For March, 1962
UNDERSTANDING .......................................................................................... 2
OF NEWSPAPERMEN AND DOOMSDAYS ............................................................. 3
PLEASE REPORT YOUR CHANGE OF ADDRESS TO UNDERSTANDING 6
SHAME ON THE AIR FORCE! ..................................................................................... 6
THE TEMPLE OF UNDERSTANDING, INC. ............................................................. 8
MERLIN GETS A BUSINESS MANAGER UNDERSTANDING MAGAZINE 10
BILL HAM ......................................................................................................................... 10
CALIFORNIAN KNOCKED OUT BY UNIT #44 ESP TEST .................................... 12
world report ........................................................................................................... 12
1956 UNDERSTANDING YEARBOOKS NEEDED ................................................. 15
ESP TEST CONTINUES ............................................................................................... 15
bulletin board ........................................................................................................ 17
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EDITOR ........................................................................................... Dr.
DANIEL W. FRY
asst. editor ............................................................................. cleve
circulation manager ........................................................... edna
staff artist ................................................................................... gus
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VOLUME VII MARCH, 1962 NUMBER
Dedicated to the propagation
of a better understanding among all the peoples of the earth, and of those who
are not of earth.
ON JANUARY 1, 1962, the Understanding Magazine began its
seventh year of publication. By July 1st of this year we hope to have in full
operation, our own radio broadcasting station!
The primary requisite of Understanding is communication,
and what better method of communication could we have than our own broadcast
Lecture committees have struggled valiantly, and lecturers
have cooled their heels endlessly in the studios of various radio stations, in
the hope of obtaining a few precious minutes of air time, frequently on
programs whose basic purpose has been to cause the lecturer to appear
ridiculous. Think of the advantage of having a station dedicated to the
purposes of Understanding in operation seven days a week and twenty-four hours
a day, if necessary, to bring the simple truths of harmonious living to all
The plans have been made, the site chosen, and the land
purchased. It only remains to erect the studio building and transmitting tower,
install the equipment, obtain the license and- Oh yes! there is always the
problem of finance. A radio station of 5,000 watts of power, complete with land
and studio building, would normally cost
between twenty-five and fifty thousand dollars. However,
because we already own the land and because our own company will erect the
building, and because of several other factors, we can do the job for something
less than twelve; of this amount, the Merlin Development Co. will be able to
contribute about half. The remainder must be raised by some sort of public
If every person for whom Dan Fry has lectured during the
past five years were to feel that Dan's years of work were worth as much as
twenty-five cents, and were to contribute that amount toward the building of
the station, the entire cost would be subscribed several times over. Actually,
of course, we know that this will not happen, since we have no way of reaching
most of these people, and many of them would feel that they were already
contributing to as many causes as they could afford to support.
How do you feel? If you feel that it is worth anything for
Understanding to have a broadcast station of its own, put your 25c, or your
dollar, or whatever you think it is worth (and you can afford) in an envelope
and address it to: Radio Fund, Box 105, Merlin, Ore. The fund will be used only
for the completion and operation of the station. All contributions of $1.00 or
more will be acknowledged in the Understanding Magazine (unless the donor
wishes to be anonymous), and every person who contributes $5.00 or more will
receive a certificate of membership in the Merlin Radio Guild, and will have a
vote in the planning of programs.
If you think that the station will be too far away, and
you will not be able to hear the programs, remember that the power and range of
the station will be limited only by the amount of backing which we receive from
you. So ask your friends and neighbors if they would like to contribute a dime
or a quarter to a worthy cause, and send it along with whatever you can afford.
Remember that millions of dollars have been raised for less worthy and
Many members of the Understanding Units throughout the
country have complained that they were not given a desirable program upon which
to work. Here is a project in which everyone can join. If you have no funds of
your own, you can still arouse the interest, of others by discussing the
subject with all of your friends and acquaintances. Let's get Radio
Understanding on the air by July 1st.
