For July, 1962
THE ROAD TO PEACE ............................................................. 2
OUR DISAPPEARING ATMOSPHERE ...................................................................... 4
World report ........................................................................................................... 5
RESURRECTION OR REINCARNATION? ............................................................... 7
RADIO FUND PROGRESS ........................................................................................... 9
A GIFT FOR MERLIN ..................................................................................................... 10
YOU CAN SAVE LIVES BY SAVING CANCELLED STAMPS .............................. 10
Poet’s corner .......................................................................................................... 11
ESP TEST ANSWERS .................................................................................................. 12
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR ......................................................................................... 13
INTER-UNIT BULLETIN ................................................................................................ 15
book reviews ............................................................................................................ 16
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 JULY, 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.
There is a considerable difference of opinion among world
leaders today concerning the final effects of full scale nuclear war between
the nations. Prime Minister Nehru, of India, has, upon several occasions,
expressed his opinion that such a war would result in the total extermination
of all life upon this planet. Other, somewhat more optimistic leaders, believe
that only mankind, and perhaps a few of the more highly developed animal
species would perish completely. There are even a few who feel that some
remnants of humanity might, survive.
There is one fact, however, with which all intelligent and
informed persons agree, that civilization, as it now exists upon this planet,
would certainly vanish in the holocaust of nuclear war.
The necessity of avoiding such total warfare is,
therefore, the most urgent and pressing problem with which humanity is faced
today. The search for a solution to the problem must be joined by all the
nations of the earth, since all are threatened by it.
Before there can be any real hope for the achievement of a
solution, however, we must first achieve complete understanding of the problem,
and in order to do this we must first succeed in mentally
divorcing ourselves from that problem. This is the most
difficult part of all because we are so intimately connected with it. Our
lives, our freedom, our dignity and our possessions are threatened. Our
emotions and our passions tend to take control of our reason and understanding,
and so place us in even greater danger of catastrophe.
If we are to achieve a complete understanding of the
problem, we must approach it as though we were members of an alien race,
approaching this planet for the first time. We must try to analyze it as though
we were space travelers, newly arrived here from some other planet.
If we adopt this course, we observe first that the major
portion of the population of this planet is presently divided between two
opposing philosophies of economics and government. One of these places both
economics and government under the domination of the same rulers. The state is
considered to be the vital entity, and the individual, only a relatively
unimportant unit of the state. The individual, therefore, cannot possess any
rights or privileges which could possibly conflict with or limit the rights and
privileges of the state, and if such a conflict of interest should develop the
individual must always yield. This doctrine is known as Communism.
The opposing philosophy holds that the individual is the
vital entity, and that the state is merely a group of individuals. There is a considerable
degree of separation between the government of the state and its economics,
which are known respectively as Democracy and Capitalism.
While the two major philosophies of communism and
democracy are completely opposed on most subjects there is one firm belief that
they hold in common. Each side insists that it is 100% right, and the other
side is 100% wrong. It is this simple fact that has created the impassible
barrier between them. The followers of each of these philosophies are forbidden
by that philosophy to make any approach to the other.
Any citizen of the United States who made the error of
stating in public that there might be any value in any part of the communist
philosophy would almost certainly be ostracized by his friends and relatives,
and would probably be fired from his job.
At the same time, any citizen of the Soviet Union who
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that he saw value in any part of the Democratic
philosophy, would not only be ostracized but would probably be liquidated.
Ill feeling has been built up until a situation has been
reached where no diplomat or statesman of either side would dare to make a
conciliatory approach to the other for fear of what his own people would think
and say. Any concession or compromise would be denounced as weakness and
appeasement, even though the only purpose of the compromise was to save the
lives of all.
To Be Continued
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(The following is a communication received recently by Detroit,
Mich., Unit #28.)
