Wednesday, May 02, 2018


Part Two | 1908-1942

'Ronald William Vernon Selby Wright (12 June 1908 - 24 October 1995) was a Church of Scotland minister... He became one of the best known Church of Scotland ministers of his generation and served as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1972... He was a probationer assistant at Glasgow Cathedral in 1936, prior to becoming minister at Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh in January 1937. His only ministerial charge, he remained at Canongate until he retired in 1977...' [Wikipedia]

Much information about Ronald Selby Wright's life and work can be found in his memoirs, 'Another Home' (1980). His family history that involved religion, teaching and royalty foreshadows his own individual trajectory and entanglements during the 20th century.

Here is RSW describing the last school that he attended as a pupil:

'..Today I think with gratitude of men like John Henderson who ran the games, was P.T. instructor, acted as School Secretary and Bursar, Captained the Corps, was everyone's friend and often had boys to tea at his home. How he did it all so willingly and so cheerfully I don't know. When I left school in 1927 he asked me to help him as a Royal Scot Cadet Officer in the Corps Camps; and I was the last to see him leave with his wife for Australia - an old man now - to stay with his only daughter, and there he died soon after, "Johnny" was the most-loved, respected and dedicated schoolmaster you could ever meet.

Then there was Robert Rose who taught classics with the drive and ferocity and dedication that made even the poorest scholars pass exams. His voice could be heard sometimes throughout the whole school, shouting at his class and calling some of the boys "dolts" and "duffers", throwing chalk at them and making frequent use of the tawse. Yet when off parade he was the kindest and quietest of men greatly loved and respected...'

We can see here that, in the case of the P.T. instructor, the author seeks to lead us to think that a man, who was, for unstated reasons, known by the informal name 'Johnny' and who 'often had boys to tea at his home', was a major marvel of humanity, beyond the reach of anyone's critical enquiry. Apparently, everyone thought this hard-working fellow was an absolutely fabulous man - there was no doubt about it, chaps, so don't even try to think otherwise for a single moment.

In the case of the ferociously driven and dedicated classics master, he was - according to RSW's fawning description - clearly a disgusting abuser of the boys in his classes; and yet, perhaps, because he 'made even the poorest scholars pass exams', we are expected to consider this warped character acceptable.

It is not possible that someone who behaves like this in school classes, could really be 'the kindest and quietest of men' elsewhere.

Hence, Ronald Selby Wright's own schizoid proclivities and priorities have been well-indicated within the space of a mere two paragraphs on page 17 of his memoirs. This is not a straightforward thinker, speaker, teacher, writer or human being that confronts us.

Ronald Selby Wright and his younger brother first attended, as pupils at the Edinburgh Institution (later Melville College) in the autumn term of 1921. In 1922 (or thereabouts), a boy began to be educated at Fettes College, Edinburgh, who, like Selby Wright, would much later come into contact with Tony Blair, at that same boys' school:

'Sir Samuel Knox Cunningham, 1st Baronet, QC (3rd April 1909 - 1976) was a Northern Irish barrister, businessman and politician. As an Ulster Unionist politician at a time when Unionists were part of the Conservative Party, he was also a significant figure in United Kingdom politics as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Harold Macmillan...' [Wikipedia]       

After leaving school, Ronald Selby Wright '..continued (his) interests there... as an Officer under John Henderson in the School Corps, and also in running a cricket team for the Prep...'

Under the influence and guidance of Dr. Charles Warr and Dr. George MacLeod, he began to pursue his 'main outside interests':

'..And so in a room in Fisher's Close which belonged to St.Giles', I started in 1927 what became the St. Giles' Cathedral Boys' Club, and later the Canongate Boys' Club...'

In the book 'Our Club' (1954), Selby Wright details the history and general activities (e.g. camping, sport, religion) of his Boys' Clubs:

'..By December I was back again in the Canongate, this time as Parish Minister, and although I was Hon. Warden of the St. Giles' Club, we also started in the basement of the old Manse at 3 St. John Street a small club which we called the Canongate Club.

Although remaining loyal to St. Giles' Club, all the older boys, with the approval of St. Giles', transferred to Canongate Kirk since most lived within the parish of Canongate and naturally began to seek the Church near their own door. Still, St. Giles' kept on the grand job of keeping the Club going in Gullan's Close, and giving all the help they could. When our much loved premises in Gullan's Close had to be given up as War came nearer and nearer and they were requisitioned, the St. Giles' Club transferred to the old Canongate Manse at St. John Street, the Manse having moved to Acheson House. The St. Giles' - Canongate Club, still largely sponsored by St. Giles' Cathedral, began to take shape...'

In ' Another Home', Selby Wright included selections from his diaries of the period March to December 1942. They reveal a lot about his attitude and his activities. The first two of these three excerpts tell us something of how he saw education, and the third identifies the year and ostensible purpose of an early visit by him to Fettes College:

'What is wrong is not the Public School, it's just that there are not more Public Schools, and that there is not an opportunity for everyone to attend or have a similar experience. In a sense Boys' Clubs try to do that; but only in a sense... The only thing wrong with "the old School tie" is its exclusiveness - let's give everyone an old School tie (not do away with it)...'

