December 22, 2015

A Letter to Jerome Clark, Feb. 20, 1967

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As John continued to puzzle over the Tiny encounter, he received his first letter from Jerome Clark. Clark introduced himself, and sent some recent sightings and speculations.  John’s response is a good summation of his ideas at the time, more candid than his published articles, in which he was sometimes reined in by his editors. Both his ideas and his relationship to Jerome Clark changed over the years.

The “infiltration” John mentions was a report about a UFO releasing cars onto a highway. The Astropower symbol was a logo that resembled those reported on UFOs. The detail about the smokestacks is intriguing. What was that about?

I probably won’t have much of a chance to post here in the next few weeks, since I’ve just moved from Manhattan, haven’t quite moved into a new place upstate, and am staying with friends in the interim, as my files wait patiently in storage. Meanwhile, rather than offer you a generic Happy Holidays, I wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyful Kwanzaa, Bright Solstice, and Filthy Saturnalia.






  1. This letter is a fascinating peek into Mr. Keel’s ideas at the time. Thanks, and a Filthy Saturnalia to you, too. 🙂

    Comment by Marshall Cook — December 22, 2015 @ 11:28 am

  2. Hi, Doug. Hope your holidaze is a good one! This letter is a real Keelian character study for the period after his Mothman (the first, I believe) investigation in early December 1966, and before those incidents spiked–from whatever source. Yeah, Keel’s relationship to Clark went downhill in later years. This letter shows how carefully Keel considered what to include, and what not to, in Operation Trojan Horse. Thanks so much, Doug.

    Comment by William Grabowski — December 23, 2015 @ 3:28 am

  3. A great piece! I always wished that I could have sat down with Keel when he was alive and said something like “tell me what you really think”. Well here it is. Thanks Doug. Hope the move goes well for you. Best wishes to all.

    Comment by Clarence Carlson — December 24, 2015 @ 4:00 pm

  4. Very interesting letter. It would be equally interesting to read Jerome Clarke’s initial letter to John Keel. By the way, this blog is great and offers an insight not found anywhere else. Thank you and happy holidays!

    Comment by Solo — December 24, 2015 @ 11:48 pm

  5. Thank you Doug, for posting these little gems – and a Happy New Year to you too!

    Best regards,


    Comment by Theo Paijmans — January 2, 2016 @ 8:17 pm

  6. Thanks, Theo, the same to you!

    Comment by Doug — January 3, 2016 @ 11:11 am

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