Tuesday, July 14, 2020

MUFON, Pedophile Charges, and Racism

The executive director of the Mutual UFO Network, one of the oldest UFO research organizations in the United States, has been arrested on charges of soliciting a minor “for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity,” according to police. Jan Harzan, who has headed MUFON since 2013, is accused of soliciting “sexual activity from a detective he believed was a 13-year-old girl,” according to a release from the Huntington Beach, CA police department. VICE

Jan C. Harzan is listed as the Executive Director of the Mutual UFO Network.

"MUFON is currently headquartered in Irvine, California, under the direction of Jan Harzan, with chapters in every U.S. state. The organization claims to have more than 4,000 members worldwide, with a majority of its membership base situated in the continental United States." Wikipedia

The photograph of Jan C. Harzan on IMDb.

2018 M.U.F.O.N. International Symposium Speakers
Jan Harzan - MUFON International Director with John Brandenberg, Ph.D, Nick Pope, Bob Wood, Ph.D, Luiz Elidondo, Ted Peters, Dave Paulides, Don C. Donderi, Ph.D, Salma Siddich, Kathleen Marden, Randall Nickerson & Travis Walton. 

MUFON’s role in the UFO world is massive. The organization was founded in 1969 in Quincy, Illinois to track citizen sightings of UFOs; they claim to still hold the world’s “largest and most detailed database of UFO sightings.” The organization has worked closely with government contractors, including Bigelow Aerospace, which received money from the federal government to investigate unidentified aerial phenomena. According to documents reviewed by Motherboard, Bigelow Aerospace paid MUFON to make technical reports on characteristics often described in UFO incidents. Bigelow Aerospace also offered MUFON funding to put together the STAR Team, a UFO investigation team that could be on site within 24 to 48 hours of a UFO incident.

According to the organization's website, Harzan is a former IBM engineer who, when he was a kid, was "visited by a real UFO, no more than thirty feet from [his brother and him], with no visible means of propulsion other than making a humming noise, before shooting off over the horizon. This event profoundly changed their lives." 

In 2018 a former MUFON state director, John Ventre, made racist comments about African Americans on his personal Facebook page. Stating that white Americans were experiencing a “white genocide.” Jan Harzan did not condemn Ventre but instead expressed his concern for "the new social media world we now live in" and stated everyone should engage in open dialogue by writing, "There is no justice in hate, no matter what side of the fence you are on. On that we can all agree." MUFON eventually withdrew Harzan’s comments from its website and Ventre was removed from his position when public pressure mounted. 
Last month, Ken Pfeifer, head of MUFON Rhode Island, posted racist memes and comments on Facebook last month during the height of the Black Lives Matter protests. “HOLY SHIT….I WOULD OF PICKED THEIR COTTON FOR THEM….IF I THOUGHT IT WOULD END THIS BLM RACIST MADNESS.”

Chris Cogswell, MUFON’s former Director of Research, who left because of what he said was a racist culture at the organization, said “the main leadership levels of MUFON have been problematic for a number of years, and provides essentially nothing to the individual chapters which are for the most part run by decent, intelligent, and caring members of their communities. Although everyone is entitled to the assumption of innocence until proven guilty, this is a heinous charge. I cannot foresee any possibility of MUFON continuing, but hope the individual chapters can put their time and energy into an organization that will benefit them as much as they benefit it." Source.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Deaths Aplenty in SoCal 2020

Due to other breaking death news, this posting has been updated overnight July 13-14, 2020.

Elvis' Grandson, Club 27, and Calabasas again

Benjamin Keough, the son of Lisa Marie Presley and grandson of Elvis Presley, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his torso. He was 27.

Lisa Marie is the only child of Priscilla and Elvis.

Keough died Sunday, July 12, 2020, Calabasas Park Estates, in Calabasas, California.

"Kobe [Bryant] died very near to the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District. 5.7 miles or 11 minutes from where Benjamin [Keough] died. Or less, as the crow flies." ~ diamondmind311

Calabasas again? This is near where Kobe Bean Bryant's helicopter crashed on January 26, 2020, killing him, his daughter, his pilot, and friends on board.

