George Adamski Got Famous Sharing His UFO Photos and Alien ‘Encounters’

To some, he was a prophet. To others, a laughing stock. Even today, more than half a century after his death, George Adamski remains one of the most curious and controversial characters in UFO history.

Adamski had multiple claims to UFO fame. Starting in the late 1940s, he took countless photos of what he insisted were flying saucers. But experts, including J. Allen Hynek, scientific consultant to the Air Force’s Cold War-era UFO investigation team Project Blue Book, dismissed them as crude fakes.

Then, in 1952, Adamski reported that he had met and conversed with a visitor from Venus in a California desert, using a combination of hand gestures and mental telepathy.

His story would only get stranger from there.


A star gazer is born

Adamski chronicled his alleged adventures in several books. The first, Flying Saucers Have Landed (1953), coauthored with Desmond Leslie, recounted his chat with the Venusian. Widely read at the time, it later gained a new generation of fans in the trippy 1960s.

Adamski’s 1955 sequel, Inside the Space Ships, described further meetings, not only with the Venusian but also with emissaries from Mars and Saturn. In Adamski’s telling, every planet in our solar system was populated with human-like inhabitants, as was the dark side of the earth’s moon.

In the 1955 book, Adamski claimed that his new friends took him aboard one of their scout ships, flew him to an immense mother ship hovering over the earth, gave him a ride around the moon and treated him to a colorful travelogue about life on Venus.

Along the way, he was also tutored by a space man he called “the master.” The master, who was said to be nearly 1,000 years old, shared the secrets of the universe with Adamski, only some of which he was allowed to divulge back on earth.

Preposterous as his stories seemed, Adamski became an international celebrity and lectured widely. Queen Juliana of the Netherlands raised a public stir after inviting him to her palace in 1959 to discuss extraterrestrial doings. Adamski supposedly claimed a secret 1963 meeting with the pope, as well.

Adamski soon had followers all over the planet. But not everybody was on board. Arthur C. Clarke, the author of 2001: A Space Odyssey, not only denounced Adamski’s work but characterized his believers as “nitwits.”

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Who was George Adamski?

George Adamski was reportedly born in Poland in 1891, came to the U.S. with his parents at as a young boy and grew up in far-northern New York state.

He seems to have had little formal education, though the press would later refer to him as “Professor Adamski”—a habit he appears to have encouraged.

Adamski enjoyed his first glimpse of glory in 1934 as the leader of a group calling itself the Royal Order of Tibet. The Los Angeles Times reported they had bought an old estate in Laguna Beach, California, and planned to establish the first Tibetan monastery in America on the site. The Times described “Prof. George Adamski” as being “as strange as the cult he sponsors.”

Somehow, Adamski convinced the reporter he had lived in the “ancient monasteries” of Tibet as a child. “I learned great truths up there on ‘the roof of the world,’” he was quoted as saying.

In 1936, he was back in the papers again, this time as the leader of a group called Universal Progressive Christianity, whose international headquarters, he said, would soon be established in Laguna Beach.

Aside from offering a tax plan to end the Great Depression in 1938, the “professor” stayed out of the news until after World War II. But when the postwar UFO craze took off, Adamski hopped right on.

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Eyes on the skies

In October 1946, he said, he spotted his first UFO—“a large black object, similar in shape to a gigantic dirigible, and apparently motionless.”

His next sighting came in August 1947. This time, it wasn’t just a single object but a procession of them—at least 184 by his count. Then, in late 1949, at what he said was the urging of the U.S. military, he attached a camera to his six-inch telescope and began scanning the skies at every opportunity. Soon he had what he considered two good UFO pictures.

“Since then, winter and summer, day and night, through heat and cold, wind, rains and fog, I have spent every moment possible outdoors, watching the skies,” he wrote.

By the end of 1952, the skies over his California home had become a sort of UFO shooting gallery. Adamski estimated he took another 500 flying saucer photos, from which he got a dozen good ones. He claimed to have provided prints to the Air Force, but he kept the negatives.

By now, newspapers and magazines were publishing Adamski’s photos, and he was giving lectures as an authority on UFOs. Because he happened to live near Mount Palomar, home of the famous observatory, he was often misidentified as a professional astronomer. But as the genuine astronomer Carl Sagan later noted, the truth was a little more mundane: Adamski “operated a tiny restaurant” in the vicinity and had “set up a small telescope out back.”

A close encounter of the Venusian kind

It was in November 1952, in a remote patch of California desert, that Adamski came face to face with his supposed visitor from Venus. “The beauty of his form surpassed anything I had ever seen,” Adamski wrote. “And the pleasantness of his face freed me of all thought of my personal self. I felt like a little child in the presence of one with great wisdom and much love…”

The Venusian’s flesh was as soft as a baby’s, Adamski reported after they touched palms, while his “hair was sandy in color and hung in beautiful waves to his shoulders, glistening more beautifully than any woman’s I have ever seen.”

When the two finally got around to communicating, it became clear that the Venusian had come to deliver a message. Earthlings should stop messing around with atomic bombs, he told Adamski, before they destroyed their entire planet. To punctuate his point, and to show that he had picked up at least one word of English, the alien added, “Boom! Boom!”

Adamski wasn’t the first American to claim he’d met an alien, but he was the first to go public, and he quickly became the most famous “contactee.” Countless others would follow in the decades to come, telling their own tales of what Project Blue Book’s Hynek famously labeled “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

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His new notoriety turned the humble restaurant where he worked into a tourist attraction. One visitor was Edward J. Ruppelt, then head of Project Blue Book, who dropped by, incognito, in 1953 to find Adamski holding court and hawking copies of his UFO pix. “To look at the man and to listen to his story, you had an immediate urge to believe him,” Ruppelt wrote in his 1956 book The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects, adding that he had “the most honest pair of eyes I’ve ever seen.”

While Ruppelt clearly didn’t believe him, he was impressed all the same. “As I left, he was graciously filling people in on more details and the cash register was merrily ringing up saucer picture sales.”

Hynek also paid a visit to Adamski’s eatery, along with some fellow astronomers. Although he tried to engage Adamski on more scientific matters, Hynek later recalled, “All he wanted to do was sell me photos.”

Con man, crackpot or cosmic messenger?