We have read and listened to the many reasons that have
been given for the necessity of testing nuclear fusion devices, and we have
observed that each interest promoting these tests have the common desire to
gain power through the supremacy of nuclear weapons. A great deal of
information has also been given why nuclear testing should be continued;
however, little information has been released indicating the hazards that
result from these tests. While any number of adverse effects are incurred from
nuclear tests, vegetation and water contamination, increase of leukemia and
other cancers, etc., the greatest danger lies in what is termed "poisoning
of the atmosphere." Poison is a mild term compared to the actual facts.
It is known that the greater portion of the radio-active
particles of waste from nuclear detonations remain in the upper region of our
atmosphere, and that it is composed of many delicate layers of rarified gas. We
know further that these gaseous regions perform the function which screens out
the harmful energies of the sun while at the same time these gaseous layers
also transform other energies emitted by the sun into heat and light for the
support and continuance of life on Earth. We know, too, that of the three
states of matter, solids, liquids and gases, that gas is the most easily
disturbed and affected by the introduction of an alien force. We also
know the transmuting effects radio-activity has on the
atomic elements of matter in which the stability of electronic force or
electron behavior in atoms becomes unbalanced and erratic depending upon the
degree in which radio-activity is present. These are facts well known and
accepted by our present scientists, philosophers, religionists, laymen; in
fact, man down through the ages of Time have always conceded that if our sun's
life giving radiations should cease, life on Earth would also cease. None, save
probably a few obscure, wise individuals, have ever spoken of a situation in
which the sun's emanations would continue without an envelope or an atmosphere
around the Earth which would receive and properly process these energies for
the benefit of Mankind. The sun's energies would radiate directly upon the
Earth with intense burning strength and in place of the present diffusion of
light there would be only a dull red glow existing around the Earth's surface.
Simultaneously, all people on Earth would experience burning rays and extreme
These conditions, if they do occur, form a picture vivid
enough that we do not care to imagine it, but we must also consider another
calamity of equal proportion. The polar regions, due to their magnetic
polarity, receive large amounts of radio-active nuclear waste from our
atmosphere. It is more than a likely possibility that both the Arctic and
Antarctic will receive enough radio-active fall-out to cause a complete melting
of the ice and snow masses in these regions within the next twenty years if
nuclear testing continues at its present rate. An unnatural releasing of
precipitation from the polar areas will bring about an occurrence of
increasingly greater meteorological disturbances, gales, tornadoes, hurricanes,
torrential rains, snows, etc., until there will follow a complete disorder of
A concentration of nuclear waste great enough to bring
about the reality of these condition is rapidly developing, as the race for
nuclear weapon supremacy continues. It has become quite apparent that the war
of nuclear testing will continue until the Earth civilization is destroyed,
unless a great opposing action takes place. The greatest power or force that
can counteract or halt nuclear testing is the power that can be generated by
the masses, the power of public opinion.
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Life On Mars Theory Believed Reasonable
By Irving S. Bengelsdorf, Ph.D.
(From Los Angeles Times, April 26, 1962)
every year the sun, the earth and Mars, our planetary neighbor, lie in a
straight, line with the two planets on the same side of the sun; at these
times, the earth and Mars are said to be at "opposition" and they
approach closest to each other.
In 1609, Galileo, the great Italian physicist, built the
first telescope and began his pioneering search of the heavens.
In contrast to the planet Jupiter, which he observed to
have four moons, and our earth which has one satellite, Mars had no moons. This
lack of Martian moons continuously bothered astronomers; at each opposition
they searched the planet, but with no success.
At opposition in 1862, with Mars and earth the closest
they would be in the 19th Century, astronomers again carefully observed the
planet with their telescopes; again, they failed. There were no Martian moons.
Fifteen years later, however, in 1877, Asaph Hall,
astronomer at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D. C., discovered that Mars
indeed had two Moons; they were named Phobus and Deimos, after the two horses
which pulled the chariot of Mars, the Roman god of war.
The two Martian moons are the most, unusual in the solar
system; both are extremely small. At the most, Phobus is 10 miles in diameter,
while Deimos is about five miles. Our moon is over 2,000 miles in diameter.
