January 26, 2015

John Keel Visits Project Bluebook (1)

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On April 19, 1966, John Keel visited the Pentagon, to interview Lt. Col. Maston Jacks of Project Bluebook for his projected Playboy article. They talked for two hours. John later wrote a report of the meeting, and sent copies to NICAP, APRO, Ivan Sanderson, and his editors at Playboy. I posted Jacks’s response to John’s initial letter of inquiry here, as well as Sanderson’s response to the report; I hadn’t found this report yet. John also describes a preliminary visit to NICAP, including a meeting with Major Donald Keyhoe.

The report is six pages; below are the first two. More to come!

P.S.: As William Grabowski mentions in the comments, John gives a short version of his interview with Jacks in The Mothman Prophecies. It’s on page 23 of the Tor edition.




  1. Amazing stuff, Doug. I recall reading the condensed version in MOTHMAN PROPHECIES. I don’t think I knew that Keel made a “cold call” to the Pentagon that day! How times have changed, eh? I champ at the bit to read the next! Thanks, as ever.

    Comment by William J. Grabowski — January 26, 2015 @ 6:13 am

  2. Yes, great stuff. John is wading into some interesting waters, meeting Keyhoe and then the Bluebook director. Would have liked being a fly on the wall for those!. Waiting for the next….

    Comment by Clarence Carlson — January 26, 2015 @ 5:01 pm

  3. I don’t remember that mention in “Mothman.” I’ll have to go look for it… I’m fascinated by John’s description of the room here. So that’s what Bluebook looked like!

    Comment by Doug — January 27, 2015 @ 12:29 am

  4. Doug: The least I can do is provide you with the page numbers (should have done that!). The Jacks/Pentagon scene is on pages 23-25 in the Tor 2002 paperback edition. Thanks again!

    Comment by William J. Grabowski — January 27, 2015 @ 4:53 am

  5. Thanks! I added that to the post.

    Comment by Doug — January 27, 2015 @ 2:30 pm

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