For July, 1965
SPACE? ............................................................................................................ 2
A VILLAGE SCHOOL ..................................................................................................... 3
MOON TRIPS-FACT AND FANCY .............................................................................. 5
FUNDAMENTALS OF TRUTH ..................................................................................... 7
world report ........................................................................................................... 9
AN UNDERSTANDING MEMBER .............................................................................. 11
poet’s corner .......................................................................................................... 12
book reviews ............................................................................................................ 13
QUESTION AND ANSWER DEPARTMENT ............................................................. 15
bulletin board ........................................................................................................ 16
STEPS TO THE STARS ................................................................................................ 17
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DANIEL W. FRY
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WITH the success of the Gemini multi-orbital maneuvers,
the U.S. Space Program moved one step nearer to its ultimate goal of true space
While the Gemini astronauts are receiving their well
earned acclaim and commendation from the public for the successful completion
of their portion of the space program, it might be well to review the progress
which we have made, and to consider the problems which we have yet to face.
Looking backward, it seems that we have progressed at a
tremendous rate during the last few decades. When we remember that it has been
only sixty-two years since Orville and Wilbur Wright first managed to coax
their 12 horsepower man-carrying box kite a few feet off the ground for a
flight time of 12 seconds and a flight distance of 120 feet. Within the memory
of a single generation we have achieved man-carrying satellites which hurtle
completely around the earth every hour and a half, moving at the rate of 18,000
miles per hour or nearly half a million miles per day. Yet, if we consider the
immensity of the space which we are challenging, we must certainly realize that
the successes which we have
achieved to date are but the first few faltering steps of
an infant beginning a journey that may well continue into infinity.
With the strong ego characteristic of earth man, we apply
words and descriptive terms to our efforts which are actually far from being
applicable at the present time. For instance we habitually refer to our orbital
pilots as astronauts. The word astronaut means literally "one who sails
among the stars." Our orbital flights in which we rise only a few miles
above the surface of our planet, are certainly a far cry from sailing among the
stars, yet we use the word because it defines our future intent and
determination. In the same manner we have come to use the term `outer space'.
In the science of astronomy the term `outer space' refers to the space between
Galaxies. The space between stars within a single galaxy is known as 'inner
space.' The space between a star and its planets would therefore be known as
'inner-inner space,' and the space between a planet and its moons would be
'inner-inner-inner space.' Yet in our pride of achievement, whenever we have
risen above our own stratosphere we proclaim that we have 'traveled in outer
In the past sixty years we have increased the maximum
speed at which we can travel, about 500 times. (From about 36 miles per hour to
more than 18,000) If we continue to increase our speed of travel at the same
rate for another sixty years we will have achieved passenger velocities of
about nine million miles per hour. This would mean that we could travel to Mars
or Venus (when they were close to earth) in about five or six hours, including
time for takeoff and landing. Only then can we begin to plan interstellar
In the third sixty- year period we will probably approach
the 'light barrier.' Since this is a mathematical and philosophical barrier
rather than a natural one, we will probably find a way through it with little
more effort than was required to penetrate the sonic barrier which was such a
bogey man to early aeronautical engineers. When this has been accomplished,
earthmen can dream of leaving the galaxy and traveling for the first time in
true outer space!
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A VILLAGE SCHOOL
(From Bhabes Chandra Chaudhuri, West Bengal, India, comes
this descriptive article of the village school in which he teaches. In the
interests of world wide education for all children the article has been
published in many languages, including Esperanto.)
Poor village school master! My friends would often sigh
for my pitiful position and how often would not they come to console me like
the fabled friend of Job in his hours of suffering! Bow little do they know,
that infinite joy sparkles in the heart of their pitied hero when he is
encircled by a dozen little faces of Village urchins!
To tell you the truth, I find infinite joy in this calling
which may be below the proud man's consideration, and though often I should go
hungry, yet the pride, honour and freedom I enjoy here are enough to recompense
all the sorrows and privations associated with my lot...
It is nice life that you live in a village-the spot of
simplicity and innocent beauty. Din and bustle, hurry and frenzy have no
meaning here. Everything so calm and so smooth, so silent and motionless-so
free from the fever and fret of the modern world-that it makes you forget your
very existence. Time has no definite meaning here...
