In 1945, Governor Thomas Dewey visited John Keel’s home town, Perry, NY. John scooped the Perry Herald, earning him a mention in it.
Of course, John had to cover the coverage in The Jester as well.
And, finally, here are John’s private thoughts on the incident.
Richard Toronto published a fascinating magazine called Shavertron, devoted to Richard Shaver. In the 22nd issue, March 1985, he interviewed John Keel. Richard has graciously given his permission to post that interview here. I urge you to visit his online version, www.shavertron.com. And I urge him to finish that book he’s writing about Shaver and his editor, Ray Palmer, so I can read it.
The interview is a particularly interesting one, since 1985 was a difficult time for John. UFO and fortean books were not selling, and he was trying to recast himself as a playwright and novelist. This is also the only interview I’ve seen in which he talks about his mail-order projects.