Adamski published at least one more book, Flying Saucers Farewell (1961) and continued to lecture widely.

At a press conference in March 1965, he predicted that a large fleet of flying saucers would soon descend on Washington, D.C. Unfortunately, Adamski wouldn’t be there to greet them—had they actually arrived. He died that April at age 74.

Since his death, Adamski’s critics have tended to portray him as a harmless crackpot, small-time con artist or perhaps a bit of both.

Others, like J. Allen Hynek, took a somewhat dimmer view, accusing Adamski and others like him, of discrediting the entire field of UFO research.

Author Arthur C. Clarke had made the same point years earlier, saying that Adamski and coauthor Leslie did “a real disservice by obscuring the truth and scaring away serious researchers from a field that may be of great importance.”

But Adamski stuck to his story to the end—including the upbeat but somehow ominous message he’d delivered in Flying Saucers Have Landed:

“My most urgent message and plea to every person who reads it is: Let us be friendly. Let us recognize and welcome the men from other worlds! THEY ARE HERE AMONG US.”

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George Adamski’s Doctored Document

Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act, a significant body of material on the famous/infamous George Adamski has surfaced – the bulk of it from the FBI. It has to be said that the Bureau’s file on the controversial Contactee makes for highly entertaining reading. But, perhaps, for reasons you might not have considered. There’s not a single scrap of paper in the “Adamski File” which suggests the FBI was concerned in the slightest about the man’s alleged alien encounters. Rather, it was his public and vocal stance on communism that had J. Edgar Hoover’s finest hot under the collar.

Adamski was heard to state that communism was the way of the future, and that the Soviet Union would ultimately dominate the planet. That Adamski had thousands of fans, devotees and impressionable people hanging on his every pro-Russia word bothered the FBI to a significant degree. And so, and almost inevitably, a file was opened on George. But, there’s far more to the file than Cold War era commies. There’s the matter of a certain document outrageously doctored by Adamski yet another affair that got the FBI in a collective state of frustration and anger.

From March 23, 1953 onward, much of the FBI’s dealings with Adamski revolved around what was said by Adamski during a lecture he gave for the Californian Lions Club, on March 12. According to the FBI’s San Diego office, Adamski had prefaced his talk with a statement to the effect that (and I quote the FBI here) “…his material had all been cleared with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Air Force Intelligence.” Absolutely certain that no such clearance had been afforded Adamski, representatives of both the Bureau and the Air Force visited him at his Palomar Gardens Cafe, and “severely admonished him for making any statement alluding to his material having FBI and Air Force blessing.” For the record, however, Adamski denied making any such claims – which is hardly surprising!

Despite his denial (which did not impress the visiting G-Men at all) Adamski was ordered to sign an official document – intended for both the FBI and the Air Force – confirming that his statements and material definitely did not have official clearance of any kind whatsoever. With one copy of the statement retained by Adamski, additional copies were circulated to HQ and to the FBI offices at Dallas, Los Angeles, and Cleveland, since “…these offices have received previous communications concerning [Adamski].”

On December 10, 1953, matters took a decidedly downward turn for Adamski, when a representative of the Los Angeles-based office of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) turned up at the offices of the Los Angeles FBI. The man advised the FBI that its staff were investigating Adamski’s 1953 book, Flying Saucers Have Landed, specifically to determine if it was nothing more than an outrageous hoax. The BBB informed the FBI that to ascertain the facts surrounding Adamski, the man himself had been interviewed by one of its staff. During the course of the interview, Adamski apparently produced for the BBB a document “having a blue seal in the lower left corner, at the top of which appeared the names of three government agents” – one from the FBI and two from the Air Force. Once again, the implication was that Adamski’s material had the official backing of both the military and the Bureau. The FBI was told: “[The Better Business Bureau] is interested in whether or not this document is authentic and whether your organization is making an endorsement of [Adamski’s] book.”

You will probably not be surprised to learn that the document was not authentic. An investigation undertaken by Special Agent Willis, of the FBI office in San Diego, revealed that the document displayed by Adamski to the Better Business Bureau was, in reality, nothing less than a carefully doctored copy of the statement Adamski had been ordered to sign for both the Air Force and the FBI months earlier! Adamski was about to find himself in deep, scalding-hot water.

On December 16, 1953, the following document was prepared by Louis B. Nichols, the head of the FBI’s public relations department: “[Deleted] instructed Willis to call on Adamski at the Palomar Gardens Cafe, Valley Center, California. This is located five miles east of Rincon, California, near the Mount Palomar Observatory. Willis was told to have the San Diego Agents, accompanied by representatives of OSI if they care to go along, call on Adamski and read the riot act in no uncertain terms pointing out he has used this document in a fraudulent, improper manner, that this Bureau has not endorsed, approved, or cleared his speeches or book, that he knows it, and the Bureau will simply not tolerate any further foolishness, misinterpretation and falsity on his part. Willis was told to instruct the Agents to diplomatically retrieve, if possible, the document in issue from Adamski. Willis said he would do this and send in a report at once.”

Despite threats of prosecution, the FBI ultimately chose not to take legal action against Adamski. As for Adamski, he very wisely chose never again to discuss the matter of that doctored document in a public forum. And, of course, this particular portion of the file simply must have a bearing on Adamski’s credibility (or lack of it) when it comes to (a) his claims of alien encounters and (b) the matter of his controversial photos of alleged alien spacecraft.

George Adamski: King Of UFO Contactees Or A Hoaxer?

In the last years of the 1940’s, George Adamski was one of the very first people to publicly reveal his encounters and experiences relating to the UFO phenomena.

Adamski called himself a “philosopher, teacher, student and saucer researcher,” in spite of most investigators concluded his claims were an elaborate hoax, and that Adamski himself was a con artist, there are a lot of people truly believe he made a contact with Nordic alien “space brothers”.

In November 1952, Polish-born UFO enthusiast – George Adamski claimed that he and several friends were walking in the Colorado desert near Desert Center, California when an alien spacecraft swooped down and landed near them.

What Did George Adamski Claim?