In addition, the Martian satellites are very close to
Mars; Phobus is some 3,700 miles above the planet, while Deimos revolves at a height
of about 12,000 miles. Our moon, by contrast, is 240,000 miles from earth.
Equally peculiar is that both Martian moons revolve in
nearly circular paths around the Martian equator; one of the moons accelerates
in a queer manner which can best be explained if it is assumed to be hollow.
The facts suggest that the Martian moons may not be moons
at all, but artificial space stations orbiting around the planet! Perhaps they
were not seen in 1862 and were observed in 1877 simply because they were
launched into orbit during the 15-year interval.
At present, we do not know if Phobus and Deimos are
artificial satellites; this consideration, however, leads to the old question
of whether there is life on Mars and, if so, is it intelligent?
Dr. F. B. Salisbury of Colorado State University recently
Las reviewed our total knowledge of the environment of Mars. He concludes that
the idea of life on Mars is quite reasonable.
Big Fireball Spotted Over Butte
(From Butte, Montana, Newspaper, April 19,
A huge fireball was sighted throughout the west Wednesday
night. It was seen by many Butte residents as it flashed across the sky. Wayne
Montgomery, Lima rancher, said he saw the fireball from 9,500 feet up, while
traveling between Kalispell and Butte in his twin engine plane.
Here is his version:
"I was between Kalispell and Drummond over the Rockies
when I saw this gigantic, pure white fireball. It was blinding white. It was
about 8:25 P.M.
"It wasn't over two seconds from the time I first
sighted it until it exploded. It was coming from east to west.
"In a split second it was out of sight. I expected it
to disappear, but then I saw a tremendous explosion about 300 miles to the
southeast. I thought it hit in Wyoming.
The thing must have had a huge diameter and traveled low
across the horizon. I knew it had hit the ground because when it struck the
flash was visible for about 50 to 69 miles over the horizon. "It's
splattering emitted a very bright red color with a greenish tinge. It must have
been a meteor."
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Fireball Falls Into Sea
(From New Zealand Herald, Nov., 25,
A huge fireball flashed across the sky at 3:25 a.m. yesterday and exploded in the sea off Napier. It was seen by a party of police
at Ahuriri as they were making an investigation.
Sgt. J. R. Wheeler said it was the most spectacular
phenomenon of its kind he had ever seen. The fireball appeared in the Northern
sky, apparently heading direct for the business area of Napier, lighting the
sky with a red glow in spite of a full moon.
Trailing a long fiery tail, it traveled in a low are over Hawke
Bay, dropping lower as it came, said the police party. At first it appeared to
be traveling at a great speed.
The watch house keeper and constables on duty in the
Napier Central Police Station saw the fireball flash past the windows, lighting
the interior of the building with its glow.
Police received several reports from people who had seen
the fireball. Its end was marked by a brilliant white flash and a rumbling
A number of patients in Napier Hospital also saw the
flight of the meteorite and were alarmed.
Pilate's Name On Stone
(From New Zealand Herald, June 22, 1961)
The first inscription bearing the name of Pontius Pilate,
Procurator of Judea from A. D. 26 to 36, who ordered the crucifixion of Christ,
has been found by an Italian archeological expedition near Caesarea, Israel.
Caesarea is on the Mediterranean coast, about 10 miles
South of Haifa.
The name was found on a stone 31 inches high and 24 inches
wide in the ruins of a Roman amphitheatre.
The stone was not in its original position when
discovered. It is thought to have been used when a public building or statue
was dedicated at Caesarea, the chief Roman town in Palestine for about 500
In addition to the Latin name Pontius Pilate, the names of
the Roman Emperor Tiberius also is inscribed on the stone.
A third line, possibly also a name, has not yet been deciphered.
It is ironical that Christians fear death so much when it
is supposed to be their religion that holds out hope of eternal life to man.