Calabasas =
It is generally accepted that the name of Calabasas is derived from the Spanish calabaza meaning "pumpkin," "squash," or "gourd." Some historians hold the theory that Calabasas is derived from the Chumash word calahoosa, which is said to mean "where the wild geese fly." Owing to vast presence of wild squash plants in the area, the squash theory is more prevalent among local residents. At the top of the Calabasas grade, which is east of Las Virgenes Road, legend has it that in 1824, a Basque rancher from Oxnard spilled a wagonload of pumpkins on the road en route to Los Angeles. The following spring, hundreds of pumpkin seeds sprouted alongside the road. The area was named Las Calabasas—the place where the pumpkins fell.
In honor of its namesake, the City of Calabasas and the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce hold an annual Pumpkin Festival in October, including carnival games, exhibits, demonstrations, and live entertainment. The festival has evolved from a small-town fair to a significant annual event. Though the current Pumpkin Festival is held at Juan Bautista de Anza Park in Calabasas, the original festival was believed to have taken place where the traveling wagon carrying pumpkins overturned and started the area's first pumpkin patch.
The city's official logo, depicting a red-tailed hawk flying over the Santa Monica Mountains. Source.

Keough also was the brother of actress Riley Keough and son of musician Danny Keough. (Lisa Marie Presley and Danny Keough divorced in 1994.) His maternal grandmother is Priscilla Presley. Keough also has twin sisters, Finley and Harper Lockwood, 11, whose father is Lisa Marie Presley's ex-husband Michael Lockwood.

Besides marriages to Danny Keough and Michael Lockwood, Lisa Marie Presley was married, in between those two husbands, to Michael Jackson and Nicolas Cage.

Keough was said to be an Elvis look-a-like.

Scientology Syncs 

Lisa Marie Presley was brought into the Church of Scientology in 1977 by her mother, Priscilla. 

By coincidence, on July 12, 2020, Kelly Kamalelehua Smith, who was known by her stage name, Kelly Preston, died. She was married to John Travolta, with whom she collaborated on the science fiction film Battlefield Earth (2000). Both Preston and Travolta were Scientologists, and married on September 5, 1991, in Paris by a French Scientology minister.

When reporting on Benjamin Keough’s birth in Tampa, Florida, the Associated Press quoted a spokesperson who said the 24-year-old Presley delivered the 7-pound, 8-ounce boy “naturally and in complete silence in a calm and supportive environment” under guidelines set out by Scientology’s founder, Lafayette Ron Hubbard, in his book Dianetics.

Lisa Marie Presley grew discontented with Scientology and finally left the church in 2016. She released a song, “So Long,” in 2012 that decried churches that “don’t have a soul” and “corrupt” religions that run people’s lives.

In another temporal coincidence, on June 17, 2020, Los Angeles prosecutors confirmed that actor Danny Masterson had been charged with the rapes of three women in the early 2000s following a lengthy investigation. The That '70s Show alum, a noted member of the church of Scientology, has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

Mythbusters and Glee

Former MythBusters co-host Adam Savage has been accused of sexual abuse by his sister.
In a lawsuit filed June 30, 2020, in Westchester Supreme Court, Miranda Pacchiana says she was "sexually abused as a child by her brother."
Documents state that from 1976 to 1979, when they lived together in Sleepy Hollow, New York, Savage, now 52, "would repeatedly rape Miranda Pacchiana and force oral sex upon her, and forced Miranda to perform oral sex on him, along with other forms of sexual abuse."
At the time of the alleged abuse, Pacchiana was 7 to 10 years old and Savage was 9 to 12, according to the documents.
In a statement to USA Today provided by attorney Andrew Brettler, Savage denied the allegations.
"While I hope that my sister gets the help she needs to find peace, this needs to end. For many years, she has relentlessly and falsely attacked me and other members of my family to anyone that will listen," the statement says.
"By spreading numerous untrue stories about us in pursuit of a financial bonanza, she has tortured our entire family and estranged herself from all of us. I will fight this groundless and offensive lawsuit and work to put this to rest once and for all."
Brettler also provided a statement from Savage and Pacchiana's mother, Karen Savage.
"It makes me very sad to say this, but my daughter suffers from severe mental health challenges, and it’s devastating that she’s putting Adam and our entire family through this," she said.