Adamski claimed he went off alone and encountered a second ship, out of which clambered a golden-haired alien named Orthon. Supposedly from the planet Venus, Orthon came with a message of peace, warning Adamski of the dangers of nuclear war. After he got back in his ship and flew away Adamski and his friends said they took plaster casts of Orthon’s footprints–ostensibly to prove he was really there.

Further to this, he also claimed that he returned to the same landing site later, and took a photograph of the Venusians’ ship that descended to meet him. It was apparently the first clear picture ever of a flying saucer, which obviously became famous in no time.

Adamski authored three books describing his meetings with Nordic aliens and his travels with them aboard their spaceships: Flying Saucers Have Landed (co-written with Desmond Leslie) in 1953, Inside the Space Ships in 1955, and Flying Saucers Farewell in 1961. The first two books were both bestsellers by 1960 they had sold a combined 200,000 copies.

Number Of Problems With Adamski’s Claims

Adamski claimed in his books that these “alien humans” came from Venus, Mars, and other planets in Earth’s solar system. However, none of the planets he mentioned are capable of supporting human life, due to their environmental conditions. For example, the first alien Adamski claimed to have met was from Venus, yet the atmospheric pressure on the planet’s surface is 92 times that of Earth, it has clouds which rain a toxic substance thought to be sulfuric acid, the atmosphere consists almost entirely of carbon dioxide, with very little oxygen, and the average surface temperature of Venus is 464 °C.

Secondly, the photograph that he claimed to have clocked of the UFO, was analysed by an expert, and he claimed that it wasn’t a flying saucer at all and apparently it was a streetlight, where its exposed landing gear were bulbs.

Also, his friends who had been with him during the contact, had different versions of their stories. In short, some believe that he built up the whole thing. More because, in the early years he supported himself mostly by manual labor and got into the occult in California in the 1920s, forming something called the Royal Order of Tibet that ended when Prohibition was repealed in 1933. According to one witness, at that point, Adamski claimed that he has to get into the ‘Flying Saucer Crap’.

The flying saucer story fetched a lot of money to him. In 1949 Adamski began giving his first UFO lectures to civic groups and other organizations in Southern California he requested, and received, fees for the lectures. In these lectures he made “fantastic” claims, such as “that government and science had established the existence of UFOs two years earlier, via radar tracking of 700-foot-long spacecraft on the other side of the Moon.” In his lectures Adamski further claimed that “science now knows that all planets [in Earth’s solar system] are inhabited” and “photos of Mars taken from the Mount Palomar observatory have proven the canals on Mars are man-made, built by an intelligence far greater than any man’s on earth.” However, as one UFO historian has noted, “even in the early 1950s [Adamski’s] assertions about surface conditions on, and the habitability of, Venus, Mars, and the other planets of the solar system flew in the face of massive scientific evidence…”mainstream” ufologists were almost uniformly hostile to Adamski, holding not only that his and similar contact stories were fraudulent, but that the contactees were making serious UFO investigators look ridiculous.”

In 1963, Adamski claimed that he had had a secret audience with Pope John XXIII and that he had received a “Golden Medal of Honor” from His Holiness . Adamski, at the request of the extraterrestrials he was allegedly in contact with, met with the Pope in order to request a “final agreement” from him because of his decision not to communicate directly with any extraterrestrials, and also to offer him a liquid substance in order to save him from the gastric enteritis that he suffered from, which would later become acute peritonitis.

On April 23, 1965, at the age of 74, Adamski died of a heart attack after giving a UFO lecture in Maryland.

Despite of numerous critics over decades George Adamski remains a founder of the so-called UFO subculture, even now almost 50 years after his death.

Top 10 Most Famous UFO Hoaxes

Few things are more gratifying to the creatively competitive than hoodwinking one&rsquos fellow humans. Coupling a desire for fame with a mischievous streak can spell great entertainment for one person, and vast cultural adaptation for the rest of us.

Whenever a hoax is proven to be a hoax, not everyone listens. Some believers remain believers for the rest of their lives, no matter how unlikely their claims. The indellible cultural watermark created by hoaxing is exemplified in the ten most famous UFO hoaxes of the last few decades.

Shermer, the editor of Skeptic magazine, released a short video last year detailing his investigation of how easy it is to fake UFO photos. He had children &lsquomake&rsquo UFOs using household materials, glue, and silver paint, then had the children photograph their creations hanging from fishing line against a backdrop of gray sky.

The pictures didn&rsquot look tampered with to a professional photography analyst &ndash he couldn&rsquot see the fishing line, and the images were not smudged.

When Shermer showed the photos to the public at a sidewalk booth, some were skeptical, and some believed. When he showed them that the pictures were hoaxed, almost everyone seemed disappointed at the fact, and many claimed determinedly and defiantly to believe in UFOs nonetheless, as though accepting evidence would show personal weakness.

In the nineteen fifties and sixties came the American cultural trend not only of flying saucer sightings, but of reported meet-and-greets with their occupants. The mass hoax spread across the nation as people grappled for a stint in the spotlight. Some would dress up strangely, posing for photographs or gently harassing acquaintances. At least one man (named R. E. Harrison II), took photographs of an image on a television screen, claiming it to be an alien at the door!

A more scandalous, and gruesome, example of alien body hoaxery can be found in Ray Santilli&rsquos black-and-white Alien Autopsy footage, in which a creepy-looking, hairless humanoid, with large eyes and a large head, is shown on a table, partially decomposed. The footage was released in the nineties, and received a great deal of attention. Santilli disappointed believers in 2006 by admitting the footage to be fake. At least he tried to let us all down easy &ndash he claimed the footage not to be totally fake, exactly, but a reconstruction of an alien autopsy that did take place. Either way, the depicted creature wasn&rsquot a real alien, and since Santilli didn&rsquot admit this upon release, the footage can be considered a hoax.