The school is a thatched house and stands in the very
heart of the village. The people who are all simple rustics take great pride in
having a seat of learning of their own.
Its rooms are open on all sides and unprotected for want
of doors and windows. Its walls are made of mud, and thick hedgerows stand
around it to serve as good natural fencing. And it so happen, that at night all
the denizens of neighboring jungles come here and pry about in the darkness.
The school sits at ten o' clock in the morning and breaks
up at four in the afternoon. When the sun shines a very congenial Glow of light
and long before it reaches the median, the little hamlet which is yet silent
and calm, is agog with the ding-dong of the school-bell. Now is the school time
which marks the busiest hour of the village life. Boys and girls with beaming
faces are now seen
to be hurriedly moving along the otherwise silent lanes
and alleys to their university.
The Head Master with his tattered shirt and patched-up
slippers, surrounded by tawny little faces is now pacing his way like a Roman
general going to the forum! Then comes the Second Master-a man thought to be
the best Arithmetician that ever lived and you may easily perceive from his
ever footfall, that he is a self-assertive sort of fellow.
This, as you know, is a village primary school and is too
poor to maintain a menial establishment. As a result there is no school-duftry
and an old "Time-Piece" which is as old as the British Museum is
often conveyed by the Head Master himself to the school! It is the boys who by
turns ring the bell, and sometimes you find the hour-hand of the crazy old
clock moving a little too slowly. The rays of the setting sun in the western
horizon get fainter and yet it is not four in the clock! As there is no other
clock or watch in the village, so the time indicated by the clock of the school
must be correct, no matter if the four of the watch be dusk or evening!
This is a place characterized by its own singularity of
customs, peculiarity of usuages and antiquity of. life and seems to me like a
neglected spot where culture and civilization have equally fallen asleep!
So, the residents of this village who are agricultural
people have profound reverence for the Head Master and worship hire almost to
idolatry. His little disciples are all very simple, and copy him in thought and
action with surprising readiness.
The number of classes in the school is only six. They are
held in six rooms. There are altogether six teachers but hardly in six out of
seven days in the week, the school is blessed with the presence of all six
teachers. As a rule, five teachers make a good combination to take six classes
between them during the six hours and teach the three R's as best they can.
The school which is situated in a rather lonely place is
now resonant with the bumming voices of the boys and presents a pleasing sight
to an unaccustomed eye. A few dozen benches, arranged in a somewhat clumsy
fashion, have been occupied by the
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boys of the top classes. Others, who are mostly whining
little things, squat on the floor.
The Second blaster is a terror to the boys for his gruff
voice and sturdy rod as well. As bells follow hells, the Second Master follows
class after class, till the school is over. It is a long distance that the
Second Master has to plod on his way home; naturally he takes a short nap in
each of his classes, and as the hours advance, the high-pitch of the Second
Master's voice gets fainter and fainter.
This is the sort of domain over which I rule, and 1 lead
my uneventful life, far, far from the hurry and worry and greed of fashionable
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Man's first imagined trip to the moon was made in a ship
propelled by a waterspout, a vehicle described by one Lucian of Samos in the
Second Century A.D., in one of the earliest known examples of science fiction.
Today's scientists have taken moon-travel out of the realm
of science-fiction, and planted it firmly in the realm of the probable. And the
probability is that a lengthy exploration of the moon will be carried out in
The basic plan for this expedition has been worked out by Allyn
B. Hazard, an engineer at Space General Corporation. The idea had its beginning
some three years ago, when Mr. Hazard was studying the equipment needed for
moon exploration at the California Institute of Technology's Jet Propulsion
Laboratory. He says a 12-man crew could carry out a 500-mile research trip
across the surface of the moon.
Four giant rockets would be used on Hazard's proposed moon
trip; three round trip passenger vehicles, and the other a one-way cargo
carrier with 15 tons of supplies and equipment. It would carry everything
needed to support the astronauts during their 21-day journey.
Each of the 12 men would be a highly trained scientist or
technologist in some field-and each would have to acquire some of the skills of
the others, to provide vital "back-up" capability.
On the moon, only four of the astronauts would set off on
the 500-mile trip. The group would include a geologist, a physicist, a
medical-human factors specialist, and a communications-equipment specialist-
Other members of the expedition would remain at the landing site to conduct
research and maintain contact with Earth. They would live in the space ships.
