JOHN KEEL NOT AN AUTHORITY ON ANYTHING

October 1, 2017

Special Cases – Long Island File (57): A Letter to Jerome Clark

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 11:09 pm

In the midst of all the confusion that surrounded John in 1967, he wrote a letter to fellow researcher Jerome Clark, summarizing his understanding of the UFO phenomenon at the time. Much of it (in retrospect, too much of it, I’m afraid) was based on the information he was getting from Jaye Paro. A couple of notes: Charles, I presume, is Charles Bowen, editor of the British Flying Saucer Review; Lucius F. is Lucius Farish, tireless collector of UFO data.

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  1. Thanks, Doug. It’s interesting to see how much John was being sucked into this, whatever it was.

    Comment by Marsh — October 2, 2017 @ 12:48 pm

  2. Hey Doug do you know exactly what happened between John and Jerome Clark?Apparently they had a bad falling out that lasted until the day John died but no one seems to know what they fought over.

    Comment by Joseph — October 3, 2017 @ 2:37 pm

  3. I guess they didn’t get along. Here’s what Clark had to say about it: https://digitalseance.wordpress.com/2011/09/20/john-keel-vs-ufology/

    Comment by Doug — October 3, 2017 @ 3:43 pm

  4. Thanks for the link though I have already read that article.I just find it confusing considering now a days Jerome’s opinion on UFOs seem to align with John’s thoughts.I guess John’s attitude on wanting to be an authority on the subject rubbed people the wrong way.

    Comment by Joseph — October 3, 2017 @ 8:05 pm

  5. […] cause or causes. An emphasis on Keel’s interacting with UFO eyewitnesses finds echoes in Special Cases–Long Island File (57): A Letter to Jerome Clark. This summary of Keel’s “take” regarding UFOs largely reflected Keel’s […]

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  6. Well, John could certainly be rude on occasion. He also suffered serious mood swings from his diabetes, which didn’t help.

    Comment by Doug — October 4, 2017 @ 7:28 pm

  7. Yeah I’ve heard about John’s diabetes and how he didn’t know about until much later on in his life.It also doesn’t help the fact that Jerome and many other people in ufology have big egos as well.It’s a problem within the community that I don’t think will ever be solved unfortunately.There’s also the fans of these people who form these personality cults which always makes things worse.

    Comment by Joseph — October 4, 2017 @ 8:46 pm

  8. […] cause or causes. An emphasis on Keel’s interacting with UFO eyewitnesses finds echoes in Special Cases–Long Island File (57): A Letter to Jerome Clark. This summary of Keel’s “take” regarding UFOs largely reflected Keel’s […]

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  9. John knew he was being manipulated, but not hoaxed? How did he come to the conclusion there were 12 different groups of ETs?

    Comment by patty g — November 18, 2017 @ 6:27 am

  10. I’m not sure how John decided there were 12 groups of ETs. My guess is that he heard it from several contactees. That is, obviously, not a foolproof method. He seems to have felt that Jaye and other contactees were sincere, and was trying to figure out what their stories meant. Remember, these are his raw private notes! John and other ufologists really had no strict methodology for dealing with this stuff. It was all new, although there are some similar experiences in the fields of religion, folklore, and psychiatry… as John himself pointed out.

    Comment by admin — November 19, 2017 @ 1:34 pm

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