JOHN KEEL: NOT AN AUTHORITY ON ANYTHING NOT AN AUTHORITY ON ANYTHING

August 11, 2009

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This site is a tribute to that unique writer and character, John A. Keel. It’s maintained by Doug Skinner, in memory of a friendship of some nineteen years. The site will develop from week to week, so check back and see what happens. I’ll see you in time!

The title of the site comes from the calling card John used in India in the 1950s.

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64 Comments »

  1. Hi Doug! Have you “dug” out yet (no pun intended)? Very interested in Barker/Keel correspondence for reasons mentioned above! Thanks in advance.

    Comment by Eric Hoffman — July 5, 2016 @ 11:48 am

  2. You know, I haven’t found much much correspondence between them. I just posted one peculiar letter. There’s probably more information in the Gray Barker Collection, in Clarksburg, West Virginia.

    Comment by Doug — July 7, 2016 @ 10:54 pm

  3. Hi Doug,
    Why do you think John split Jaye P. Paro into two separate contactees. Was it because it was just so weird?

    Comment by Chris — August 8, 2016 @ 4:01 pm

  4. It may have been at her request. She was a radio host and writer, and might not have wanted the weirder experiences attached to her name.

    Comment by admin — August 9, 2016 @ 9:14 am

  5. I have to say that the business with Jaye as a contactee is really, really weird and very intriguing! Does this type of thing still happen these days or did it finally fade away?

    Comment by James — August 17, 2016 @ 11:35 am

  6. I imagine it’s still going on, although maybe in a different form. I have no idea what’s out there online.

    Comment by Doug — August 17, 2016 @ 11:23 pm

  7. His calling card still said “Not an authority on anything” when he gave it to me ~20 years ago. By then it was ALL it said besides his name. He didn’t like to give out contact info widely, though he did give me his phone number, which I used sparingly, and always felt like I was probably boring him. After his heart attack in the 21st Century, he moved and didn’t renew his contacts with people like me, and I heard that when near death he complained of being lonely!

    Comment by Robert — August 28, 2016 @ 8:26 pm

  8. John could be very difficult in his last years. He drove away some of his old friends. He never got email, and often had no phone, since he didn’t pay his bills, which didn’t help. And yes, he would alternately complain that he wanted to be left alone and that he was lonely…

    Comment by Doug — August 29, 2016 @ 3:04 pm

  9. Dear Doug

    We are a group of Keel admirers that somehow we are trying to republish John Keel books in Spain and in Spanish.

    We might be interested to print as annex some of his letters or writing.

    Would that be possible?

    We look forward to hear from you. If you give me an email, I will write you directly.

    Very best regards

    Pablo

    Comment by Paolo — September 19, 2016 @ 7:48 am

  10. Well, tomorrow marks Mothy’s 50th anniversary, or essentially so, the winged weirdie having popped up at the North Generator Plant that cold night in November, 1966.

    Do you know what else appeared in November 1966? DETECTIVE COMICS #359, “The Million-Dollar Debut of Batgirl!”

    http://thewarriorscomicbookden.blogspot.com/2010/09/spotlight-on-million-dollar-debut-of.html

    And who are Batman, Robin, and Batgirl fighting in this issue? Well, see for yourself:

    http://s225.photobucket.com/user/amarok2/media/batgirl_zpsdszltkzk.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

    I always wondered about the books and articles that claimed Mothman was named after a character in “the Batman TV show.” I watched the Adam West show religiously, and there were no Mothmen to be found. Now I see they meant the comics. Even here, though, the head lepidopterous villain is called “Killer Moth,” not “Mothman”.

    Comment by Mike W. — November 14, 2016 @ 11:11 pm

  11. Thanks for this! Of course, we don’t know if the journalist who started using the term read that comic book… I always assumed Mothman wasn’t named after a particular character, but in response to the campy superhero craze at the time. Humor magazines were full of creations like Normalman, Fratman, etc., so Mothman was a natural idea. It’s too bad, really, since it made too many people think the creature was some kind of humanoid. Ah, well…

    Comment by Doug — November 15, 2016 @ 9:54 am

  12. Hello Doug, thank you so much for uploading all this great Keel stuff. I’m a big fan and it’s great to see all this online.

    Comment by Ryan B — November 24, 2016 @ 2:14 am

  13. Thanks, Ryan! I’m always glad to hear there are Keel fans!

    Comment by Doug — November 24, 2016 @ 9:18 am

  14. Hi Doug, just want to thank you for maintaining this website and preserving John’s original research! It’s so fascinating I find myself checking in again and again!

    Comment by Kendra — November 29, 2016 @ 7:11 pm

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