleships andbombers were not obsolete by 1980. Nations were not
eager to settle their differences by 1961.
Building for destruction multiplied horribly rather than ceased in the
decades after Bethurum's contact. Space travel was to proceed after the
elimination of greed, class, and race hatred. Lastly, and tragically,
Bethurum was wrong in predicting the five-year-olds of 1955 would not
have to carry guns into battle when they grew up. Vietnam happened.
55. "I wouldn't want to hazard a guess as to what the final outcome of
the UFO investigation will be, but I am sure that within a few years
there will be a proven answer." When Edward J. Ruppelt of Project Blue
Book began, he was still divided over whether that answer would be the
ETH or the "It's All Nonsense" theory. Eventually he entered the latter
camp and warned that until we actually meet up with spacefolk, "we're
stuck with our Space Age Myth - the UFO." He also predicted "Project
Blue Book will live on." Blue Book is no longer with us though, in
fairness, it did survive over a decade after Ruppelt wrote that.
Whether there was a proven answer depends on whom you talk to.
56. Gray Barker, in They Knew Too Much about Flying Saucers,
included Hugh Brown's theory that cosmic ray bombardment directed at
the North Pole was melting the polar ice cap that might yield a
57. Waveney Girvan predicted reports would continue, maybe increase,
and yield more believers (Yes) In time it will turn into a landslide
(Yes). A stream of books or, less likely, a landing in Hyde Park may
gradually sway timorous scientists. They won't affect our behavior
(Yes). They may bring a revolution in our transportation (No).
58. Rolf Telano, engineer or whatever, predicted on January 23, 1956
that "some great catastrophe is likely to take place very soon." The
magnitude and nearness are uncertain, but there would be relatively
severe loss of life and property. It would manifest as a series of
natural calamities like earthquakes and floods caused by ethereal
stresses generated by atomic experiments and certain mental attitudes.
59. In Morris K. Jessup's ufological study of the bible, a large
section is devoted to a reinterpretation of the 13th chapter of Mark.
To Jessup it prophesied the coming of a shining powerful Mothership
that will rescue the remnants of those who survive a cataclysm that
might be either a pole shift, a meteor bombardment, or atomic
holocaust. They would live for a time after this event in celestial
regions. Jessup finds signs of the endtime in contemporary
thermonuclear devastation by assigning its identity to the earthquakes
in divers places mentioned by Mark. Developing a line of logic
presuming Christ's prescience, Jessup figures "if we have a margin of
about a generation in which to anticipate destruction, then we can say
roughly that something should be expected within a thirty year period
starting sometime during the postwar decade. Should we say then,
between 1950 and 1980?"
60. June 16, 1956. Jaoa de Freitas Guimares is taken on a brief hop
through space chauffeured by two tall aliens. They arranged to meet
again on August 12, 1957. The appointment was not kept.
61. "Will they perform cruel experiments with us, to see what makes us
tick? ...This may sound frightening, terrifying, and unbelievable, but
it may be part of your Incredible Future." Criswell, New York
Enquirer, October 22, 1956. Did Criswell foresee the abduction
phenomenon? That's wild!
62. In the waning years of his life, Wilhelm Reich believed he was
involved in a war being waged from outer space with deadly orgone
energy. The environment was drying and dying and he declared seeing far
and wide a DOR emergency. "Complete destruction of the globe of mother
earth looms on the horizon of the future."
63. In the May/June 1957 Flying Saucer Review someone expresses
the opinion there is credence in the possibility "that authorities may
shortly announce that saucers exist and that they consider them
64. August 20, 1957. A lone sentry tried to draw on a disc but the gun
stuck in his holster. A voice reveals they are concerned over man's use
of atomic energy and would establish contact shortly.
65. "This is the year that the American people shall begin to
thoroughly understand these Ophanim, or flying saucers, as the world
would like to call them." - H.R.H. Mystikita Fa Sennta, High Priestess
of the Helien Temple, 1957.
66. Dino Kraspedon's alien contacts from Ganymede and Io revealed plans
to study the effects of a monstrous celestial body that would soon
become visible and catastrophically join our solar system towards the
end of the century. Survivors would peacefully set up a new millennium
under the light of two suns.
67. The first contact account after Sputnik was turned in by Reinhold
O. Schmidt; the infamous contactee who would eventually be convicted of
fraud in association with the promotion of quartz that saturnians
claimed had healing properties. In the first meeting with Schmidt they
spoke of planned satellite launches and warned "the first two will
never leave the ground and the third will go up, but won't send back
much data." Schmidt, writing in 1959, claimed this prophecy was proved.
The nation will never forget the embarrassment of the Vanguard TV-3
blowing up on the launch pad on December 6, 1957. The second launch on
January 31, 1958 however successfully put into orbit Explorer 1. It
lived longer than later Explorer satellites and is not regarded as a
disappointment by history. The third launch, TV-3B, flew 57 seconds
before breaking up. What is curious about this affair is why Schmidt
did not phony up his tale to be more historically accurate.
68. "Do you want to see a flying saucer?" the unusual stranger asked
John Whitworth in his shop in Bedfordshire, England. John was game and
drove to an isolated spot he was directed to. He was not disappointed.
A year goes by and the unusual guy turns up again. This time Whitworth
gets a convoy of pressmen to come with him to the spot on December 2,
1957. Nothing. An anonymous call explains he should not have brought a
69. August 3, 1958. Necoma of Jupiter warns Americans by ham radio that
they must stop hydrogen and atom bomb tests because they will
eventually cause the entire solar system to blow up.
70. A warning of imminent attack by Venusians was relayed to UFO groups
and VIPs around the world. All nuclear weapons and atomic energy plants
would be destroyed. A world republic would be set up. For money you get
a position in the new government. Karl Mekis, Venus Security Commissar
and ex-Gestapo agent amassed $300,000 selling survival kits and graft.
Postponements were issued and Mekis ended up serving time on 17 counts
71. A little group at Point Reyes Station, California headed by an
amusing, yet frightening dark-haired female believed extraterrestrials
would transform their Inverness meetinghouse into a flying saucer when
the world ended on April 22, 1959. The group inspired Phil Dick to
write his novel Confessions of a Crap Artist.
72. Richard Hall disclosed a scientific evaluation of
UFO flaps suggested that UFOs came from Venus. Expect a flap in June
73. Margit Mustapa did some dictation for a Venusian Brother around
1958 that revealed the Earth was "destined to become a sacred planet."
The process would take some decades and would involve elimination of
the self-pride of mankind. Thought reading would have to become common
as well. One prediction now testable was that the children of her time
would become representatives of a "new race" that would bring in a
culture founded on fourth-dimensional thinking. To the extent this was
connected with the inner man and his growth, it was arguably a correct
prediction. To the extent these new age individuals should have felt
increased spiritual speed and velocity in a vortex of radioactive love
calling from the planet Venus, it appears certainly wrong. A later
prediction that Mustapa relayed from Saint Germane also seems wrong:
"An immediate release from the evil powers will be introduced during
the Xmas time of 1959."
74. The world-famous psychologist Carl Jung wrote his book Flying
Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Sky as a warning that
UFOs signaled the end of the Age of Pisces, i.e. the era of
Christianity, and the changing of the "gods" attendant with a
long-lasting transformation of the collective psyche that would lead to
the Age of Aquarius. Well there was the Sixties radicalism and the
death of god theology fad, but they were short-lived and Christianity
seems firmly entrenched in American society now even as UFO belief
continues as strong as ever.
75. Ray Stanford falls unconscious and a voice speaks through him.
"Have your cameras ready: we are going to give you an opportunity in
broad daylight to film extraterrestrial craft in the skies over Corpus
Christi within eight days." Six days later, two cameras run by Stanford
and a friend do manage to capture an image of an UFO or UFOs that they
sight from Corpus Christi on the afternoon of July 29, 1959. The image
on the films however lacks any identifiable structure because the UFO
is too far away. Some opportunity. Next time, don't call us, we'll call
76. In an emergency transmission from Master Aetheius to the Space
Scientists of Earth, we were warned our behavior was being closely
watched. "Throw a bomb in to the Serene Face of the Moon, Earth, and
you, will die!" Ranger flights and Apollo boosters have been
deliberately crashed into the Moon without apparent retaliation. More
benevolently, they acclaimed, "The time when a great beam of
Understanding and Transmuting Light, which will be thrown deep into the
foul, black, cancerous growth (of great conspirators from the centre of
the Earth) is shortly due to come."
77. Dr. George Marlo had his secretary Ottmar Kaub send invitations to
Jack Benny, Jack Paar, Arthur Godfrey, Art Linkletter, Long John Nebel,
Gray Barker, and Ray Palmer for an all-star excursion in an alien
vessel sometime in early 1960. The trip was later rescheduled and
78. Beings from a pure crystal Venus reveal to Ralph Lael in 1962 that
man is on the verge of splitting the electron. Correct!
Electron-positron annihilation is now a common research tool in nuclear
physics. Lael spoiled the feat however by adding "When he completes the
process he could start a chain reaction that will blow up the whole
planet." Venusians said it happened once before when mankind used
superweapons while on Pewam.
