Wow, here’s a cool blast from the past, one I didn’t even remember, glommed out of Lon Strickler’s Phantoms and Monsters newsletter.
I am lucky enough to have known Mr Keel, this through my involvement with the International Fortean Organization back in the day. He was a close mentor of the late head of that group (and the girl who tried to kill me, too!). I enjoyed conversations and dinner with the great man. I remember him telling me that he was no longer doing Forteana since the field was then just so out of whack. Soon after he fell into a long illness with his dear friend Doug Skinner looking in on him frequently. And then he was gone. He was always wanting to relay tips on diabetes to me but the group head never passed them on. Mr Keel was a sweetheart in addition to being a world traveler and investigator of strange things.
Famed journalist and ufologist John Keel related an account that involved celebrity actor Stuart Whitman:
A widespread power failure blacked out New York City and much of the northeastern United States late on the afternoon of November 10, 1965. By dawn of the following day, power still had not been restored. Movie and television actor Stuart Whitman, who was staying in a Manhattan hotel, heard a “sound like a whippoorwill whistling outside my twelfth story window.” When he stepped to the window, he was startled, so he told Hollywood reporter Vernon Scott two months later, to see two UFOs hovering nearby. According to his account;
“One of them was orange, and the other was blue. They gave off a strange luminescent light, so I couldn’t see if there were portholes or who was in them. Then I heard them speaking to me as if they were on a loudspeaker. They spoke to me in English. It may not have been audible to anyone else. They said they wanted to talk to me because I appeared to have no malice or hate. They said they were fearful of earth because Earthlings were messing around with unknown quantities and might disrupt the balance of the universe or their planet.
The people in the UFO said the blackout was just a little demonstration of their power and that they could do a lot more with almost no effort. It served as a warning. They said they could stop our whole planet from functioning. They asked me to do what I could to fight malice, prejudice, and hate on Earth, and then they took off. I couldn’t say how big the objects were, but when they took off I felt elated. I wasn’t even shocked. And I know I wasn’t asleep because I was standing by the window and wide awake the entire time. I don’t know why they picked me as a contact. But I’ll swear on a Bible that I saw them out there and that they talked to me.”
Whitman insisted that he had not been drinking. Scott, who thought the story was absurd, nonetheless acknowledged that Whitman seemed sincere. It was not, after all, the sort of tale likely to advance his career. He never spoke publicly of the incident again.
Source: John Keel, Operation Trojan Horse: The Classic Breakthrough Study of UFOs
Here is a pic of John with Antonio and Loren. I am quite sure I got it from Loren’s site.
Ah, boy, those were the days.
Times were different.
But things were the same.
At the same time.