The most famous of these papers are The National Enquirer, The Globe, and the craziest of all: the Weekly World News. These magazines have hoaxed more hoaxes than any hoaxer should hope to hoax, and the redundancy is fully intended to help this point sink in. Fortunately for the levelheaded public, hardly anyone is roped in by scandals titled like these: &ldquoAlien Bible Translated,&rdquo &ldquoRussians Shoot Down UFO,&rdquo &ldquoTwo-Ton Alien Hairball Found in Australia,&rdquo &ldquoAliens stole my face,&rdquo &ldquoUFO Sparks Killer Forest Fire,&rdquo and &ldquoJapanese Woman to Wed Space Alien.&rdquo

Have aliens been using the moon as a garbage dump? Are they warring with a clan of bigfoots (bigfeet)? How exactly can exorcism affect UFOs? Who the heck is P&rsquoLodd, and why is he fraternizing with the Clintons? Doubtless someone, somewhere, has been tricked into believing at least some of this crazy stuff. Thus, these tall-tale-telling-tabloids are officially hoaxers. Even if most of those who purchase tabloids do it for entertainment value alone, the magazines themselves stand by the alleged truth of their stories.

For Halloween in 1938, Orson Welles directed a radio play inspired by H. G. Wells&rsquos &lsquoWar of the Worlds,&rsquo the classic story of violent alien invasion. The night it aired over the CBS radio network is one that many never forgot. It was an amazing performance &ndash so amazing, in fact, that people took to the streets, fleeing their homes for their lives. The air of tension created by the second world war gets only some of the credit for the uproar, in which nearly two million people were convinced that &lsquoWar of the Worlds&rsquo was a news broadcast, rather than a work of fiction.

Although this example of human gullibility almost doesn&rsquot count as a hoax &ndash after all, the station did warn repeatedly that the story was fictional, it&rsquos just that people missed it while channel-surfing &ndash the sheer immense number of fooled and panicked people makes its inclusion here necessary.

What can be more hoaxy than a cult? Cult leaders are known to be more charismatic than the average fellow, convincing followers to believe (and do) the extraordinary for no real good reason. Such an ability was demonstrated by Heaven&rsquos Gate&rsquos leader, the white-haired and eccentric-looking Marshall Applewhite, and his wife, Bonnie Nettles.

Known by followers as &lsquoTi and Do,&rsquo the pair convinced thirty-eight people to commit suicide simultaneously, so that their souls could hitch a ride in the an alien spaceship coasting behind the Hale Bopp comet as it came into Earth&rsquos view. Needless to say, the comet-following UFO never existed &ndash or at least, was never actually observed.

With the advent of easily accessible, high-quality 3D-rendering computer software, the general public has taken UFO fakery to a new level. UFO sightings, with convincingly detailed video evidence, have appeared to explode through Britain, the United States, and especially Haiti. The Haiti UFO footage, popular on youtube and said to have been filmed in August of 2007, depicts several close-up views of mechanized, lit saucers. A woman gasps as the crafts fly directly overhead and then into the distance between two palm trees.

It is upon closer inspection of the palm trees that the video is proven likely to be a hoax: every palm tree in the video is exactly the same. Not only were the spacecrafts created by 3D-rendering software, but the entire video, including the backdrop, foreground and awkward camera work, is fabricated. The creator of the video, known online as &ldquoBarzolff81,&rdquo has publicly stated that he used a program called &ldquoView 6 Infinite&rdquo to fabricate the footage for fun.

According to the United States government, a top-secret weather balloon crashed in Roswell, New Mexico, in July of 1947. Officials whisked away the materials after civilians discovered them, presenting them for news coverage later on. What was shown by the news was doubtless a weather balloon however, eyewitnesses claimed that what crashed was something altogether different: an alien spacecraft.

Rumor has it that the spacecraft and its dead occupants were transported to Area 51, a top secret military base in Nevada, for storage and experimentation. The movie &lsquoIndependence Day&rsquo capitalized on this idea, as have many science fiction television shows and books.

The government would have reasons to keep all this quiet, and the Roswell tourist industry has reason to keep people believing. The complicated controversy surrounding this whole ordeal makes one thing clear: while we might not be able to surely say who, someone is definitely faking it.

As the Roswell controversy hit the news, kid pranksters everywhere got hungry for a piece of the action. Armed with cameras, they hurled anything disk-like, from hubcaps to pie plates to saucers, into the sky, faking photos by the dozens. Through a camera lens, an old button on the ground can look like a crashed UFO. Some photos can&rsquot be proven fake: the film is untampered with, and the graininess of the photos themselves prevents even the experts from obtaining definitive answers as to just what is depicted.

While Fox Mulder&rsquos &ldquoI Want To Believe&rdquo poster is likely a picture of someone&rsquos thrown hat, we&rsquoll never be able to &lsquoknow&rsquo for sure. What we do know for sure, though, is that in the forties, a lot of kids stole mom&rsquos good silver to aid in an afternoon&rsquos mischief, and continue to occasionally do so today. The rest is a matter of likelihood.

Urbanites and rural-dwellers alike are familiar with the crop circle, of English origin. A couple Englishmen took some planks, some rope, and some measurements to a field in 1975, and after a few separate tries, convinced the locals that something wholly unnatural was bending their crops into pretty shapes.

Without a human confession, it was only natural for curious folk to link the big, mysterious, and complex patterns with those big, mysterious, complex UFOs people claimed to see flitting about once in a while. By the time the original human circle makers admitted to their vandalism in 1996, hardly anyone listened. It didn&rsquot matter if crop circles could be easily created with common tools, or that a few people showed exactly how it was done: enthusiasts were determined in their convictions, and continue, despite numerous debunkings, to believe that crop circles are of extraterrestrial origin, even today.

Scientology is the biggest alien fraud of them all. Using the pressuring technique of lie detection (via &ldquoe-meter&rdquo), the guided reliving of traumatic experiences, and the dangling carrot of the &ldquonext level,&rdquo L. Ron Hubbard, a famous but mediocre science fiction writer, schemed to take advantage of the bank accounts of the vulnerable by offering them spiritual salvation. Scientology&rsquos followers call it a religion. Everyone else calls it a destructive, dangerous cult.

What does it have to do with aliens, though? Therein lies the cincher: once Scientology inductees have grown brainwashed and vulnerable enough to reach a high level of devotion (OT level 7), they are told of the story of Xenu, which was leaked to the public a few years ago. Many are familiar: Xenu was an intergalactic warlord who, billions of years ago, schemed to commit otherworldy genocide. An entire alien species was dumped into a volcano on Earth, and their ghosts were then shown &lsquomovies&rsquo of suffering, war, and human religion. These ghosts became thetans, and thetans are what human souls are made of. They cause all human ills. They cling to our subconscious in their misery and confusion, transferring all their problems to us. Scientology, of course, seeks to solve the thetan problem.