79. Richard Ogden passed along some predictions he received in mental
communication with a scientist on Neptune. One includes the information
the President would die in the first term. The President would be
either Stevenson or Nixon. When Kennedy received the nomination, Ogden
revised this to involve Kennedy. This becomes almost interesting, but
is diluted further by the failure of his other predictions like the
beginning of World War 3 in West Germany in 1966.
80. Using the theory that Martians time their arrivals with respect to
the oppositions of Mars, Harry Lord of the Tynesdale UFO Society
predicted flaps would occur in late '62/early '63 (No), early '65 (No),
late '67 (Yes), late '69 (Way No!), and a large peak in late '72 (No).
This looks worse than chance expectation.
81. Andy Sinatra, the Mystic barber of Brooklyn, revealed during a
February 4, 1962 demonstration that if the Peoples of the World would
not unite within 90 days "terrible destructive forces" would be
released and probably lead to the toppling of the U.N. Building by his
invisible army of Martians.
82. Daniel Fry's aliens indicated it would be at least 4 years before
they adapted to our environment, but they added a loophole that
existing political tensions would have to be eased before they made a
mass landing. Fry to have correctly predicted the youth revolt of the
sixties, but his Curve of Development mistakenly had the high school
students of 1963 standing on the surfaces of Mars and Venus before they
83. Gary Wilcox, a dairy farmer in Newark Valley, New York encountered
two UFO beings on April 24, 1964 who mentioned that astronauts Glenn
and Grissom would die of exposure in space within one year. Quite
wrong, but John Keel adds an annotation that Yuri Gagarin died exactly
3 years later on the date of the encounter. Grissom died in the Apollo
launch pad fire of 1967. John Glenn remains alive as I write in 1998
with word he would fly on a Space Shuttle mission.
84. February 21, 1965. The Toba tribe of Argentina/Paraguay's Frontier
at Chalas performed a sun-worshipping ceremony for halo-enveloped
entities. A voice tells them not to fear. The Space People would soon
reveal themselves to Earthmen and bring peace to the world.
85. July 21, 1965. Felipe Martinez was told by a little Martian they
would soon reveal themselves to people everywhere and they return for
him and his family on December 3, 1965 before burning up our planet for
not accepting their existence. The story purportedly started a large
wave of reports that 'They' would invade Earth on that date.
86. Two parties of students from Mexico City were taken to a space
station in August 1965. The extraterrestrials told them they would make
a mass landing in October 1965 and make a peaceful conquest to teach
man how to use the power of creative thought effectively.
87. Raymond Fowler tells an amusing anecdote associated with the Exeter
incidents. People had been gathering for UFO watching at an UFO site
and an officer of the military finally decided to put this folly to
rest by proving to them that they were simply watching reflections of
light from Pease AFB. He joined the crowd and radioed the base to turn
the lights on. After a brief wait, he repeated the order. The base
informed him the lights were on. Oooops. Fetridge's Law
88. "I think our solar system is drifting through space on a collision
course with a large body of matter, mostly hydrogen, in a very rarified
state. I estimate this mass to be about 330 times that of our sun and
about 150,000 times the diameter of our solar system. Within this
embryonic star there is bound to be quite a collection of cosmic
debris; and if we are due to pass through the middle of it we shall be
in for a pretty tough time...increased solar activity...increase in
temperature...earthquakes...general change in topography" --Anthony
89. Arthur Shuttlewood indicates that prophecies about the end of the
world are being reexamined and reinterpreted and the day of revelation
may come between April 1966 and the end of 1967.
90. Frank Edwards, author of the popular Flying Saucers-Serious
Business, wrote in 1966 "the Overt Landing or deliberate contact
cannot be far away. If we have indeed gone through 6 phases in 19 years
- then the final phase would seem to be due in the next 2 or 3 years -
or it could come tomorrow..." In his 1967 sequel Flying
Saucers-Here and Now he intimated "ultimate contact with the UFOs
is possibly imminent - or probably imminent" and suggested that
astronaut transmissions are tape-delayed because "it would make good
sense for the UFOs to contact our astronauts in orbit."
91. Coral E. Lorenzen warned in the 1966 book Flying Saucers-The
Startling Evidence of the Invasion from Outer Space, "The UFO
problem embodies an urgency which defies expression. Certainly
procrastination is no solution. To leave matters as they are would
indicate we are anxious to relearn the bitter lessons of history: Billy
Mitchell - Maginot - Pearl Harbor - and so on." In the sequel there is
a slightly less ominous prediction: "If UFO events continue as they
have in the past year, it should be evident before the end of 1968 just
what the UFOs are."
92. In his Project B 1966, John Keel was also emboldened by the heady
atmosphere of the flap then ongoing to write how "altogether these
thousand of reports mount up to an alarming picture. Perhaps they
indicate that the UFOs are now engaged in a massive final stage of
operations." Next year, he also wrote, "The final solution, however,
will never come from the Air Force or the government but will be
delivered by the UFOs themselves. That day may not be far off."
93. James McDonald predicted the UFO issue "is soon going to blow wide
open" to Jim Hughes in 1966. McDonald was even gathering references for
a post-breakthrough nose-thumbing of exobiologists who had slighted the
UFO problem. T.H. Hoult, head of sociology at Phoenix, predicted
McDonald's interest in UFOs, and the saucer craze itself, would soon
wane and McDonald would wonder why he ever became involved.
94. "I think that 1967 may well be a vital year in respect of the UFO
enigma." Dr. John Cleary-Baker.
95. Case 19 - The Condon Report: "A project investigator was at the
site of a predicted UFO landing. The UFO landing did not occur." Condon
took a fancy to this one guy's claim that he was in telepathic
communication with extraterrestrials and decided to play out the
invitation in the best scientific tradition. He claimed 'they' would
land in Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats at 11 a.m. on April 15, 1967.
Condon dispatched committee member Wadsworth along with several
patrolmen and a brass band to the scene and had them wait for the
arrival. To insure 'they' had not confused Mountain and Pacific Time
Zones, the group even waited an extra hour. It rained at Noon. They
left 12:30. We thank Condon for this replication, as should all good
96. In the spring of 1967, a communication from planet Ummo indicated
an Ummite spaceship would land at a place outside Madrid, Spain, pick
up some of their contacts, and take them to their planet. Witnesses are
said to have seen an UFO and photographed it at the predicted time. The
photos however were hoaxed and the alleged many witnesses were
anonymous or untraceable. In the Nineties, the whole Ummo affair was
confessed to be a hoax.
97. An entity named Karne contacted Arthur Shuttlewood and predicted
that trouble would soon erupt in the Middle East. Some would mistake
this as a sign of World war 3, which it would prove not to be. War
between the Arabs and the Jews broke out a few days later, in June
1967. Another prediction, cast-iron, was that there would aerial
manifestations in late October to make disbelievers sit up and take
notice. That they did. They ridiculed the sighting of flying crosses at
the end of that month. Karne also warned Shuttlewood not to buy into a
prophecy being made by Interplanetary Masters that the first minute of
of the first hour of Christmas 1967 would be of momentous importance to
our planet. Rumor said it would be the Second Coming. Karne announced,
"Christ, the Alpha and Omega of our Solar system, will arrive not later
than 1975 and possibly before the end of 1972." Shuttlewood concluded,
"By the end of 1974, at latest, my humble guess is that many amazing
things will come to pass."
In a sequel, Shuttlewood meets two Visitors, Joab and Micah, who
prophesy a spiritual war of Purification which would be signaled by the
Sun rising with a grey halo. This would bring about the Complete
destruction of the earth or usher in a New Age. Other events at
Warminster cause Shuttlewood to speculate the Awakening would involve a
confusion of tongues (ala Tower of Babel) as normalized hydrogen
streams through a breach in the Van Allen belts and cause human to
squawk like Donald Duck. It would also cause blackouts, the befouling
of water, and the stilling of autos. An outflowing of Cosmic
consciousness during the adaptation to the new state of affairs would
make it all a vibrantly joyous event. The wake up call was scheduled
for 1974-5, but the broader impression he got was that "1971-1980 will
be a momentous decade for Man on Earth."
98. John Keel's extraordinary odyssey through the UFO phenomenon
climaxes in a series of prophecies related by contactees and
purportedly originating from an entity named Apol. The style and
atmosphere of Keel's books cannot be captured by mere iteration of the
events reported by him. One feels like a vandal trying to offer a
summary like the following chronology, but it would be a greater crime
not to include some sort of account of so important an example of this
May 1967: Silent contactees predict giant power failure.
June 5, 1967: A massive power failure occurs in the Northeast USA. Its
scope is less than the 1965 Blackout.
June 19: Apol predicts things will get more serious in the Middle East.
The Pope will go there on a peace mission and be knifed to death. Then,
the Anti-Christ will rise up out Israel. Apol adds the Vatican would
send food and aid to refugees.
June 21: Keel hears by way of another ufologist that a famous newsman
in the Midwest would soon die.
June 23: Frank Edwards, a newscaster and author of two flying saucer
books, dies of heart failure in Indiana.
