February 14, 2015

A Couple of Notes

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Andrew Colvin has published another volume of Keel. This is The Invisible Diet, which John shopped around without success in the ’80s. I mentioned it here. It’s a curious book: it tells you how to change your eating habits by changing everything else in your life, and how to gradually wean yourself off sugar, caffeine, white flour, and other nasty substances. John meant it as a humorous but useful diet book; potential publishers were confused by it. Colvin has updated and expanded it for today’s dieters. You can find it here.

The show Monsters and Mysteries in America, seen on Destination America and the Discovery Channel, has filmed an episode devoted to John, which will air sometime in the spring. I chatted with the producers, but declined to be interviewed on camera. Nothing personal; I’ve just done a lot of TV and interviews in my time, and never particularly enjoyed them. I’d rather sit at home and work on other things.

Meanwhile, Happy Valentine’s Day. And if you’re following the Invisible Diet, lay off the chocolate.


  1. Hello,
    Although both John and Bud Hopkins have passed on, I often wonder what John thought of Bud;s research and theories about alien abduction and hybrid babies. He did mention Bud in either an interview or lecture which is included in one of your books. If I remember correctly, John said something to the effect that it was the old contactee ploy updated and revised.

    Comment by John Gerard — February 15, 2015 @ 10:50 am

  2. You know, I don’t remember what John thought of Hopkins. He certainly grew disenchanted with the UFO scene in later years, and often said that it was just recycling the old stories. So he probably included Hopkins in that viewpoint.

    Comment by Doug — February 15, 2015 @ 11:55 am

  3. THIS I must have… As we all know, John was THE polymath. I recall, Doug, your posting about this back in May 2014, and my being absorbed (pun there) by the Table of Contents. I’ve checked out Colvin’s sample on Amazon, and it looks intriguing. As ever, Doug, thank you!

    Comment by William J. Grabowski — February 16, 2015 @ 10:24 pm

  4. I know that John (like myself) was an avid amateur herpetologist and I am told he sometimes gave talks to local reptile clubs. Does anyone know anything about John’s herpetological interests or writings, or the topics of his talks? Any info would be very welcome. Thanks very much.

    Comment by John Gerard — February 23, 2015 @ 9:01 pm

  5. Well, John brought back from his Jadoo travels a sand boa, three cobras, and a “two-headed snake,” and performed with them in the window of the Midtown Aquarium in NYC, to promote Jadoo. He eventually got rid of them; he kept the stuffed head of one of the cobras until it disintegrated. The only article I know of is “Snakes I Have Known and Loved,” for High Times (Oct. 1980). It’s a short light piece about people’s fears of snakes, and his own experience with “snake charming.” I’m curious about his reptile club talks too, but haven’t seen any.

    Comment by Doug — February 23, 2015 @ 11:36 pm

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