[RSW 21.03.1942]

'A good Head Master should stamp his pupils like Arnold did.'

[RSW 26.03.1942]

'Went back to Barracks, Exeter.. After dinner in the Mess where I met an old Fettes boy called Hepburn - a Lieutenant aged about twenty, who told me he remembered my sermon at Fettes in 1938!'

[RSW 10.07.1942]

His diary entries for 23rd and 24th July 1942 describe meetings with the Archbishop of Canterbury:

'..Caught the train at tea-time for London and after leaving my kit at the Authors' Club went to Lambeth Palace to see the Archbishop of Canterbury (William Temple). He was most friendly and I sat for a long time in his study talking to him...'

'..After the (BBC Radio) recording (Dr. James W.) Welch, the Archbishop and I, went to the Athenaeum and drank coffee and had a most interesting conversation...'

Selby Wright's involvement with BBC Radio - most famously as the 'Radio Padre' - is (unsurprisingly) documented in 'Another Home':

'The whole idea of the Radio Padre originated through General Sir Frederick Pile, Dr. James W.Welch, the Director of Religious Broadcasting, and Melville Dinwiddie, Director of Scottish B.B.C., who between them felt that something should be done for the Forces who didn't have padres. I had already done a series of broadcasts with my Boys' Club before the War - a series of ten discussions which was later published by the Oxford University Press under the title Asking Why, and I was asked to do a similar shorter series with some of our troops in our Division in 1941.

...And so it was that.. I went down South to join the Staff of the B.B.C. in 1942 with a secondment to them for six months, which later turned out to be seven, and later still, though not now as a secondment, for at least a couple of years...'  

In October 1942, his work for the BBC became less clear cut, as was explained in a diary entry and elaborated upon at greater length in the book:

'Received a most mysterious Top Secret and Most Secret message in two envelopes to go to Aberdeen and meet two people there from M.I. and not to tell anyone - but of course I had to tell Neil Ritchie. Can't write anything about this as SECRET! It will mean carrying on Radio Padre broadcasts from the Division, but with a slight but important difference!'

[RSW 22.10.1942]

'Well I went to Aberdeen and met Colonel Winterbottom and Miss Howatt and the gist of the conversation was that the War Office wanted me to go on broadcasting as Radio Padre and to combine this broadcasting with certain work for M.I.9. It happened that a great many prisoners-of-war were listening to my Radio Padre talks.. It was felt, therefore, by M.I.9. that they could get some messages across to them if part of my talks were coded.. It would also mean slightly altering the beginning of each of my Radio Padre talks. When I began "Good evening Forces" it meant that I would give them a coded message. If I left out the words.. it meant there would be no message for them that week. When I came to the word "but" it meant that the message was over...'

[RSW / Another Home]

'There was more reason than one why I went to Jordans. In addition to my daily visits to London where I was Senior Chaplain in North East London, I visited from time to time Room 527 in the Hotel Victoria, Northumberland Avenue, a rather mysterious John Buchan-like visit where I entered by one door and left by another; and used to go, when at Jordans, with Alison Cooper.. and her dog Gay across the golf course at Seer Green - not in uniform - with a new script, and hand it over to someone there, by arrangement, which was taken to "Camp No.20" which was nearby...'

[RSW / AH]    

Sunday, December 03, 2017


Part One | 1870-1920

'Fagging was a traditional practice in British boarding private schools (nearly all "public schools" in the English sense) and also many other boarding schools, whereby younger pupils were required to act as personal servants to the most senior boys...

Under school rules, fagging might entail harsh discipline and corporal punishment when those were standard practices. Fagging was sometimes associated with sexual abuse by those older boys....'

'Anthony Charles Lynton Blair (born 6 May 1953) is a British politician who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007 and the Leader of the Labour Party from 1994 to 2007...'

'To perpetuate the memory of his only son William, who had predeceased him in 1815, Sir William Fettes, a former Lord Provost of Edinburgh and wealthy city merchant, bequeathed the then very large sum of £166,000 to be set aside for the education of poor children and orphans.

After his death the bequest was effected and invested and the accumulated sum was then used to acquire the 350 acres land, to build the main building and found the school in 1870. Fettes College thus opened with 53 pupils (40 were Foundation Scholars with 11 others boarding and 2 day pupils)....'

[Quotes from Wikipedia]

One inmate of Fettes College during its late-19th century existence, went on to become the father of a girl who would become a very successful film, TV and stage actress - Ann Todd.

Ann Todd was born on January 24th 1909. In 1981, her autobiography 'The Eighth Veil' was published, from which these brief excerpts are taken:

'I didn't see my mother very much for the first few months of my life. She was ill... I was looked after by an unmarried aunt who adored me... it was she, and only she, who made life endurable...

