Saturday, September 30, 2017

Deeper down the “Rabbit Hole” with the “Cosmic Ray”: The androgynous Orthon and other startling UFO revelations


I am going to post the following information that was forwarded by my friend 'Cosmic Ray' Keller:

An interview with the “Cosmic Ray” Keller by N.E. Ohio Coast-to-Coast A.M. Radio Discussion Groups organizer, Michael A. LaRiche, a.k.a. “North Coast Mike” of Rootstown, Ohio

I have known Dr. Raymond A. Keller, the now world famous author of the Venus Rising series of books, since the mid-1960s, when he and a neighborhood friend, Alan T. Weston, were publishing the Flying Saucer Report, a mimeographed monthly magazine that attained a global subscription base after an article about the two then teenage UFO investigators and writers appeared in the National Enquirer. Keller and I were members of the Cleveland Ufology Project and often worked with its late director, Earl J. Neff, on various UFO investigations. The young “Cosmic Ray” was even then fascinated by the contactee phenomena. Having read all of George Adamski’s books, as well Howard Menger’s From Outer Space to You, he came to believe that intelligent beings from nearby worlds in our solar system were interacting with us Earthlings at some undefined levels of the human consciousness.

Published by Headline Books of Terra Alta, West Virginia, and available on amazon.com, the Venus Rising series includes Venus Rising: A Concise History of the Second Planet (2015, 2016); Final Countdown: Rockets to Venus (2017) and Cosmic Ray's Excellent Venus Adventure (2017). I would best describe these books as a unique blend of retro sci-fi, UFO lore and the literary genre of magic realism.

Dr. Keller operates from the assumption that the UFO phenomenon is largely subjective in nature. It cannot be objectified and cataloged neatly into some little box, to only be opened for future reference, when more scientific facts have been accumulated and assessed. The celestial door can be opened on almost any occasion in the here and now, thus granting access to the ethereal realms. With a master’s degree in Latin American literature, specializing in the literary genre of magic realism, in addition to a degree in history with an emphasis on emerging cultures in the developing world, I believe that Dr. Keller is well suited to approach the UFO enigma in this tangential manner.

The first book, Venus Rising, details the interactions over countless millennia of varied intelligences from the planet Venus with the inhabitants of Earth. The second book, Rockets to Venus, explores the origins of the atomic and space ages and the rush by sundry nations to send probes to our sister planet and garner information about the advanced civilizations that exist there, beneath the dense cloud layers. And the third and latest book, Cosmic Ray’s Excellent Venus Adventure, continues with contemporary and personal accounts of Venusians clandestinely carrying out their missions of peace here on our planet.


The Androgynous Orthon

North Coast Mike: I’ve always considered it a great pleasure to accompany you, Cosmic Ray, on some of your public appearances; and I’m always amazed at the plethora of both young people and senior citizens who come over to the Venus table at various meetings to buy your latest books. How do you account for the popularity of your books among these two disparate groups?

Cosmic Ray: Many of the senior citizens buying the Venus books are familiar with the accounts of the early contactees, having developed an interest in the subject of extraterrestrials living among us since the decades of the 1950s and 1960s. Remember, that having grown up in the Great Depression, most of the older seniors were attracted to idealistic and utopian political movements on the left in their youth.

As far as the contemporary scene, the young people are attracted to the contactee message because they have not been tainted by the commercial and crassly capitalist society we live in. Having caught the vision from Bernie Sanders, Dennis Kucinich and other progressive leaders, they understand that it is not an entirely impossible task to build a utopian world we can all be proud of, one that serves the interests of all. Hence, we can actually do something to ready ourselves for acceptance into the Galactic Federation of Light, as some refer to the higher celestial realms currently remaining unseen to the majority of Earth’s doubting and intransigent population.

North Coast Mike: What problems do you see with the intermediate-aged group of UFO enthusiasts?

