Sunday, June 24, 2018

John Mack, Lawrence of Arabia, and September 27th

When I appeared on Gene Steinberg's The Paracast on June 24, 2018, I was challenged by his cohost J. Randall Murphy, a Canadian ufologist, throughout the program. As I was talking about the anniversary syndrome, and the special link of the date June 24th to ufologists' deaths, Murphy contested the death date of John Mack as merely having occurred at random. He felt this was true because it was allegedly an accidental incident.

I, of course, said that was possible. After all, I had not brought up Mack's death, and did not support Mack's date of death as evidence of anything.  But I was curious to dig a bit deeper to analyze what might be one view behind that specific life event for John Mack. Here are some thoughts on the question of John Mack's demise. It is a stream-of-consciousness exploration to connect some dots. But it is not a thesis to explain why, exactly, Dr. Mack died when he did. I generally am comfortable saying "I don't know when asked these sorts of questions."

Who is John Mack? The standard biographical background for Mack notes his full name was John Edward Mack. He was born October 4, 1929 in New York City, and died September 27, 2004. He was an American psychiatrist, alien abduction researcher, writer, and professor at Harvard Medical School. He was a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, a leading investigator and writer on alien abduction experiences, and a campaigner for the elimination of nuclear weapons.

John E. Mack and Bud Hopkins.

Mack authored several books reflective of his interests, including,

Nightmares and Human Conflict (1970)
A Prince of Our Disorder: The Life of T.E. Lawrence (1976)
Vivienne: The Life and Suicide of an Adolescent School Girl (1977)
Abduction: Human Encounters with Aliens (1994)
Alien Discussions: Proceedings of the Abduction Study Conference Held at M.I.T. Cambridge, MA (1995), and
Passport to the Cosmos: Human Transformation and Alien Encounters (1999).

Mack was a T. E. Lawrence scholar. His 1976 book, A Prince of Our Disorder, a biographical study of the life of British officer T. E. Lawrence, won for Mack the Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 1977. This is no small honor.

So, was there some significance to the date September 27th, the date Mack died?

The book that launched the legend of T. E. Lawrence was Seven Pillars of Wisdom. The book is the autobiographical account of the experiences of British soldier T. E. Lawrence ("Lawrence of Arabia"), while serving as a liaison officer with rebel forces during the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Turks of 1916 to 1918. It is credited as having been first published in December 1926, in England.

T. E. Lawrence recorded the following about his experiences, on what he credits as a date that impacted him greatly: 
Lawrence describes one of the most controversial episodes of his experience in the Desert. On September 27, 1918 he and his Arab force were in hot pursuit of a retreating Turkish column numbering approximately 2,000 soldiers. Coming upon the village of Tafas south of the city of Damascus they were confronted with the horrifying aftermath of the Turk rampage through the village. Mutilated bodies of women and children lay among the smoking ruins. As the sickened Lawrence watched the scattered Turkish column disappear over the horizon he gave his order: "take no prisoners."
He describes the carnage, then ends with:
By my order we took no prisoners, for the only time in our war.
In Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Lawrence wrote this of September 27, 1918:
“In a madness born of the horror of Tafas we killed and killed, even blowing in the heads of the fallen and of the animals, as though their death and running blood could slake our agony.”
T. E. Lawrence and Lowell Thomas, 1918.

The early media adventurer Lowell Thomas introduced London audiences to "With Allenby in Palestine and Lawrence in Arabia," as announced via an advertisement in The London Times, September 27, 1919.

Peter O'Toole played the lead character in Lawrence of Arabia (1962). 

After the 1926 release of the Subscribers' Edition, Lawrence stated that no further issue of Seven Pillars of Wisdom would be made during his lifetime. Lawrence was killed in a motorcycle accident in May 1935, at the age of 46.

With great fanfare, The New York Times announced on August 27, 1935, that the first American edition of Seven Pillars of Wisdom since the death of T. E. Lawrence would be published on September 27, 1935.