My father was rather an old father, and I never got to know him very well. He was a strange mixture really - a dreamer who knew a lot about art and by contrast, also a great sportsman. He went to Fettes College in Scotland, and later played rugger for Scotland and Cambridge University and rowed for Clare College. But he was never a success in his life and hopeless at business....'

In the Autumn of 1918, at least two young teenage boys started boarding at Fettes College, who were destined for public prominence and success. One of these was Selwyn Lloyd:

'John Selwyn Brooke Lloyd, Baron Selwyn-Lloyd.. known for most of his career as Selwyn Lloyd, was a British Conservative Party politician who served as Foreign Secretary from 1955 to 1960, then as Chancellor of the Exchequer until 1962. He was elected speaker of the House of Commons in 1971, serving until his retirement in 1976....'


Some quite revealing information about life in the Fettes encampment can be found in D.R.Thorpe's substantial biography of Selwyn Lloyd, published 1989:

'On 17 July 1918 Dr Heard, the headmaster of Fettes, wrote to the Lloyds offering their son a scholarship of £40 a year... In September 1918, as the First World War entered its final phase, Selwyn travelled to Edinburgh with his father to take up his place at Fettes. As an open scholar he was... placed in Glencorse, the house of K.P.Wilson...

...Fettes had always had a spartan reputation (potato bread and oatcakes with margarine was the staple diet on many days in the rationing of war) and there were those... who sent their sons to the school because of its "manliness". This spartan atmosphere left many by the wayside. "This school will either make you or break you," said one boy, "and it's broken me." But it was all part of the accepted toughening process....'


'I do not believe that I have ever explained to you the different roles at Fettes. First and foremost there are the school prefects (commonly known as Schoolies) who have the power of life and death over you, in other words can cane you without asking permission from Dr Heard (commonly known as Gussy or the Bulge)....'

[Selwyn Lloyd, letter to eldest sister, Dorice, 19.11.1918]

'..the most menial level of house prefects ('the prefs').. not only indulged in ritual beatings of new men but also had the power of 'rabbiting'....'


'To be rabbited, is to be chased round the study area by the prefs, with hockey sticks etc. You can be rabbited for leaving your clothes about and those sort of things...'

[Selwyn Lloyd, letter 19.11.1918]

'Bullying was rife and the general toughening process was intensified by the unofficial system whereby second year men bullied new men and so on up the scale to the Olympian heights of the head of house who had total autonomy... Morals too were at a low ebb. Selwyn was a good-looking boy and, together with others in his year, soon attracted the attentions of a group of senior boys, three of whom were subsequently expelled....'


Dr. Heard  was succeeded as headmaster of Fettes in the Autumn of 1919, by A.H. Ashcroft. According to D.R.Thorpe, '..the upturn in Selwyn's Fettes fortunes' can be dated to this man's arrival at the school:

'His industry, his brusqueness.. and the underlying sense of insecurity can all be traced back to this period at Fettes. Yet the resilience he showed in adversity and his ability to cope with setbacks also stemmed from this time... He was already one of the survivors of life. If he could survive as a new man in the Fettes of 1918 then Aneurin Bevan in full cry in the Suez debates of 1956 was manageable....'

Selwyn Lloyd is quoted (somewhat in contradiction, perhaps) by his biographer, summarising his earlier years at the school:

'I learned to love Fettes, but that was not my feeling at all for the first two years. I loathed it. The saving grace was my housemaster K.R.Wilson, one of the outstanding schoolmasters of his generation. When it was discovered in my third year that I could play Rugby football, my life became much easier.'

There are at least several sources of published information disclosing the troubled times that Michael Tippett * spent at Fettes College. One of these - a book by Meirion Bowen - refers to 'his stay there' as having been 'nasty, brutish and short', and states that Tippett experienced the school's 'bullying and.. emphasis on cold baths in winter' as 'quite intolerable.'

* 'Sir Michael Kemp Tippett.. was an English composer who rose to prominence during and immediately after the Second World War. In his lifetime he was sometimes ranked with his contemporary Benjamin Britten as one of the leading British composers of the 20th century...' 


A second book about the composer - Ian Kemp's 'TIPPETT: the composer and his music' (published in 1984) - provides significantly more relevant information:

'..his father.. considered engaging a private tutor. His mother however preferred him to go to a tough "manly" school and her view prevailed. On the advice of an uncle.. Tippett was entered for a foundation scholarship at Fettes College. He won a scholarship and went to Fettes in September 1918.. But his interest in music and scholastic subjects were overshadowed by the spartan and forbidding atmosphere. Fettes at that time was a characteristic, if extreme example of the British public school. Bullying and sadism were commonplace and tacitly regarded as necessary stages in the tempering of young gentlemen. The ageing headmaster, a distant and awesome figure, left the running of the school to the prefects and housemasters, who zealously upheld the principle that the younger boys were the property of the older....'

In his autobiography 'Those Twentieth Century Blues', Michael Tippett gives his own account of what he had experienced at Fettes:

'I won a classics scholarship to Fettes College in Edinburgh.