Christian doctrine says that on the day of the Last Judgment all resurrected
Christians must appear. Each person's deeds and omissions are weighed in the
balance. This means that we only have one go at it-this lifetime of ours on
earth, and if we miss the mark, we're cooked or will be for eternity. Small
wonder that a natural fear of death is reinforced. We know ourselves well
enough to realize that all too often "we have erred and strayed," and
therefore the prospects for the future may seem all too "glowing."
There is, however, another answer to the question
"What next?" It is reincarnation, which I define as, the rebirth of
the soul in successive rational forms as opposed to transmigration of souls,
which is the rebirth of the soul in any living form. The idea of reincarnation
is found in many religions of history, but most notably in our times in the
religions of the Far East.
During the last century the idea of reincarnation was
brought to public consciousness by Mme Blavatsky and her American Theosophical
Society. Although she was eventually discredited as fraudulent in some of her
claims to medium ship, Mme Blavatsky's statements concerning reincarnation are
still given attention by serious students of occultism.
Recently the practice of age regression of individuals
under hypnosis has led to a revival of popularized awareness of the idea of
reincarnation. Under this process the hypnotized person is asked to recall
events at various times in his past years, and then he is asked to recall
events that occurred to him before his birth. The most publicized case, of course,
was Bridey Murphy, the Colorado housewife who told of having lived in Ireland
during the late 18th century. But there have been countless others who have
preferred to remain discreetly outside the range of public scrutiny.
I shall presume that you are all familiar with the basic
tenets of Christianity and especially with the idea of resurrection, which is
the physical resuscitation of the dead. By way of enlightenment though, here
are some of the commonly accepted ideas held by those people who believe in
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The universe is composed of seven levels in which
different desires or attainments of the soul are paramount. The levels range
from the gross physical to the complete perfection of the universal self.
Furthermore, they say that man moves from heavenly knowledge down to the state
where he can believe only what he sees and feels and what he can prove in terms
of his conscious mind. Then he has to fight his way upward to universal truth
again with the only tools he has left to him-which are suffering, patience,
faith and the power of the mind. The virtues of mind and body that man
possesses in the beginning and which he misuses, he loses.
The universe with its many solar systems is a cycle of
experiences for the soul. On different planets there are dimensions or
environments where different lessons are to be learned by the soul. A soul may
have many incarnations in each dimension before it is ready to pass on to a new
environment. Our Earth, in this scheme of things, is the environment where the
soul must learn to cope with free will-which is comparatively dominant here.
Extremely important to the believers of reincarnation is
the idea that every person's life is shaped to some extent by Karma. This is
the concept that man is at all times the total of what he has been and has
done. But even so, Karma is not greater than free will. Karmic influences and
urges may be the manifestation of debts incurred in former lives that need to
be paid off or worked away. Here, then, may be an explanation for some of the
sufferings in the world that seem so unnecessary or unjustified. The manner in
which a person reacts to these karmic influences makes the difference in his
soul's development. Thus predestination in the form of karma and free, will in
the form of man's reaction to his situation might be said to coexist in each
Naturally the idea of reincarnation gives rise to many
questions. - Some of the most often asked follow.
Why do we not remember our past lives if we have had them?
Books on the subject claim that such remembrance would hinder our learning in
this life as we would carry over from our former existences prejudices and
Of great concern to the scientifically oriented is the
problem where do enough souls come from to account for the present population
explosion on earth? The number of people living today is more
than the total number who have lived on earth so far in
history: But, don't forget that the believers in reincarnation say the earth is
only one of many environments through which souls must pass.
Another interesting question is-why is there no concept of
reincarnation in Christianity? The closest Christianity came to reincarnation
was the Gnostic sect prominent during the late first and second centuries. This
sect held that salvation was the result of knowledge rather than of faith,
ritual and good works. The beliefs of the Gnostics fostered a dualism between
mind and body, as reincarnation does, which is the antithesis of the concept of
resurrection. So the early Church worked as hard to suppress the Gnostics as it
labored to popularize Christianity by spreading the Gospel with its message
that man's sins have been overcome by God's sacrifice through Love and with its
good news that, a new kind of life awaits man not only in heaven hereafter, but
also in the Kingdom of God now, if he chooses to follow Christ.