June 28: The Vatican announces they are sending assistance to war
victims. Apol and others step up their warnings about the Pope. They
add a man in a black suit with a black knife would attack him in an
airport. More predictions warn of impending plane crashes and Robert
Kennedy being in grave danger.
Also in June: In the wake of '67 Blackout, there is a warning a yet
bigger power failure would happen. This would be followed by natural
catastrophes. New York City would slide into the Ocean on July 2.
Rumors spread and hardware stores sell out of candles and flashlights.
Keel, himself, stocks up on water.
July 2: Nothing.
July 20: The Vatican announces the Pope will visit Turkey. Contactees
date his assassination for the 26th. They add it would be preceded by
an earthquake and followed by three days of darkness.
July 22: A deadly earthquake hits Turkey.
July 25: The Pope lands in Istanbul.
July 26: The Pope leaves Istanbul. The visit is without incident. Keel
however does see UFOs on this date. Ha-ha-ha. Undaunted, Apol and
company predicts a new big event for December 15. They also predict the
dollar would be devalued (No), Red China would join the U.N. (Yes), and
Keel would move to a New York apartment on the ground floor. They also
foretell a terrible disaster on the Ohio River - people will die. They
imply a plant will blow up. With time, details of the December 15 event
fill in. Space people would time a countrywide blackout to happen the
moment Lyndon Johnson lit the White House Xmas tree. Considering this
the sort of thing those perverse aliens would do for yuks, Keel buys
into this prediction, albeit warily, and prepares for a blackout.
October: "Hopi and Navaho Indians will make headlines shortly before
December 16-26: There is a rescue effort to help Southwest Indian
reservations hit by a snowstorm. Among them are Navaho and Hopi.
December 15: LBJ throws the switch. Immediately comes news that a
bridge along the Ohio River has collapsed during rush hour. Keel had
crossed that bridge many times in the past. People died.
December 17: The Prime Minister of Australia goes for a swim in rough
surf and his body vanishes. This was predicted, says Keel.
December 18: An Air Force jet plows into a Tucson shopping center. Keel
indicates this was predicted the day before. (This is incorrectly dated
in his account as December 11.)
Undated: An unprecedented event is scheduled for December 24. A great
light will appear in the sky and then...
December 24, 1967: Nothing
June 6, 1968: Robert Kennedy assassinated.
November 27, 1970: A man dressed in black and wielding a kris, a black
knife, attacks the Pope in an airport. Not Istanbul: Manila
International Airport. Benjamin Mendoza AMR Flores, a surrealist
painter, was outfitted in a priest's cossack to do the deed. An art
critic commented that Flore's art was contrived, but betrayed no
madness. Those familiar with Keel's concept of reprogrammed humans
doing things in the name of the phenomenon may be puzzled to find
Flores had no voices in his head egging him on. His act was in
opposition to hypocrisy and superstition - an act of ideology. On
September 2 of that same year an individual who had been hearing voices
in his head did attack the Pope, but with stones.
Keel interprets all this as some sort of perverse game to lure people
in and then make them appear foolish when they have people's attention.
Acceptable, but one could alternatively interpret this pattern as a
working out of Fetridge's Law. It is always the most important events
that fail to live up to expectations.
99. Fourth grade students in Roosevelt, Utah are playing with a Ouija
board and are informed that a flying saucer would appear above
Roosevelt Hospital at 8 p.m. on February 23, 1967. On the scheduled
evening, the children of Clyde McDonald's family rush outside to keep
the appointment and run back inside. It's out there. The parents
confirm there is indeed a big orange ball of light in the southeast
over the hospital. It was the talk of the school the next day as many
of the other fourth grader saw it, too. Several other people are
documented as having seen the round light traveling in a south to north
direction over Roosevelt. An orange ball may not be a flying saucer,
but this still seems to be a impressive sounding success given the
multiple witness status, the specificity of the predicted time, and the
lack of an obvious source of misinterpretation (Hoax balloon?). As
Frank Salisbury point, "the really perplexing thing" is that the
prediction came from a bunch of kids playing with a Ouija board. "What
can a non-superstitious twentieth century scientist say about this?"
Perhaps it is precisely because no important person would ever take
such a prediction seriously that this particular prediction came to
100. In August 1967, an unnamed American researcher of note was
promised he would get the Nobel Prize in 1972 for a cure for cancer the
aliens would give him. He nearly suffered a nervous breakdown before he
wised up to the fact that this was not going to happen. He subsequently
dropped out of the field.
101. Knud Weiking, with friends, built a lead-lined bomb shelter
preparatory to a holocaust scheduled for December 24, 1967 by a space
entity named Ashtar.
102. "The growing UFO problem must be solved in 1968 or the explosive
situation of unidentified flying objects may easily get out of control
and reap a real disaster beyond all imagination," according to saucer
researcher George D. Fawcett.
103. In a pair of whimsical notes to Scientist magazine, Walter
F. Cannon offered this prediction: "Since William Dunbar had square
UFOs, and we have round UFOs, the next step would seem to be triangles.
If NASA would only make our spacecraft a little pointier...we may not
have to wait for the twenty-first century." Later he wrote, "I still
believe triangles are the coming thing, although my reasoning, being
more Freudian than documentable, is not such to convince a skeptical
astronomer. The Space Shuttle conforms to Dunbar's requirement of a
pointier spacecraft. Oddly this prediction seems to be coming true. The
Grand Boomerang of March 1983 was a well-publicized early example and
more recently a flap in Belgium starred triangular craft. They do seem
to be much more numerous than when Cannon wrote his note.
104. Larry Klein, a researcher believing fallen angels are behind the
UFO phenomenon, issued 12 predictions based on his analysis of the
Bible - an analysis we might fruitfully note included the
identification of Satan as a gynecologist. Several involved UFOs The
U.S. would soon capture saucers and their fallen Angels would be shown
to be non-human and in top government positions. By 1983 there was to
be a Landing en masse near Egypt and by 1984 Archangel Michael would
battle Satan in saucers. Even sooner, five saucers would land at the
U.N. His other predictions fared equally badly, such as Reagan quitting
in 1968, Romney becoming President, and the star "Wormwood falling from
the skies onto the
Earth before 1972."
105. "At the very least we appear to be on the verge of exciting new
discoveries about the atmosphere around us. We may even be on the
threshold of initial contact with other civilizations in space. The
'signs in the sky' may portend another great intellectual revolution,
one that leads to a fascinating new perspective on man's relationship
to other forms of life in the universe." Richard Hall, 1968.
106. Arthur Shuttlewood warns, "It may well be that the central core,
the very heart of our planet, has outlived its usefulness...The ball is
tired, exhausted, growing fearfully hot and threatening to
explode...fiery shockwaves would absolutely wreck the soft 'outer
casing,' bursting through the weaker fabric and decimating all life
107. "Saucers End" Time January 19, 1969.
108. April 3, 1969. Jacques Vallee learns from a friend that Jerome
Clark has become so convinced that an extraterrestrial invasion is
imminent that has he been driven close to a breakdown.
109. Judgment Day was due to commence November 22, 1969 according the
entity named Ox-Ho. It would involve a series of cataclysms that would
culminate in the tilting of the earth's axis. The contactees, Light
Affiliates, claim Judgment Day did take place as scheduled, but they
frankly admit they misinterpreted the messages about the world's
110. John A. Rimmer, in a 1969 Merseyside UFO Bulletin, offered
a prognostication of the UFO scene for the Seventies. The bulk of his
predictions were of the 'more of the same thing' character such as his
pronouncement "the Great Revelation will not take place in the
Seventies." These were all admirably correct. The only error was
foreseeing the possible advent of professionals taking over the
scientific side of ufology and maybe the evolution of an UFO journal
which would be "known, respected and contributed by a wide scientific
community, not just ufologists."
111. In a paper for the AAAS symposium on UFOs between December 26 and
27, 1969 Donald Menzel offered, "I do predict however a continued
decline of public interest in UFOs The people seem to have taken up a
new cause: Astrology...I further predict that scientists of the 21st
century will look back on UFOs as the greatest nonsense of the 20th
century." The decline he saw was only temporary and the comment on
astrology seems dubious.
112. Robert Kepley, a frequent observer of UFOs, predicted UFOs would
intensify as the years go back. Other mysterious activity would occur
including violent physical and spiritual changes. Taking a scriptural
perspective, he believed the time had come for the lord to gather his
"remnant" scattered across the Earth.
113. John Busby, a British lecturer on the occult, said large-scale
landings could be expected as early as 1970.
114. The Interplanetary Parliament warns that a tremendous bomb will be
exploded during an underground test. The power will be so mighty that
the earth's crust will be cracked. This will create enormous natural
disaster. The polar ice caps will melt and whole continents will be
drowned under the raging waves. Those of the Aetherius Society will
hole up on their sanctified peaks and await the arrival of spaceships
from the Universal Brothers.
115. In May 1971, Alan Vaughan predicted a spacecraft "in the shape of
the sun" and "controlled by some form of super-intelligence" would land
on the Earth before 1976.