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As a member of both the newspaper profession and the New
Age field, I found myself in a somewhat unusual position during the period just
prior to the planetary conjunction of Feb. 4. As a member of the New Age field,
I was able to see the circumstances surrounding the various speculations and
predictions which were made concerning the Feb. 4 weekend. And I was as annoyed
as anyone else in the field at the misrepresentations and irresponsible
reporting exhibited by the American press. Yet, as a newsman I could see the
situation from the point of view of the press and could understand how the
whole fiasco came about.
On the morning of Feb. 5, 1962, I wrote the following in
my column "Regional Roundup" which appears in the Medford, Ore., Mail
"Your regional editor is pleased to note that the
world did not choose to come to an end over the weekend. Although I have only
been here for a couple of months, there are many aspects of the area that I
"Of course, the widely circulated stories concerning
predictions of doom do bring to mind a question: Did anybody really predict the
end of the world? The human race has an unfortunate tendency to jump to
conclusions. We hear a prediction about an earthquake or similar upheaval and
almost immediately we suppose that a lot of people have predicted the end of
"I think that if we were to examine the so-called end
of the world predictions throughout history we would find that in most cases
nobody really predicted the end-earthquakes and upheavals, yes, but rarely the
end of it all. Concerning last weekend, a number of astrologers predicted that
happy events would transpire. Others predicted that little or nothing would
happen. The happy predictions were forgotten almost immediately, while the dire
predictions will probably be remembered for some time to come.
"There are numerous examples in our culture where
people have jumped to conclusions. Often a scientist will report a particular
finding, based on his knowledge and equipment available at that precise moment.
Then because the man is tops in his field, his findings will become accepted as
fact. Years later, other scientists or
even the same man may discover new evidence which repudiates
the earlier conclusion. Yet because the previous conclusion has been accepted
as fact, the new finding is regarded with suspicion and is ignored.
"A good example is the question of whether or not
there is air on the moon. Within the last three years several prominent
scientists have announced they now believe there is air on the moon, not a
great deal, but some. Yet the general public as a whole still believes there is
no air on the moon and most books published on the subject today still state
flatly that there is no air on the moon.
"The sad part about the events which transpired over
the weekend is that they reflect adversely upon many serious students of the
unknown. Some of these persons are crackpots perhaps, but where would we be
today without, a few crackpots like Christopher Columbus or Thomas
An additional thought on the Feb. 4 business: The news
articles tended to portray astrology as a lot of nonsense. Yet, many major
American newspapers carry an astrology column every day. Hmm.
Since we are involved in an organization called
Understanding, let us attempt to understand what transpired around the Feb. 4
date rather than condemn without thinking.
Newsmen are human beings and are capable of making
mistakes. Unfortunately a mistake by a single newspaper can be compounded by a
wire service which neglects to check the accuracy of the original story. This
is what happened in the case of the Cleator, Arizona, story. A local paper in Arizona
ran a story which while partially accurate contained several half truths and
several erroneous statements. These erroneous statements were compounded by the
Associated Press and United Press International in stories the two services
circulated quite widely. The mistakes they made were such that anyone is capable
of making. When advised of the errors, the Associated Press took steps to
correct the mistake. I received the following letter from Sameul G. Blackman,
general news editor of the Associated Press in New York:
Dear Mr. Twitchell:
Thank you for your letter explaining that members of
Understanding, Inc., went to Cleator simply for the purpose of retirement.
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After the first stories, we refrained from further
associating the organization with predictions for the end of the world. We also
included in a story for Sunday (Feb. 4) a paragraph setting forth the reason
for the move to Arizona.
S. G. Blackman
I reprint the text of this letter to show you that news
services and newspapers do not care about being accurate. Most of them will
take steps to correct an erroneous story if you can show them that it was truly
I would like to thank AP for its response to our
correction, and also United Press International, which printed a statement by Isaphene
McGuire of the Cleator unit denying the earlier story. In stories on the
weekend of Feb. 4 UPI continued to mention a group of 22 which had supposedly
taken to the hills around Cleator to escape the disaster, but Understanding's
name was no longer mentioned.
There are numerous opportunities for errors in the
newspaper business. One paper will often copy a story from another without
checking the accuracy of the story. Often it does not have time to do so. If
the first story was erroneous, then the second story will be erroneous too,
perhaps even more so. When a reporter turns in a story, it goes through many
hands before getting into print. Often an editor will change a few words or
write a headline that alters the original meaning.
