December 20, 2018

A Letter from Charles Bowen, November 22, 1966

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John’s correspondence with Charles Bowen grows less formal, as Bowen switches to handwriting and gives John his home address. He was understandably grateful; John alerted him to a certain Mr. and Mrs. Theoharous, who planned to pirate Bowen’s book The Humanoids, then set to appear in a special issue of Flying Saucer Review. Piracy was a continuing problem in UFO publishing: John’s own book Operation Trojan Horse was later pirated by Manor Books under the title Why UFOs.

Coral Lorenzen was the founder of the Aerial Phenomena Research Organization (APRO). Jim Capello was the Advertising Director for Science and Mechanics. I don’t know who “the Harris spiv” is, but Bowen is obviously not a fan.

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.

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