Meanwhile, the discovery of the body of missing and presumed drowned (on July 8, 2020) Glee star Maya Rivera was recovered on Monday, July 13, 2020, at Lake Piru, Ventura County, California. This comes seven years to the day after Glee star Cory Monteith died in Vancouver, British Columbia. Monteith died from "a mixed drug toxicity" consisting of heroin and alcohol.

Intriguingly, behind Glee (2009–2015), as well as Nip/Tuck (2003–2010) and American Horror Story (2011–present), is Ryan Patrick Murphy (born November 9, 1965), an American screenwriter, director, and producer. In Nip/Tuck, he decided to do a series of story lines on Scientology, and according to one site, has finished 15 Scientology completions.

Grant Imahara, 49, former MythBusters (208 eps) & White Rabbit Project host, dies July 13, 2020. Cause brain aneurysm. 

Jessi Combs, 39, MythBusters guest host (7 eps), dies in horrific land speed attempt accident, August 27, 2019.

MythBusters guest host Jessi Combs, 39, who died Aug 27, 2019, had appeared in a cryptofiction film, Interviewing Monsters and Bigfoot (2019). The movie also starred folks with familiar names: Tom Green, Les Stroud, Stacy Brown, Jr., and Rick Dyer.


Is there a thread, sync, dots to be connected here? Nay, just crazy coincidences, right?

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

June 24, 2020 Death

‪Wan Gengyu (Chinese: 万庚育) born January 29, 1922, died June 24, 2020, in Gansu, at 98. She was a Chinese painter, librarian & dunhuangologist [i.e. prominent scholar student of the Mogao Grottoes or Caves (also known as the Thousand Buddha Caves) built in the 4th-14th century. Caves appear to clearly show UFOs over the Buddhas, and Giants.]

Friday, July 03, 2020

July 12, 1947

How do you think it feels to be born nearly on the threshold of UFOlogy, on July 12, 1947, near a major American Naval base, in Norfolk, Virginia?

Eight Kenneth Arnold-like flying saucers were photographed in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on my exact birthdate.

On July 12, 1947, Kenneth Arnold sent a telegram giving his permission, for the first time, to General Twining to disseminate information about Arnold's June 24th sighting to all military commands.

As many of you know, I, Loren Coleman, cryptozoologist and Fortean, was born on July 12, 1947. I co-wrote The Unidentified: Notes Towards Solving the UFO Mystery in 1975, and Creatures of the Outer Edge in 1978, both with Jerome Clark, published by Warner Books in New York City. It was republished as a combined volume with a new introduction in 2006 from Anomalist Books.

Jerry Clark and I had an intellectual side trek to get off our chests, and for me, my Jungian journey into ufology in our 1975 book was enough. But it is intriguing to me that my first book would, in essence, be about "ufology."

Also, Bertrand Méhuest, ufologist, was born on July 12, 1947. Méheust's early work was linked to ufo. His first book, in 1978, was on ufology. Méheust's mentor is Aimé Michel, who was also be a powerful influence on Jacque Valleé. It is a small world, after all.

Friday, June 26, 2020

June 24, Brian Keith, Hollywoodland, and Charles Fort

While researching the individual stories of those who have died on past June 24ths, I ran across the following series of syncs that gave me a Fortean surprise.


Brian Keith played the role of Mullibok in the 
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Episode 1:15 episode, "Progress," May 9, 1993,

On June 24, 1997 (exactly 50 years after the birth of the Age of Flying Saucers), Brian Keith, American actor (Family Affair, Loneliest Runner, The Parent Trap), died by suicide at 75.