I once heard a newspaper editor remark that he was amazed-not
that newspapers made so many mistakes-rather that with all the possibilities
for error newspapers make so few mistakes.
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New postal regulations require us to pay from eight to ten
cents for each issue of this magazine that is not delivered. So we ask that you
be extra careful to report any change in your address as soon after you move as
IT SEEMS that about every six months the U. S. Air Force
issues a public statement to the effect that there just isn't any such thing as
a flying saucer. Following is the latest such statement. It appeared in
newspapers around the country during the early part of February.
"WASHINGTON (AP)-They might have been birds,
balloons, hoaxes or unusual sky lights-but not spacecraft from other planets.
That is the word from the Air Force today after 15 years of investigating
flying saucer reports. It said there was no evidence that any of the 7,369
unidentified flying objects checked on were spaceships swooping in from distant
"To date, no unidentified flying object-UFO-has given
any indication of threat to the national security, the Air Force concluded in
summing up its investigations from 1947 through last year.,
"It said its Project Blue Book" has turned up no
evidence that any of the unidentified sightings represented technological advances,
beyond the range of our present day scientific knowledge," or that any of
the UFO's were extraterrestrial vehicles under intelligent controls."
"During 1961, the Air Force's office of aerial
phenomena probed into 488 UFO reports-26 fewer than the year before.
"At year's end, only ten of the 1961 sightings still
were classified as unidentified. Most of the rest, were traced to aircraft,
balloons, satellites, astronomical phenomena, birds, hoaxes and other causes.
"The report disclosed that a new experimental beacon
designed to prevent airliner collisions has been mistaken by some persons as an
unidentified flying object. The beacon is intense and flashes for a fraction of
It has been seen as much as 50 miles away and at that
distance only the light could be seen, thereby producing a rather startling
sight," the Air Force said.
"Recently, too, there were widespread reports to the
Air Force of flashing objects in the sky. Investigation revealed that these
were caused by the earth's passing through meteor showers, the report
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There are two interesting things about this story. The
first is that it appeared at all. The fact that the Air Force felt it necessary
to make such a statement would appear to indicate that apparently someone is
still raising a rumpus about the UFO matter in Washington. The other
interesting thing is that the Air Force pointedly reports that there were fewer
sightings in 1961 than in the year before. The inference in this statement is,
we believe, supposed to be that there are fewer and fewer sightings being
reported every year, so therefore flying saucers are dying out. We would take
sharp issue with this idea. The figures indicate merely that fewer and fewer
sightings are being reported to the Air Force. And who could blame the sighters
for not reporting them? After all, who wants to fill out an extensive UFO
sighting report and then get told that all he saw was a flock of geese?
Still, 488 UFO sightings were reported to the Air Force
last year. When you consider that that's better than one a day, the record is
nothing to be ashamed of.
There's no such thing as a flying saucer? Now really,
fellows. What about the thousands of well documented sightings that have been
reported since the beginning of recorded history?
What about the numerous photographs that have been taken
of these craft?
What about the statements of the distinguished military
men on NICAP's list supporting the existence of UFOs?
What about Lord Dowding, former commander-in-chief of the
RAF Fighter Command, who said, "The mass of evidence is so overwhelming
that I have long accepted their reality."?
What about Wilbert B. Smith, former chief of Canada's
Project Magnet, saucer investigating agency, who said, "There is a 95
percent probability that the flying saucers are real, a 60 percent probability
that they are alien vehicles (of extra-terrestrial origin), a 10 percent
probability that they come from a dimension incomprehensible to man."?
What about all the well-documented sightings in Major Donald
And finally, what about the experiences of men like Dan
Fry? The latest comments by the Air Force on the flying saucer question would
seem to indicate three possibilities: 1. that, it is under pressure
from someone to avoid admitting the existence of
extra-terrestrial spacecraft, 2. that it is determined to perpetrate a
preconceived opinion that spacecraft from other planets do not exist, or 3. that
it is just plain stupid.