Cosmic Ray: Keep in mind that I’m speaking in generalities here, Mike. But for the most part, this is the generation that tolerates a few having all the good things in life, while millions go without the daily necessities, even for their survival, as we currently see in Puerto Rico and other islands of the Caribbean devastated by the hurricanes. These are people in distress who need immediate relief. There shouldn’t be anything to debate about this. This issue is not a political football to be bantered about. They’re also of the generation that adheres to the “nuts-and-bolts, I’m from Missouri, so prove it” brand of ufology. This closed and linear sort of thinking will not serve to lift them up to higher levels of multi-dimensionality. They won’t move much further than cataloging lights in the sky, at least so far as UFO research goes.

North Coast Mike: I have to admit that I’ve been duly impressed by many of your fans who’ve approached you at the Venus table in the course of various UFO and paranormal meetings. I’ve taken note of some of the pertinent material they have passed on to you for inclusion in some of your future books: unpublished documents and manuscripts that include artwork and photos from contactees of the 1950s, as well as contemporary unpublished manuscripts by allegedly hybrid Earthlings-Venusians about life on other planets, and even never-before-published drawings, photos and other materials pertaining to the Venusian presence here on Earth. For instance, in the course of the Saturday, 16 September 2017 Mutual UFO Network Conference outside of Columbus, Ohio, a Mrs. J. R. of Ohio, a friend of the late George Adamski who spent considerable time with him out at his spiritual community in Vista, California, presented you with a photograph of her and a friend standing in front of that famous painting of Orthon. What can you tell us about this unique photo and the disposition of the Orthon portrait?

Cosmic Ray: The portrait depicts the androgynous Orthon, the Venusian scout ship pilot who contacted George Adamski on 20 November 1952 in the hills outside Desert Center, California. It was painted by Alice K. Wells, the first secretary to Adamski who also worked in the famous Palomar Gardens Café on the slopes of Mt. Palomar, where the famous Cal Tech observatory is situated in the heights. Mrs. J. R. stands at the left and Mrs. Ingrid Steckling of the George Adamski Foundation stands on the right side of the portrait. The photo was taken about 20 years ago in Mrs. Steckling’s home.

Wells was one of the original witnesses to Orthon’s first contact with Adamski and she prepared the painting about a month in advance of its unveiling at the 7-8 August 1954 Flying Saucer Convention held at the Skyline Lodge in Palomar, not far from the café or the famous telescope. This was the assembly presided over by the three most prominent contactees of the age: George Adamski, Truman Bethurum and Daniel Fry. After the convention, the portrait returned to the foyer of Adamski’s home in Vista, California, where it remained until his death in 1965, whence it and many of the contactee’s personal papers and artifacts were transferred to Fred and Ingrid Steckling of the George Adamski Foundation. In 1991, Fred passed on. Glenn Steckling, Fred and Ingrid’s son, is the current director of the George Adamski Foundation, and Wells’ painting still remains in the Steckling’s home in Vista, California, so far as I can ascertain.

North Coast Mike: I understand, however, that this portrait is not the first, and definitely not the last, to be made of Orthon.

Cosmic Ray: You’re quite correct, Mike. On page 31 of Cosmic Ray’s Excellent Venus Adventure, I present a sketch of Orthon made by Gene Duplantier, the renowned Canadian artist and illustrator of pulp science fiction magazines, based on the description given to him of the Venusian by Alice K. Wells at the 24 March 1954 flying saucer convention in Detroit, Michigan, which she traveled to with Adamski, who was the featured presenter. The sketch closely resembles the enigmatic Dolores Barrios in both fashion of clothes and general appearance. The original sketch is in the files of the Gray Barker Collection at the Waldomore Facility in Clarksburg, West Virginia.