From 1927 to 1929, Keith's stepmother was Peg Entwistle, a well-known Broadway actress who leapt to her death by jumping from the "H" of the famous Hollywood(land) Sign on September 16, 1932, at 24. The Hollywoodland Sign (installed in 1923), and the restored Hollywood Sign, is located on the southern side of Mount Lee in Griffith Park, north of the Mulholland Highway, and to the south of the Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills) cemetery.

Entwistle appeared in only one film, Thirteen Women, which was released posthumously. Entwistle had won her first and only credited film role with Radio Pictures (later RKO).  Entwistle played a small supporting role as Hazel Cousins. It premiered on October 14, 1932, a month after her death, at the Roxy Theatre in New York City, and was released in Los Angeles on November 11, 1932, to neither critical nor commercial success. By the time it was re-released in 1935, 14 minutes had been cut from the film's original 73 minute running length. In 2008, Variety magazine cited Thirteen Women as one of the earliest "female ensemble" films.

Thirteen Women also starred Myrna Loy and Irene Dunne in the pre-Hays code, high-budget thriller produced by David O. Selznick and drawn from the novel by Tiffany Thayer. Tiffany Thayer? Whoa.

Born in Freeport, Illinois, Tiffany Thayer (picture above right with Cary Grant) quit school at age 15 and worked as an actor, reporter, and used-book clerk in Chicago, Detroit, and Cleveland. When he was 16, he toured as the teenaged hero in the Civil War drama The Coward. Thayer first contacted American author Charles Fort in 1924. In 1926, Thayer moved to New York City to act, but soon spent more time writing.

In 1931 Thayer co-founded the Fortean Society in New York City to promote Fort's ideas. Primarily based in New York City, the Society was headed by first president Theodore Dreiser, an old friend of Fort who had helped to get his work published. 

Early members of the original Society in NYC included such luminaries as Dorothy Parker, Booth Tarkington, Ben Hecht, Alexander Woollcott, and H. L. Mencken. Other members included Vincent Gaddis, Ivan T. Sanderson, A. Merritt, Frank Lloyd Wright and Buckminster Fuller. 

The first 6 issues of Doubt, the Fortean Society's newsletter, were each edited by a different member, starting with Dreiser. Thayer thereafter took over editorship of subsequent issues. Thayer began to assert extreme control over the society, largely filling the newsletter with articles written by himself. He also excommunicated the entire San Francisco chapter (including Miriam Allen deFord who never considered herself a nonmember, in spite of Thayer's action), reportedly their largest and most active, after disagreements over the society's direction, and forbidding them to use the name Fortean. 

During World War II, Thayer used every issue of Doubt to espouse his politics. In contrast to the spirit of Charles Fort, he dismissed not only flying saucers as nonsense but also the atomic bomb as a hoax by the US government.

Thayer also wrote several novels, including the bestseller Thirteen Women which was filmed in 1932 and released by RKO Radio Pictures. Many of his novels contained elements of science fiction or fantasy, including Dr. Arnoldi about a world where no-one can die.

On June 24, 1997, Brian Keith, who lived in Hawaii for a few years beginning in 1970, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his home in Malibu, California, two months after his daughter Daisy died by suicide.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (USA)




June 24th Deaths

Kenneth Arnold began the "Age of Flying Saucers" on June 24, 1947. The list of strange ufo-aligned deaths starts with that date of note.

Here is a quick overview of the notable ufo-related deaths on or near June 24:

June 24 or 23, 1964, Frank Scully, 72, author of one of the first crashed-saucer books, Behind the Flying Saucers (1950), dies.

June 24, 1967, two British UFO contactees, Arthur Bryant, a contactee, and Richard Church, an author and chairman of CIGIUFO, die.

June 23, 1967, Frank Edwards, 55, popular UFO author and radio personality in the 1950s, dies a few hours before Arthur Bryant. James Moseley stunned the delegates assembled for the 1967 Congress of Scientific Ufologists at New York City’s Hotel Commodore on June 24th, with the news of the sudden death of Frank Edwards.