I personally don't place much stock in the first named
possibility, although I'd be the first to admit that it is a possibility. I
think the second named item is most likely, although from what I've seen of Washington
on visits there and heard about the red tape from congressmen I've known, I
wouldn't be at all surprised if the third named possibility were true as well.
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THE TEMPLE OF UNDERSTANDING, INC.
IT IS PROPOSED to build a "Temple of Understanding"
in Washington, D.C., U.S.A., in a central part of the city readily accessible
to the traveler-at-large. A site has been chosen so that the Temple may be
surrounded by a park, the grounds of which will provide an atmosphere of quiet
for those who wish to attend lectures there, or to spend the day with their
families, or even to be quite alone. The building is to resemble a jewel set in
a reflecting pool of water. It will be constructed of GLASS and marble, and is
to be relatively small in size. The dome at the center will be of glass,
faceted to resemble a cut, diamond. Inside the building, beneath the central
dome, will be a circular pool of water in -which the light from this dome will
be reflected. The dome will be illuminated all night in order to indicate,
symbolically, that even while the world sleeps, the light of understanding
continues to shine. Radiating from this central dome will extend six wings,
each to represent one of the six religions of the world which are international
in scope: Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity and Islam.
Each wing will contain a small chapel which, designed in accordance with the
requirements of the religion it represents, and using the appropriate symbols,
will illustrate its mode of worship. To the right of each chapel, or wing, will
be a combined library and reading room. The books in this adjacent library will
cover the main currents of thought of the particular religion, including its
various branches. Each
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library will be attended by a scholar able to answer
intelligently the questions of the public pertaining to that area of religious
thought.. The choice of design and equipment for the interior of the chapel, as
well as of books for the library will be in the hands of a duly appointed
representative of each religion. Beneath the main floor of the Temple,
duplicating the pattern overhead, will be a Center of Understanding. In the
main rotunda will be a small auditorium containing a stage and removable seats.
Here also may be held meetings, concerts, film showings, social events,
performances in drama and the dance, relating to the culture of the various
countries and peoples. This downstairs area will serve children as well as
adults and will be planned, acoustically, to protect the atmosphere of quiet in
the great central Hall above. These six lower wings of the Temple will be
dedicated to other facets of the diamond of Divine Truth, to art, to music, to
science. In them will be housed current exhibits relating to the cultural life
of the various nations. These areas of creative activity, being beyond the
limitations of political and ideological differences, will implement our basic
desire to "build bridges, rather than erect walls," between the
peoples of our planet. They will also implement Point Three of our project: to
create a useful, vital and growing organization, as well as a symbol of Unity.
The Temple is NOT to be used as a house of worship, but as an educational
edifice. The hope is, as previously stated, three-fold:
1st: That this "Temple of Understanding" will
stand in the eyes the world as a symbol of brotherhood and sisterhood of
mankind and of our present awareness and acceptance of that fact. 2nd That by
having in one place the accoutrements of the various world religions, the basic
books to explain their beliefs and aims-as well as a well educated attendant to
explain the concepts behind the symbols used, and to answer questions on the
denomination's history and beliefs -- the peoples of this planet, and
especially the new generation, will become more cognizant of the varied
spiritual lives of their brethren. This, in turn, should establish more
profound political, social, and spiritual relationships, and help build a more
stable world in this Atomic Age. 3rd: That this place of understanding"
will prove to be far more than a mere building. It is hoped that it will render
an inestimable service by stressing the spiritual values in human life. The end
result of material abundance, we have
learned, is not necessarily either personal happiness or
peaceful coexistence. To emphasize the spiritual aspect of our humanity-thus
leading to greater enlightenment and a more profound "pursuit of happiness
" will be an essential function of this Temple. As we are rapidly entering
into a new era of global relationships, and the boundaries of both time and
space are shrinking in dimension, it is felt that universal understanding must
inevitably replace nationalistic limitations-and that such an understanding of
our neighbors' religious aspirations must, of necessity, be common knowledge
for the citizen of the world. In no way will this project, or those connected
with it, seek to proselytize any one religion. Each will be treated equally,
subject, only to the main concept as expressed in the architectural design of
the building. "Truth is a diamond of Many facets..." The scheme has
won the support of such eminent, spiritual leaders as the Vice-President of
India, Dr. Radhakrishnan, representing Hinduism, Rabbi Goldstein,
Vice-President of the World of Jewish Congress, New York, Mrs. Eleanor
Roosevelt, and many members of the world's major religious faiths and peoples,
for whom the centre is primarily intended. It will also be available to the
Washington Embassies, thus providing a S.U.N. (Spiritual United Nations) Temple,
through which the light of understanding may shine. The main idea of the Temple
is, however, that it should be a centre. for the peoples of the world, and
offers of financial help from religious organizations and foundations have been
held in abeyance. It is hoped to have the name of every contribution engraved
in the stone walks leading to the Temple, and the minimum amount of the
contributions that would be needed to permit this is, for instance, in the
U.S., one dollar. At night the light of the Temple of Understanding will
continue to shine out, unaffected by the darkness around, so may the inner
light of the many-faceted diamond of DIVINE TRUTH, which will give its form to
the fabric of the Temple, shine perpetually forth into the spiritual darkness
of the world.
