Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Synchromystic June 24th Death: Loren Janes

CNN Entertainment announced the news on June 26th, with high praise: "Legendary stuntman and stunt coordinator Loren Janes, who doubled for Steve McQueen for the actor's entire career, as well as for Paul Newman, Jack Nicholson, and even Debbie Reynolds, died Saturday [June 24, 2017] at the age of 85, according to his family."

The Internet Database notes that Loren Janes was "one of the key figures in the development of modern cinematic stunt design, improved safety procedures and co-founder of the Stuntmen's Association of Motion Pictures & Televsion."

Loren Janes was a member of the Hollywood Stuntmen's Hall of Fame. In 2001, well known western actor L.Q. Jones (coincidence: he was born Justus McQueen) presented Janes with the Golden Boot Award for his lifetime contribution to the western film genre.

Loren Janes "contributed his talents to such spectacular films as The Ten Commandments (1956), Spartacus (1960), The Magnificent Seven (1960), Planet of the Apes (1968), The Towering Inferno (1974) and Beverly Hills Cop (1984)."

Twitter feeds are calling Loren Janes an "acclaimed Hollywood stuntman," "a legend," and a "groundbreaking stuntman."

In terms of waiting for a "celebrity" tied to UFOs who might pass away on June 24, 2017,  Janes might fit the bill.

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."

Jack Nicholson and Marlon Brando had stunts done for them by Loren Janes in Missouri Breaks (1976), which was directed by Arthur Penn.

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

Planet of the Apes (1968) and Star Trek (1966-1967) - above - where Janes does stunt doubling for William Shatner and others. Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959), The Ten Commandments (1956), and so many more. 

Loren James has 170 stunting credits, 33 acting credits, one miscellaneous crew, 3 thanks, 11 self credits (usually in documentaries about the movie industry), and one appearance in archive footage.

The name game aspect of "Loren Janes" was not lost on me, since I am a "Loren" and I see that Loren Janes played the character "Coleman" in 1966's The Sand Pebbles, which I just wrote about in Neanderthal (2016). 

Loren Janes had a footnote contribution to television, having played the role of Norman Chaney on the TV series L.A. Law. In the first scene of the first episode, Chaney is found dead, though his name appears for years in the name of the law firm. My life was touched by L.A. Law's Richard Dysart, many years ago.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Sync Family: UFOs, Exorcisms, Vampires, Werewolves, and Slashers

The generational links and syncs in the Gleason-Miller family is rather fascinating. Do actors choose their movies or do the films choose the actors?

On the 40th anniversary of the birthday of modern UFOs, June 24, 1987, Jackie Gleason, 71, the actor, who was an early advocate of flying saucer research, died. Gleason's known interest in UFOs allegedly prompted President Richard Nixon to share some information with him and to disclose some UFO data publicly.

John Herbert "Jackie" Gleason (February 26, 1916 – June 24, 1987) was an American comedian, actor, musician and writer who developed a style and characters in his career from growing up in Brooklyn, New York.

John Herbert Gleason was born in 1916 at 364 Chauncey Street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. He grew up at 328 Chauncey (an address he later used for Ralph and Alice Kramden on The Honeymooners). Named Herbert Walton Gleason, Jr., at birth, he was baptized John Herbert Gleason. His parents were Herbert Walton "Herb" Gleason, an Irish-American insurance auditor, and Mae "Maisie" (née Kelly), from Farranree, Cork, Ireland. Gleason was one of two children; his brother, Clement J., died of meningitis at age 14.

Jackie Gleason in The Hustler (1961)

Gleason's daughter with wife Genevieve Halford is Linda Mae Miller (née Gleason; born September 16, 1942), who became an actress and married actor-playwright Jason Miller. Their son, Gleason's grandson, is actor Jason Patric.

Jason Miller as Father Damien Karras in The Exorcist

Jason Miller (April 22, 1939 – May 13, 2001) was an American actor and playwright. He received the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play That Championship Season and was widely recognized for his role as Father Damien Karras in the 1973 horror film The Exorcist, a role he reprised briefly in The Exorcist III.