Perhaps you can find answers that will dispose of the
following questions with as much dispatch as I have disposed of the first
three. For your profound consideration I humbly suggest: What actually is the
point of this life? Which idea offers more inspiration to man-Christianity's
one life or successive' lives? Which demands more virtuous living? And finally,
which do YOU choose; resurrection or reincarnation?
As of June 14, 1962, a total of $480.06 had been
contributed to the Radio Understanding fund for the purpose of erecting a New
Age radio station at Merlin, Oregon. This represented an increase of $83.06
over the total of a month earlier. Recent donations have been made by the
Ruth Buehl, Lakewood, Ohio; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Fleenor,
Topeka, Kansas; Unit #28, Detroit, Mich. ; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bryan,
Livingston, Mont. ; Edwin J. McMahon, No. Hollywood, Calif.; Tressa E. Houloose,
Pasadena, Calif.; Helen Poissant, San Francisco, 'Calif.; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. S. Larew,
Palo Alto, Calif. Benedict Sehiavo, Alhambra, Calif.; Topeka Space Age Group,
Topeka, Kansas. Thank you!
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Perle Johnson of Santa Cruz, Calif., Unit #9, who was a
recent visitor at Dan Fry's Merlin, Ore., project, holds a prized stone from
Arizona which she presented to Merlin as a gift from Cleator, Ariz., Unit #49,
It is hoped that eventually some object or memento from each of Understanding's
units can be placed on display at Merlin.
Stamps that you might ordinarily discard can be turned
into cash to provide food for hungry children and needy families in other
lands. 100 of some of the following stamps will provide 500 cups of milk. 400
ordinary commemorative stamps will deliver $38.00 worth of food (300 pounds).
We can use:
(a) Commemorative or Memorial Stamps (b) Special Delivery
(c) Airmail Stamps (except, small red and small blue)
(d) Foreign Stamps (except the small King and Queen Stamps
of England and Canada)
(e) Any stamp 5c and over (sometimes found on packages)
(f) Special 1, 2, 3, or 4c stamps (not the green Washington
2c, the Liberty 3c, or the Lincoln 4c)
We cannot use:
Metered postage or stamps from stamped envelopes.
These stamps are valuable:
(a) New 7c Hawaii, Alaska and Jupiter Air Mail stamps
(b) United Nations Stamps
(c) Duck Stamps
(d) Certified Mail Stamps
(e) 80 Cent Special Delivery Stamps
(f ) Special Handling Stamps
Prepare stamps by the following method: Leave on paper.
Cut or tear corner from envelope, leaving narrow margin of paper around stamp.
If one perforation is missing the stamp is worthless. Many stamps are ruined by
being peeled off the paper.
Send your cancelled
stamps to the following address:
Washington-Northern Idaho Council of Churches
c/o Stamp Project
2005 Fifth Avenue
Seattle 1, Washington
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The stamps are sold to dealers who process the stamps and
then sell them to collectors. To date ( a period of seven and a half years)
$17,413.77 worth of stamps have been sold-enough to deliver $593,774.78 worth
of U.S. Government Surplus Food to needy families and orphanages overseas.
Mary B. Rechard
601 So. 13th
St., Laramie, Wyo.
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The Final Tax
Said Statesman A to Statesman Z, "What can we tax
that is not paying? We're taxing every blessed thing. -Here's what our people
Tariff tax, Income tax, Tax on retail sales,
Club tax, School tax, Tax on beer and ales.
City tax, County tax, Tax on obligations,
War tax, Wine tax, Tax on Corporations.
Brewer tax, Sewer tax, Tax on motor cars,
Bond tax, Stock tax, Tax on liquor bars.