116. Paul Solem once seemed to have some success contacting UFOs and
having them appear before crowds. Venusians promised four major
demonstrations to Solem. "This one will be in broad daylight and we'll
have reporters and cameramen from the big networks so there won't be
any questions any longer." One of the faithful added, "This is the
greatest event in the entire solar system." 1500 people, including
newsmen, assembled Easter 1971 for the landing of the
extraterrestrials. When they failed to appear, Solem blamed bulldozers
on the landing site. He canceled the other three demonstrations.
117. The happy people of the utopian world of Lanulos, located close to
the galaxy of Ganymede, had not landed yet because they feared they
might have to kill earthfolk should the government refuse to let them
leave. Why take chances? Even so, Woodrow Derenberger assured us
"before long" scientists would have to tell the truth about UFOs for
"they will eventually land among us and make themselves known to all."
Information about Saturn being bowl-shaped and the rings simply being
rainbows shining off its ice does not seem to have been confirmed by
118. In December 1971, NICAP predicted there would be a flap in 1972.
Reports were increasing and researchers had found a five-year cycle in
UFO records. In March 1973, their UFO Investigator boasted in
headlines "1972 Upholds Five-Year Cycle." In small print however you
would have discovered 1972 had 152 reports compared to 137 in 1971.
Such an increase can only be termed trivial and absolutely not a valid
indication of a flap. Just how trivial was demonstrated later when a
true wave surged forth in 1973. Their November headline implicitly
accepted the cycle was broken: "First Flap in Six Years Resurrects UFOs
as National Controversy."
119. "The Eternal Subject - the continuing saga of the flying saucers -
is now reaching a momentous stage. There are signs we are near a
denouement." Brinsley LePoer Trench, 1971.
120. In 1972, the Universal Party, claiming contact with space
brothers, said there would be an intervention by 1976 and their
candidate would probably win.
121. In June 1973, Uri Geller held out the possibility of much greater
contact with extraterrestrials in the following three years. Andijah
Puharich is told by Geller's Intelligence in the Sky, a.k.a. IS, to
prepare for a mass landing. "It may be some years or sooner...Many,
many thousands of people will see us. At a later date, they hedge, "But
the landings might be invisible, and only visible to you." The
landings, you see, are only meant to charge up the beings."
122. Jerome Clark and Loren Coleman believe the UFO myth is saying man
is on the brink of catastrophe because our age has denied him belief in
the magical and wonderful. "If this balance is not soon restored, the
UFO myth tells us, nature will have its way. The collective
unconscious, too long repressed, will burst free, overwhelm the world,
and usher in an era of madness, superstition and terror - with all
their sociopolitical accouterments: war, anarchy, fascism." Well, the
accouterments part is pretty clearly wrong. Fascism has been in blatant
decline, anarchy seems confined to places like Bosnia, and warfare has
been of a historically unusual limited variety. Whether one considers
the world more mad and superstitious is hard to put into objective
measures, but it smacks of moralizing rather than a serious prediction.
123. Edward Ben Elson, a Madison, Wisconsin lawyer, predicted Comet
Kohoutek would flood our planet with petroleum. The comet was actually
a spaceship and 144,000 persons would be taken aboard. Elson was
appointed as agent in order to sell 1,000 tickets ranging in price from
$10 to $100. This assignment was given to him by a "beautiful black
angel encapsulated in a glow of pure light." The other 143,000 were
delivered to Elson for temporary storage in ten-bushel baskets. They
had miniaturized down to an inch in height. Embarkation was set for
December 24. The media ate the story up. This was one of a delightful
string of stunts "Crazy Ed" had played over the years. Among these was
his nude candidacy for mayor, the banana-shaped universe theory, and
the Disciples of Aten cult. It openly planned a heist of King Tut's
rings in order to activate Cheop's pyramid to create a Messiah
possessed and illuminated by alien energy. He also sent an Algerian
double of himself to a Real People celebration that involved a story
they did on him once. Dick Gregory, the comedian, rightly called
Elson's Kohoutrek apocalypse tale "Brilliant...In illusion and
imagination this is real...beautiful."
124. William K. Hartmann, one of the Condon committee members, observed
after the AAAS UFO Symposium, "In view of the growing popularity of
television science fiction serials, and soon to be published evidence
from mariner 9 that Mars was once more clement in the past, one might
anticipate a resurgence of UFO interest by the date of this book's
publication." David M. Jacobs berated Hartmann for failing to build a
scientific thesis to justify this slight to ufology. Jacobs leaves
unsaid the momentous aspect of Hartmann's prediction that prompted this
fatuous remark. 1973 saw a massive UFO wave and Hartmann's prediction
actually came to pass and it was his only prediction: A 100% success
rate. This is unique. Hartmann had no duty to construct a thesis and,
had the prediction failed, nobody would have cared about how he
125. "We predict that by 1975, the government will release definitive
proof that extraterrestrials are watching us." Ralph and Judy Blum.
126. February 4, 1972. An UFO commander encountered in the Sonora
desert warns, "A nuclear blast will destroy an American city in six
127. Eric Norman's Gods and Devils from Outer Space bears a
chapter asking "Earth Changes: Is Our World Coming to an End?" it
begins, "Someday a historian of the future may sit down at his desk and
attempt to reconstruct the details of the devastating earth changes
that shattered our planet in the 1970s." Contactees and psychics warned
people, but nobody listened. Norman goes on to chronicle the
predictions of Dick Miller, George King, Dan Martin, Ted Owens, Tenny
Hale, Edgar Cayce, Doc Anderson, John Pendragon, Bertie Catchings, John
Catchings, Joseph De Louise, Joseph Donnelly, Irene Hughes, Beverly
Jaegers, Komar, Al Manning, Ernesto Montgomery, Harold Shroeppel, Dr.
Ingrid Sherman, Ruth Zimmerman, Daniel Logan which point to that
conclusion. Can so many people be wrong? Yup.
128. In 1973, Jerome Eden predicts "with almost absolute certainty" 1)
Planetary water supplies will shrink and drought will bring about
worldwide crop failures (No). 2) "Dust bowl" deserts will eat away at
the land accompanied by an unprecedented increase in tornadoes and
hurricanes (No). 3) Increased temperature extremes (Don't know). 4)
Increased static electricity leading to disasters involving magnetic
compasses, guidance systems, and communication interference. 5)
Generation of electric power will break down due to DOR production and
"direct withdrawals of power by UFOs" and temperature extremes (No). 6)
Outbreaks of DOR sickness, "killer smogs" that will kill thousands and
maybe hundreds of thousands. 7) Planetary famine and consequent wars
for survival. 8)"When the Interplanetary DOR-Carrying Invaders from
Outer Space feel the planet is thoroughly reeling with chronic
weakness, divisiveness, and chaos, so widespread that Earthmen can no
longer defend their planet or themselves, the signal will be given for
an open assault on the entire globe. Thousands of "stars" will
suddenly drop and swoop toward Earth..."
129. In conjunction with an October 25, 1973 incident involving UFO
creatures, Stephen Pulaski encounters a Grim Reaper entity who reveals
the whole world would burn in 1976.
130. "There have been 25 years of buffoonery and ridicule, of
government neglect and worse. The last chapter of that era, I think,
has been written." J. Allen Hynek, 1974.
131. At the 1974 APRO Symposium, the Lorenzens predicted the government
would ease up on UFO secrecy over a 3-year period. Later: "I was wrong.
Essentially the same information had been leaked to me through 3
separate channels giving me confidence that I was onto something. In
retrospect I feel either I was 'set-up,' i.e. fooled into thinking I
was onto something real, or that such a plan did exist but had since
132. October 15, 1974. "Five years ago I heard from the highest
authority in Washington that before Xmas the whole UFO cover-up will be
ended. There will be public admission that UFOs have been real, and
that for the past 25 years the United States government and the Air
Force have known they were piloted by human-like beings." --Prof.
Robert S. Carr.
133. Malcolm B. Morehart, a financial statistician, issued a
technician's chart for UFO sightings in the U.S. Southwest and
predicted rallies for the first quarter of 1974 and the third quarter
of 1977. Contrarians knew the true outcome.
134. In a 1974 interview, the Pascagoula abductee Charles Hickson said,
"...I think before the year is out, that our government - particularly
our Air Force - is going to come out to the American people and tell
them these things exist. In 1982, Hickson offered an even more dramatic
prediction: "They'll come down in force. We're going to see something I
can't even comprehend. There's going to be a strange power or energy
released on earth that will work on our minds and turn our minds from
different things besides war." Hickson claimed this would start by 1983
and by 1984 they would arrive. The aliens told him; "by 1984 we'll be
softened enough and changed from our bad ways. They are coming down to
see what they have accomplished."
135. In early 1974, the chaplain of a French air base, Rather
Mollisson, learned in a hypnotic session with a young man that a
landing of an UFO was to take place. He evaded pinning down the moment
or hour but did speak of the period of the full moon. Confused and
skeptical, Mollisson discussed the case with a professor of German at
Orange who was a friend. Hypnosis was performed again and the event was
narrowed down to happening around the 23rd of 24th at St. Gilles,
France. That was in 3 days. It was decided to form a sortie of 7
persons and two cars and travel down to St. Gilles to check it out.