Corey Haim and Jason Patric in The Lost Boys (1987)

Jason Patric in The Lost Boys (1987)

Joshua John Miller (born December 26, 1974) is an American actor, screenwriter, author, and director.

Joshua John Miller in River's Edge (1986).

Miller was born in Los Angeles to actor and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Jason Miller and actress and Playboy pin-up Susan Bernard. Miller's half-brother is actor Jason Patric, and his maternal grandfather was photographer Bruno Bernard, also known as "Bernard of Hollywood". His father was of Irish and German descent, and his mother is Jewish.

Miller (on the right) is openly gay and, as of 2013, is in a relationship with fellow screenwriter M.A. Fortin (left). Miller collaborated with M.A. Fortin to write the DreamWorks TV and Fox production Howl (2011). The two also co-wrote the screenplay and executive produced the 2015 horror comedy film The Final Girls.

Monday, June 26, 2017

UFO, Illuminati and 42: Prodigy Dies

Prodigy (born Albert Johnson) died June 20, 2017. A source tied to the death has now informed Digital Music News that an autopsy will mark the cause of death as "accidental asphyxiation," referring to an object lodged into Prodigy’s windpipe - not sickle cell complications.

Note the "Jesus Christ Pose," similar to Chris Cornell, 
who also died from asphyxiation, due to hanging.

Conspiracy theories about the Illuminati are being heard, as Prodigy was due to write a musical on the topic.

Music journalist Kathy Iandoli said that Albert Johnson had been working on a musical about the Illuminati. He was in the middle of writing it, but it was yet to be released.
Kathy Iandoli co-authored Prodigy’s 2016 book, Commissary Kitchen, and stepped in to assist with the musical. (The cookbook shares easy-to-follow recipes to stay healthy while in prison. Iandoli, a critically-acclaimed music journalist had a close friendship with Johnson.)

In an interview with Complex, Iandoli said that the rapper and her had planned to complete a musical about the Illuminati.
The one thing we were planning on doing was a musical about the Illuminati and how the obsession with the Illuminati infiltrated people’s opinions of hip-hop. We were initially going to do an interactive type of musical with a company that runs The Illuminati Ball, but then we decided to take our idea to an off-Broadway situation. Tell a story with a very specific beginning, middle, and end. But [the story] began with prison; it was semi-autobiographical.
During his musical career, Prodigy prominently mentioned the Illuminati multiple times. Speaking to Genius about the alleged secret society, the rapper said,
This dude named Adam Weishaupt started this group of powerful, rich people that basically shape popular opinion and the way the world is gonna move forward.
Explaining Johnson’s fascination with the secret society, Iandoli told Complex,
[Prodigy was interested in] how people absorb information and what they do with that information. The thing about the Illuminati, as it pertains to hip-hop, is that many people view it as being this key to abundant wealth. And of course we don’t even know if it exists, but what P would really speak about was the idea of people using it as a meal ticket.

Mobb Deep: Prodigy (below) and Havoc. Courtest Prodigy.

Rapper Prodigy, one half of the influential hip hop duo Mobb Deep has died, according to a co-author on one of his books, Kathy Iandoli.
He was 42.
A cause of death has not been released, but the rapper had been hospitalized for complications caused by sickle cell anemia prior to his death, Iandoli told CNN.
Prodigy had been in Las Vegas for a Mobb Deep performance.
Born Albert Johnson, the rapper's family had a storied history.
His great-great-great-grandfather, William Jefferson White, founded Georgia's Morehouse College in the basement of his Baptist church.
His grandfather, Albert "Budd" Johnson, was a saxophonist and clarinetist for Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie and Benny Goodman.
Johnson met fellow Queens, New York native Kejuan Muchita when they were both freshman at Manhattan's High School of Art and Design.
The pair bonded over their shared love of hip hop and formed Mobb Deep. Johnson took the moniker Prodigy, while Muchita chose the performance name Havoc.
They scored a record deal as teens and released the album "Juvenile Hell" in 1993.
The project didn't generate much buzz, but the duo found more success with their sophomore album "The Infamous."