Bridge tax, Check tax, Tax on drugs and pills,
Gas tax, Ticket tax, Tax on gifts in wills.
Poll tax, Dog tax, Tax on money loaned.
State tax, Road tax, Tax on all things owned,
Stamp tax, Land tax, Tax on wedding rings,
High tax, Low tax, Tax on everything."
Said Statesman A to, Statesman Z, "That is the list;
a pretty bevy; No thing or act that is untaxed; There's nothing more on which
Said Statesman Z to Statesman A, "The deficit each
moment waxes; This is no time for us to fail-We will decree a Tax on
(As much as the above may sound like a comment on
current times, it isn't. It was written in 1910! If the people of that day
thought they were overburdened by taxes, one wonders what they would have to
say were they alive today.)
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E.S.P. TEST DATA ON INFORMATION SENT BY UNDERSTANDING UNIT
#44, OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA, ON JUNE 15, 1962.
10:00 to 10:05-Number, 3 (THREE)
10:05 to 10:10-Color of Disc, YELLOW
10:10 to 10:15-Ball, Block or Hoop, HOOP
10:15 to 10:20-Card was, JACK OF CLUBS
10:20 to 10:25-Book or Magazine was, "White Sands
10:25 to 10:30-Mystery Object was, PAPER CUP, Circular
We think we picked up messages from Riverside, Fullerton, Santa
Barbara, San Francisco, Merlin, Seattle, Minneapolis, Wichita, Kansas City, Pittsburgh,
Sayre, Buffalo, Washington, D.C., and Delaware last month. Not room enough to
quote everything we thought we received. One station still sending in our
direction at 11:25 our time. One party from Salt Lake City hit the May 18 test
50% right on the portion of the test he took. (James R. Wardle). The whole Roy
F. Styles family of Santa Barbara, Calif., are avid E.S.P. fans and are trying
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I have read the editorial by D. W. Fry in the May issue of
Understanding, "Worshippers of the Status Quo."
I wish to mention that this article is, wonderful and
really fits the majority of people.
This note goes with a prayer to the men who give up their
"so-called lives" for the betterment of Mankind.
Regarding your article in the April issue of Understanding
on Nuclear Tests and Propaganda, I would like to point out one of the facts
that seems to be completely overlooked by almost all of the newspaper and
magazine articles that I have seen so far, to wit
it was the western powers, namely, France, who resumed
Nuclear Testing several weeks before Russia did, so that actually it was the
western powers that resumed testing during negotiations. It would be almost
impossible for Russia to know that the United States in reality, did not
support France, whether technically, morally or any other way in making that
test, in the African desert.
I must commend you for the point that you brought up about
the United States being a puppet of the Soviet Union, in the sense that our
policy is largely a form of reaction to whatever the Soviet Union decides to
do. Why isn't this more obvious to other Americans?
... On page 2 in the next article of the same issue, you
say, "What Can I Do?", then you end the article by telling me that I
am already doing it and can't help myself. The last statement, I can testify,
is most certainly true, whether I write to you, Governor Brown or President
Kennedy or a letter to the Editor, it seems to me that I just can't help
myself. In some cases, something I read or heard on the radio may make me so
doggone mad that I have to write a letter.
...I have had answers from the Governor, from Senators,
from the President, etc., but as of now, I question the value, or shall I say,
I question the amount of influence that I have had in changing a
the policy of anyone regarding anything. As far as I am
concerned, I know the suggestions and ideas that I have are practical and would
operate for the benefit, of a great majority of the people involved, if they
are ever put into operation, which I doubt. You may be able to give some of
these ideas a little more publicity, if you think 'they are worthwhile.
J. M. Gross,
P.O. Box 282
. . . I saw seven or 8 oval shaped opalescent lights from
my rear porch one eve about 9 or 9:30 p.m. recently; seemingly over Las Tunas
and Mission, or some such area, about 40 degrees or so above the horizon,
moving rhythmically about, playing like a. ballet. of sea gulls.