Equipped with a camera and binoculars, they stationed themselves on a
hill overhanging St. Gilles with a clear view of the surrounding
countryside. It was clear, very cold, and windy. An hour before
midnight, a light appeared in the SSE behind St. Gilles. It slowly
descended along a curve against the wind. It was described as luminous
with an electric blue fluorescence. Its contour was hazy and in the
shape of a ball. Subsequently 4 more balls appeared along the same
course - rather like boats traveling a canal I would surmise. They
stopped descending at one point, they think to avoid the village. Panic
apparently seized at least one member of the sortie. One of the
witnesses took photos, but nothing probative or convincing was
captured. No one else in the region reported the UFOs The party
reported no landing and the low definition of the UFO instills no
confidence it is truly inexplicable.
136. John H. Womack was told in April 1975 that our leaders have sold
us out to the devil. People are becoming too selfish and irresponsible
for effective self-government and will lose the freedom they presently
enjoy. "Your only hope for real peace and joy is to discover your own
anti-demon drug." I suppose thorazine didn't count as an anti-demon
drug for some reason, but the prediction about loss of freedom is
137. "I'm not saying the aliens are going to land, but I do say there
is going to be an official announcement from on high about it." --
Stanton Friedman, 1975,
138. Abducted by aliens on August 13, 1975, Charles Moody revealed,
"Within three years from now they will make themselves known to all
mankind. It may be as early as midsummer 1976."
139. October 27, 1975. Robert Barry of the 20th Century UFO Bureau
predicts, "The government will tell us what's been going on in a series
of television documentaries over a period of months...The entire story
is slated to be disclosed by the 200th anniversary of the Independence
on July 4, 1976."
140. In late 1975, "the Two," Bo and Peep," expected to be martyred
"within weeks," rise up from the dead, perform miracles, and be "beamed
up" to UFOs that would carry them off to an androgynous heaven called
the "Next Evolutionary Kingdom." This is the group that years later led
to the Heaven's Gate suicide.
141. In 1975 The Middle Ufologist, Allen H. Greenfield, issued a series
of predictions for the coming year: Motion picture coverage of the UFO
problem (No). Substantial theoretical impact from Hynek and Vallee's
joint book (Hah!). More representation in media of the opinions and
concepts offered by independent ufologists (No). More organized efforts
on the part of independent skeptics (CSICOP?). A continuation at the
present level of general attention to the subject of UFOs itself
142. A saucer sťance held near the George O'Barski encounter
site conjured up an alien who said his people would visit Times Square
on July 4, 1976.
143. Before the end of 1976, The One World Family Commune expected
direct intervention in human affairs by the galactic Command Space
complex. A worldwide consumers strike would topple both Capitalism and
Communism and power would pass to Allen Michael, "the Comforter."
144. Between June 9, 1976 and December 31, 1977 an UFO will land in
Oklahoma City and pick up two persons who will be given information
that will upset the entire planet, according to "Two Witnesses."
145. Stanley Ingram, an ultraconservative from Tennessee, was told by
his entity Dzezd to write a newspaper column predicting a major
earthquake. He did. It didn't happen. His acquaintance, named Swanner,
was taken on a time journey to where there was a massive housing
project where thousands of men, women, and children lived naked as
jaybirds. He asked the aliens what year it was. It was 1984."
146. The English theoretical journal MUFOB gave itself the Jeanne Dixon
prize for unfulfilled prophecy when; hearing of a film titled Close
Encounters of the Third Kind, it opined, "I can see that title
being changed before release."
147. In the Garden Grove case there is this garbled version of John
Gribbin's infamous Jupiter Effect prediction given in the voice of an
alien entity: "Of this known Earth orbit - of this helious alignment -
third outer orbit - of this to pass 1982 - of this beware - of land
will topple into the ocean - of this - The ocean will devour the land -
of this projection to you - do you not see." Dr. Wanda M. Lockwood
similarly recalled from her 1964 encounter with an alien visitor, the
warning "Remember 1982 and keep the faith." The doc figured this also
might refer to Gribbin's cataclysm as that year approached. Gribbin had
second thoughts about the logic of his argument as '82 approached and
he withdrew the prediction. By the time his book was reprinted, he
waffled back to acceptance. Gribbin and his co-doomsters were wrong of
course. The scientific community was not surprised. For those wondering
what went wrong, some comfort can be gained from the encounters of
Oscar Magocsi. His friends, The Psycheans, take credit for staying the
148. Vera Gregovic convinced a Beverly Hills urologist that space
aliens in league with the CIA would trigger a nuclear war on May 1,
1976. He gave her $174,100 to purchase a home in a safe place:
Scottsdale, Arizona. He moved there shortly before Doomsday. During the
subsequent legal battle she denied the prediction while admitting only
predictions about a major Los Angeles quake.
149. "I have a feeling that there is a Dark Age coming which, in
effect, represents the externalization of the individual descent into
the unconscious as a sort of cesspool of unacceptable human desires. I
think that needs to be gone through before a state of
superconsciousness can be reached in some kind of permanent way." Dr.
Kenneth Ring indicates this would be an "absolute prime requisite of
the next stage of evolution." He puts no time-scale on this, but the
trend is not obvious at present.
150. October 26, 1976. Joy Summery mentions that a group in Andover,
Massachusetts experienced "visions of beings descending to bring news
of global catastrophe." Eugenia Macer-Story tells her plenty of other
people in this area had been having visions of global catastrophe.
151. On November 7, 1976, Jeffrey Mishlove received from Ted Owens an
agreement to demonstrate his psi abilities given him by Space
Intelligences. For the following 90 days Owens would telepath to the
aliens "to produce, not one, but at least three major UFO sightings" in
a target area 100 miles around San Francisco. Alien life forms would be
produced before startled human eyes and magnetic and em-fx in
California would cause many strange things to happen like power
blackouts. Mishlove announced the demonstration to 70 scientists and
government officials. On November 26, a large power blackout caused by
high winds hit the area. On December 3, Owens said an UFO sighting
would happen in a few days. Distressed by the delay, Mishlove, on the
6th, emphasized the need for the event to be seen by many in a way that
cannot be questioned. On December 8, it happened. Hundreds watching an
aerial art display saw an UFO. Some did not see it, including a man who
accidentally caught it on videotape while shooting the art display. On
February 2, 1977, two alien life forms appeared before a Concord man
who was abducted and paralyzed temporarily. No magnetically caused
strange events were noted.
The December 8 event was considered by Mishlove to be "one of the
best-documented UFO sightings in the annals of ufology" during the
initial phase of his investigation. This glowing appraisal was
subsequently downgraded in his research report. There he felt it was
the best case ever in the Bay Area. He reveals his co-investigator,
James Harder, "felt that this sighting wasn't very interesting" and
that the videotape had "little authenticating value." Suggestions the
UFO was a
weather balloon was weakly countered with witness comments it moved
against the wind. Winds aloft often differ from ground winds. Assuming
one accepts this is a major event, we find Owens exactly wrong - one,
not three major events, occurred. In a review of 140 claims made by
Owens over the years, Mishlove found about half are clearly disputable
or outright lack any evidence. The other half is "suggestive, not
conclusive evidence of PK or Space Intelligence activity." The
highlights of these claims form a picture of havoc that Jehovah might
envy - lightning strikes, storms, tornadoes, blizzards, floods,
droughts, earthquakes, and the occasional sports upset. My impression
is that the collection of claims builds on a false assumption that
extreme weather is rare. That may be so for any given point in the
country, but for the country as a whole a person can pretty much expect
extremes to occur on a monthly to seasonal basis.
152. On December 30, 1976, Greta Woodrew channeled an alien warning
that Nature planned a "holocaustic endeavor to cleanse" the Earth. A
"beaut" would hit our part of the globe. UFOs would soon appear in
increasing numbers. "In the coming decade the people on your planet
will be prepared for the vibrations of the landings. In your time
frame, much of the activity will be in the next one hundred moons."
That period has now passed without incident. Woodrew further revealed
Andrijah Puharich had brought together 36 SpaceKids who were
collectively warning, "In the coming decade we would have a series of
drastic shifts in land masses." Volcanoes, earthquakes, famine, and
disease would accompany it. 40% of the world's population was to have
153. April 18, 1977. "Before the year is out, the Government - perhaps
the President - is expected to make what are described as unsettling
disclosures about UFOs" -- U.S. News and World Report.
154. Mrs. Ruth Norman, a.k.a. "Spaceship Ruthy," placed
wagers with Ladbroke and Company amounting to thousands of dollars that
spacecraft would land by certain dates. "They will come soon. How soon
might be a matter of months. Or to the end of the century, but probably
this year. They don't give us a date," she said in 1977.
155. Jim Hurtak had a series of contact experiences with Enoch. Hurtak
revealed to Jacques Vallee, "I believe that the Earth will be contacted
within the next 18 months by highly evolved beings from other worlds."
Vallee commented on the typical failure of this sort of prediction.
156. The entities of the Betty Andreasson affair indicated their
association with the Second Coming of Christ. Eschewing an exact date,
they said in 1977, "the Master is getting close."