Johnson had some legal troubles. In 2007, he was sentenced to three years in prison for illegal possession of a firearm.
He detailed that incident and more in his memoir My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep's Prodigy.
"There were too many other adventures to squeeze in: his family's rich historical and musical legacy; his lifelong battle with sickle cell anemia; UFO sightings; episodes with Lindsay Lohan, Mary J. Blige, and Lil' Kim; and his contributions to the golden era of hip-hop," Johnson's memoir co-author, Laura Checkoway, wrote in a 2011 piece for the Village Voice.
In 2016, the rapper published Commissary Kitchen: My Infamous Prison Cookbook with Iandoli, which contained recipes and stories about the food he experienced while in prison.
Johnson was mourned on social media Tuesday by many fellow artists, including rapper Nas, who was the first to post about Johnson's death. Source.

My Infamous Life, was published April 19, 2011.
There were too many other adventures to squeeze in: his family’s rich historical and musical legacy; his lifelong battle with sickle-cell anemia; UFO sightings; episodes with Lindsay Lohan, Mary J. Blige, and Lil’ Kim; and his contributions to the golden era of hip-hop. In the mid-’90s, he and his rhyme partner Havoc, who met as freshmen at Manhattan’s High School of Art and Design, broke ground with the gun-riddled version of hip-hop they dubbed “reality rap,” spawning instant classics like “Shook Ones Pt. II” and “Quiet Storm.” At 36, Prodigy, trying his hand at being an author, is exposing the backstories behind rap battles, robberies, deaths, brawls, and beefs with Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Nas, Jay-Z, Keith Murray, Capone-Noreaga, Ja Rule, and Saigon. - Laura Checkoway, Source.
My Infamous Life, published by Simon & Schuster, 2011, contains this passage:
pg 209-210
Suddenly, all the power went out. I looked out the window and saw that the whole block was blacked out, so I decided to go to bed. As I lay down next to KiKi, a bright white ight beamed into the bedroom window. It looked like a police helicopter's searchlight, except it was silent. Oh shyt, are the police looking for somebody over here?

"Kiki, get up!" I reached over to wake KiKi. "Look at this shyt!" The bright white beam began changing colors-red, yellow, green, blue, orange-repeating randomly. "Do you see this shyt?" I asked.

"What the fukk is that?" Kiki said. "Do you see this shyt?" "Yes, go look out the window and see what that is!" she said. "I'm not going near that window."

I knew what it was. A UFO was hovering over our crib, shining light beams into our bedroom.

page 211

The UFO came to my house to show me the light, as if to say, "Wake up, nikka! Snap out of it! We are real and you are important to us! Okay, we gotta go for now, hope you're ready when we come back!"

Thursday, June 22, 2017

June 24th Prediction

I posted the following tweet on Twitter early on June 22, 2017.

Yes, I am predicting a well-known researcher, author, eyewitness, or figure (a celebrity, if you will), in the UFO field, shall pass away on June 24th this year.

For those who are familiar with my writings on the "anniversary syndrome" and what I've said before about the significance of "June 24s" in the ufology community, you will not be surprised.

I have written earlier that due to the Anniversary Syndrome, ufo-related deaths do infrequently occur on June 24ths. The Anniversary Syndrome or Effect is tied to birthdays and important dates in a person's life that some people "wait" for on which to die. There is no more important date in ufology that it's "birthday," June 24, 1947.

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.

Here is a quick overview of 11 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.

(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, and was once 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.

Posted after June 24, 2017:

(12) June 24, 2017, Loren Janes, 85, a legendary stuntman and stunt coordinator, 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 got a credit in Back to the Future (1985), for the stunts. In the closeted UFO story of Steven Spielberg's 1941 (1979). In the intriguing Logan's Run (1976) and Ice Station Zebra (1968). More.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The "Lone Nut" Returns

The London Times is receiving a considerable amount of criticism on social media for their front page story and headline on the Seven Sisters Road attack. The feedback is the Times is showing a double standard with regard to this attack against Muslims. And, indeed, that the paper is attempting to humanize the attacker, even avoiding calling him a "terrorist."