-Submitted by Dorothy L. Orrison
1447 Parkwood Pl., N.W.
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is pleased to announce that an Understanding member has
been appointed to the post of business manager for the Merlin Development. Company
at Merlin, Ore. He is Bill Ham, a member of Detroit unit #38, who with his
wife, Peg, and children, Steve, 10, Don, 8, and Meg, 6, came to Southern Oregon
last December to launch a new era in their lives.
Up until December of 1961 the Hams lived in Livonia, Mich.,
a Detroit, suburb, and Bill was operations manager of the Manufacturers
National Bank of Detroit. The family is now renting a home in Grants Pass and
plans to buy property and build a home in Merlin this spring. Bill's new job is
to answer inquiries, handle business details and take care of a host of other
duties connected with the Merlin Development Company.
"This is the most impressive part of the country
we've seen," says Bill about Southern Oregon. He has been in much of the
northeastern United States, the midwest, and a good part of the south and
southwest. Of Merlin specifically, Bill says, "Merlin would have the
greatest potential for family living, enjoyment of nature and the hope of
happiness of any part of the country."
What is the Merlin Development Company attempting to do?
In answer to this question, Bill said, "The purpose of Merlin is to give
people what they are not finding where they are now. The aim of Merlin is to
provide a community of completely diversified personalities, well-rounded and
purposeful activities, and facilities for spiritual and physical development.
This will be accomplished by providing all types of housing, light industry,
employment for those who require funds and the opportunity to meet people of
Merlin, Ore., is an established, although unincorporated,
community of approximately 300 residents at this moment, Bill points out.
Its people are now spread about over an area several miles
in diameter, and dwelling units are widely scattered. At present the Merlin
Development Company owns 200 acres plus 60 buildings lots. Considerably more
land will be purchased in the near future, he added.
How does one go about coming to Merlin?
Business Manager for the Merlin Development Company
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"For those who are willing and able to start their
own businesses, it is only a question of making a final decision and actually
coming here," Bill said.
"For those who require employment, there are
opportunities in the Merlin-Grants Pass area for skilled trades. Building
contractors of various types are doing very well provided they are willing to
work hard. As the development of the community progresses, we intend to find
employment for everyone who is sincerely interested in' the aims and purposes
of Merlin. Each individual is encouraged to be self supporting."
Houses can be built to specifications. Financing is
available. Three houses have already been built and more are being started this
month. Building sites are available on both lots and acreage, hilly or level,
cleared or uncleared. Industrial structures are also being built.
Further information may be obtained by writing to Dan Fry,
Bill Ham or the Merlin Development Company at Box 105, Merlin, Ore.
According to word received from Chas. Rhoades, Pres. of
Unit 44 in Oklahoma City, at least one Californian was really tuned in on the
right frequency during the E.S.P. test conducted by Unit 44 on January 19th.
According to a letter received from T.W. of California
requesting correct answers for the last thirty minutes of the tests, she
mentioned she thought she had done real well on the first thirty minutes of the
test but, when Unit 44 turned up the power for the more complicated sending for
the last half of the tests, she went completely out, waking up or coming to
just as the test was finishing up at 9:00 P. M.