The other sketch of Orthon, drawn personally by another Adamski encounter witness, George Hunt Williamson, can be seen on page 36 of my book, Final Countdown: Rockets to Venus. Williamson clearly sketched Orthon as a young woman, similar in size and appearance to the enigmatic dressmaker Dolores Barrios, whose biography appears in Venus Rising: A Concise History of the Second Planet. Williamson included the photo in an article published in the December 1954 issue of Valor: The Magazine of Soulcraft (Noblesville, Indiana). So far as I know, the Williamson sketch of Orthon is the first one to appear most closely following the premiere showing of Wells’ portrait at the August 1954 Palomar convention.

North Coast Mike: This certainly helps to explain Orthon’s androgynous look. After looking at the drawings from Wells and Williamson, I can readily see that Orthon is really Lady Orda, as you explained in her biography that you supplied in the last chapter of your first Venus book. The photographs of yourself and Lady Orda taken at different times and places out in California that appear in your second and third Venus books, also lend credence to the idea that the first Venusian cosmonaut encountered by George Adamski was the beautiful but mysterious Dolores Barrios.

Cosmic Ray: Yes, Mike, the androgynous look largely comes from the unisex uniform worn by all of the Venusian cosmonauts. The outfits were not exactly like Zsa Zsa Gabor in the movie, Queen of Outer Space (1958).

North Coast Mike: Before we conclude this interview, I can’t help but asking this question, Cosmic Ray. Is there anything new and exciting the Venusians can teach us about sex?

Cosmic Ray: I’m afraid not, Mike. All the positions come from the same “bag of tricks,” so to speak, that were outlined in Ancient India so long ago in the Kama Sutra. However, I might add that when we Terrans develop some of our latent psychic powers, like telepathy, to a greater extent, then we shall find that this will carry over and add immeasurably to the pleasure garnered from having more satisfactory and closer encounters of the intimate kind.

The Cosmic Ray smiled and winked.


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Thursday, September 28, 2017

The Vanishing Airman


I received the following report from a reader several years ago:

I was stationed at U-Tapao Air Base in Thailand in '69-'70. I was 19 years old at the time.

We lived in an open bay barracks about 150 feet long, 3 stories high, higher ranking NCO's lived on the first floor lesser ranks on the second and third - I was on the second floor. The bay was open but we used lockers and partitions about head-high for some privacy. We made cubicles 4 men per, we each had a locker, a bed, and a common desk, sometimes small shelves as well. There were rows of lights all along the ceiling so if someone turned on the lights it woke the whole floor up. If you stood a little tall you could see down the barracks.

The barracks was in an east-west line with double doors on each end and the latrines were on the west end. All floors were the same, my cubicle was on the westerly end.

With about 200-300 people in each barracks (and my squadron alone had three barracks, the officers had quarters elsewhere) coming and going at all times of the day and night. You can imagine the mayhem, noise and lack of privacy. Also we had "hootch" girls cleaning up and washing clothes, making beds, ironing uniforms, etc. all day in and around the barracks.

There was a man who lived in our barracks, an airman, who I had seen around at work and at the barracks - quiet, kind of strange, just a little off.

I had heard that this man, something was wrong and he was being flown back to the states. What the problem was...nobody knew. Rumors suggested that there was a personality issue, maybe mental health. I don't know. I heard that he just didn't fit in somehow.

Here's the part that has spooked me for 44 years now.

One day I had a routine medical appointment. After I was done I went back to the barracks. I had a little break before the shuttle bus was coming by so I could get on to work. When I walked in the barracks I noticed that I was the only one in the barracks - no noise, no house girls, completely deserted and quiet. This was unusual, and very strange. I walked to my cubicle, opened my locker, got a paperback book and took a break, still not realizing the implications. Where was everyone? Usually there were guys going to work, getting off work, sleeping, hootch girls chattering away, guys drinking - but not now.

After a few minutes, I got up and walked to the east end of the barracks to go out to the bus stop. As I got close to the door, and on a cubicle to my right I noticed this guy sitting in his cubicle dressed in his uniform (the khaki 1505's)...a uniform not worn for the type of work we did. He had a full duffel next to him and was smoking a cigarette. I said "looks like your leaving" and he nodded "yeah." I said, "well good luck." "Thanks" he replied.

