June 28, 2013
June 26, 2013
John wrote proposals for a number of books that never got the green light. Here’s one: Strange Exits, a book about unusual deaths. The proposal is ten pages, so I’ll divide it into two posts. Included with it, by the way, were three of John’s magazine articles: “He Climbed Everest Alone!” (Argosy, March 1956), “UFOs and the Strange Deaths of our Astronauts — Or Was It MURDER?” (Saga, August, 1971), and “Carnarvon’s Curse” (unidentified).
June 12, 2013
One of John’s first written pieces on UFOs was a 1952 radio program for the American Forces Network, done while he was stationed in Frankfurt. The script, “Things in the Sky,” covered the major sightings from Kenneth Arnold onward, and concluded by citing the various competing explanations. Charles Fort also appeared as a character, which may mark the only time he was trotted out to educate servicemen. The script is too tightly bound to scan properly; so, with a few excuses for the margins, here’s a sample of “Things in the Sky.”
June 6, 2013
One of John Keel’s odder media appearances was as a guest on “To Tell the Truth.” There may be a video somewhere, but I haven’t seen it; fortunately, John saved an audio tape. It’s undated, but since he was plugging The Mothman Prophecies, I assume it was sometime in 1975.
The sequence is ten minutes. John and the two pseudo-Keels are quizzed by Kitty Carlisle, Bill Cullen, Peggy Cass, and Nipsey Russell on Mothman, the Yeti and Bigfoot, and ultraterrestials. For me, it was certainly odd to hear Nipsey Russell interrogating John about Mothman, and to hear Kitty Carlisle try to figure out what an ultraterrestrial was.
For the record, the other Keels were Christopher Arnold, who described himself as an instructor, and Jeff Brown, a producer of TV commercials. John was apparently the most convincing Keel, since only Peggy Cass voted for the wrong Keel, casting her vote for Arnold.