Some say Scientologists have retired the story, but the fact remains that this Weekly-World-News-friendly tale was used for decades by the greedy to strengthen the devotion of weary followers. Scientology is now worth millions of dollars due in part to this back story, making it the most successful and fraudulent UFO hoax ever conducted.

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• Leonard Cramp, M.I.S.A: Space, Gravity and the Flying Saucer: International Aeronautical Congress, Innsbruck, August 1954. “To the ever growing list of eminent and respected Scientists, who have openly declared their belief in Flying Saucers, can be added the name of Professor Herman Oberth, German Mathematician and early pioneer of Rocket Research, who is not only convinced of the existence of Flying Saucers, but believes they are Extraterrestrial. Dr. Oberth said that the behavior of the Flying Saucer ruled out any means of propulsion known to us, and certainly rocket propulsion. A possible explanation was the use of a ‘anti gravity’ device. Dr. Oberth added he did not believe the Russians, Americans, or anyone else could have developed such a means of defeating gravity so quickly and in complete secrecy.”

• 1977, Dr. Sturrock, Astrophysicist at California Stanford University. “Eighty percent of U.S. Astronomers polled in a massive survey believe UFOs deserve further study. And 62 Astronomers said they had actually seen a UFO or recorded on their instruments events they thought might be related to the UFO phenomena.” A total of 1, 356 Astronomers answered Dr. Sturrock’s poll, all members of the prestigious American Astronomical Society (AAS). In a 202-page report outlining the survey results, Dr. Sturrock reported some to the strange UFO sightings and experiences of 62 Astronomers who said they had seen or recorded UFOs. Dr. Sturrock said he was very encouraged by the results of his survey, and the responses he got from the AAS members.

• Milwaukee Journal, October 2, 1970, UPI release: Restricted Air Force Academy Textbook Instructs about UFOs. “ The chapter notes that such objects have been reported for almost 50,000 years and says, ‘the entire phenomenon could be psychological, but that is quite doubtful, because of the reliable witnesses that have spotted them. This too is difficult to accept. It implies the existence of intelligent life on a majority of planets in our solar system or a surprisingly strong interest in earth by members of other solar systems. The textbook says, ‘The best thing to do is keep an open and skeptical mind and not take an extreme position.’ The suggestion comes from a 500 page notebook which is restricted to academy use only. The section on UFOs is a 14 page chapter written by Major Donald G. Carpenter.

• Father Renya, Senior Astronomer and Director of the Adhara Observatory, Buenos Aires, Argentina 1968. “From a theological point of view, the existence of intelligent visitors is just not possible, BUT it is PROBABLE and LIKELY. We would be naïve to believe that God’s grace has only been given to the inhabitants of Earth. I believe that God created rational beings on other planets in the Universe – beings who have developed advanced civilizations, explored space, found us and will eventually communicate with us.” (Note: Father Renya also took telescopic photos of such crafts moving across the lunar surface very similar to those taken by George Adamski nearly two decades earlier.

• Appleton Post Crescent, Thursday May 26, 1966 … Los Angeles API. Seismologist, Reverend & Dr. Joseph Lynch, Fordham University. “ Does intelligent life exist out there?” a Scientist and Reverend says ‘Yes’.Rev. Lynch told a symposium of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in Anaheim, California that, “Gods desire to share his goodness would be better satisfied by having a myriads of galaxies inhabited by intelligent beings.” Four hundred Scientists and space engineers applauded Dr. Lynch at the closing session of a meeting devoted to technical aspects of the ‘search for extraterrestrial life.’ Dr. Harold Klein, assistant director for life sciences at NASA Ames Research Center, who had invited Dr. Lynch to speak said, “ I confess surprise at the positive position taken by him. It is obvious the church is prepared for the contingency we may find intelligent life on other worlds. It is coming to grips with this problem.” Dr. Ernan McMullin, Professor at Notre Dame, also on the symposium panel said, “ The possibility of a plurality of worlds has been discussed by Theologians since the 14th century.”

• Hebrew Book of Light, 12th – 13th century. “There were men from the sky on the earth in these days.”

Archeology & Ancient History

• In 1958, world-renowned archeologist, Professor Marcel Homet, in his book, The Sons of the Sun, published findings into ancient civilizations in Brazil and along the Eastern slopes of the Andes. Included were a series of petroglyphs, discovered in the area known as the Pedra Pintada and believed to exceed 10,000 years of age. One series of these petroglyphs, resemble by nearly 80% those engraved upon a photographic plate and given to Adamski in 1952 by his space contacts, a full six years earlier. Professor Homet said, “ Although I shall be destroying a great deal of the current theories about the world of antiquity, I have never found Adamski to be untruthful. I read Adamski’s book before the publication of my own book and was surprised to find the same symbols, but in another order. Only the Oval is completely identical to Adamski’s.” Prof. Homet went on to add that Flying Saucers were not his field of interest or expertise.

When the U.S. Government Quietly Watched a Man Who Said He Met Aliens

Having shared with you the story of how and why the FBI took an interest in the antics of Contactee George Adamski, I thought I would give you the story of how the FBI took interest in another famous Contactee, George Van Tassel. Born on 12 March 1910 in Jefferson County, Ohio, George Wellington Van Tassel maintained that he experienced face-to-face contact with very human-looking alien entities following a claimed encounter in August 1953 near his Yucca Valley home in California. The complete history of Van Tassel’s exploits with apparent extraterrestrials is highly bizarre, involving weird accounts of meetings with imaginatively named aliens, including Numa of Uni Ah-Ming of Tarr Rondolla of the Fourth Density and Zolton, the Highest Authority in the Sector System of Vela. According to the now-declassified records of the FBI on Van Tassel, before moving to Yucca Valley in 1947, he was employed by the Douglas Aircraft Corporation in Santa Monica and Hughes Aircraft, where he worked in an assistant capacity to Howard Hughes. He also worked – the FBI learned – for both Universal Airlines and Lockheed. Exactly what it was that prompted Van Tassel to uproot his family and transfer them to Yucca Valley is something now lost to history. However, along with his wife and children, Van Tassel soon settled into his new surroundings: his famous (or perhaps infamous would be a better description!) cave under Giant Rock – an area leased from the Government.