Also, it is worthy of noting that the use of that assassination-conspiracy-coverup phrase "lone nut" has returned for application here. While it is clear that "terrorists" work in networks, the media projection in merely using "lone nut" is that there is no conspiracy, no friendly network of supporters, no one else but this one individual. That is even if that isn't true. Not to mention the role of the media-driven copycat effect.

Even the Guardian front page, where they did use the word "terror" was confusing, because one wonders if the person pictured, a Muslim, is the terrorist.

In the Guardian:

The other papers, even though tabloids, have clearer headlines.

The UK readership has been fed a steady diet of "terrorist" headlines this year.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Seven Sisters + Champs-Elysees Attacks

The Seven Sisters in London, 1830.

One man died and 10 people were injured after a van was rammed into a crowd of worshipers on Seven Sisters Road, near a mosque in north London, in the latest terror attack to hit the UK in 2017.

Eyewitnesses reported chaotic scenes as the incident unfolded just after midnight local time, on June 19, 2017, when evening Ramadan prayers had finished.

A 48-year-old white man was wrestled to the ground by members of the public and then arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder. He was yelling, "All Muslims must be killed."

The "Seven Sisters" after which the road is named were seven trees located opposite its junction with Tottenham High Road. This is made clear in the legislation authorising its construction, where the route of the road was described as running:
...from the Stamford Hill Road in the Parish of Tottenham , in the said County of Middlesex, nearly opposite to certain Trees called the Seven Sisters.

In his early seventeenth-century work, Brief Description of Tottenham, local vicar and historian William Bedwell singled out the walnut tree for particular mention. He wrote of it as a local 'arboreal wonder' which 'flourished without growing bigger'. He described it as popularly associated with the burning of an unknown Protestant. There is also speculation that the tree was ancient, possibly going back as far as Roman times, perhaps standing in a sacred grove or pagan place of worship.

The location of the seven trees can be tracked through a series of maps from 1619 on. From 1619 they are shown in a position which today corresponds with the western tip of Page Green at the junction of Broad Lane and the High Road. With urbanisation radically changing the area, the 'Seven Sisters' had been replanted by 1876, still on Page Green, but further to the east. Contemporary maps show them remaining in this new location until 1955.

The current ring of hornbeam trees was planted in 1997 in a ceremony led by five families of seven sisters.

The Seven Sisters Road is also traditionally the road between Highbury and White Hart Lane, the football grounds of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs are known as the Yids, because of their supposed Jewish tendencies.
Arsenal were rumoured, and reported in the tabloid press, to have been Osama bin Laden's team during his time in England.
Arsenal purchased the ground Highbury was built on from the Church of England. The then-chairman of Arsenal, Sir Henry Norris, was also archdeacon of the Unified Grand Lodge of England.
The nearest tube station is also named "Arsenal". There is also an old film called "The Arsenal Stadium Mystery". Black and white.
Arsenal have been involved in several scandals. Norris, mentioned above, was banned from involvement in football for making illegal payments, after also allegedly conspiring to get Arsenal voted into the top flight. ~ Stephen Morgan


Meanwhile in Paris...

An armed man who deliberately rammed his car into a police van in Paris on Monday, 19 June 2017, has been taken down by officers and is dead, French authorities said.

The incident took place on the iconic Champs-Elysees boulevard in central Paris, the latest attack this year against security forces in the French capital.

Gerard Collomb, France's interior minister, told reporters the attacker's car contained weapons and explosives.

"Enough to allow him to blow up this car," Collomb said.

No police officers or passersby were wounded, an Interior Ministry spokesman said.

The small white car caught on fire after the collision with the mobile police unit.

It's the fifth time in four months that security forces have been attacked in Paris.

Some unconfirmed reports note the man is a well-known figure in the right-wing.