157. Cecil Michael had an astral vision in response to his request to
entities to see the immediate future. Among the elements of import is
his witnessing the atomic vaporization of a great glistening city. The
timescale is highly indeterminate however with intimations that
immediate might mean a few hundred years.
158. In deference to ufologists who identify angels as
extraterrestrials, let's include Roland Buck's experiences. On January
21, 1977 Buck finds himself in God's Throne Room where the secrets of
the universe are stored. Buck is apprised of a number of these secrets
and is given a piece of paper that has 120 predictions on it.
Fortunately they also emblazoned into his mind because the paper
self-destructs on the following day leaving some furry ashes which, in
turn, evaporate into nothingness. Buck is amazed when the predictions
all begin to come true in sequence. Number 113 bore special fascination
since it involved Karol Wojtyla of Poland being named Pope over a year
before it came to pass. Asked by a radio interviewer if he had
information we could forward to, Buck slipped in the catch to this
marvelous record: "I have written it down. However one of the things
that is so important, that god impressed me with, because of the impact
of many of these things, he doesn't want them out before he releases
them. Sometimes he releases them ahead of time. I feel a definite
restraint in releasing some things. For example, this one (about the
name of the future Pope) would have really been devastating ahead of
159. David Saunders believed he found a pattern of to some gradual UFO
waves. They were separated by 61 months and moved eastwards in
30-degree steps. Saunders claimed he thus predicted in advance a 1972
wave in South Africa. Allan Hendry criticized Saunders by
characterizing the wave as a minor flurry of reports and not a true
wave. Hendry also disputed Saunders' methodology by noting that
Bloecher inflated a 1947 collection of reports into a wave by intensive
research into news files. The Blue Book files showed no such wave.
Saunders predicted a December 1977 wave for the Soviet Union and some
credit the post-Petrozavodsk jellyfish wave as fulfillment. There are
grounds for dispute here as well for the wave did not have a gradual
onset as Saunders' pattern demands and the jellyfish UFO has been
solidly explained by James Oberg as a rocket launch. Waves for January
'83, February '88, March '93, and April '98 never materialized.
160. UFO predictions by psychics are too ubiquitous to merit consistent
cataloguing. A good sample exists in a book called Predictions for
1977. Of 45 psychics, 25 issued predictions related to ufology.
Most gravitated to predictions about increases numbers of UFO sightings
(Countess Amaya, Laurie Brady, Elizabeth Burrows, Ann Fisher, Dr.
Joseph Jeffers, Dr. Joseph Pinkston, Aquarius) and government
revelations (Ralph Campo, Tenny Hale, Dahrla McComb, Bright Star, U.S.
PsiSquad). Intimations the UFO mystery would climax were variously
advanced in claims that UFOs would: become a known fact (R.C. "Doc"
Anderson, Reverend Lawrence A. Ball), show a scientific pay-off (Ted
Owens), appear in large cities (John East), land in every state at the
same time (Dr. Paul Lynch), reveal themselves (Dr. Ingrid Sherman),
send a formal delegation to the U.N. (Grant Wylie), invite people on a
five-year tour through an announcement on television (Ralph Campo), or
start universal conflict (Joseph Donnelly). Only one denied the time
for an UFO breakthrough was due and predicted instead bizarre contacts
(Aquarius). This was right, but trite. Other predictions included
UFO-caused blackouts (Bertie Catchings), a plane crash with an UFO
(Rev. Robert Hill), the release of previously held-back research (Lou
Wright), the construction of flying saucers by earthmen and a
Washington UFO fad (U.S. PsiSquad). Psychics, incidentally, were not
unanimous about UFO origins: Russia (Elizabeth Burrows, Joseph
Jeffers), the inner earth (Dahrla McComb), twelve different galaxies
(Ralph Campo), and an alien base in Georgia (Joseph Donnelly).
Two psychics from this book preferred to save their UFO predictions for
Timothy Green Beckley. When he chose to ask ten psychics about their
impressions of UFOs Ellen Evans predicted 1977 would be known as the
great flap year (No) and J. Josephs talked of UFO entities guiding
humans to a third set of biblical scrolls. Beckley drew a consensus
from his ten psychics that UFO activity would increase and alien
entities would make themselves known in the near future. Consensus
failures among psychics are almost lawful. Some think their agreement
connotes reliability, but it is quite the opposite and I remind people
of a book called California Superquake - 1975-'77 which was
stuffedwith psychics and visions predicting that non-event. 1977 also
marked the failure of Jeanne Dixon's prophecy about aliens "from a
planet on the opposite side of the sun...transmitting their secrets to
us." Dixon's impressions of UFOs include notions of secret devices by
man to create blackouts and women beyond Jupiter who will teach us
about solar energy.
161. Clarissa Bernhardt, purporting contact with
space brothers, predicted that beginning in March 1978 the West Coast
would change geologically with much of California going under the sea.
Phoenix would be a port city before ten years passed.
162. Philip Klass predicted that 1978 would see the next great UFO flap
because of the release of the movie Close Encounters of the Third
Kind. A graph of UFO reports compiled by Allan Hendry perversely
shows a substantial lull during the run of the movie with reports
increasing only after the movie left the theaters. The movie invested
UFOs with awe instead of fear and probably defused anxieties to a
degree that it contributed to a long depression in UFO numbers.
163. In a 1978 holographic vision to the UFO investigator/contactee of
the Dapple Grey Lane incident, Zeta Reticulans reveal Hiroshima and
Nagasaki were hoaxes and an upcoming nuclear bombardment of the East
Coast would fail when the warheads would go unexploded. A Middle East
crisis would include another Arab shutoff of oil in 1982 (No).
Terrorist nukes would force diplomatic relations by 1984 and bilateral
disarmament by 1987. Official UFO contact would ensue to preserve the
peace. A number of weeks after the vision, the contactee checked into a
crash/retrieval assertion by the aliens and concluded none of the
aliens' statements could be trusted.
164. In 1978, a person in telepathic communication with the aliens
claimed some crucial contact with extraterrestrials would happen,
perhaps with someone like the Archbishop of Canterbury. In a March 17,
1978 letter to ufologist Nigel Watson he added he had a strong
foreboding about a big chemical or fuel company accident. It did not
happen. In a 1980 letter, he indicated thermonuclear war is likely in
the near future.
165. June 26, 1978. PLW is regressed by R. Leo Sprinkle and he foresees
a worldwide system of disasters circa 1993 involving fires, quakes, and
California falling into the sea.
166. Guido Franch of Villa Park, Illinois predicted the landing of the
spaceship Neptune for 9:30 p.m. November 24, 1978 near Warrenville.
Five hundred people, including newspaper and TV reporters, showed up in
freezing temperatures to watch the skies. The Neptune, with "Cutty
Sark" emblazoned on it to take advantage of a contest, would be manned
by the Black Eagle Galaxy patrol of which Franch was admiral. His
ground crew failed to show up and this prompted Neptune to abort
touchdown. Franch felt humiliated.
167. "I see the apocalyptic/occultist strains becoming more dominant in
ufology. Perhaps as in Arthur C. Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama we
shall actually see a church of Jesus Christ Cosmonaut..." Roger Sandell
presumably missed the Sixties' appearance of Bob Geyer's Church of
Jesus the Saucerian. The apocalyptic and occult elements of ufology are
perpetually present, but I could offer a quantitative argument that
they decreased for a time in the Eighties. The Nineties have seen a
168. John Weldon and Clifford Wilson, advocates of the Demonic
Hypothesis, prophesied increased acceptance of UFOs, its occult
tie-ins, von-Danikenism (No). More government revelations, physical
evidence, and attempted contacts by scientists should occur (Arguable,
but I say No). "Great signs and wonders" will be seen and they thought
it was possible significant proof would appear along with a serious
chance of contact with key world governments existing. This is in
concert with a belief that demonic activity would step up as the time
of the Second Coming approached.
169. Soviet UFO authority Felix Zigel felt UFO sightings would "not
just continue but increase. The more information that extraterrestrials
obtain about us, the more curious they must become." By inference, the
actual decline must mean they got bored.
170. In a 1978 interview, Rex Stanford deduced the demise of little
saucer organizations and the increase in quality research (Yes and No).
"But quite frankly I think there are going to be some breakthroughs
perhaps in the next year or so." Allan Hendry's UFO Handbook came
out in 1979 and those of the psychosocial persuasion would consider
that a breakthrough work, however there are reasons to doubt Stanford
was thinking in those terms. Call this a probable No.
171. In December 1978, Fortunato Zanfretta of Torriglia, Italy
encountered an ugly, monstrous being ten feet tall with dark, green
skin. Under hypnosis he recalls they came from the "third galaxy" and
they will "soon return and in numbers."
172. Filiberto Cardenas was told by an entity named Kiostras that an
UFO bearing 6 people would deliver a message on April 3, 1979. Kiostras
also predicted California would sink into the sea; the illness of an
actress which would prevent her from becoming First lady; the end of
Sadat's rule before '81; the death of Liz Taylor; a cancer cure; and
China fighting Russia for control of Asia.