The image of a 20 th Century family living in a cave situated beneath a sixty-foot-high rock, twenty-eight miles from Joshua Tree, California, cannot fail to conjure up the scenario of a prehistoric family struggling to live in less-than-friendly conditions. Always resourceful, however, the Van Tassels soon began to earn a comfortable living from an airstrip they rented – the Giant Rock Airport – and a small restaurant. As time passed, Van Tassel began to improve the family’s living facilities and the cave became a friendly environment. Fully furnished, it was equipped with electricity, had its own supply of water, a large library, and, as the journalist Ed Ritter noted in 1954, “a comfortable living room where [Van Tassel] studies and entertains guests.”

As a result of his alleged August 1953 encounter, Van Tassel compiled the first issue of what he titled The Proceedings of the College of Universal Wisdom, a small journal that served as a mouthpiece for not only Van Tassel but for his supposed cosmic friends, too. In the first issue, Desca, like Rondolla, also of the Fourth Density, urged Van Tassel’s followers (whose number would very quickly reach four figures) to “remove the binding chains of limit on your minds, throw out the barriers of fear [and] dissipate the selfishness of individual desire to attain physical and material things.” In the edition of the Proceedings dated 1 December 1953, Van Tassel stated that, less than a month previously, a “message was received from the beings who operate the spacecraft,” with orders from Ashtar, “the Commandant of Space Station Schare” (pronounced Share-ee) to contact the office of Air Force Intelligence at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio. Van Tassel went on to advise the Air Force that: “The present destructive plans formulated for offensive and defensive war are known to us in their entirety…the present trend toward destructive war will not be interfered with by us, unless the condition warrants our interference in order to secure this solar system. This is a friendly warning.”

Were Van Tassel’s contacts genuinely of unearthly origin? Were they the rants of a sadly deluded mind? Or were they possibly a part of a sophisticated Communist-inspired intelligence operation designed to disrupt the internal security of the United States? This third possibility was definitely of concern to a Yucca Valley resident who on 5 August 1954, wrote to the FBI suggesting that Van Tassel be investigated to determine if he was working as a Soviet spy. Seriously concerned that Van Tassel was either a witting or an unwitting player in an ingenious, but subversive, Communist plot, the FBI sought to ascertain the full picture. On 12 November 1954, Major S. Avner of the Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations met with N. W. Philcox – who was the FBI’s point of liaison with the Air Force – to discuss the growing controversy surrounding Van Tassel. Three days later, Avner re-established contact with Philcox, and advised him that the Air Technical Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base “has information on Van Tassel indicating that he has corresponded with them regarding flying saucers.”

Very probably this was a reference to the letter that Van Tassel wrote to ATIC at the request of the mysterious Ashtar, who had offered a “friendly warning” with respect to plans formulated for offensive and defensive war. As a result, and not surprisingly, the Air Force offered, “to furnish the Bureau with more detailed information.” One day after Major Avner of AFOSI spoke with Philcox, two Special Agents of the Los Angeles FBI office met with Van Tassel at his Giant Rock home. In a memorandum to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover dated 16 November 1954, the agents wrote: “Relative to spacemen and space craft, VAN TASSEL declared that a year ago last August, while sleeping out of doors with his wife in the Giant Rock area, and at about 2.00 a.m. he was awakened by a man from space. This individual spoke English and was dressed in a grey one-piece suit similar to a sweat suit in that it did not have any buttons, pockets, and noticeable seams. This person, according to VAN TASSEL, invited him to inspect a spacecraft or flying saucer, which had landed on Giant Rock airstrip. VAN TASSEL claimed the craft was bell shaped resembling a saucer. He further described the ship as approximately 35 feet in diameter and is now known as the scout type craft. Aboard this craft was located three other male individuals wearing the same type of dress and identical in every respect with earth people.”

The FBI continued: “VAN TASSEL claims that the three individuals aboard the craft were mutes in that they could not talk. He claimed they conversed through thought transfers, and also operated the flight of the craft through thought control. He stated that the spokesman for the group claimed he could talk because he was trained by his family to speak. The spokesman stated that earthmen are using too much metal in their everyday work and are fouling up radio frequencies and thought transfers because of this over use of metal. According to VAN TASSEL, these individuals came from Venus and are by no means hostile nor do they intend to harm this country or inhabitants in any manner. He declared they did not carry weapons, and the spacecraft was not armed. He mentioned that a field of force was located around the spacecraft which would prohibit anything known to earth men to penetrate. VAN TASSEL claims this craft departed from the earth after 20 minutes and has not been taken back since.”

Van Tassel added that, “through thought transfers with space men,” he had been able to ascertain that a third world war was on the horizon, which was likely to be “large” and “destructive” that much of this correlated directly with certain biblical passages that the war would not be “universal” and that the “space people are peace loving and under no circumstances would enter or provoke a war.” And to illustrate their benevolence towards humankind, the aliens, Van Tassel told his FBI visitors, had bestowed upon him some remarkable data, including information relating to the way in which the human lifespan could be extended to anywhere between three hundred and fifteen hundred years. “This principle was not developed by Van Tassel,” said the FBI. Van Tassel then described his newsletter to the FBI agents, as J. Edgar Hoover was informed:

“In connection with his metaphysical religion and research, he publishes bi-monthly a publication in the form of a booklet called PROCEEDINGS OF THE COLLEGE OF UNIVERSAL WISDOM, YUCCA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA. He declared this publication is free and has grown from an original mailing list of 250 to 1,000 copies. VAN TASSEL stated that he sends his publication to various individuals, Universities, and Government Agencies throughout the world. He declared this publication is forwarded to the Federal Bureau of Investigation at Washington, D.C. He stated that he has donated 10 acres of his ranch holdings to the college. He mentioned that many of the buildings will be made free of metal which will be keeping within the request of the spacemen.”