I took about four steps, suddenly remembered that I had forgot my secure area badge. I turned around to go back to my cubicle to get my badge and as I passed the cubicle where the guy was sitting...HE WAS GONE, vanished, him and his bag. The only thing left was a cigarette still burning in the ashtray, I remember very distinctly the smoke curling up and the complete silence, and stillness.

There was no way he was in the hallway. If he would have been I would have seen him, and if he was going to the latrine he wouldn't have taken his duffel...they are awkward and hard to move around if they're full. He wasn't in any other cubicle because on my way back to the opposite end of the barracks, I would have seen him.

Nobody ever knew what happened...everyone assumed that he got on a plane as scheduled. But one thing I know for sure is that one minute he was sitting there and within 10 seconds he was gone. Just as soon as I turned my back he disappeared.

I can remember the incident vividly. I know it happened but I can't explain it. To this day, I'm stymied. TommyTwoTone - Utah

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Daily 2 Cents: Native Youth Attacked Near Skinwalker Ranch -- Unseen Encounter at Plimoth Plantation -- Music From Great Grandpa's Picture


Native Youth Attacked Near Skinwalker Ranch

John in Salt Lake City, Utah called in to tell of a bizarre encounter he heard about:

“I got a very unbelievable story to tell you. I don't know if you're familiar with the Skinwalker Ranch over here in Utah. I have a close relative that is pretty much the UFO guy in that area. He's been telling me these stories ever since I was a little kid so I've been out to that ranch several times and I was out there last spring (2013) and nothing happened. We went around the ranch areas and nothing happened. We went home and, that was a Friday night, on a Saturday night something did happen, what I later found out through my UFO relative.

There was some youth Indians, kids, they were driving in a tall truck about 8 feet high and they went up to the gate of this UFO Ranch. They said that they saw an orb of light appearing in the window off or above the gate and I guess they turned on their lights or they turned on their engine because they got scared. Then it had even a brighter light and it went over their truck and these kids...well, something hit their truck. These kids got scared so they went down the road to the main road and they got out which is, I'm guessing, about three quarters of a mile. They got out to look at the damage done to this truck and for some reason, the driver decided to be the passenger and then the passenger was the driver. Apparently there are some girls with them in this truck. Well, once they got back in the truck, this is where it gets very unbelievable. A creature grabbed this kid, who was the driver and now the passenger, and pulled him out of the truck. It threw him around like a rag doll, bit him on the butt several times, and clawed him.

Long story short, somehow this kid got back in the truck and one of the kids took a picture of this creature. They got scared. They were able to get back in their truck, I mean drove down the road, talked to the youth Indian police because it's a youth territory over there. The youth Indian police say there's nothing we can do about it because they're very well aware of the Skinwalker Ranch.

So the next day, which would be Sunday, they contacted my UFO relative and he went down there to investigate. Meanwhile there was a shaman's wife and the shaman was there blessing the kids that were involved in this. My UFO relative, said that he saw the picture on the cell phone of this creature. He also saw the damage done to the truck. There was also scratched into the truck – DIE - and he also saw the damage done to this kid and the bite marks.

Now that was very unbelievable for me to hear. The crazy thing about it is, a few months ago, I work at a hospital, and one of my patients was actually the shaman's wife and she was the one that was also there at that time that my relative was there to investigate. She told me exactly what my relative said, but in greater detail. The creature that she described, and also my relative said, had to be a tall creature because he would hold this kid out of this window. That's the 8-foot tall truck and this creature had horns. It had red hair. It had a human-like face but the mouth was distorted and it came out kind of like a wolf. It had claws and it had bat wings. So my question is to you, and I asked my UFO relative, is this the skinwalker? And he goes, "No, this is something totally different." And I asked also the shaman's wife and she agreed that it was something totally different.”