Fettes had its strong points. I was able to pursue my love of classics, and my piano lessons were resumed. But there were many disagreeable aspects of traditional public school life. I hated the system whereby the boys in each year bullied those in the year below, so I decided to persuade my fellow pupils not to observe this ritual - and succeeded. I hated wearing a kilt, which was necessary for the cadet corps. It was a typically Scottish spartan existence in general, which I found most demanding.

Most alarming was the sexual side of things. My naïve confessions on the subject in a letter to my mother brought my parents immediately over from France: they threatened to publicise the goings-on unless the headmaster was removed. A new headmaster arrived, who persuaded my parents I should stay on. I was then pressurised by my housemaster into standing before the entire school and accounting for the sexual behaviour of every boy I knew. This was particularly difficult as I was myself "involved" with a boy. I couldn't remain at Fettes much longer and decided the only way out was to reveal all to my parents. I geared myself up to tell her I was no longer a virgin. It was the first time I stood up openly to her, and it resulted in my being taken away from Fettes - which indeed I desperately wanted. For decades afterwards I had such amnesia about the whole experience that I hardly acknowledged the existence of Fettes in any account of my early life....'     

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Kodachrome Slides Experiment

Clark Gable


William Clark Gable born on February 1st.


Clark Gable was cast in a leading role in a David Belasco-produced play 'Blind Window'. During rehearsals in New York, he underwent an experience that took three days out of his life, making a great impression upon him. [Dana Howard=DH]

'Gable had landed in strange territory, not even counting the play itself... Blind Window did five days at Ford's Theater, Baltimore, and then a full week at the Broad Street Theater, Philadelphia, before shuttering on December 14...' [Warren G. Harris CLARK GABLE: A Biography=WH]


Clark Gable married Carole Lombard on March 29th, in Kingman, Arizona.

World premiere of 'Gone With The Wind' took place on December 15th, in Atlanta, Georgia. The film starring Clark Gable; Vivien Leigh; Leslie Howard, and Olivia de Havilland ' regarded as one of the greatest films of all time..' and 'when adjusted for monetary inflation.. is still the most successful film in box-office history.' [Wikipedia]


Death of Carole Lombard, on January 16th. She had been aboard a TWA flight that crashed into Potosi Mountain, southwest of Las Vegas, Nevada. The crash was preceded by sightings of unexplained aerial lights in the nearby area. [FBI Carole Lombard File]

On August 12th, '..the King of Hollywood became Private Clark Gable in an induction ceremony at the Federal building in downtown Los Angeles. MGM and the War Department conspired to make it a front-page event, with more than a hundred reporters, photographers, and newsreel cameramen covering.' [WH]


In June, Clark Gable was photographed at the U.S. Open Golf Championships, Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, California. By this time, he had already been a keen golfer for more than 20 years. [Adam Dew=AD   


In February, '..Gable's producer-friend Z. Wayne Griffin.. persuaded him to attend a huge rally being held at Madison Square Garden in New York to "draft" General Dwight D. Eisenhower into running for President in the November election. Gable had never before endorsed any political candidate, but he revered Eisenhower and had met him several times during his air force service...' [WH]


In November, Clark Gable was admitted to Presbyterian Hospital, Hollywood and diagnosed there as having suffered 'severe coronary thrombosis'. President Eisenhower sent him a telegram reading: 'Be a good boy, Clark, and do as the doctors tell you to do. With my best wishes, Ike':

'On November 16, the tenth day of his confinement, Gable's doctors predicted that he would soon be off the danger list. That night.. Gable suffered another heart attack while reading a magazine. His nurse summoned help, but it was too late. He died instantly..' [WH]


On February 1st, 'The Misfits' - the last film in which Clark Gable acted - was released. Others who starred in this film, directed by John Huston, were Marilyn Monroe; Montgomery Clift; Thelma Ritter, and Eli Wallach. 

The August issue of Fate magazine contained a four-page article by Dana Howard, entitled 'Clark Gable's Mystic Journey'. Ms. Howard revealed therein that, as a staff member of Ullman Publications, when covering the court trial, in New York '..where Mr. Gable was accused of fathering an illegitimate child..' she met up with him in his dressing room at MGM studio.

Clark Gable, then, reportedly told Dana Howard about a profound experience - he called it "three-day amnesia" - that had happened to him during the weeks he was in rehearsals for 'Blind Window' (1929, although the article states 'around 1932')...

'The most outstanding quotation I remember from what Clark Gable said is: "There in that place where there was neither money nor the things we strive for, I felt a sense of peace and happiness approaching the supernatural. That strange interlude influenced me beyond anything I have ever experienced. In that three days I lost out of my life I found myself". [CG/DH]

Over the night of September 19th-20th, the UFO encounter of Barney and Betty Hill occurred, while they were driving through the state of New Hampshire, U.S.A.

The experience they shared was determined to have involved missing time (amnesia). Accounts of alien contact from both of them were then exposed, under hypnosis.


