November 7, 2012

John Keel’s UFO Dictionary

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At one point, John planned to write a UFO dictionary, and filled a small box with definitions on index cards.  He wrote 188 of them, though many just have words without definitions.  The scope is characteristic: they include not only terms used by ufologists, but words from physics, occultism, psychiatry, medicine, contactee lore, and gypsy culture. Even some of the vocabulary used by Richard Shaver and Barbara O’Brien finds a place.  Here’s a sampling:


  1. *Drool* I love these entries. I wish Keel had completed and published the dictionary. Oh, well.

    Comment by Ross — November 8, 2012 @ 9:34 pm

  2. I guess he worked on it for a while, and then realized he didn’t have enough material for a book. He was interested only in terminology, not personalities, which I suppose narrowed the material. Maybe it can be published as part of a larger collection.

    Comment by Doug — November 9, 2012 @ 10:46 am

  3. […] Check out the rest of the list at […]

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  4. Was intrigued by ref to the MIBS ‘Nation of Third Eye’ as Omega Group, any more info on that?

    Comment by steve ash — November 12, 2012 @ 5:18 pm

  5. In the same dictionary, John has:

    Omega Group – Bibl. “the end”. General term for hostile or malevolent ultra-terrestrials. See MIB; Eye, the Third.

    “MEN IN BLACK” – Generic term for malevolent entities dressed in black. Abbr. M.I.B. Coined by Albert Bender, 1953. See Omega Group; Eye, the Third.

    Comment by Doug — November 12, 2012 @ 6:13 pm

  6. Ahhhh in the same way he refered to ‘Sigma’ as being an unknown.

    Am busily writing a chapter on MIB for a book that’s very much inspired by Keel’s approach in many ways, and quite different in others…

    Comment by steve ash — November 12, 2012 @ 7:44 pm

  7. Is there anything in his notes that suggests where that ‘nation of the third eye’ name came from? His books never say, only that they ‘sometimes’ used the term themselves…

    Comment by steve ash — November 13, 2012 @ 4:01 pm

  8. I haven’t seen anything. I would guess that he got the info from one of his “silent contactees.”

    Comment by Doug — November 14, 2012 @ 10:24 am

  9. love the entry for skeptics…so true. i’m putting a link to your site on my signal line remote viewers facebook page if you dont mind, patty

    Comment by patty gallagher — November 14, 2012 @ 11:36 am

  10. someone asked if keel had ever worked with or met vallee…thought you would know. patty

    Comment by patty gallagher — November 14, 2012 @ 11:46 am

  11. John wasn’t always friendly with Vallee. He talks about him in this letter:

    And I posted a picture of the two of them here:

    Comment by Doug — November 15, 2012 @ 7:09 am

  12. […] John, like other UFO researchers, had to contend with crank mail from a group (or, probably, one prankster) called “The International Bankers.”  Here’s how he defined them, in his unfinished dictionary: […]

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  13. […] Well, this is a curious thing.  In the same little plastic box with the wooden plugs from a telephone in Point Pleasant, John kept this pill.  And he had this to say about it, in his unfinished dictionary: […]

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