On Monday, September 27, 2004 while in London to lecture at a T. E. Lawrence Society-sponsored conference, Dr. Mack was killed by a drunken driver heading west on Totteridge Lane. He was walking home alone, after a dinner with friends, when he was struck at 11:25 p.m. near the junction of Totteridge Lane and Longland Drive. He lost consciousness at the scene of the accident and was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. The driver was arrested at the scene, and later entered a plea of guilty by careless driving while under the influence of alcohol. 

John Mack was actually in London, not lecturing on aliens, but giving a talk on T. E. Lawrence. Perhaps he was aware of the importance of September 27th in the biography of Lawrence? After all, Mack wrote about the life of Lawrence. He must have known about the slaughter of Tafas. 

As author Nick Redfern observes in debunking the conspiracy theories that Mack was murdered, Mack "was an afternoon speaker at the T.E. Lawrence Society Symposium. Mack’s presentation was very well-received, to the extent that he was asked to give an additional, evening presentation, which he did. Dinner followed. Later that night, as he headed to the house in which he was staying in London, Mack was struck by a car and killed...He stepped out onto a crosswalk and was hit and killed...."

One can psychologically imagine Mack was walking back to his lodging, euphoric from the receipt of his presentations, and perhaps a little tried and in a jet-lag trance. Maybe he was even wondering about that very Lawrence of Arabia date? He then stepped out into traffic, in London. That's an important detail.

As Nick continues

There is another issue that may have relevance, one which I can relate to. It was September. It was night-time. It was London. It was busy. And John Mack was an American in England. I’m an Englishman who lives in America. When I moved to the United States, fifteen years ago, two of the very first things I had to do were (a) learn to drive on the opposite side of the road; and (b) take a US driving test. For those who may not know, whereas in the States we drive on the right, in the UK, it’s on the left.
Actually, getting accustomed to driving on the right was not the big challenge I thought it might be. Even after having driven on the left, in the UK, since the legal age of 17. In fact, it was surprisingly easy. However, there was one thing that took me a while to shake off. It was the instinct to look in the “UK direction” for oncoming traffic. And particularly so when crossing the roads in the small US town I first lived in, which was Littlefield, Texas. Since, in the UK, we drive on the left, that means you have to look to your right to see the oncoming traffic. And it’s the exact opposite in the US: the traffic comes at you on the right, so you turn your head to the left to see it approaching.

Dr. John Mack was 74 and lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was in London on September 27, 2004, a date so important to T. E. Lawrence for the "take no prisoners" killings he ordered on September 27, 1918, and on the same date September 27 the American edition of T. E. Lawrence's book was published, soon after Lawrence's death, in 1935. Mack was in England talking about Lawrence of Arabia. 

Only in recent years have London streets been marked with which way to "look." Too late for John Mack?

Friday, June 22, 2018

Alamogordo Crash

ALAMOGORDO - The Holloman Air Force Base’s 49th Wing confirmed a manned aircraft crashed at the Red Rio Bombing Range on White Sands Missile Range around 11:45 a.m. Friday June 22, 2018. Holloman officials have not identified the aircraft that crashed and are continuing to investigate. The condition of the aircraft’s pilots is unknown at this time. The aircraft crash has canceled the scheduled U.S. Air Force’s Light Attack Experiment exercise in Alamogordo that was to begin around 3 p.m. Friday. The Red Rio Bombing Range is an active Air Force facility that encompasses about 196,000 acres on WSMR, about 65 miles north of Holloman Air Force Base.

The Twilight Language blog entry for June 20, 2018, about my June 24th prediction, has at the top the image from the Repo Man map of "Los Alamos" I felt compelled to post. Note the locations of Roswell and Hobbs [= Devil] on map. (

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Another Hanging Suicide: Publicist Jeanine Pepler

Jeanine Pepler, 50, the publicist who represented novelists Jay McInerney (Bright Lights, Big City, 1984) and Candace Bushnell (Sex and the City, 1996), hanged herself June 17, 2018, Sunday night in her home in Sag Harbor, Long Island, taking her life the same way Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain did earlier this month.