On August 29th, Jack El-Hai published his 'notes on the FBI's file on the movie actress Carole Lombard.. owing to a mysterious airplane accident...' [J E-H]

The blog post stated that: 'Most of Lombard's file.. concerns the investigation of the plane crash that killed her and the FBI's attempts to determine whether sabotage caused the accident...'

Among the revelations detailed in the file and on Jack El-Hai's blog: '..UFOs, reported by several eye-witnesses, that may have played a role in the crash...'


On August 31st, 'FIREBALL: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3' by Robert Matzen was published.

On October 4th, 'Yours Truly - In Carole Lombard's "UFO" Lost Valley of Death' was published on 'Kyle J. Wood's Paranormal Encounters'. The article made reference to and speculated about 'the "peculiar lights in the sky" that were noted in regards to the crash of Lombard's flight...' [KJW]

On October 17th, further cogitations appeared on Robert Matzen's blog regarding the unexplained aerial lights associated with the Carole Lombard plane crash:

'..As I mentioned to a reporter in Fort Wayne, I have now finally accessed the FBI files on the plane crash and, I kid you not, UFOs were seen in the Flight 3 airway on nights leading up to January 16. No seriously, UFOs. Many people logically dismiss UFOs as Cold War paranoia, but we're talking sightings of odd lights in the sky before the era of Roswell and the "flying saucer" by eyewitnesses that include a Civil Aeronautics Authority man...' [RM]


On February 4th, 'Kodachrome - A Documentary - Official Trailer' was posted on YouTube:

'In 1998 a box of slides was discovered near Sedona, AZ. Two of the slides show a very unusual body in a glass case. This is what we know so far.' [AD - video description]

"Several months ago, I was given a box of 400 colour Kodachrome slides that appear to have been taken over a ten year period, starting in the mid-1940s. Two of the slides show what appears to be a small thin body, with a large head in a glass case.

All of the photos are part of a collection that belonged at one point to Hilda Blair Ray and her husband, Bernard.

There aren't many people still alive who knew Hilda and Bernard; but I have been able to piece a few things together. The Rays had no children. They travelled extensively from their home in Midland, Texas, where Hilda was an attorney and an amateur pilot and Bernard a geologist working in the oil industry. In 1946, Bernard was the President of the West Texas Geological Society.

Mixed in with dozens of vacation shots, are several unique colour photos from the 1948 National Air Races, in Cleveland, Ohio, and the 1948 U.S. Open Golf Tournament, in Los Angeles. They captured rare colour shots of Sam Snead, and even Bing Crosby, and Clark Gable. There are also stunning close-up shots of then General Eisenhower on a victory whistle stop tour, following World War II..." [AD, narrator - partial transcript of video trailer]

On May 5th, Jaime Maussan presented the beWITNESS event at the National Auditorium, Mexico City. The two slides of the (possible) alien being were revealed and the odd character of the body analysed at some length by relevant specialists. Participants from the U.S.A. included Tom Carey; Donald Schmitt; Richard Dolan, and Dr. Edgar Mitchell.


The book '3 PRESIDENTS, 2 ACCIDENTS: More MO41 UFO Crash Data and Surprises' by Paul Blake Smith was published on October 7th.

Section III covers 'Carole Lombard's Flight From Hell'.. at the outset, suggesting the possibility of the fatal plane crash being somehow linked to a Missouri 1941 UFO crash (MO41), which the author has extensively investigated:

'Did MO41 events have something to do with the sudden death of superstar movie actress Carole Lombard in a 1942 plane crash? Maybe not. In fact, such a suggestion at first seems ridiculous, but based upon further review, the similarities and synchronicities in the two stories seems astonishing...' [PBS, chapter 9]

Paul Blake Smith (among much else of interest) makes reference to the Ray-Kodachrome slides enigma:

'..Still another report, from 2015, declared that some photographic.. slides were recently found in Arizona showing small dead alien bodies from a crashed starship. The still-tightly-controlled 1940s' Kodachrome snapshots were apparently taken and developed by a desert southwest geologist named Bernard A. Ray, discovered in a box in his Sedona home's attic. Other subjects within this startling photo collection - apparently shown separately - include future President Dwight Eisenhower and actor Clark Gable!' [PBS, chapter 10]     

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Elvis Presley :

Unexplained Power Blackouts

...Chronology Of Events...

1950s / 1960s 

'BLACKOUTS, the extinguishing of all lights in large areas and entire cities due to power failures. UFOs have frequently been seen hovering near power facilities, sometimes prior to or during blackouts. The highest number of such incidents occurred in the late 1950s and the mid-1960s...'

Margaret Sachs The UFO Encyclopedia

August 1962

John Myers, an acquaintance of Marilyn Monroe, reported that soon after her death a light that he always left on in a 'special room', containing a portrait of MM, '..was extinguished of its own accord - nobody had entered the room. He also found inside this locked room a written note for which he could not account...'

Maurice Barbanell He Walks In Two Worlds

November 1965

After the death of Dorothy Kilgallen, there was a big power blackout affecting New York, where she had lived and died:

'On November 9th 1965, New York State as well as portions of six neighboring states and eastern Canada were plunged into darkness for several hours.

