December 9, 2018

A Letter from Charles Bowen, October 26, 1966

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Bowen replies to a letter from John, not saved in this file. He thanks John for the copy of Look; I assume it was the October 4 issue, which featured an excerpt from John Fuller’s book The Interrupted Journey, about Betty and Barney Hill’s abduction story. The tall hairy creature is probably this one. The Humanoids was Bowen’s book on UFO inhabitants, first published as a special issue of Flying Saucer Review. And Bowen reveals quite a busy lecturing schedule.

December 2, 2018

A Letter from Charles Bowen, September 16, 1966

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Charles Bowen replies to John in a letter from September 16, 1966. As mentioned before, Playboy eventually refused John’s article, which he reworked into his book Operation Trojan Horse. I don’t know which articles in True Bowen is referring to here. Gordon is Gordon Creighton, a regular contributor to Flying Saucer Review. Trench is Brinsley Le Poer Trench, 8th Earl of Clancarty and an ardent ufologist; the book may be The Flying Saucer Story, which was published that year. John Watkins refers to Watkins Books, London’s oldest esoteric bookstore, then being managed by Geoffrey Watkins, the son of the founder. Charles Bowen’s study of UFO inhabitants, The Humanoids, was published as a special issue of Flying Saucer Review, and then reprinted as a book. John’s article, “New Landing and Creature Reports. Sightings in Erie, Pennsylvania,” was indeed published in the Nov.-Dec. issue.

November 25, 2018

A Letter to Charles Bowen, September 7, 1966

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John writes Charles Bowen (editor of the Flying Saucer Review in the UK) about his recent investigations and upcoming publications. Unfortunately, his “very long” article was rejected by Playboy; most of the material went into his book Operation Trojan Horse. True also didn’t publish his article in that December issue; I don’t know if they used it later. The sighting by William Rutledge and Donald Peck is mentioned in the first chapter of Operation Trojan Horse.

November 20, 2018

A Letter from Charles Bowen, July 8, 1966

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I’ll turn now to John’s correspondence with Charles Bowen (1918-1987), who edited the British magazine Flying Saucer Review from 1964 to 1987. The letters are from 1966 and 1967, mostly Bowen’s, although John kept carbons of some of his. I’m afraid they’re less sensational than the Long Island material, but do offer glimpses into the vagaries of ufology and publication in the ’60s. For younger readers: the letters are blue because they’re aerograms, a lightweight air mail format now mostly discontinued (apparently Australia still issues them).

In this first note, Bowen discusses an article by Gordon Creighton about Antônio Vilas Boas, a Brazilian contactee who claimed to have had sex with an alien in 1957. He also mentions the “surprising” Solway Firth Spaceman photo, taken by a fireman named Jim Templeton in 1964, which seems to show an alien astronaut (interpreted by others as a blurry shot of Templeton’s wife).

November 14, 2018

Special File – Volume Three (19): Questions (QA-5)

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At the end of the file is a photocopy of Appell’s reply to John’s fifth questionnaire. The original was probably in red pencil, Appell’s favorite medium, and the photocopy has not aged well, but most of the answers are still legible.

November 4, 2018

Special File – Volume Three (18): A Letter from Appell, November 1967

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John bound photocopies of two letters and a questionnaire from Appell at the end of his “Special File.” I posted the original of the first one, from November 24, here. The second one responds to John’s letter of October 2, which John included in his file here. John had, quite naturally, objected to the suggestion that he and Jaye get married and have children, and Appell explains it was all an experiment.

October 28, 2018

Special File – Volume Three (17): Special Report 4/12/68

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John concludes his “Special File” with a “Special Report” about appearances of a Keel double. Since it’s signed, dated, and has a return address, I suppose it was meant for publication, or at least distribution among his fellow ufologists. Bound into the file after this are photocopies of two of Appell’s letters from November ’67, and a questionnaire Appell supposedly answered (“QA-5”).

October 21, 2018

Special File – Volume Three (16): Here We Go Again (Groan)

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Tim’na (Jaye Paro) calls John, and gives him “some surprising details” about his recent visit to Washington. This, of course, is the sort of thing that made it harder for John to dismiss her stories. She also mentions an upcoming meeting in Amityville, as Helen and Louise had the day before. John also gets a call from a boy named John Amato, who claims to be an alien, and is investigating another story about a high school teacher who announced to his class that he was from Venus. Alas, I don’t know who Sam is.

October 14, 2018

Special File – Volume Three (15): Princess Moon Owl Again

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Tim’na (Jaye Paro) reports to John that Princess Moon Owl has returned, and has then vanished cinematically into a cemetery. She also claims Mt. Misery has been “inundated with dogs.” Louise and Helen also call. Both mention an upcoming meeting in Amityville. I guess that means that they’re either in contact with each other, or that someone else is in contact with both of them. Unfortunately, I don’t know what Sam’s file is.

October 7, 2018

Special File – Volume Three (14): A Fuse Blown, a Tape Erased

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John spends a few days in Washington with Lynn Catoe. He appears on some radio shows; the tape of one is erased by accident. A fuse blows as he discusses UFOs with Ms. Catoe. I haven’t seen the “Casey Truck” incident in these notes, but it appears in Chapter 17 of The Mothman Prophecies: Ms. Catoe drives to Ivan Sanderson’s farm, is stopped several times by a man in a truck, and later finds a lump of putty under her car. John describes her in detail, and specifies “Our relationship is not platonic.” Who did he think needed to know? Posterity, perhaps? Well, if so, here we are.

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