Source: Coast to Coast Radio - July 25, 2014

JLB - Beyond Creepy


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Unseen Encounter at Plimoth Plantation

Hi Lon, greetings. Been trying to find any personal experiences online from Plimoth Plantation and have come up short for 13 years.

Hallowee'n 2004, Boston had won the pennant; my friend and I drove from Halifax Nova Scotia to enjoy Salem for Hallowe'en.

A few days later we toured Plimoth Plantation. Both of us are keen on early American history. We stayed that evening for a thanksgiving dinner; a chance to enjoy the foods and music the Pilgrims would have enjoyed. The players were in costume. I was humming along with some Olde English tunes I recognized, very much in my bliss. I was digging into my pewter plate of cheesecake, turkey, and and squash, when a server tapped firmly on my left shoulder three times. I turned to see what s/he needed - NO one was there! Nor was there anyone nearby. My friend was in deep discussion with his neighbour to the left. My neighbours to the right were well down the table, which was about three feet from the cement wall (a modern building design). I was astounded to see no one; these taps were very firm, and, to be honest, I was briefly surprised that my server would tap me so hard. I have never experienced this phenomena again. I am convinced I was visited by a ghost. IS the Plantation haunted? Or, was this a ghost that attached itself from our Salem travels? A curiosity, and an initiation into the paranormal.

Thanks for letting me tell the tale! If you know of any other Plimoth Plantation stories, please let me know.

Cheers,
Carolyne Abbey, Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Music From Great Grandpa's Picture

Austin wrote in to tell of something him and his family experienced:

“Me and my dad were sitting on the sofa and we heard music. Old time music. My great grandpa died and he had a picture of him on the wall and we walk over to the wall and we put our ears on it. That's where we heard the music, but nowhere else. My mom heard it earlier in the day and then went home, that's because it's music he listened to but it was three days after he died.”

Source: Darkness Radio - December 7, 2016

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'Monster Bat' Viewed in Chicago's Little Village Back Yard (UPDATE)


I received the above sketch and following information today (Wednesday September 27, 2017):

Hello, I just found your email and want to tell you what I saw. Please do not contact me. I live near the elementary school on Central Park Ave. Last night (Tuesday September 26, 2017) at 9:15 PM I heard the neighbor dog barking like crazy. I looked out the back door and turned on the porch light. We saw this monster bat spread open its wings in my back yard. My son saw it too. It took off into the air in just a second or two. We both fell to our knees. I am so scared by this. My son drew this sketch. The red eyes were very bright and it looked at us.

NOTE: Update...posted below.




NOTE: It took me awhile to figure out that this sighting was in Little Village, and very close to the previous sightings. I believe the school the witness is referring to is the Castellanos Elementary School located at 2524 S. Central Park Avenue. I am going to attempt to reach out to the witness and see if they will reconsider adding more information or possibly talk to me or Manuel. Any updates will be included with this post. This sighting has been added to the Chicago Phantom / Owlman / Mothman / Man-Bat / Flying Humanoid Reports - Chicago Metro Area - Interactive Map

UPDATE: I was able to talk to the witness this evening. I sent an email and was given a telephone number to contact them. The woman and her adult son witnessed the winged being and are sticking to most of the original story...though there were a few revisions. I asked how long they observed the being, and I was told by the son that he watched it for at least 10 seconds. His mother had an immediate reaction to it and dropped to the floor. He continued to watch the being until it flapped it's wings and ascended quickly. He said that the wings were about 15 ft. wide when fully open, judging by the width of the yard. He thought the height was about 6-7 ft. He never heard a sound, even when it flapped the wings. It was standing in front of the garage at the end of the yard, so there was a good backdrop for him to see detail. The son actually wrote the original email...seems his mother doesn't use a computer.

I asked if he would talk to an investigator...he said possibly, but they would not be able to meet at his mother's house. He also told me that his girlfriend drew the sketch this morning from his description. He also said that the drawing was very close to what he witnessed.