Besides the loss of power, the blackout triggered sensors that placed the Mt.Weather facility (to house the president in time of nuclear attack) on red alert.

There were also a number of reports of anomalous lights, and speculation that the blackout may have been related to UFO activity in some way.'

Francis L. Ridge, NICAP website


'..When the music's over
When the music's over
When the music's over, turn out the lights
Turn out the lights, turn out the lights...'

The Doors

July 1968

'..UFOs have often been seen hovering near power facilities. There are a small number but still a little too many to seem pure fortuitous chance, of system outages, coincident with the UFO sighting..'

Dr.James E. McDonald, testimony before the House Committee on Science & Astronautics

December 1972

At Elvis Presley's home, Graceland in Memphis:

'..Our conversation soon turned to his deep love for his mother, and he began telling me the story of how she had died just prior to him being sent to Germany.

...He was in the middle of telling me the story about how he tried to cope in Germany, and that's when it happened.

"Luckily," he was explaining, "I had access to a jeep, and I would sometimes go off by myself and just sit in that jeep and think about her for hours at a time. I remember I drove up into some nearby mountains one night, you know, just to get away, and I was sitting there thinking about her, and began crying. I yelled out, 'Momma'..."

And when he said the word momma, the lights went out in the house. They stayed off for a few seconds and then came back on, and he went on with his story, as if nothing out of the ordinary had happened. He had this look on his face as if he was totally unaware of what had just happened.

He said it a second time - "Momma" - and again the lights went off and came back on as if a storm had struck the house. The second time it happened, Linda came rushing out of her bedroom. "What in the world is going on? Why are the lights going on and off?" she wanted to know.

I did my best to explain to her what had happened, not really knowing myself, and she and I walked back into her bathroom, clearly shaken up, having no idea what had taken place. We've talked about that story several times since it happened and still have no logical explanation of it...'

Jeanne LeMay (As told to Jim Cox) Elvis, Linda and Me  

May 1977

The album 'Lights Out' by rock band UFO was released, including the song 'Lights Out'.

July-August 1977

David Bowie's album 'Heroes' was recorded in West Berlin. Released on October 11th that year, on RCA - the same record label that Elvis Presley recorded for - 'Heroes' includes the song 'Blackout'.

August 16th 1977

'The Meditation Gardens at Graceland where Elvis, his mother, father and grandfather are laid to rest, was originally built for Elvis in 1963 by Anne Lacker and Bernie Grenadier.. it is now the focal point of any visit to Graceland...

According to legend, on the night of Elvis' death, the lights in the Meditation Gardens all mysteriously failed.'

Mick Farren The Hitchhiker's Guide to Elvis

August 16th 1977

Larry King: Did you go to the funeral?

Linda Thompson: Oh, I felt - oddly enough, Larry, every light in my apartment went off. I was the only apartment in my building that had no power. And I lit candles all over the apartment just to pack, just to get ready to go back to Memphis. I went outside, and I said has everybody lost power? No, just your apartment, which I thought was a little strange. And my friends were coming over to console me, and they said, oh, you're lighting candles for Elvis. And I said, well, actually, no, I'm trying to see to pack.

Larry King Show, 16.08.2002

August 16th 1977

'.."Well," she explained in between the tears, "I got a phone call from Lisa. When I picked up the phone, Lisa was screaming, 'Linda, Linda, my daddy's dead!' At that, I threw the phone in the air and when I hesitantly picked it up again I said, 'Oh, no, honey, I'm sure you're mistaken. He can't be dead! Put somebody else on the phone for me, okay?' My brother Sam.. took the phone and confirmed that he had died. Oh, Jeanne, it was terrible! My hands were shaking, and I couldn't believe what I'd just heard! And then, for no reason at all, you won't believe what happened. The electricity in the apartment went out. Can you believe that? It was just like when the power went out when you and Elvis and I were at Graceland that time. Do you remember? It was all so weird. I had to pack my suitcase by candlelight...'

Jeanne LeMay (As told to Jim Cox) Elvis, Linda and Me

August 16th 1977

'..Sometime shortly after I began to pack, all the power went off in my apartment. Not long after that, my next door neighbour knocked on my door and stuck her head in.

"Can I get you anything?" she asked. "Can I do anything for you? We heard the news about Elvis, and we know he was a big part of your life. We used to see him slipping in the back door here."

"Thank you so much," I said. "But, no, I have everything I need. Oh, is your power off?"

"No, ours is fine," she said. "Let me know if you need anything."

I smiled and nodded as she closed the door behind her. As the day darkened into night, I began to light candles to better navigate around my apartment. A few friends came by, including my workout buddy, Deborah.

"Oh, how sweet, you're lighting candles for Elvis," she said.

"Well, not really," I said. "I have to see to get ready to fly out of here, and there's no power in my apartment."

I was not unaware of the strangeness of the situation. It was downright eerie. As the night wore on, and the power remained inexplicably out in my apartment only, I began to consider all the candles for Elvis after all. It was his first candlelight vigil, a tradition his fans have carried out every anniversary of his passing since that day...'