The four moon-travelers won't enjoy such luxury. Their
trip would take about 10 earth-days, and would be made during the 330-hour
lunar night, to avoid danger of radiation from solar flares.
With no other shelter, they would have to live, work, eat,
and. sleep in special tub-like space suit "shells," like turtles.
These would be their only protection from the moon's airlessness and night time
cold of 250 degrees below zero.
The peculiar potbelly shape is designed to make the suit
more livable for a long period. The wearer can slip his arms out of the sleeves
to prepare food stored inside, eat, adjust controls, make notes, or just to
scratch his nose.
The suit is roomy and has "look-all-around"
windows including one in tine bottom of the tub so the wearer can watch his
step. The explorers would ride on tractor-like electric powered moon mobiles,
two to a cart, rolling over the moon's rough surface at about 5 miles an hour.
They would be at opposite ends, suspended just above the ground by trunions
attached to the sides of their suits. To sleep, they would merely pivot back
into a horizontal position, and doze off on the suit's thickly padded back,
with a built-in pillow.
Air, water, and power supplies for the space suits would
be carried on the moon mobiles, and piped to the astronauts through long
"umbilical" connections that would allow them to get off and walk
alongside, collecting samples, making experiments, or taking pictures.
Each suit would also have built-in air and water tanks and
a separate power supply, so the explorers could disconnect the "umbilicals"
and leave their moon mobiles for a limited time if necessary.
The integrated moon suit-moon mobile idea offers the best
and quickest way for mall to really explore the moon's surface with the
light-weight equipment we can land there in the next 10 years,
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Hazard says. The bulkiness and weight. of the hard-shell
space suit will be relieved by the moon's light gravity-just one-sixth that of
But you don't need a space suit and you don't have to wait
till 1970 if you want to take a walk on the moon. You can take an imaginary
walk on the moon this year if you visit the New York World's Fair.
The lunar stroll is a part of the Technology Exhibit at
the New England States' Exhibition. You'll reach the "moon" after a
ride in all elevator designed to resemble a space capsule. The approach to the
capsule is through a chamber built like a space ship, with instrumentation
provided by the companies which manufacture the actual components.
The capsule will descend about four feet and deposit. you
and your family on the simulated surface of the dark side of the moon. Special
sound and vibration effects provide a feeling of lengthy space travel. You'll
be pre-conditioned for your landing on the moon's surface by hot air within the
capsule, and when the door opens out on the moon, you'll be hit with a blast of
cold air -- but by no means as frigid as the real thing (minus 243 degrees.
When you step down onto the moon's surface you'll be at
the bottom of a moon crater-with the weird and eerie light of the sun making
every object stand out in sharp contrast. The earth and other planets can be
seen suspended in the distance. The three-dimensional settling gives a sense of
great distance. The lack of vibration (no echoes) contributes both to the
authenticity, and the strangeness of your moon visit.
This unusual exhibit was designed by Dr. Jonathan Karas of
Science House, Manchester, Mass. How successful he was in recreating the actual
conditions of a moon voyage will be learned in 1970, or whenever a scientific
expedition finally succeeds in this perilous journey.
--Joseph Arkin and Clare Rudin
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A true concept of Life is understandable only through a
comprehension of the basic fundamentals of Truth, namely, Universal Laws and
Principles. Such laws are classed as being, divine, spiritual, mental,
physical, natural or cosmic.
It is surprising that through all the centuries of
research and experimentation humanity should be so retarded in recognizing the
fact that everything is brought into being, exists, and is sustained through
the action of laws. And, since Man is held accountable to law through his words
and actions, obviously it is of paramount importance that he have a clear
understanding of them. Every moment of his life, prenatally, presently and
eternally, he is accountable to them, and through the effects of their actions
the very pattern of his life is blueprinted.
Natural laws are definite, powerful, unchangeable,
invariable, immutable, universal and eternal. They govern day and night,
regularity of the tides, succession of the seasons, movements of the planets
and productivity of the soil. They govern every expression of Life, physical,
mental and spiritual as well as the births into the physical and spiritual
worlds. No field in Nature is exempt from the infinite evolutionary laws. These
profound facts should impress us with the vital importance of learning to use
Jesus, the Master of laws, admonished Man thus: "Seek
ye first the Kingdom of God and its righteousness... ", meaning the
right-use-ness of Universal Laws. His so-called miracles were simply the
manifestations of law.
