JOHN KEEL: NOT AN AUTHORITY ON ANYTHING

June 29, 2012

1967: A Banner Year for UFOs

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Theo Paijmans passed along another of John Keel’s articles for the North American Newspaper Alliance.  This one appeared in the Kingston Gleaner, 1/28/68; it summarizes the many UFO reports from the preceding year.

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June 25, 2012

Randolph Halsey-Quince Reviews “Jadoo”

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If you want your first book reviewed properly, do the job yourself.  Or, even better, delegate one of your pseudonyms.  John’s favorite alter ego, Randolph Halsey-Quince, turned in this mostly positive review of Jadoo.  I don’t know if it was ever published.

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June 24, 2012

The New York Fortean Society Newsletter #6

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The sixth newsletter features Mike Lindner’s summation of the first anniversary meeting, including Phyllis Benjamin’s acceptance of the first Falling Frog Award, and a couple of newspaper clippings.

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June 21, 2012

The New York Fortean Society: The Sixth Meeting

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The NYFS held its sixth meeting on September 17, 1988; it was the first anniversary of the society.  John discussed the finances, plugged upcoming events, talked about a UFO sighting in Connecticut, and presented the first Falling Frog Award (to Phyllis Benjamin).  He also delivered a talk on extraterrestrials (not included in these remarks…)

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June 17, 2012

Beyond Timbuctu

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John proposed a sequel to Jadoo; apparently, nobody was interested.  Maybe it’s just as well: it sounds dangerous.

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June 14, 2012

A Letter to Gray Barker

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The following letter appeared in Gray Barker’s Newsletter #5, March 1976.  John is rather rough on Jacques Vallee, but has many interesting things to say about the state of ufology.  I’ve included the preceding letter, since Ray Palmer’s thoughts on Fred Crisman may interest many of you.  I haven’t seen Gene Duplantier’s portrait of John; but if I find it, I’ll add it here.

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June 11, 2012

The New York Fortean Society Newsletter #5

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The fifth issue of the NYFS Newsletter was the anniversary issue.  It sported a cartoon cover by Chris Gross and Phil Lord, a summary of the first year by Ron Rosenblatt, news of members, reviews, and announcements for upcoming events.

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June 10, 2012

1972: Monsters Stole the Spotlight

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Here’s another of John Keel’s articles for the North American Newspaper Alliance, passed along by Theo Paijmans.  It was published in the Jamaica, Surrey, Kingston Gleaner, January 10, 1973.  John sums up the past year’s forteana; of particular interest are several early reports of crop circles.

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June 4, 2012

The New York Fortean Society Newsletter #4

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The fourth issue of the NYFS newsletter prints Mike Lindner’s account of the fourth meeting, a roundup of fortean activity, and John’s explanation of why it takes so long to produce a newsletter.  The film, by the way, has survived; we’ve made a digital transfer, although we didn’t preserve the faded 8mm Bugs Bunny cartoon.  (It was this one, if you’re in the mood for some Bugs.)  Mark Chorvinsky was scheduled to appear, but apparently didn’t.

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The New York Fortean Society: The Fourth Meeting

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John Keel’s notes for the fourth meeting of the New York Fortean Society (March 26, 1988) are on four index cards.  He introduces his film “Egypt — 1954,” preceded by a Bugs Bunny cartoon; gives some updates on members and gets in a dig at James Randi; and introduces Mark Chorvinsky.

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