Jeanine Pepler, who was raised and educated in Cape Town, South Africa, arrived in New York in 1996 and worked in public relations with the likes of Tina Brown, Michael Eisner, Julian Schnabel and Julie Taymor. Pepler moved to Sag Harbor a few years ago and was running a new boutique agency, AKA Life. Her bio on the agency’s website states: “Her guilty pleasures include golf, white Burgundy, Betty’s Greek wraps and her daily early morning romp in the dog run with Violet, her French bulldog.” Source.

Pepler's body was discovered by her boyfriend, artist Steve Miller (above left).

Jeanine Pepler created and managed two profitable divisions, Thru-Line & I.D., of bicoastal production company, Chelsea Pictures. Thru-Line represented high profile indie feature directors - Todd Solandz (Welcome to the Dollhouse, 1995; Happiness, 1998), Ben Younger (Boiler Room, 1995), and The Blair Witch Project (1999) filmmakers (Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez). Sánchez went on to direct Exists (2014), a film about Bigfoot.

This is the third high profile suicide by hanging among celebrities, about the same age. 

Kate Spade was born on December 24, 1962, and was 55.
Anthony Bourdain was born on June 25, 1956, and was 61.
Jeanine Pepler was 50.

Name Game Event for June 24, 2018?

On June 19, 2018, Whitley Strieber pre-recorded a forthcoming episode with me, Loren Coleman, for his Dreamland podcast.

We talked, in general, about the topic of strange creatures, the museum, and the upcoming conference, but then Whitley took a radical turn. He asked about my study of names and dates. As I said to him, at the time, "I know where you are going."

Out-of-the-blue, Whitley picked one name and one date to discuss.

The name: Reeves.

As I told Whitley, Reeves is one of those names that appear to have a magnetic attraction to UFO incidents and "Superman" cultural themes. John Reeves is a name linked to Brooksville, Florida UFO sightings, Bryant and Helen Reeve travelled the US in search of "the Saucerers," Keanu Reeves has been linked to Polish UFOs, and John A. Keel spoke of the importance of the name "Reeves" in his writings. Movie actors named Reeves have played characters from Superman to the lead in The Matrix, another form of a "superman" film.

The name itself, Reeve, from English, means "the chief under the king, or the overseer/chief peasant of a manor." Reeve, with links back to Dutch, means "to pass an end of the line through a block, ring, or something similar." This comes from reven, "to reef," in a sense to "use a rope in or as in reefing."

Rope? A line? Humm, like hangings?

We also talked about the Fayette Factor, as well, briefly. I mentioned that few people, for example, who live on a Lafayette Avenue little realize "Lafayette" translates from the French as "the little enchantment" or "the little fairy." Joan of Arc at the age of 8 danced around a "fay tree," a "fairy tree," some saying she saw fairies. Others tell that she heard voices, had visions, and was "enchanted." The name has a long history. Marshal of France Gilbert de La Fayette III, an ancestor of Marquis De Lafayette, led the army of Joan of Arc, in Orléans.

Next Whitley asked about one specific date: June 24th.

For ufologists, June 24th is of critical importance. On June 24, 1947, the modern era of UFOs began with Kenneth Arnold’s dramatic sighting of “saucers” flying between Mount Rainier and Mount Adams in Washington State. The primary significance of this particular date, St. John’s Day, cannot be diminished within ufology and in other spheres. Since 1947, there is a history of this date being associated with ufologists' deaths.

All kinds of events - from fires to Masonic founding incidents - are today identified with the date.

So, was the Dreamland interaction a hint from an empyrean source that we should look for something major to occur on June 24, 2018? From a Reeves or a Fayette? Or some other name game entity?

Only time will tell.

In the meantime...

Here is a quick overview of 12 notable UFO-related deaths on or near June 24:

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

(2 and 3) June 24, 1967, two British UFO contactees, Ernest Arthur Bryant, a contactee, and Richard Church, an author and chairman of CIGIUFO, die.

(4) June 23 (US) or 24 (UK), 1967, Frank Edwards, 55, popular UFO author and radio personality in the 1950s, dies a few hours before Arthur Bryant. Indeed, Edwards passes away shortly before midnight on the 23rd, which would have been the early morning of June 24th in the UK, thus being the same date as Ernest Arthur Bryant's death. James Moseley stuns 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.