Progression, regardless of the plane of expression, is
Man's objective in life and he is obliged to rely upon natural laws, he has no
other choice. What explanation other than Universal Laws can Man offer for the
physical and spiritual expressions of life? He cannot create, change, nor
annihilate them. All he can do is use what natural laws contribute for his
welfare and place at his disposal. Progress is God's Law and Natural Law
demands Man's obedience in all applications to life.
Natural Law, being common to all and universal in it's
scope and power, governs the inanimate and invisible, animate and visible,
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spiritual and material, spirit world and physical world.
Being Universal we must accept it as being an indefinable, immeasurable,
illimitable something which pervades the entire Universe. It creates, controls
and directs everything in the mineral, vegetable, animal and spiritual
kingdoms. Science has found evidence of Natural Law in every particle. The
minuteness of the atom and the magnitude of the planets possess this power to a
Some of these Universal Laws arc: the law of love, desire,
harmony, cooperation, attraction which includes propulsion and repulsion,
vibration, passivity and activity, compensation and retribution, polarity and
balance, cycles and periodicity, cohesion and adhesion, supply and demand,
cause and effect, and productivity.
The orderliness of the Universe and all natural phenomena-
the sun, moon, planets and stars-are all under the jurisdiction of laws. The
Law of Vibration is the most important of all laws as it not only is part of
all laws but it controls all laws. All life is vibration and even inanimate
objects maintain their own peculiar rate of vibration.
Man and all things in the Universe being composed of
atoms, take form through action of the laws of attraction, adhesions and
cohesion, controlled by vibrations, operating at certain established rates.
Man's ratings of normalcy, genius or idiocy, are determined by the differences
in the degrees of strength of the law of cohesion governing the atoms of his
The invariableness and immutability of Cosmic Laws enable
astronomers to predict eclipses, comets, etc., meteorologists to forecast
weather for almanacs, with instructions as to the correct planetary conditions
for planting crops.
The principal factors concerned with vibrations are ether,
consciousness, mind and thought. Ether is the conscious essence which permeates
the Universe and everything in it. It is subtle, magnetic and fluidic as well
as formless, and capable of pervading any condition regardless of shape and
size. Man lives, moves and has his being in the ocean of ether as the fish
lives in the ocean of water.
The law of vibration enables Man to see objects, bear
sounds, anti feel heat and cold. These perceptions are possible only by the
means of intervening ether of space which is the recipient, with the
vibrations acting as transmitters. Ether forms the sound
track upon which vibrations are sent, making radio and television possible.
Universal Laws are no respecters of persons, nor have they
a morality. We cannot break such Laws, we only break ourselves against them.
(A more detailed booklet on Universal Laws is available
for $1.00 from the writer of this article, at 2314 Allen Creek Road, Grants
Pass, Oregon 97526.
- Aleta O. Johnston
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Looking for Flying Saucers
(San Francisco Chronicle, April 2, 1965 - by
maintenance crew at the International Airport includes employees with unusual
interests. Walter Rossit, a store-keeper, is a flying saucer researcher in his
"I don't talk about this subject often, as when one
does people regard yon as some kind of a nut.
"Furthermore, it is not a subject you can bring up
casually in the conversation. But if people are interested, I can usually,
sense it; some of my co-workers are, so we have discussions on flying
"What brought out this interest!"
"I have a theory that we are on earth to learn and
study. What do people get out of going to bars, baseball or football games, for
instance? Not much. There has to be something else in life.
"have you heard the expression `the right of
earning'? I told him I had not heard the expression.
"In reincarnation it. means that in your previous
life you have earned the right to another life in order to fulfill a.
"What has this got to do with flying saucers? l
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"A handful of people are selected to see them. Until
I saw my first one in 1952, not only did I not believe in them, but I would
even become violent when someone mentioned them to me.
"Then one night, I guess my time had come. I had
worked late and one of my co-workers was giving me a ride home. He had to stop
on an errand.
