John’s daily notes continue, as Jaye Paro buys salt for Agar and Apol, refuses to steal items from the drugstore, and visits their home. Sex rears its ugly head, and Princess Moon Owl covers Petula Clark. It’s best to keep in mind John’s all-caps parenthesis. He also takes some notes on the 1967 Congress of Scientific Ufologists, with appearances by Gray Barker, Long John Nebel, and Vivenus. Frank Edwards dies during the convention, apparently fulfilling a prophecy from Barker, and John is accused of being a CIA agent. (By the way, I posted some material about Vivenus here.)
December 11, 2016
December 4, 2016
At this point in his record, John includes an article by Charles Bowen, from Flying Saucer Review, about two men in Rio de Janeiro, found dead with “strange leaden masks” beside them. (This is known as the “Lead Mask Case,” and there’s a lot about it online, if you’re curious.) John marked a paragraph about a note found with them, directing them to take unspecified “capsules.” One of the theories about the men is that they took psychedelics to contact spirits; John was probably interested because pills are reported by a number of contactees, including Jaye Paro.
He then goes on with his daily reports: Paro claims another meeting with Apol and Agar, and an unpleasant interaction with two men in gray. (John apparently forgot to finish the sentence at the end of the page; there’s no page missing.) He also notes a rash of odd phone calls, some of which he suspects might be due to Gray Barker. And Princess Moon Owl calls to announce her departure. Two busy days for a hard-working reporter…
November 29, 2016
At this point, John decided to visit Jaye Paro at radio station WBAB in Long Island. She shows him the disk and the intercepted envelope, and passes along a prophecy from Apol and Agar. John, ever thorough, notes and dates the prophecy, just in case…
November 22, 2016
We pick up the thread in John’s ongoing investigation of Jaye Paro. This time, she claims to have been visited by a certain Colonel John Lewis Dalton, who questioned her about UFOs and asked her to fill out a long questionnaire. Meanwhile, Princess Moon Owl is calling up contactees. As usual, John takes notes on it all, with increasing exasperation, adding, “So things are getting more and more involved.”
November 15, 2016
Mothman’s first official sighting took place fifty years ago, on November 15, 1966. On that night, Roger and Linda Scarberry and Steve and Mary Mallette reported that they saw a large winged creature in the TNT area in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, touching off a very peculiar year indeed. Here is Roger Scarberry’s sketch, and the first two editions of John’s book, both published in 1975 by the Saturday Review Press. The design for the first, by the way, is by Peter Parnall, better known for his wildlife drawings. There’s no better way to mark this anniversary than to read The Mothman Prophecies!
November 6, 2016
The story continues! John sends Jaye Paro a page of questions for Apol and Agar; she sees them in a restaurant, and they answer some of them. Princess Moon Owl is acting up, and a man from Air Force Intelligence wants to meet with Paro. Or so she says…
October 30, 2016
I think John made these up around 1970. I posted the corresponding bumper sticker here. Vote!
October 23, 2016
John’s investigation into Jaye Paro’s supposed contacts continues. She reports that Apol and Agar visited her apartment, and ate an enormous amount of salt. They also gave her a sulpha tablet, which made her very ill. John plans to drive to Long Island an investigate in person…
October 16, 2016
John’s account continues, with his notes on Jaye Paro’s taped interview with Princess Moon Owl. He’s troubled by both the interview and Paro’s suggestion that they lie about it.
The Princess tried to call John; he kept the phone message his roommate gave him. And there’s another odd development: the caller apparently did not have the Princess’s exaggerated Southern accent.
John’s eventual response to Paro’s claims was simply: “Let’s see what she comes up with next.”
October 11, 2016
John’s daily record of 1967 continues. Jaye Paro reports that she had a strange visitor at the radio station: the “kind of nutsy” Princess Moon Owl. Much of the Princess’s story is patently ridiculous, leaving John even more baffled as to what all this means.
The notes on the tape will follow…