Particularly eye opening was the FBI’s concern about who was funding Van Tassel’s operations, on what was certainly a large scale: “[Van Tassel] declared that for the most part he secures money for his needs of life, for the furtherance of his religion, research, and college through the generosity of certain individuals, number about 100. He failed to identify any of these people. He also mentioned that he derives income from his airstrip and a very small restaurant which is located at Giant Rock. VAN TASSEL voluntarily stated that he is not hiding anything nor is he doing anything against the laws of this country in his research at Giant Rock. He voluntarily mentioned that he is a loyal American and would be available at any time to assist the Bureau. VAN TASSEL did not volunteer the names of any individuals whom he was soliciting for funds except his statement above that he sent his publications to various individuals, universities and Government agencies and also the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, DC.”

At the conclusion of the interview, the two agents secured copies of Van Tassel’s Proceedings that were then forwarded to Washington for study and became the subject of a confidential report, that in part stated: “One of the pamphlets contains an article by Van Tassel claiming that Jesus Christ was born of space men and that the Star of Bethlehem was a space craft that stood by while Jesus was born.” As a result of his growing reputation as someone with detailed knowledge of alien intelligence, Van Tassel became increasingly in demand on the lecture circuit, where he espoused at length on his dealings with extraterrestrials, their intentions for the human race, and their overall philosophy. On 17 April 1960, Van Tassel gave a lengthy speech at the Phipps Auditorium, Denver, Colorado, having been invited by the Denver Unidentified Flying Objects Investigative Society. To ensure that the lecture was a success, the society took out advertising time on local radio, that caught the attention of the Denver FBI, who subsequently directed a special agent to attend and report back the details of Van Tassel’s talk, which he did and in great detail: “The program consisted of a 45 minute movie which included several shots of things purported to be flying saucers, and then a number of interviews with people from all walks of life regarding sightings they had made of such unidentified flying objects. After the movie GEORGE W. VAN TASSEL gave a lecture which was more of a religious-economics lecture than one of unidentified flying objects.”

From then on, Van Tassel was only watched on a few occasions – and in relation to matters of no particular interest. He died in 1978.

Controversies behind George Adamski and Joao Martins.

During the fifties, in the middle of the Cold War, the feeling was the possibility of a Nuclear war. The fear of WWIII was real.

In 1951, “The Day the Earth Stood Still” debut in the theaters. The story involves a humanoid alien that comes to Earth to deliver a message that the human race needs to leave in peace or the planet will perish.

It was a similar message delivered by the Venusian Orthon to Adamski.

Controversies behind George Adamski

Throughout the 1950s and 60s, Adamski presented several photos of flying saucers, but some later proved hoaxes.

The most memorable one possibly involved a surgical lamp and that the landing struts were light bulbs. In other photos, Adamski used a streetlight or the top of a chicken brooder.

Once, George Adamski announced that he received the invitation to a secret audience with Pope John XXIII and earned a “Golden Medal of Honor” from His “Holiness.”

In Rome, tourists can purchase precisely the same medal with a cheap plastic box.

Controversies behind João Martins and the Media

On May 7, 1952, the reporter João Martins and photographer Ed Keffel were at Quebra-Mar on Rio de Janeiro’s west zone to cover couples seeking a deserted beach date.

After hours of waiting for the opportunity to interview or shoot photos of romantic couples, they claim seen a blue-gray flying object circular appeared before them.

The UFO made evolutions in the sky for about a minute, and Ed Keffel took five photographs.

They rushed to the lab in time to be published in the “Diário da Noite,” a sensationalist tabloid. By the morning, the people could see it on the first page.

The next morning, many militaries came to inspect the photos, including colonel Jack Werley Hughes, who believed the images were authentic from the US Embassy.

Eight days later, the magazine “O Cruzeiro” from the same group releases an extra eight pages with photos from what today is known as the Barra da Tijuca UFO Incident.

Are The UFO Photos Captured in Barra da Tijuca A Hoax?

But years later, other members from the magazine’s staff came forward to confirm that initially, it should be a joke inside the office.

A crowd demanded the release of the “news” by Ed Keffel and Martins’ arrival in the newsroom.

Things got out of hand. They photographed an object in a studio with double exposure.

Leao Gondim de Oliveira, director of the magazine, asked for an analysis of the negatives for Carlos de Melo Éboli, a criminal expert at the Institute of Criminalistics of Guanabara.

The investigation concluded that the shadows of elements on the scene were divergent. In the fourth photo, the environment’s shadow appears from right to left, and the flying saucer from left to right.

The opinion of the Institute of Criminalistics of Guanabara, however, never became public.

The director also declined to accept an offer from Kodak, Rochester, United States, to analyze the negative authenticity.

The magazine sales with the subject “Flying Saucers” were high. Years later, the event in Palomar spread for three issues, in 19 pages total.

According to Antônio Accioly Netto, former director of the magazine, “O Cruzeiro” had the motto: “the truth gets truer when exposed with a reasonable dose of fantasy.”

João Martins and Ed Keffel covered the UFO subject in a large number of articles for “O Cruzeiro”.

A star gazer is born

Adamski chronicled his alleged adventures in several books. The first, Flying Saucers Have Landed (1953), coauthored with Desmond Leslie, recounted his chat with the Venusian. Widely read at the time, it later gained a new generation of fans in the trippy 1960s.

Adamski’s 1955 sequel, Inside the Space Ships, described further meetings, not only with the Venusian but also with emissaries from Mars and Saturn. In Adamski’s telling, every planet in our solar system was populated with human-like inhabitants, as was the dark side of the earth’s moon.

In the 1955 book, Adamski claimed that his new friends took him aboard one of their scout ships, flew him to an immense mother ship hovering over the earth, gave him a ride around the moon and treated him to a colorful travelogue about life on Venus.

Along the way, he was also tutored by a space man he called “the master.” The master, who was said to be nearly 1,000 years old, shared the secrets of the universe with Adamski, only some of which he was allowed to divulge back on earth.

Preposterous as his stories seemed, Adamski became an international celebrity and lectured widely. Queen Juliana of the Netherlands raised a public stir after inviting him to her palace in 1959 to discuss extraterrestrial doings. Adamski supposedly claimed a secret 1963 meeting with the pope, as well.