"We were in the country, and I was sitting in the car
waiting for him.
"It was peaceful, and as I was staring out of the
window I saw a globe going full speed from horizon to horizon. I was
mesmerized. "I didn't even mention it to anyone, but later I saw flying
saucers on four other occasions."
This changed Walt's life, and he began to do research,
reading, studying and attending conferences about space ships.
"They- are magnetically operated by beings who are
superior to us and are sent here on a peaceful mission," said Walt with
the fervor of conviction.
"What makes you sure of the superiority of those
beings?" --I wasn't sure what else to call "them."
"Because they are peaceful and, unlike us, not
motivated by greed. That is what makes them superior.
"Flying saucers began to appear about the time the
A-bomb did; why? Obviously because those beings became worried about the
effects of the bomb on the atmosphere.
"If flying saucer people were aggressive, having
machines we do not. have, they could have taken over the earth at any
time." Maybe they don't think it's worth it. I thought.
"Why do some people see them, and others don't?
"Mental telepathy. People are selected by mental
power. I can't go into the details; it would take too long."
Walt is married to a Japanese girl he met while stationed
I asked him if he had indoctrinated his two sons in his
belief. "No; they have their own entity, which I respect. I am not a
fanatic trying to convert people, you know. It is enough for me to believe in
Then with a smile, he added: "I am surprised you
don't treat me as if I were a nut."
I don't want to be like those who called Galileo a fool
and have to eat my words later.
(The Salt Lake Tribune, Sunday, May 23, 1965)
WASHINGTON-A committee of scientists has recommended that
American astronauts returning from the moon and planets be kept in
"strict" quarantine for at least three weeks to prevent the possible
contamination of the Earth by dangerous germs from other worlds.
The recommendation was one of several made by the Life
Sciences Committee of the National Academy of Sciences' space science board and
forwarded to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The report,
entitled "Potential Hazards of Back Contamination From the Planets,"
is expected to be made public soon.
NASA is understood to be studying the document to
determine what action should be taken.
The 30 scientists who met in late July last year to
consider the problem of "back contamination," as it is called, took
the viewpoint that the possibility of extraterrestrial life carries with it the
"chance" that. returning spacecraft and astronauts may bring with
them organisms harmful to the Earth and its inhabitants.
Accordingly, the scientists think it is in the best
interests of preventive medicine to prepare for the worst. Thus they made
the assumption that life exists probably on Mars. Possibly in the cloud layer
of Venus and even potentially beneath the surface of the moon.
One fear the scientists expressed is that organisms which
are harmless on the moon or Mars might be transformed into deadly organisms
once introduced into the far lusher conditions of Earth. If such were to
happen, said the scientists, weapons, such as vaccines, to control the
extraterrestrial biologic agent would be unavailable.
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An Oversight: Our apologies to poet Ralph W. Seager
whose name was inadvertently omitted from "Bound by the Bonds of
Nature" in our June issue. Mr. Seager plans to use the poem in his next
hook-The Constant Thirst.
Mandate For Tomorrow
"It can't be done. You
have no right.
"Come back. Sit still.
The she-wolf must leave said
To Romulus among the Seven
The women of Phoenecia cried
Watching their men go out.
Adventuring on the Great Sea,
out of sight.
Columbus had near mutiny -
"We can't. We can't."
They could and did go on, and
And when our men today
Have caught a grander vision
than Columbus had,
Or that Phoenecian, can we
still say, "You can't."
The trackless heavens are a
Not continents but whole worlds
And on beyond, another world,
And on and on, no end.
we need to know,
Before we start, what use it
all will be?
Did Romulus intend to build a site
For Michaelangelo to decorate?
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Did Columbus plan Chicago or New
Go to the moon.
Go to Venus, Mars, or Pluto,
if you will.
The universe is there to be
So let's explore it. I say it
was meant to be.
-Mary Pansy Rapp
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A RELIGIOUS OUTLOOK FOR MODERN MAN by Raynor C. Johnson,
?`?0 pages. McGraw-Hill Book Company. $4.95.