(How about turning the power down a few volts on the
next test, unit 44? -The Editor.)
BUCK NELSON PLANS CONVENTION
The fifth Annual Space Craft Convention at Buck's Mountain
View Ranch at Mountain View, Missouri, will take place June 23-25, Saturday
through Monday. Speakers are wanted. Persons who have experienced sightings are
urged to come and tell about them.
Early Answer Seen to Life On Mars
(By Gobind Behari
Lal, Science Editor Emeritus Hearst Newspapers. From Los Angeles
Herald Examiner, Jan. 26, 1962)
THE NEXT ten years scientists will find definite answers to the questions:
"Do the planets Mars and Venus support life? What kind of life? This
assurance comes from the conclusion of a study made by a team of
scientists-including Dr. William W. Kellogg of Rand Corporation, Southern
California, and Dr. Carl Sagan of the University of California, Berkeley-who
constitute the Space Board of the National Academy of Sciences.
On the basis of already carried out, studies of the
atmospheres of Mars and Venus, by various methods, the scientists have formed
certain pictures of life on these planets, which will be confirmed and
elaborated or changed with the planned researches. Broadly the concepts are
"Evidence taken as a whole is suggestive of life on
Mars. It is not conclusive., only suggestive."
But, the life on Mars, as suggested, is in the form of
colonies of germs, very simple living organisms. Are there no big animals, no
"people," on Mars? The report says: "At present, there is no
valid data for or against the existence of larger organisms and mobile (moving)
animals." So Mars may have big animals, although they are most likely
quite different from those on earth.
Concerning the planet Venus, scientific conjectures differ
in extremes. The surface of Venus has been pictured by scientists as, "A
bright desert, hot as molten lead; a sunless hot dreariness; an ocean covering
the whole surface."
In the ocean theory, Venus is the home of fishes.
"Island Of Love" Rises Off Italy
(Los Angeles Times, Jan. 15, 1962)
Ferrara, Italy-L'Isola Dell'Amore (The Island of Love) is
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again in the Adriatic Sea after being submerged for a
Authorities said shifts in the earth's surface crust
apparently are responsible for the reappearance of the Islet, located in a cove
five miles northeast of Volcano Beach.
Lessons From Space Creatures
(Alhambra, Calif., Post-Advocate, Jan. 29,
Suppose there is life on other worlds. And suppose, in the
years to come, we can get together with some of those Space Creatures for a
What would we learn? Such a careful observer as Sir
Bernard Lovell, the British radio-astronomer, thinks we might learn how to
Though once a skeptic about life in outer space, Sir
Bernard has been converted to the growing school which holds' that it is only
logical to conclude that, if life can happen here, it can happen elsewhere.
There are probably trillions of stars possessing planets
that might support earthlike life, and, at the behest of American scientists,
Sir Bernard has been using the Jodrell Bank radio-telescope to try to tune in
an Outer Space broadcast.
The kind of life we know on earth may have been
experienced in many planet civilizations in Outer Space many years ago, Sir
Bernard believes. Some confronted with the nuclear dilemma will have perished.
They will have found life in a nuclear age too delicately
balanced and slipped to disaster. But those that survived the crisis will
possess a technological and scientific potential, Sir Bernard believes, which
will be very hard for us to envision here on earth.
When and if we ever make contact with our betters in Outer
Space, we will certainly be humble in learning all we can-including any tips on
surviving in a nuclear age.
But, if we're not being too vain, we think Man will have
something to offer those super Creatures of Outer Space, too. We'll not need to
tug at our forelocks in abject obeisance.
We daresay no creature will be found to be more
venturesome, more courageous, or more determined, than man, and, with his
poetry, his art, his music, more in tune with the immortal spirit of the
On Flying Saucers
(From George Todt column in Los Angeles
"There are more things in heaven and earth,
Horatio, Than are dreamed of in your philosophy."
Act I, Se. 5
Not long ago I discussed UFOs (unidentified flying
objects) with Ralph Story on his popular "Story Line" at CBS radio in
Hollywood. We had a ball. For this is a subject which has long held the
interest of the public. What are the answers?