He told me that he was hesitant to make a report, but his girlfriend and her brother had heard of the sightings and gave him my information. We had a pleasant conversation...but he is concerned for his mother. She is not reacting well to the sighting. Lon


Have you had a sighting of a flying humanoid or huge bat-like creature in the Chicago, Illinois metro area or nearby? The entity has also been referred to as the 'Chicago Phantom', 'Chicago Mothman', 'Chicago Owlman' & 'Chicago Man-Bat.' Please feel free to contact me at lonstrickler@phantomsandmonsters.com - your anonymity is guaranteed. Our investigative group is conducting a serious examination of his phenomenon. We are merely seeking the truth and wish to determine what eyewitnesses have been encountering. Your cooperation is truly appreciated. You can call me directly at 410-241-5974 as well. Thanks...Lon Strickler #ChicagoPhantom

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

'Man-Bat' Perched Atop Light Pole in Chicago's West Lakeview


I received a telephone call on Tuesday September 26, 2017 at 11:50 AM ET from 'ID,' a local Chicago nightclub performer. He had just gotten off of work and was driving home, westbound on W. Belmont Ave.

At 1:15 AM CT, he had stopped for the red light at the intersection of W. Belmont Ave and N. Damen Ave in the West Lakeview area. He was the only driver and person at the location. As he waited for the red light to change, he noticed to his left something large was perched on the streetlight pole that extended over N. Damon Ave. As the witnessed looked closer, he recognized an unknown being crouched down on top of the pole. The streetlight above the pole illuminated the being, giving the witness a brief opportunity to obtain an excellent observation.

The witness states that the entity was crouched for about 5-10 seconds, then stood up on two distinct legs. As it stood, it unfurled it's wings and quickly ascended into the night sky.

The witness told me that it looked like a 'man-bat' and was at least 6 ft tall. It had human-like arms and legs, though very slender. The body and head were slender, but proportionate. The wing span was approximately 12 ft. and leather-like. The body was very dark in color.

The face of the being was quite interesting. The witness states that it had a short, canine-like snout...similar to that of a French Bulldog. But the overall face structure resembled that of a Gothic gargoyle. The eyes did not glow or show color. He doesn't know if the being reacted to his presence.

When the being unfurled its wings and ascended, the witness could hear the loud flapping of the wings, even though his windows were closed. The witness stated that the overall shape of the winged being reminded him of the 'Man-Bat' character in Batman, though it was more slender and less intimating.

The witness had not heard of the previous sightings. He later contacted a friend, who told him about the rash of sightings in the Chicago area and where to report his encounter. The witness had no emotion or physical reaction to this sighting, but was initially shocked and confused by what he was looking at.





NOTE: This is the best facial description received by us...though, I believe that there are several winged beings with varied descriptions. Because of the 3 previous sightings / encounters in the Little Village neighborhood, the Task Force now has a 'working' theory as to why some of these entities may be manifesting. Combined with the other incidents that are reported to us, it's hopeful that we can explain the reason for the influx of these entities with a greater position of certainty. Any updates will be included with this post. This sighting has been added to the Chicago Phantom / Owlman / Mothman / Man-Bat / Flying Humanoid Reports - Chicago Metro Area - Interactive Map

Have you had a sighting of a flying humanoid or huge bat-like creature in the Chicago, Illinois metro area or nearby? The entity has also been referred to as the 'Chicago Phantom', 'Chicago Mothman', 'Chicago Owlman' & 'Chicago Man-Bat.' Please feel free to contact me at lonstrickler@phantomsandmonsters.com - your anonymity is guaranteed. Our investigative group is conducting a serious examination of his phenomenon. We are merely seeking the truth and wish to determine what eyewitnesses have been encountering. Your cooperation is truly appreciated. You can call me directly at 410-241-5974 as well. Thanks...Lon Strickler #ChicagoPhantom

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