1966 was a pivotal year for John. He had been working in television, and growing increasingly dissatisfied with the world of one-liners and game shows. He turned to UFOs; and, like many before and after him, became fascinated with the subject. Beginning with this post, I’ll share some of his correspondence from that year, as he moved from a career in show business to focus on ufolology and forteana.
In January, he wrote to Senator Robert Kennedy, of all people, to complain about the way the Air Force was handling sightings.
Kennedy’s office replied with a short, polite, and dismissive note.
John followed this up with another letter. The statement that he had “been assigned to do an in-depth probe into this subject for PLAYBOY magazine” was somewhat of an exaggeration. He had pitched a UFO article to the editor, who agreed to look at it if John was willing to write on spec. His interaction with Playboy did not go well; I’ll post some material on that next. Meanwhile, the thought of John Keel and Robert Kennedy meeting to discuss UFOs is intriguing; however, the correspondence ended there.