JOHN KEEL: NOT AN AUTHORITY ON ANYTHING

October 20, 2011

Lia and Company

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Earlier, I posted Jaye Paro’s sketch of “Agar,” the librarian (and companion of Mr. Apol) mentioned in Chapter 15 of The Mothman Prophecies.  In the comments, S. L. Jones pointed out that John called her “Lia” in the book, and wanted to know about the contradiction.

On looking through John’s notes, I see that Lia was another of Paro’s purported contacts.  Agar was described as olive-skinned, with black hair and eyes; Lia as blond and pregnant.  Here’s a description of their meeting, from John’s notes (this was in 1967):

LIA

I don’t know why John conflated Agar and Lia; writing several years later, he probably simply didn’t remember which was which.  There is, after all, some confusion over names in all of this.  The experiences ascribed to “Jane” in the book were actually those of Paro; I suppose John put a different name to some of her more unusual experiences to avoid her unwanted publicity.  She was, after all, a “silent contactee” in a public job.  Paro herself was really named Joanne Perranno; “Jaye P. Paro” was her professional name as a radio personality on WBAB, in Babylon, NY.  To complicate matters further, her contacts often called her “Tim’na.”

Paro claimed contact with a number of aliens and/or androids.  Agar was also known as Aggarr or Aggrr, and first identified herself as Afalyes of Trek.  Apol spelled his name in different ways, including Appell.  There were, at one time, two Agars, each claiming the other was an impostor.  And there were others, including one called Rubin, whom John found particularly irritating.

John never saw or talked with any of these beings himself: all interaction was through Paro.  Sometimes she passed along letters from them; sometimes she channeled them, both through voice and writing.  Sometimes John talked to them over the phone, but always through Paro, who relayed their answers.  I doubt that they had any independent existence outside Paro’s psyche.  John suspected so too, but was also baffled by some particulars — in those phone conversations, for example, he often heard a muffled voice in the background.  But he was overwhelmed by the sheer volume of high strangeness he was receiving that year, and, like a good reporter, just kept investigating.

3 Comments »

  1. Afalyes of Trek certainly makes me think of Gene Roddenberry speaking to campuses in the late 1960s through the early 1970s- at which time he was quite free in ascribing the concept of Spock to visions and contacts he had during asthmatic attacks as a teenager.

    One such asthma attack vision occurred in his father’s garage and this was the occasion of his first astral / mental / hallucinatory meeting with the super-egoic “Vulkanian” known as Spock.

    Remembering also the pseudo-science inner planet Vulcan…

    Hm.

    Comment by Flying Tiger Comics — October 20, 2011 @ 11:37 pm

  2. Are the whereabouts of “Jaye P. Paro” known at this time? An alleged photo of hers (looking like a yearbook photo) was circulated in ’09 or ’10. Thanks for your research into Keel’s amazing legacy!

    Comment by Scott Corrales — October 24, 2011 @ 7:05 am

  3. Scott — Nice to hear from you! No, I have no idea what happened to Paro. Is the photo the one I posted here last year? That was taken from an article on Mount Misery that she wrote for “Beyond” magazine.

    Comment by Doug — October 24, 2011 @ 8:21 am

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