I told a little woman I met on the bus going to L. A. She
listened 'breathlessly with rapt attention then almost whispered, "I saw exactly
the same thing one night during World War II. We went out to look to see if any
bombing planes were coming in sight there was a bank of clouds. These
opalescent ovals would fly above the clouds and then below. When they came
below we could hear the music of their vibrations when in motion." We were
both overjoyed. We shook hands-sisters in common experience. We were not
"goofy." Another had seen the same things. Her son at the time
we met was a student at Cal. Tech. and sort of leery of her and my talk.
Tressa E. Houloose,
On the 6th of May, 1962, I was driving a Gov't truck on
the Base where I work and in the northeastern sky toward the Sierra Nevada Mts
I saw what appeared to be a city in the sky. It was a strange cloud formation
that had the appearance of a city in the distance.
On the 16th of May, 1962, I came home from work about 1 o'clock a.m. and above my home, high in the sky, I saw 3 stars moving to the west and as
I watched, they stopped and then I saw a lot of little yellow lights moving
about them. Then one of the stars took off to
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the east and kept right on going, not at a tremendous rate
of speed but it took only a short time to get out of sight. They looked like
the other stars in the sky except these three moved in the Heavens.
W. T. Vandenventer,
5050 Roseville Rd.,
North Highlands, California
... In 1952 I lived on the desert, 4 miles out of Taft.
One night after I was in bed, about 10 p.m., I heard coyotes. Thinking they
might be after my daughter's bantams, I put on my robe, went down hill from the
house and checked lock at chicken yard. Walking back: to the house up incline I
looked up, saw what I thought was a low bright star. It came lower, as I
watched. As it got closer, I feared it was a plane falling but it came 4 or 5 feet
over roof of our large flat topped desert house, it was larger and all I saw
was 3 colors pulsating red, blue and green lights surrounding my roof. Thought
what in the world is this? Then it just soundlessly disappeared. Had
never heard of a UFO, but couldn't wait to get paper delivered by mailman next
day. I looked on first page and sure enough there were a few lines about a UFO
passing over L.A. that night and hundreds of people phoning.
Soon after I moved to L. A. and went to May Company to
work. George Adamski gave a lecture there, but my boss wouldn't let me go to
the auditorium. But Capt. Mantell's nephew was working with me that vacation
time. He was about 19. He went down, regardless, and I gave him the money to
buy my first saucer book.
I've never questioned any flier that didn't tell me they
believed these objects were from other planets.
Long Beach, California
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An Inter-Unit Bulletin is being organized by the Detroit, Mich.,
Unit #28. This bulletin will contain news, ideas and activities of the units,
foreign correspondence, news of Merlin, and various material of interest to the
unit members. Please send information to: Pres. Don Knight, 1745 Burns Rd., RR
#2, Milford, Mich.
"Diary Into the Unknown"
by Eugene E. Whitworth, Ph.D., LL.D. and Ruth E. Whitworth,
This book has its origin in a Thought-Force Transmission
Experiment carried on by the Research Department of Great Western University.
The department asked the Whitworth's to serve as "traveling guinea
pigs" for the three month experiment. Several stateside groups of
interested individuals joined in the unique study, which was designed to test
the effectiveness of techniques for sending and receiving thought-force
"Diary Into the Unknown" was prepared by the
Report Committee from the amazing diaries of Dr. and Mrs. Whitworth and
collated with the diaries of the participating stateside groups. This Report
Committee was composed of Daniel W. Fry, Ph.D., electronics engineer, chairman;
John W. Hopkins, Ph.D., President of Williams. College, Berkeley, California;
George H. Williamson, Ph.D., anthropologist; Rev. John O. McCoy,
missionary-at-large; Mr. Walter H. Warner, Bible analyst; Mrs. H. Elizabeth
Green, business woman; and Miss Del Green, television personality and actress.