(5) 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.

(6) 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).

(7) 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.

(8) 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.

(9) June 24, 2013, James Martin, 79, a former rocket scientist, computer scientist, and author of After the Internet: Alien Intelligence (2000), was 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.

(10) 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 UFO Studios. More.

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

Note the Repo Man opening titles focus on Los Alamos.

(12) June 24, 2017, Loren Janes, 85, a legendary stuntman and stunt coordinator, dies. He was involved in some intriguing UFO-related movies.

Loren Janes (also known as Loren James) was the safety stunt coordinator for the UFO cult classic film, Repo Man, which has its fair share of UFO insider jokes about flying saucers, the name game, Men in Black, and conspiracy theorists.

Loren Janes gets a cryptokubrology mention too. In Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus (1960), Janes was Kirk Douglas' stunt double ("slave general"). Janes also was a "salt mine slave," and a "gladiator."

Synchromystic cinema connections are there, throughout Loren Janes' life. Janes received a credit in Back to the Future (1985), for his stunts. He was in the closeted UFO story of Steven Spielberg's 1941 (1979), in the intriguing Logan's Run (1976) and in Ice Station Zebra (1968). More.

"Immersing oneself into the world of synchronicity and synchromysticism can be a bit disorienting at times." ~ Andrew W. Griffin, January 29, 2015, "Lattice of coincidence," Red Dirt Report.
"A lot of people don’t realize what’s really going on. They view life as a bunch of unconnected incidences and things. They don’t realize that there’s this, like, lattice of coincidence that lays on top of everything." ~ Repo Man, 1984, Alex Cox Writter/Director

Comments, critiques, corrections are appreciated.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Cryptokubrology Meets Bigfoot

Cryptokubrology: A useful methodology for deconstructing cinema, history, and synchronicity. Involves the syncs of Stanley Kubrick's films linked to items found in other realities.

The Shining is a 1980 horror film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick and co-written with novelist Diane Johnson. The film is based on Stephen King's 1977 novel of the same name.

The Shining is about Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson), an aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic, who accepts a position as the off-season caretaker of the isolated historic Overlook Hotel in the Colorado Rockies. Wintering over with Jack are his wife Wendy Torrance (Shelley Duvall) and young son Danny Torrance (Danny Lloyd). Danny possesses "the shining," psychic abilities that allow him to see the hotel's horrific past.

One very infamous scene involves Wendy Torrance's sudden discovery of a man in a work suit in a compromising position with an apparent man or woman in a bear suit.

In Stephen King's book version of this interaction, the suit is of a dog. Rob Ager's analysis of the scene notes that he believes that "a shift from dog to bear costume doesn’t have any significant effect on the aesthetic scariness of the scene, so there must have been some sort of logic at work in Kubrick’s decision." (Source.)

Enter Bigfoot....

Whether by coincidence or by design, an internal mirroring presentation of the "form" of the bear-in-front-of-a-man appeared in an ad for an Animal Planet program in 2011. In 2010, during the photographic sessions for the pilot of Finding Bigfoot, a series of images  were taken in Alaska.

A few of these were chosen to be used for the promotion of this series that would go on to be successful for 100 episodes, from 2011 through 2018. The show has ended, so I shall report on a cryptokubrology image that was there from the beginning.

The four hosts (Ranae Holland, Matt Moneymaker, James "Bobo" Fay, and Cliff Barackman) were presented in poses reflecting their investigative fieldwork.

But if examined closely, was someone in the public relations department playing a little cryptokubrology prank?

Was what was going on at Animal Planet some sort of Disneyesque covert message? It is a well-known historical fact that cartoonists working at Disney would hide subliminal messages and sexual images hidden in Disney cartoons.

Or was the Finding Bigfoot-The Shining overlap just a cosmic coincidence?

Certainly, in the realm of jokes and politics, The Shining bear imagery has been used to convey an editorial or comic point of view. 

Another Cryptokubrology-Bigfoot sidetrek...

Over on Twitter, in 2017, we find this "237"/Kubrick moment:

That is why it is called twilight language.