I told Ralph my interest in the mysterious objects had
existed since World War II days in Europe. On two occasions it was my lot to
stand among groups of observers that watched some unexplained lights hovering in
the air above France.
What we saw then tallies closely with innumerable reports
on UFOs given since by a wide variety of sober and competent witnesses. On one
occasion a party of four of us-including a lieutenant colonel-watched a
pulsating red fireball sail up silently to a point directly over the
American-German front lines in 1944 during the battle of Normandy. It stopped
completely for 15 minutes before moving on.
I witnessed a similar performance again in early 1945 in Paris,
along with 50 or 60 Frenchmen gathered around me, at the Place d'Concorde near
the U. S. Embassy. We all saw the same thing. It was neither an hallucination
nor a "temperature inversion."
Still I cannot guess what it was actually because the
celestial body was glowing with a pulsating, intermittent light which precluded
the possibility of observing the outlines of the strange craft-if craft it was!
Let me qualify this observation by pointing out at the
start that there is-and always has been-a great schism among the aficionados.
One segment is interested in the scientific approach alone and collects data
for down-to-earth evaluations. The other group, sometimes called "contactees,"
gets into the mystical wild blue yonder and assert they are in personal or
telepathic communication with the flying saucers.
Nearly all of my own contacts in this interesting field
are with the scientific clan-centered in the National Investigations Committee
on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP), directed by Maj. Donald E.
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Keyhoe, USMC-ret., 1536 Connecticut Ave., Washington 6,
D.C. It includes many professional men on the highest plane, including Vice-Adm.
R. N. Hillenkoetter, USN-ret., former head of CIA. Other UFOlogy groups that
have done serious work include: (1) Civilian Saucer Intelligence of New York,
245 W. 104th .St., New York 25, N.Y., Alexander D. Mebane, Admin. Vice Pres.;
(2) Aerial Phenomena Research Organization, 4145 E. Desert Place, Tucson, Ariz.,
Mrs. Coral Lorenzen, Director.
A vast number of books about the so-called flying saucers
have been written. Here are several I suggested on "Story Line" at
CBS: "The Book of the Damned" by Charles Fort; "Flying Saucers
and the Straight Line Mystery" (Criterion) by Aime Michel; "The
Report On Unidentified Flying Objects". (Doubleday) by Edward J. Ruppelt
and three outstanding works by Keyhoe "Flying Saucers From Outer
Space" (Holt), "The Flying Saucer Conspiracy" (Holt), and
"Flying Saucers: Top Secret" (Putnam).
All of these books lend credence to the notable statement
of Dr. Albert Einstein, who, when questioned about UFOs, replied: "Well,
people are seeing SOMETHING up there!"
Other books also have been written debunking the Saucerians.
The best of these is "Flying Saucers and the U.S. Air Force (Van Nostrand)
by Lt. Col. Lawrence J. Tacker, USAF.
The NICAP group in Washington has long pressed for an
official congressional investigation of the UFOs and have had encouragement
from some prominent members of Congress-in particular the new House majority
leader, Congressman McCormack, D-Mass.
Many others have expressed interest, too. Let's see what
We are down to virtually zero in our supplies of 1956
yearbooks of Understanding magazine. This predicament necessitates two things:
1. We'll have to take the 1956 yearbook off the market.
2. We need a copy of it for the Understanding rental by
mail library now organized by Buffalo Unit #37. If you have a copy you'd be
willing to donate, please send it to: Understanding Book Lending Library, c/o
Marie Henderson, 71 Allendale Road, Buffalo 15, N. Y.
Here are the answers to the ESP test conducted by Oklahoma
City, Okla., unit #44 on Feb. 16, 1962:
10:00 to 10:05: the number was 3.
10:05 to 10:10: the color of the disc was black.
10:10 to 10:15: ball, block or hoop? It was a ball.
10:15 to 10:20: the card was a seven of diamonds.
10:20 to 10:25: It was Life Magazine, a January, 1962,
10:25 to 10:30: the mystery object was a ladies' red shoe.
The next ESP test. will be conducted on Friday, March 16.
Here's how the test goes
On the 3rd Friday of each month Understanding Unit #44, Oklahoma
City, Okla., will conduct the following E.S.P. test program, starting
promptly at 10:00 P.M., Central Standard Time.