Written in a powerful but unassuming manner, this
fascinating book follows a trail from San Francisco to the dusty back-country
of ancient Indian ruins in Old Mexico. The reader will relive the excitement of
discovery, the frustrations, hardships, mental stimulations, and enjoy the
warmth and hospitality of the charming Mexican people. It is an amazing record
of a most unusual physical, mental and spiritual adventure into the ancient
past and the unknown future. The book sells for $4.00.
JULY, 1962 19
Three New Units Come In
Units in Underwood. North Dakota, and in Altus and Enid, Okla.,
have joined Understanding.
UNDERWOOD, N. D., Unit #54, has Mrs. Bernard Thomsen of
Underwood as president. Herbert Nathan is vice president, and Anna Wirtz .is
secretary-treasurer. Melvin Swanson was president: and Irene Swanson secretary
and treasurer for a short time. They left to move to Triumph, Idaho, where they
plan to start a New Age village.
ENID, Okla., Unit #55, is headed by Dr. H. A. Sturdenvant,
501 First National Bank, Enid. Vice president is Delbert M. Hern.
Secretary-treasurer is Mrs. Naomi Kindle.
ALTUS, Okla., Unit #56, has as president, Bill Shell, 504
N. Hardy, Altus; vice president, Bill Kinney, and Secretary-treasurer, Mrs. J.
News of Other Units
EUGENE, Ore., Unit #26, elected new officers recently. Dr.
Olin Byerly is president; Margaret Minor, vice president; Pearl Kelly,
secretary; and Florence Thomas, treasurer.
ELSINORE, Calif., Unit #38; heard a lecture by Robert
Zarvell during May. The meeting was advertised by a very unique method: the
notice was in poetry form.
TWIN CITIES, Minn., Unit #41, has had a busy schedule. During
the past two months, they have had as lecturers: Dan Fry, Joe
Simonton, the "Pancake Contactee" from Eagle
River, Wisconsin; and Wayne Aho. Pres. Van Poperin writes, "Mr. Simonton
was terrific ... a lot of Irish wit. .. honest as the day is long, and the salt
of the earth. I saw the pancake. It is very unusual, having tiny holes, much
like a sponge. A year old but has not disintegrated.. . only slightly dried. My
husband is a chef ... he said in all his years of cooking he has never seen a
pancake with holes of this type."
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., Unit #44- From Charles Rhoades, unit
president, comes word that he was a. little disappointed because he got only
two new units into Understanding as a result of Dan Fry's recent tour in that
area! He had hoped to get four organized. The new units were at Altus and Enid.
Dan Fry gave five lectures in Oklahoma in all. Between Dan's lectures, a number
of appearances by Gilbert and June Holloway and the monthly ESP tests, things
sound as if they were in quite a madhouse at Oklahoma City!
TOLEDO Ohio, Unit #45, reports that over 100 people
attended the lecture by Dan Fry on April 11th. Wayne Aho lectured on April
27th; and on May 13th, Bob Reid talked on "Mineral Deficiencies and
You." On May 23rd, Swami Parampauthi, a Hindu Monk from Assam, India,
NEW WESTMINISTER, B. C., Canada Unit #1-In a recent
letter, secretary Louis Blanchard states: "We are studying different
readings such as Soulcraft, also hearing different tapes. If you have any
interesting tapes, please let us know, perhaps we can send greetings to you. A
sighting was made at our Baseball Stadium in Vancouver on May 28th Monday
evening at 10 p.m. While people were watching baseball, this glowing object
came down quite low, and everyone saw it, scared out of their wits. Some
friends of Herb Peter (unit president) saw it and had a good look at it, they
mentioned it as a space ship. I was not there, so did not see it... it was
mentioned in our local newspapers as a fireball or Meteor over the baseball
Understanding magazine notes with regret the sudden
transition early in June of Frank Spiva, author of a number of books and
frequent contributor to this magazine. Frank was a widely traveled New Age
lecturer and a longtime member of Understanding.
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