Adamski soon had followers all over the planet. But not everybody was …read more

George Adamski: Aliens, the FBI, and the Air Force

It was on Thursday, November 20, 1952 that the controversial and infamous UFO Contactee, George Adamski, claimed a face to face encounter with an alleged extraterrestrial named Orthon. The location was near to Parker, Arizona. Also along for the ride were George Hunt Williamson (who was even more controversial than Adamski, and for a variety of highly dubious reasons, including smuggling), Adamski’s secretary Lucy McGinnis and Alice Wells. The latter was the “…owner of the property where Adamski gave lectures on Universal Law and the café where he flipped burgers to pay the rent,” as good mate Greg Bishop describes it in his article “Tracks in the Desert.” You can find the article in Greg’s book, Wake Up Down There! Around 8:00 a.m., the group rendezvoused with Al and Betty Bailey. So the story went, it was very much on a hunch that the group headed out to Parker.

Everyone was hungry, so breakfast was the first order of the day. It was followed by a scan of the skies for UFOs. How incredibly convenient that one such craft – of a “cigar”-like shape – allegedly turned up, and which Betty raced to film. She failed to do so, however, because she was too excited – or so we’re told. Adamski informed the group – his ego overflowing – that the aliens had come to see him. The result? McGinnis and Al Bailey drove Adamski down a small road, in the direction of the craft. Adamski soon got out of the car, ordering the pair to return to the rest “as quickly as possible…and watch for anything that might take place.”

Well, what supposedly happened next is that a number of military jets quickly appeared on the scene, something which allegedly caused the crew of the UFO to hit the gas and get the hell out of Parker. Not to worry, though: another UFO – a “beautiful small craft” – soon took its place. Not only that, it landed. Out of the craft walked a very human-like ET who waved genially in Adamski’s direction. Adamski later stated: “I fully realized I was in the presence of a man from space – a human being from another world!” His name, Adamski said, was Orthon. And he came from Venus. Yes, really. Venus. Whatever. There was the usual Contactee-driven discussion about the perils of atomic weapons and Armageddon, after which Orthon walked back to his craft and get on the road, so to speak.

Even more, ahem, “convenient,” Williamson had brought with him some Plaster-of-Paris (as we all do when we got for a drive in the desert, right?) and was able to make casts of Orthon’s footprints. Williamson would say (in his 1954 book, Other tongues, Other Flesh): “I could see where the space being had scraped away the topsoil in order to get more moist sand that would take the impressions from the carvings on the bottom of his shoes. The carvings on the shoes must have been finely done for the impressions in the sand were clear cut.”

The saga of Orthon became one of the central points in Adamski’s tales, books, lectures, and conferences. Far less well known, however, is the fact that Adamski also shared his thoughts and revelations concerning Orthon with none other than the FBI and the Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations.

On January 12, 1953, an agent of the FBI and one of the AFOSI turned up at Adamski’s California home. They were actually there to chase down a rumor suggesting that Adamski had in his possession a strange contraption which could destroy aircraft. Our aircraft. It turns out that wires had gotten crossed somewhere. The man who was making claims of possessing this aircraft-destroying technology was actually not Adamski at all. It was one Karl Hunrath, a UFO investigator who – along with friend and fellow-saucer-seeker, Wilbur Wilkinson – vanished under mysterious circumstances in November 1953. And never to be seen again.

But, such was Adamski’s still-ever-present ego, after putting the two agents right on the Hunrath affair he launched into his experiences with Orthon. The FBI files on Adamski and Orthon are in the public domain (thanks to the Freedom of Information Act) and state the following: “At a point ten and two-tenths miles from Desert Center on the road to Parker and Needles, Arizona, [Adamski] made contact with a space craft and had talked to a space man. Adamski stated that he, [deleted] and his wife Mary had been out in the desert and that he and the persons with him had seen the craft come down to the earth. Adamski stated that a small stairway in the bottom of the craft, which appeared to be a round disc, opened and a space man came down the steps. Adamski stated he believed there were other space men in the ship because the ship appeared translucent and [he] could see the shadows of the space men.”

Adamski also revealed that the alien was “over five feet in height, having long hair like a woman’s and garbed in a suit similar to the space suits or web suits worn by the US Air Force men.” Adamski also informed the FBI and AFOSI agents that he conversed with Orthon by means of sign language, but felt that his mind was being “read.” As evidence of this, Adamski said that as he was about to take a photograph of the aliens’ craft, the humanoid “motioned” him to stop. Adamski told the agents that he took his photograph regardless, but that this was not to the liking of Orthon, who grabbed the material evidence out of Adamski’s hands and soared off into the sky.

Adamski’s adventures with the aliens were not over, however. Once again, according to the FBI: “Adamski further advised that he had obtained plaster casts of the footprints of the space man and stated that the casts indicated the footprints had designs on them similar to the signs of the Zodiac. On January 12, 1953, Adamski advised that on December 13, 1952, the space ship returned to the Palomar Gardens and came low enough to drop the [film negative] which the space man had taken from him, Adamski, and had then gone off over the hill. Adamski stated that when he had the negatives developed at a photo shop in Escondido, California, that the negative that the space man had taken from him contained writing which he believed to be the writing of the space men. Adamski furnished the writer with copies of the space writing and photographs of the space ship.”

From another source, however, the FBI was told that: “The photographs were taken by setting the camera lens at infinity, which would sharpen the background of mountains and trees and blurs the saucer, which was probably strung on a thin wire. [Source] advised that if the camera were set at infinity the wire would not show.”

And, that seems like a very good place to stop – and to move on from George and his photos. None of which impressed the FBI or the Air Force, at all.

9 Elizabeth Klarer Conceives An Alien Child On Another Planet

At around the same time that Adamski was making his claims in the late 1950s, in South Africa, Elizabeth Klarer would state not only that she made contact with an alien life-form but that she had gone to his home world and conceived a child with him. [2] In fact, many skeptics would point out how many details of her claims were almost identical to those of Adamski.

According to Klarer, she successfully &ldquocalled down&rdquo the alien she called &ldquoAkon,&rdquo who would arrive in his scout ship. From there, they would transfer to the main mother ship and then travel to Meton, Akon&rsquos home planet, which, according to Klarer, was in the Alpha Centauri system.

However, the son they conceived would remain with Akon on Meton. As you might imagine, this did little for Klarer&rsquos credibility. She would nevertheless stick to her story, despite the fact that she was almost universally not believed.

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