This is a much-needed pool. and one that will be valuable
in its field. Admitting the inability of conventional religion to present
Christianity to the New-Ager, this presentation is the outgrowth of an undeniably
deep need. For those seeking spiritual beliefs which are compatible with modern
scientific. and metaphysical ideas -it is an answer to those who ask:
"What can a man believe?" Running the gamut from answering the
"saved and lost" plan of salvation, to borderline queries of:
"Where is the next world?," the author states his purpose simply as a
desire "to arouse some interest and appreciation of other viewpoints. .. and
a few of the greater insights."
Pointing out that theological thinking remains completely
anchored to the medieval conception of the world, Copernicus is surely
applauding the suggestion that we start thinking cosmically rather than in
planetary terms. Pointing out that we live on a
"little wayside planet which is revolving round a
star. . . one of a hundred thousand million which constitute our galaxy,"
while telescopically, it has been shown that hundreds of millions of these
exist. This physical vastness is demanding our present-day change of viewpoint.
Considering matter as a precipitate of Mind - the universe a living
manifestation-and behind blind lies Spirit.
The phenomenon of dreaming is used as an illustration of
our own small way of creating something very individual and the question is
asked: Where is the space in which we see things happening! We see objects
(sometimes familiar and frequently completely unknown in our present life
environment), but clearly it is our mind which is creating this "awareness
of space," and while in the dream-state we have no doubts that it is real.
This evokes the question: "May it not be true that all space is
mind-created?" Not by our minds, but that it may be the product of a
powerful Mind or Minds to which our own are related. In any event , it appears
that it is the state and nature of our mind that is the determining factor as
to what we have the ability to discern. So that whether we speak of the
"next world" as that referring to discarnate entities or that of
space beings-it is surely- "wherever there are minds capable of tuning-in
Granting "it is the state of mind which determines
what we are aware of," then those who are able to disconnect. from the
close linkage with the physical brain attain a higher vibratory rate and are
"able to perceive and act in a world of new experiences."
Undoubtedly, we are forsaking the little hilltop we
formerly called: truth. There are explorers who have gone out farther and shown
our little summit "to have been but a foothill of the majestic peaks which
lie further ahead."
-Clara Mills Ward
THE INNER POWER by Winifred G. Barton, Pageant
Press, Inc. 101 Fifth Ave., New York 3, N. Y. $3.30
The Inner Power is a translation of thought
impulses from the Universe for which the author claims no personal credit. It
provides an outline of the formation of the Earth and other inhabited planets,
illustrates the development of mankind from a unicellular
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creature to a multicellular animal, and ultimately into a
Can humanity commune with life on other planets? Bas Earth's
cycle of ignorance been completed? What steps are necessary if we are to avoid
complete annihilation? What is extrasensory perception and can it be put to
practical use in day-to-day living?
Individuals interested in views upon the above, and other,
questions will want to add this book to their library shelf.
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Question: What Was Canada's Project
Answer: (by Mrs. Winifred G. Barton in response to a
seventh grade science class question.) Canada's pioneer Ufologist, the late
Wilbert B. Smith, devoted the latter part of his life trying to bring about an
awareness of other races in space, more advanced than Earthmen, and thus widen
human horizons and understanding.
Mr. Smith, an engineer heading the Canadian Government
Division of Radio Regulations in the Department of Transport, first became
interested in the subject of UFO's when he was sent as a delegate to the North
American Broadcasting Conference in Washington in 1950.
With the permission of his superiors, he began Project
Magnet to investigate the possibility of UFO's by asking the engineers
monitoring radio broadcasts and studying Canada's upper atmosphere to report
any UFO sightings. Regular sightings were re-ported and evaluated on a point
system based on 28 questions designed to determine the probable accuracy of
One of the world's first Flying Saucer Observatories was
established when Mr. Smith equipped an unused research but at Shirley's Bay
with electronic detection devices to register overhead objects. On August 9, 1954, the meter registered the presence of a craft larger than any known
aircraft though clouds prevented visual observation.
In October 1954 the Department ordered the project
abandoned, though indicated its willingness to permit continued use of its
laboratories if no cost to the public was involved. An official report
on Project Magnet, based on rigid statistical analysis,
showed a 91% probability that some sightings were of unknown origin. Mr. Smith
contended that while our "Suave Brothers" could point out certain
avenues of research, strict observation of Cosmic Law, decreeing that man must
evolve by his own will and effort, prevented any direct involvement.