A card table; covered with a white cloth, will be placed
in the center of the room and all members present will be SENDING the following
10:00 to 10:05-We will. place on the card table an 8½ x 11
sheet of white paper on which will be ONE number about six inches high. Numbers
will run from 1 through 0- That is 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0.
10:05 to 10:10-We will have on hand five colored discs
approximately 6 inches in diameter. ONE of these discs will be placed in the
center of the table during this period. Colors of the discs will be-Red, Blue,
Yellow, Green and Black.
10:10 to 10:15-A ball (size of tennis ball), a small
square block (selected from a child's block set) and a small hoop or ring,
approximately 4 inches in diameter, will be on hand and one of these will be
placed in the center of the table. Objective will be to get the object used,
its color and the letter on the top side of block.
10:15 to 10:20-A card selected from a regular deck of
bridge cards will be placed in the center of the table.
10:20 to 10:25-We will place either a magazine or book in
the center of the table and thought will be concentrated on the size, color and
name of the book or magazine.
10:25 to 10:30-We will place a MYSTERY object on the
* Copy reads: "red ladies show."
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of the table. It will be some object commonly found around
the average home. It might be a pencil or pen.
Accurate records of each test will be furnished
UNDERSTANDING MAGAZINE and each issue will carry the correct solution of the
test for the preceding month. In this way you can grade yourself and, we hope,
watch your ESP abilities develop month by month.
On these same nights a second series of tests will be
conducted for those who feel their capabilities are developed to the point. where
they can receive more than one thought at a time. Starting at 10:30 P.M., we will send the following information
10:30 to 10:35-We will place five of the above mentioned
numbers across the table to form a five digit number. (Example 35604). Numbers
will be laid out from West to East.
10:35 to 10:40-We will place the five colored discs across
the table in a line. The object will be to see them in the right order. Left. will
be West-right East.
10:40 to 10:45-We will place the ball, the block and hoop
(mentioned above) across the table in a line. Objective will be to see them in
their correct order.
10:45 to 10:50-We will place five playing cards across the
table in a line. The objective will be to name the suit and count of each card
from left to right. West to East.
10:50 to 10:55-We will place another book or magazine on
the table. The objective will be to see its location on the table, also its
shape, color and name.
10:55 to 11:00-Another mystery object will be placed on
the table and objective will be to get as much detail as possible in addition
to what the object is.
This last thirty minute series of tests will be used as a
control to see how many persons are trying the tests and the only way you will
be able to get the correct solution to these tests will be to send a stamped,
self-addressed envelope to Unit #44, 2856 N.W. 18 St., Oklahoma City 7,
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EL MONTE, Unit #l, has launched a project to conduct
research on other organizations in the New Age field and write essays on them.
The reports will be shared with unit members and portions of them may
subsequently appear in Understanding magazine.
SAN FRANCISCO, Unit #11, reports that Mr. and Mrs. Richard
Dachner are moving to Roville, Calif. Their resignations as president and
financial secretary, respectively, Lave been noted with great regret. During
February, the unit entertained Peter Willard of Berkeley, speaking on
"Light Energy Manifestation."
RIVERSIDE, Unit #22, has become part of the World Prayer
Circle. Prayer is conducted during a 24-hour period on the 13th of each month
as part of a world chain. During December, Marianne Francis addressed the unit
on "The New Age and the New Dimensions." Dana Howard spoke during
Feb. The unit put out an ambitious newsletter recently outlining its many
objectives and projects.
TWIN CITIES (Minn.), Unit #41, also put out a lengthy
newsletter, announcing numerous projects. The unit has opened a New Age Center
of Understanding, a headquarters for meetings, classes and consultation. Also a
class in the metaphysical study of cell salts.
MILWAUKEE (Wis.), Unit #50, presented Joe Simonton as
speaker at its January meeting. Mr. Simonton is the man who received national
publicity last April when he reported a spacecraft landing near his farm at Eagle
River, Wis. Prior to Mr. Simonton's talk, Adale S. Vaughan, unit president,
spoke on "Resume of the Flying Saucer Phenomena."
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