173. A thousand people partied on a stretch of unfinished interstate
highway north of San Diego in response to posters distributed by Mark
Block who claimed extraterrestrials would land 11:49 p.m. on June 21,
174. "Diophantes" made it known that the inhabitants of Sirius II knew
our civilization would end and a new one set up by 1980.
175. "We're trying to arrange an encounter for you so you can get on
with the new book." Ruth Montgomery, ever the skeptic, wanted to see an
UFO first. "How could I do a book about flying saucers or space aliens
without actually seeing one and becoming convinced they are real?"
Evidently you do it by reading letters by contactees and giving up
asking for proof in the face of excuses about Ruth living on one of the
busiest avenues in Washington. Could she dare have denied us her book Aliens
Among Us for so petty a reason as not being sure?
176. Referring to Val Johnson and his 14 minutes of missing time, James
W. Moseley suspected Johnson would find an explanation for those
missing minutes. "Our Psychic Prediction is that this police officer is
our next well-publicized abductee." Wrong, but that is probably because
he didn't count on Allan Hendry's involvement who argued against it.
177. Based on first-hand space channeling, Jane Allyson and Robert
Short believed UFOs would evacuate people from natural disasters in
1980 and '81.
178. Jenny Randles has claimed success in predicting UFO activity in
the Pennine area of Great Britain by recognizing a 21-month cycle in a
base period from 1973 to 1979. She predicted UFO waves for November
1980, August/September 1982, May/June 1984, and February/March 1986.
1980 was a dismal year for UFOs, but a concentration of impressive
cases happened in November, she asserts. She also asserts the
August/September 1982 happened right on time. The Pennine UFO
Mystery has her confidently predicting "May/June 1984 should prove
rather interesting." It wasn't. By her account, 1984 saw only 23 cases
with the best clustering happening between April 15 and 25. She finds
these 5 cases interesting while admitting they may be associated with
military exercises. Writing in 1986 she acclaims, "Somehow (I don't
know how) my prediction had come true." Sure.
179. Brad Steiger polled the Starseed and the prophetic consensus of
these folks as of January 1980 was that the following events would
happen: A pole shift beginning from 1982-84. A worldwide famine has
begun and will worsen in 1982 (No.) World War III may happen in
1982-85. Armageddon, the last great battle between Good and Evil,
starts in 1989 or 1990. Worldwide UFO contact would apex in 1986 (No).
The New Age will have its ups and downs until the year 2000 (Okay, but
trivial). The Earth Changes will sporadically shudder the planet in
earnest from 1984 until the end of the century (No).
180. Edilcio Barbosa made a nationally televised announcement that at
5:20 a.m. March 8, 1980 a spaceship from Jupiter would land at Casimio
de Abreu. Fifty thousand people showed up. Profound silence at the
moment of truth. Then, "Hey, where is the UFO?" A massive traffic jam
ensued. Barbosa was nowhere in sight.
181. "Of late the UFO front has sitzkrieged. But, for 2 reasons I
predict there will be a bull market in early 1981." The reasons,
hilariously enough, are 1) Marjorie Fish's research on the Hill star
map (Hendry was just giving the coup de grace!) and 2) The Roswell
Incident. So said D. Keith Mano of the National Review.
1981 was a bear market and the Roswell case would gain prominence more
into the early Nineties.
182. Analyzing the course of the UFO phenomenon, Ann Druffel predicted
a progression from material to psychic UFO aspects that will expand
into philosophical questions of being and finally it will teach us
"what they might know about God." Stephan Denaedre's UFO Contact
from Planet Iarga comes to mind as fulfilling Druffel's
expectations. It also qualifies as the dullest book in all ufology.
Theological comments actually are present in contactee literature back
to Adamski and beyond. At best, the book represents a verbose climax. I
discern no progression.
183. UFO beings directly gave psychic Barry Andrews the revelation "The
mass landing will take place in all the world's capitals on June 24,
184. Contactee Ken Macmillan says three predictions he made in 1981
came true. 1) Earthquakes in China (as usual). 2) A "natural disaster"
in Japan. He points to the airplane crash of a Boeing 747B northwest of
Tokyo on August 12, 1985. 3) "Great bloodshed in Poland." Actually he
meant Africa - it's just that the Earth spins so fast his Landanian
contact could not pinpoint it properly.
185. One case to emerge from China involves a scientific researcher who
on three consecutive evenings in May 1981 had UFO experiences. The last
included a chat with a blonde girl during which the researcher asked
her if they could have one of their crafts for research purposes. She
responds, "The request is acceptable, but at the moment we don't have
any craft to spare. We will satisfy your request in the near future."
186. November 14, 1981. The abductee Bill Herrmann pens an essay titled
"Inevitable Destruction" which warned that current Geopolitical Events
were leading Humanity on a Collision with Thermonuclear Holocaust.
187. The Halloween 1982 episode of Real People featured a
segment on contactee Wayne Aho waiting with friends for a flying saucer
to land. After a few hours the TV crew leaves having been quite
188. La Verne Landis perished of starvation, dehydration, and
hypothermia after weeks of waiting for the arrival of an UFO which
higher powers told her and Gerald Flach to expect. From October 5 to
November 15, 1982 "They kept telling us they would be picking us up. It
never happened. Every time it never happened."
189. Stan Seers chronicles a "mysterious cooling of the earth's climate
in the last 30 years" which "could spell disaster for much of the life
on this planet." He also notes an increase in earthquake activity. The
sun's magnetic field may be reversing. This portends a "cataclysmic
future for Earth and its inhabitants." UFOs are here to study this
event. "There will be no history." Fashions change of course and it is
global warming that worries people now. Seers was belatedly recycling
the fears of those predicting a new ice age, a common notion of the
190. Walter Andrus comments in the July 1983 MUFON UFO Journal, "I am
predicting that the forthcoming book titled Clear Intent...will
force the Pentagon and our government Intelligence agencies to reveal
why they have conducted a 'Cosmic Watergate' or cover-up with respect
to their involvement with UFOs"(No) In March 1992, Phil Klass "predicts
that such Government action could not, and will not, ever occur." (Yes)
191. Amid the myriad lunatic prophecies issued in the holy Book of
the Sub Genius is one with an UFO theme. For the year 1988 they
predict "Tribulation Money dropped from UFOs" It was revealed in 1990
that a case had happened at some unknown date wherein a beam of light
shot out of the bottom of an UFO. "Suddenly, we heard a clanging sound
on the roof and the pavement. There falling from the sky were 50 and
100 lira pieces. "It's raining money!" Call this a possible hit.
192. March 1986. Whitley Strieber has a press conference in Washington
dealing with predictions about the dangers of upcoming ozone holes that
would create measurable crop damage in the 1990-93 period. In Secret
School, he cites plant stomas somewhere were getting smaller in
1995, but no word if these were crops or if this is truly damage. He
mentions some plankton was dying for some undetermined reason, however
any link to UV would seem absurd. None of this convinces to farmers
since grain is so plentiful in 1998 that prices have hit record lows.
The ozone problem would also generate weakened immune systems in
animals and a resurgence of disease. He alleges a 200 percent increase
in rabies proved this prediction right. The visitors predicted further
ozone holes over the Arctic and Strieber later indicated in a MUFON
paper that this prediction came true. No confirmation of this however
exists. Strieber indicated that haze has been increasing and would
spread rather dramatically over the next three to five years (No).
There are going to be some extremely controversial and profoundly
unsettling revelations in the next year or so (No).
193. April 9, 1989. Whitley Strieber has a vision of giant boulders
sailing off the edge of the moon along with a realization that the
moon's exploding means, "Oh, this is the end of the world." The dream
also had images of a nuclear plant being destroyed mere weeks before
Chernobyl. Could the moon part come true, too? He decides it could.
194. June 11, 1989. Scott Corder relays 34 predictions given to Donna
Butts who is in contact with an Amorcan named 'Peter.' The more blatant
failures include: a limited nuclear exchange by March 1991, UFOs cause
panic when they retain a Space Shuttle by 1990, Bob Dole becomes our
last and greatest President, open contact by Amorcans in 1990, world
temperatures rise by 10 to 30 degrees and there is flooding from
melting ice caps, a nuclear strike involving Nicaragua, the end of
fossil fuels in "91, the Anti-Christ takes power in '92, and S.D.I. is
unsuccessfully used to defend the earth against an evil race of aliens.
Most of the others look wrong or too uninteresting to bother checking
e.g. quakes, volcanoes, new oil reserves, etc.
195. Raymond E. Fowler reports Betty Andreasson's warning that "man is
going to become sterile" and extinct. Says he, "Their very
improbability adds to the probability of their truth." However
inconceivable it is, he sees "signs are all about it us that attest to
its authenticity." The terrible damage man is inflicting on our planet
will be the cause. "Life on earth would become extinct."