A collection of Wilbert Smith's notes has been published
in a book entitled "The New Science." His family and friends have
formed the "Ottawa New Sciences Club" which studies Ufology and space
age philosophies and maintains contact with similar groups around the world.
Recently Mr. Smith was awarded, posthumously, a Canadian
Engineering award in recognition of a lifetime of distinguished service to the
advancement of technical knowledge in the Canadian Broadcasting Industry. The
silver trophy depicts two skilled hands elapsing a radio tube. .. a splendid
tribute to a brilliant, courageous pioneer.
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The printing of the Understanding Handbook awaits your
advance orders. At only 50 cents a copy each member and subscriber should have
a personal copy and have another to loan to interested friends. Present plans
call for publication in late August, early September-but we do need your
dollars to cover costs. Please send orders to P. O. Box 76, Merlin, Ore. 9753?.
JULY, 1965 19
Merlin Unit One
Merlin Unit One adjourned its official spring activities
with a belated reception for Dan and Tahalita Fry on Sunday, June 13th. Several
of the Unit Study Groups will continue to meet during the summer.
The Second National Wisdom Pool Seminar-a week of study
and sharing of New Age work and philosophy-at Lakemont, Ga., was attended by
many Understanding officers. Among those present at the June gathering were
President, Dan Fry; Executive Vice-President, Arthur Barks (sponsor of the
Seminar), and Directors Tahahlita Fry and Esther Stilgebouer.
The New Age Foundation, Inc., announces the 4th Annual
Washington State Space Conclave, July 16, 17 and 16 at the Flying Guest Ranch.
'?%2 miles from Eatonville, Wash. Write Lenora Craft, 8 Smith St., Seattle,
Wash., for details.
Unit 37, Buffalo, N. Y., announces the results of its
recent election of officers: President, Paul R. Weast (253 Davidson St., Buffalo,
N.Y.); Vice-President, Lewis Akfarkle; Treasurer, George Adams; Recording
Secretary, Elizabeth Mower; Corresponding Secretary, Cora Prantner; Librarian, Leverne
Griffith, and Chap-lain, Marie Hale.
The Memorial weekend Understandorama at Harmony Grove, Calif.,
was attended by some four hundred individuals, seeking enlightenment. Vista
Unit 4 is to be congratulated for sponsoring another successful gathering of
new age seekers and teachers. "The speeches were of such a high order of
quality and excellence that it would be difficult to single out any one as
being better than the rest," said Robert Crichton, M.C. and coordinator of
Spacecraft Lecture Booklet
Unit 28, Detroit, Mich., has recently printed in an
booklet Dan Fry's lecture: Spacecraft, Past, Present and
Future. Copies may be had for $1.00, plus 10c postage, from Unit 28, 6721
Miller Avenue, Detroit, Mich. 48211.
Unit 11 of San Francisco has featured many interesting
speakers at its monthly meetings, the 4th Friday of the month, at Room 401, 609
Sutter St., including Gina Cerminari, Irene Hickman and Muriel Alstrom.
Unit 15 of Inglewood. Calif., announces that their July
24th meeting will present Ralph Haffman, one of the first lecturers in the
field of Flying Saucer and New Age Teachings. The topic will be: The Shining
Ones Are Here. The lecture will be given in the Business and Professional
Women's Clubhouse, 820 Java Street, Inglewood. Admission is by donation and the
public is cordially invited.
Unit 22 of Riverside, Calif., in June presented John
Douglas Low on "The Spiritual Destiny of the U.S.A." Members of the
Unit have been asked to write a short evaluation of the personal significance
of Understanding. Some of these articles will be given in future issues of
Unit 67 of Los Angeles, Calif., has chosen the third
Friday of the month for its regular feature meetings, at 437 North Kenmore, L.
A. Meetings are open to the public, donation $1.25.
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Steps to the Stars, the thesis for which Daniel W.
Fry was awarded his doctorate by St. Andrews College of London, is now in its
An order has been placed with the publishers, C.S.A. of Lakemont,
Ga., for copies as soon as available. We anticipate orders sent to P. 0. Box
76, Merlin, Oregon 97532, should be filled by mid-July.
The price is $1.50. Have you placed your order yet?
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