Linda Thompson A Little Thing Called Life

August 16th 1977... and around that date 

'..As many of us talked in the days after the funeral, I began to take note of the many strange occurrences around Elvis's death. Priscilla said she'd been overcome by a strange sense of loss even before she heard he was gone. Almost the minute Jerry Schilling heard the word of Elvis's death out in Los Angeles, a major drought ended there with a rainstorm. After Linda Thompson heard the news, the power went out in her apartment. As we all gathered around televisions at Graceland the night of Elvis's death to see how the story would be covered on the ten o'clock news, the sound went out on the broadcast. As we carried Elvis's casket out of Graceland, a tree limb fell on Ginger Alden's car. Later, Alan Fortas tried to play a tape of "Blue Hawaii" in his car and it jammed. I tried to play a cassette of Elvis's Greatest Hits in my car and the tape broke right after "Can't Help Falling in Love" - the song Elvis ended his concerts with. None of us knew what to make of any of that, but I could never help thinking that all those coincidences added a supernatural twist Elvis himself would have loved...'

George Klein and Chuck Crisafulli Elvis: My Best Man

circa-October 1977

'..Things remained difficult for a long time, but I gradually began to heal, thanks to the loving support from family and friends. I also received numerous condolence letters from Elvis's fans. The letters brought me great comfort, and I answered every one I could. Even when the electricity went out in our home once, I got a flashlight and continued to answer those letters of sympathy. Knowing that so many cared about me gave me the strength I needed to get through the first terrible months without Elvis...'

Ginger Alden Elvis & Ginger


Publication of the book 'Elvis UFO Connection' by Richard Daniel.

October/November 1997

Neil Nixon, quoting Globe In Transit research findings in UFO Reality magazine:

'..It is likely that there was alien involvement in the deaths of.. leading rock stars including Jim Morrison and Marc Bolan...'   


The first single release by Elvis's daughter, Lisa Marie Presley became a Top 20 hit. The title of the song is 'Lights Out'.

July 2005

Publication of 'Alien Rock' by Michael Luckman. 'Elvis: Musical Ambassador From the Stars' is the title of the book's introductory chapter.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Alien Sign : Hand Holding Globe

A    Challenge    To    Human    Understanding

On my Globe In Transit website, that was on-line during the first decade of the 21st century, I had a section titled CHOSEN TO SHOW THE WORLD : the JANUARY 25th 1967 ALIEN EXPERIENCE of BETTY ANDREASSON LUCA MIRRORED IN HUMAN POPULAR CULTURE.

The much-discussed Betty Andreasson Luca alien encounter experience of 1967 was originally documented in Raymond Fowler's successful and critically-acclaimed book 'The Andreasson Affair'.

One of the features of the experience documented in the book, which has been (and will likely continue to be) seemingly reflected in human visual culture, was (decades later) dealt with by me in Part 5 of the 'Chosen To Show The World' section of the Globe In Transit website.

Here is how I described this particular aspect of the 'classic' alien encounter on the webpage -

"Description: Return Home, The White Globes

There were two glasslike balls that were held by one of Betty's 'alien captors' prior to the message, and then by two entities that returned Betty to her home. One of the globes was about four or five inches in diameter; the other, perhaps, eight or ten inches diameter. One alien rolled the larger globe - "It rolled right over his hand and sat on the top of his hand" - this manual manoeuvre of the white ball is illustrated in [figure 30 of] 'The Andreasson Affair'. Betty returned to the kitchen of her house with one alien in front of her, one behind - each carrying a white ball. These spheres seem to have been used as control devices to manipulate the Andreasson/Aho family back in the house."

Some examples were shown on that page of 'Chosen To Show The World' of imagery from human culture (art, photography, advertising etc.) that seem to mirror this aspect of the encounter. Numerous visual examples have been found from both before and after the time it occurred.

It is possible that some of the artists who created this notably similar imagery had undergone a similar experience with aliens. If they had previously experienced alien contact/s and witnessed the beings manipulating globes, as Betty Andreasson did, then this feature of a powerful hidden reality would surely be expected to remain in their subconscious mind and influence their creative work, though they may not consciously recall what had happened to them due to alien influence in this regard.

The prevalence of the imagery that is out there of hands - usually human, occasionally other - holding globes [HHG], created during the course of the 20th and 21st century is something that might well be difficult to explain in mundane terms.

Given how many examples of HHG have been created by disparate people around the world, it does not seem unreasonable to link this extraordinary phenomenon discoverable within human art, film and photography to the Betty Andreasson alien encounter of January 1967, and, by clear indication, to the agenda of the aliens that was set out in Raymond Fowler's book.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Kodachrome Slides

The Message Not The Messengers *

Everything leading up to the May 2015 BeWitness event, held at the National Auditorium, Mexico, and since that flashpoint in time, leads me to the consciousness that it was an alien experiment. One experiment within a larger panorama of alien enterprises pertaining to this planet.