June 24, 1969, Willy Ley, 62, a rocket scientist and Fortean author, dies. Willy Ley was one of the first respected modern scientist to attempt to answer the question of what is a flying saucer. In 1952, he was one of the first, if not the first person, to say that 85% of UFO sightings are misidentified craft, leaving the other 15% open to notions of "interplanetary travel," that he began writing about in 1926.

New Addition:

How did flying saucers' occupants and creatures become enculturated with 1950s' Americans? Drive-in theater movies employed make-up artist Bud Westmore's reinforcing imagery of ufo aliens and giant monsters as the template for society's view of how these things might appear. The Age of Flying Saucers had dawned. No wonder Westmore died on the date of June 24.

June 24, 1973, Bud Westmore, 55, dies of a heart attack. 

Bud was a renowned Hollywood make-up artist of the famed Westmore family, and has been credited with doing make-up for 592 films, including It Came From Outer Space (1953), This Island Earth (1955), Tarantula (1955), The Deadly Mantis (1957), Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), Revenge of the Creature (1955), The Creature Walks Among Us (1956), and scores of mainstream films, like Spartacus (1960).

The Westmore family has dominated make-up departments in Hollywood since Bud's father George created the business in 1917. They have kept visible in recent years due to McKenzie Westmore, who since 2011, has served as the host of the Syfy original series Face Off, a reality competition featuring makeup artists. Bud was the uncle to Michael Westmore, famed for his Star Trek work and the father of McKenzie.

June 24, 1978, Robert Charroux, 69, the best-known pen-name of Robert Joseph Grugeau dies. Charroux was a French author known for his ancient astronaut theories and writings on other Fortean subjects, in such books as Masters Of The World: Groundbreaking New Revelations About The Ancient Astronauts (1979).

June 24, 1987, Jackie Gleason, 71, the actor, who was an early advocate of flying saucer research, dies. Gleason's known interest in UFOs allegedly prompted President Richard Nixon to share some information with him and to disclose some UFO data publicly.

June 24, 1997, Brian Keith (see above), who starred in Meteor (1979; with Sean Connery and Natalie Wood), dies by suicide. 

June 24, 2006, Lyle Stuart, 83, the renegade publisher who published anomalist writer Frank Edwards’ Fortean book, in 1959, Stranger than Science, a paperbook full of information on ufology and other unexplained accounts, dies.

June 24, 2013, James Martin, 79, a former rocket scientist, computer scientist, and author of After the Internet: Alien Intelligence (2000), is found floating dead in the waters off Agar's Island. Dr. Martin bought Agar’s Island in 1977 and made his home in Bermuda. The multi-millionaire kept a relatively low profile in Bermuda.

June 24, 2013, Alan Myers, 58, the most prominent drummer (1976-1987) of the band Devo, dies of stomach cancer in Los Angeles. Devo played punk, art rock, post-punk and new wave music, and performed stage shows that mingled kitsch science fiction themes, deadpan surrealist humor, and mordantly satirical social commentary. Devo recorded at their own self-named "UFO Studios." More.

June 24, 2015, Mario Biaggi, 97, dies. The former Bronx congressman was involved in the "UFO disclosure" movement, and was once pictured on the cover of Ideal's UFO Magazine, December 1978, Number 4. Within the periodical, there appears the article, "Interview: Mario Biaggi 'There Is A UFO Cover-Up By The Government.'" On the cover, an image of Biaggi is shown with President Jimmy Carter. More.

June 24, 2018, Roswell, X-Files, and The Shining television guest star Stanley Anderson dies.

June 24, 2018, the Voice of New York radio during the Great Northeast Blackout (caused by UFOs?), Dan Ingram dies.

See further information on Anderson, Ingram, and others who died in 2018, here.

June 24, 2019, news reporter Sean Dunleavy, dies. The journalist was a witness to and a participant in the famed Linda Cortile UFO abduction case of November 30, 1989, Manhattan, New York. Read more.

June 24, 2020. ???