196. Jerome Clark argues the Nineties will be "The Last Decade" of the
UFO mystery. "Among some close observers of the UFO scene there is a
growing sense that the UFO controversy as we have known it since 1947
may not survive the coming decade." Roswell and Gulf Breeze are
breaking the pattern of secrecy and this openness seems to him to be
accelerating. "The day is coming, we may be sure, when the scientific
community abandons its near criminal negligence and concedes its
shameful failure to address the most important scientific question of
the 20th century. When that happens - when we ufologists are proven to
have been right all along - we will be lucky to enjoy half an hour's
worth of vindication before we get trampled to death in the stampede."
It is safe to say that Sagan's book The Demon-Haunted World
shows that the scientific community is not ready to concede that
ufologists are right.
197. David Clarke and Andy Roberts offer six predictions. 1) UFOs will
continue to be reported but they'll be larger and more complex (Clearly
they have continued. The Hale-Bopp hoax purportedly involved a
spaceship four times the size of the Earth. Pat Parinello claimed
around 1992 that a giant spaceship - 150miles across by 30-50 miles
wide was heading for Earth (document).
The issue of increased complexity can be argued either way.) 2) No
government announcements with consequent escalation of cover-up claims
to include aliens running the government (Such claims already existed
pre-1990, but they are better known and spreading) 3) Further
invalidated MJ-12ish documents will emerge (Yes-The Special Operations
Manual delivered to Tim Cooper in 1992 and revealed by Friedman in
1996). 4) The abduction craze will continue and become something far
stranger (Yes - the MILAB cases, Jacobs future takeover by hybrids,
praying mantis leadership) 5) An ET-based religion will emerge
involving abductions with something similar to 'casting out of devils'
(Don't know - does Druffel's fight-back strategies count?) . 6) Ufology
will remain an unsolved mystery 25 years from now.
198. June 28, 1991. Stanton Friedman, while on the "For the People"
radio talk show," predicts there will be an "an international
announcement. They will show pictures. I think they will clearly
establish that we are dealing with Alien visitors and I think they will
convene an international conference of religious, economic, and
199. UFO Magazine does a cover story on 1992 Predictions because a
sense that the year would see Something Really Big was out there among
the buffs approaching a level of excess. Bill Hamilton thinks
increasing revelations meant, "we're going to learn a lot more in
1992." Tal LeVesque says a high-tech fascist takeover is underway and
believes 1992 will be the year of the UFO threat as researchers drop
out, death threats increase, and cults increase. Gary Schulz feels
"1992 is apparently going to be a pivotal year for ufology" and
elitists will pull off the grand unification of Europe (No). Richard
Hall, Scott Smith, George Knapp and Charlie Hickson predicted nothing
would happen and that it was all b.s. (Yes).
200. Joseph W. Ritrovato, in the March 1995 issue of MUFON UFO
Journal, offers a forecast of a flap based on a combination of 4
alleged cycles of UFO activity of 13, 21, 32 months and 5 years in
length. Most of the year, or December 1994 through September 1995 will
show an increase in observed UFOs...The best viewing should be during
the entire spring season (perhaps starting as much as a few weeks
before the spring equinox) but most especially on every other Friday
through Sunday from the second weekend in April to the third weekend in
May...if the wave crest doesn't occur at the end of April it should be
no more than three weeks from that time." Phil Klass counter-predicted
"IF there is UFO Flap this year, it will not occur until August, when
Congress adjourns and goes home and the summer doldrums set in. SUN
predicts there will be no UFO Flap in 1996 because UFOs know they
cannot compete with the presidential elections for media attention."
According to Paul Ferrughelli's NSRC Yearbook, the highest monthly
total in 1995 occurred in August. Second highest occurred in June.
April was third-highest and May tied for sixth and seventh. We don't
know if there was a flap in 1995 because Ferrughelli's database
acquired new sources that year making a higher average for the year
probably artifactual. There was no flap in '96.
201. John Mack's tribe of abductees offer a nice variety of world
destruction fantasies: earth will be puking us off with geological and
meteorological convulsions to rebalance itself (Ed), a plague of
communicable AIDs (Scott), nuclear war (Jerry, 1992), Brazilian-type
deforestation repeated everywhere (Jerry, 1991), an electromagnetic
catastrophe from negative human technology (Joe), a huge planetary
shakeup (Sara), earth changes involving great shifts in the continental
shelf with a tidal wave engulfing the South and East Coast before 2002
(Peter), the collapse of Earth-connected systems and a tearing of the
cosmic fabric essential to the unity of the universe (Carlos), and a
cosmic water balloon floods the Earth suffocating everything (Arthur).
202. March 18-19, 1995. The so-called stealth Disney UFO documentary
predicts the release of government documents about ongoing alien
encounters. Most Americans will likely explore outer space aboard
crafts of alien origin.
203. Scott Mandelker offers a study of what Brad Steiger called the
Star People. They still predict natural disasters, a major transition,
man-made conflicts, California going into the sea, Earth Changes,
catastrophes, and crises. The new time for the harvest tends to be
around 2010 and he notes the end of the Mayan calendar and The Ra
Material suggested this.
204. Richard Boylan argues at length that the
extraterrestrials are planning to reveal themselves and are employing a
4-element Game Plan. 1) The number, boldness, and openness of UFOs are
increasing. 2) The increase in close encounters reported to therapists
and the public. 3) An increased sense of mission among experiencers and
researchers. Such an increase among researchers was predicted by myself
as part of the evolution of the paranoia in ufology. 4) Greater
governmental leaking. He anticipated an "announcement of the first
openly-declared, official ET presence on Earth" in 1997. He concludes
this "will make it virtually impossible by 1998 for any informed person
to deny extraterrestrial reality. Subsequently he talks about UFO
overflights of various capitals around the world and wonders when they
will overfly Washington. "Surely that open appearance will spell the
end of the UFO Cover-Up. It will also mark for us the beginning of a
new and cosmic chapter in our history."
205. At a 1995 press conference, John Mack comments on the fate of the
world, "The fact of the matter is that we have 15 to 20 years before
the psychological, moral, physical, and environmental collapse of the
Earth as a living entity becomes altogether a reality. This scientific,
predictable fact if you just move the clock from what's going on now."
Abductions seem to be an effort to change our consciousness to alter
that fate. Asked whether our continued existence two decades hence
would prove him wrong: "I don't think so because we will know exactly
what brought about the incredible transformation of our behavior and
consciousness that would be required for that to happen."
206. February 5, 1996. Though expressing doubts, Richard Boylan relays
second-hand information by way of a CIA UFO specialist and the Aviary
UFO Group that EBE claims "a major public extraterrestrial landing"
will occur on April 24, 1997 near the White Sands Missile base. EBE
also told them of a series of upcoming Earth cataclysms in 1998.
207. The Guardian through Ruth Ryden beseeches, "Look to the heavens at
night, for just as cloud formations are becoming unusual with symbols
and signs, so will the stars begin now to startle humanity with
movements and formations that are not in the plats of astronomers. As
your solar system is experiencing many changes along with your planet,
so will star systems begin to change their orbits." Falling stars,
volcanic eruptions, and focused crustal-generated violent weather
patterns will increase.
208. Alexander Collier, friend of Andromedans, predicts between now and
2007 that Saudi Arabia will become the North Pole. Atlantis, Lemuria,
the hollow inner earth, and reincarnation will be scientifically
proven. Our alien genetic heritage will be proven. Extraterrestrial
life will make contact and their range and presence acknowledged.
Aliens will vacate our planet and leave us alone.
209. September 29, 1996. "This planet is about to be recycled,
refurbished. Started over. That doesn't mean it's going to be
destroyed, it doesn't mean the end of the world. But it does mean that
it is going to be spaded under." Marshall Applewhite, a.k.a. "Do" in
the Heaven's Gate videotape "Last Chance to Evacuate Planet Earth
Before it is Recycled," indicates this is "urgent" having been clearly
informed by his Older Member of how short the remaining time is. "The
end of this civilization is very close."
210. December 15, 1996. Debbie Jordan, one of the famed abductees of Intruders,
opines on a television show, "I feel as if they're pretty much done
with what they've been doing for a while, and the time is drawing very
near, very quickly, that we're going to be ready for what they have
planned next, and I think it's going to be open contact. I think that
there's going to be a lot of admissions made by a lot of people, way up
in the "high-ups," and the "should-knows," that are going to finally
talk. I think that big, big things are right on the horizon."
211. September 18, 1997. Valentine H. Gernann comments on the Strieber
scenario negatively: "To hear Strieber talk, the millennium is going to
be upon us as the Visitors uplift the human race to hyperconsciousness.
It takes a lot of guts to say something like this when nearly every
contactee we know has been totally betrayed by the Visitors when the
chips are down." His own opinion is, "To me there is little doubt that
Their program has gained huge momentum in recent years and that it is
building to a peak in the fairly near future." He considers it possible
that maybe they will leave.
212. David Jacobs' The Threat reports the impression from his
abductees that there will be a future catastrophe. Hybrids will
integrate into our society, take it over, hand it over to control by
big bug aliens. A few non-hybrids may be preserved for scientific
purposes, but most earthlings will be human-alien hybrids.
213. At the 1998 MUFON UFO Conference, Michael Lindemann predicts
universal acceptance that UFOs are alien will occur "within the next
five to ten years."
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