Adam Dew; Donald Schmitt; Tom Carey; Jaime Maussan, and all the others who were involved in the BeWitness show on May 5th 2015, were no more or less than messengers playing their parts in the alien experiment. The reaction of foolish, paranoid and vindictive minds is to waste time criticising or condemning these messengers, when the message of the Ray-Kodachrome slides is worthy of exceedingly careful study by those open to infinite possibilities.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Cars or Chemtrails :
Which Does More Harm?

Part 3

Sonia Poulton

Sonia Poulton has a video on YouTube entitled -

Why does the Green Party not want to discuss geo-engineering?

Published on 29 June 2014 (with 5,235 views on 17/07/17), the clip lasts 1 minute 51 seconds. The description posted with it reads -

Journalist Sonia Poulton was happy when she, and cameraman Lee Ryan, came across Caroline Lucas in London. The broadcaster had a question for the former Green Party leader having previously watched a You Tube encounter with Lucas and activist Bob Truther. The response from Lucas proved surprising. Note how she points to the sky, for the benefit of her aide, as she walks off... This, to date, makes two Green Party leaders, including Natalie Bennett, who does not wish to discuss what is happening with our skies.

I don't know if there is any significant meaning to be found in the Caroline Lucas response to Sonia Poulton shown in this video. A search on-line, however, does reveal that Caroline Lucas has done a lot of work to practically deal with the undeniable, deadly problem of pollution caused by cars and other road vehicles. Here are some relevant sections of text from web pages dating from 2010 to 2015......

Caroline Lucas MP website statement: March 22nd 2010

'..The key suggestion of this paper, backed by Green, Labour and LibDem councillors, was to reduce traffic in the centre of town - something many Brighton residents agree is a crucial priority.

Lewes Road, for example, sees some 30 million cars pass through it each year, undermining air quality and contributing to noise pollution.

The Green Party is the only party who are serious about improving the quality of the air, and stopping the 50,000 deaths a year that occur as a result of air pollution - a toll which makes air pollution as harmful as passive smoking.'

MP Caroline Lucas Speaks Out On UK Pollution Problem: July 14th 2011

'Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP for Brighton and Hove has made an appeal this week for more to be done about the ignored issue of pollution in the UK. She condemned the government for continued inaction, despite a law suit being filed against us by the European Commission. Lucas revealed we are in the midst of a hidden health crisis with 1000s of immature deaths happening each year as a result of pollution. Health problems include asthma, lung capacity reduction and heart attacks...'

Green Party website article: May 1st 2012

'Lollipop men and women joined Green Party Leader Caroline Lucas MP and Mayoral candidate Jenny Jones in Lewisham on Tuesday to highlight London's air pollution problem - and the Mayor's deceptive efforts to cover it up...

..the campaign group Clean Air in London last week revealed that the capital had the highest levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2), a toxic gas, of any capital city in Europe in 2010...

The Green Party have issued a 6-minute video on the air pollution problem, entitled 'Air Pollution: A 21st Century Health Scandal'...'

MP unveils £250,000 air quality monitor in Brighton: December 21st 2015

'A new £250,000 'first of a kind' advanced air quality monitoring station was officially unveiled at the University of Brighton by local Green Party MP Caroline Lucas on Friday (December 18).

Installed at the University's Falmer campus, the monitoring station is reportedly the first in the UK dedicated to the detection of harmful, nano-sized particles and their gaseous precursors...


Ms Lucas, the MP for Brighton Pavilion, praised the University's "trailblazing research" and congratulated it for "breaking new ground and having real leadership".

She added: "What will come out of this research I hope will be more pressure on policy makers to take more action to reduce air pollution. I hope the university's research will accelerate moves to improve air quality and tackle this scourge on people's health."'......

Why is Sonia Poulton concerned about 'geo-engineering' and 'what is happening with our skies' to the extent of wanting to confront Caroline Lucas about it, yet apparently unconcerned about what is happening on the ground (the real happenings that Ms.Lucas is addressing)? Could it be that Sonia Poulton's direct involvement in what is happening on the ground requires her to divert attention away from this deadly problem that she, herself (a car driver), is contributing to. Hence, perhaps, she prefers to point her finger at a more distant problem that 'the government' is (allegedly) responsible for?

The government doesn't need to carry on a hidden campaign to poison the atmosphere. The public - millions of human beings on this planet - are willing to do the dirty work on their behalf, by driving cars and other road vehicles; using mobile phones; microwave ovens; Wi-Fi; cordless phones, etcetera. If the government are adding even more contamination in any way, then that is an issue to be highlighted and seriously considered; but, not at the expense of ever acknowledging that the vast bulk of the air quality problem is caused by millions of so-called 'ordinary people', who are keen to indulge in environmentally damaging activities, thereby colluding with big business elites.

When it comes to poisoning of the air, it is not 'the government' and 'chemtrails' that we should be directing most attention to when seeking to solve the problem, it is ourselves.

We are the ones who are 'systematically poisoning our world'.

We are the problem.