For August, 1970
JOURNEY .................................................................................... 2
CONVENTION COMMENTS ........................................................................................ 3
FRIENDSHIP ................................................................................................................... 4
FLOWERS OF LIFE ....................................................................................................... 6
LIVING LABORATORY OF PREHISTORIC MAN .................................................... 8
TO UNDERSTAND THE MENTALLY RETARDED ................................................. 9
World report ........................................................................................................... 10
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING .................................................................................... 12
UFOS INTERNATIONAL ............................................................................................... 14
book reviews ............................................................................................................ 15
MERLIN ............................................................................................................................ 17
bulletin board ........................................................................................................ 18
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EDITOR .......................................................................................... Dr.
DANIEL W. FRY
asst. editor ............................................................................ kerttu
circulation manager ........................................................... edna
staff artist ................................................................................... gus
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VOLUME XV AUGUST, 1970 NUMBER
Dedicated to the propagation
of a better understanding among all the peoples of the earth, and of those who
are not of earth.
As this issue of the magazine goes to press, your editor
will be arriving in Saro, Sweden on the first leg of a 20,000 mile journey for
Understanding. The purpose of the trip is twofold; first to deliver a series of
lectures which have been requested for several years, and secondly, to discuss
at length with a number of interested persons, in Sweden and in other
countries, the principal and foremost project of Understanding Inc.
As most of our readers know, this project involves the
sponsorship of a world wide congress for the sole purpose of determining and
documenting the total area of mutual agreement in the minds of people
throughout the world. This is, of course, a task of such magnitude that the
Understanding organization, working by itself, could never hope to accomplish
it successfully. We may, however, by an all out effort, succeed in bringing the
concept, and the vital necessity of its consideration, to the attention of a
substantial portion of the world population. In any event, since the continued
existence of our civilization almost certainly depends upon the successful
completion of such a program, we must make our maximum effort on the widest
A great deal has been written in this magazine, concerning
area of mutual agreement, and the means of documenting it,
but perhaps the concept has not always been made as explicit as it should have
been. In future issues we will present several articles dealing with the
subject in the simplest possible manner, so that every reader will understand
exactly what we propose.
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(A report by Charles R. Sloan.)
The consensus of public opinion showed clearly that the
first annual convention of the International Cultural Center of Understanding,
and the dedication of the new building were most meaningful and successful.
The center was blessed by the delegates from thirty-two
states and five foreign countries, representing their groups of Understanding.
Dr. Daniel Fry, founder and President of Understanding, gave the dedication
address, with a warm welcome and with bits of wisdom for all. At 3:00 PM he officially opened the convention with an address on, "Areas of Mutual
Agreement," after which there was a panel discussion group in which most
of the speakers and the audience exchanged thoughts and opinions.
During the evenings there was inspiring entertainment
including the artistry of the beautiful Pleanchai, who performed authentic
dances of her native Thailand. World Dances by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Davis, and
Dances From the Far East by that superb dance team, Sujata and Asona, (who also
had full house attendance for their excellent Yoga class instruction.) Also,
there was the Jack Schwarz Jr., Trio, who gave several good "Rock"
sessions for the more than fifty enthusiastic teen-agers, (and most of the
older folk who joined in from time to time,) and one evening there was square
dancing for all, plus an exhibition dance by professional performers.
There was a glittering galaxy of nationally and
internationally known speakers which included the Rev. Damien Simpson, who also
acted as Master of Ceremonies; Rev. Jack Schwarz, who headed the Aletheia
portion of the convention; Dr. Roland T. Hunt, Yogacharya, D.D.; L. D. (Pat)
Cody, Director of Aero-Space Education, U. S. A. F.; Dr. Marianne Francis of
The Solar Light Center; Fred Kimball, who holds interesting conversations with
animals; Dr. Gina
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Cerminara, of many talents; Samuel Bousky,
Scientist-lecturer; Dr. Myron S. Allen; Dr. H. M.; A. vn Ginkel ; Dr. Milan Ryzl,
and Mr Monty Wooley.
The Rev. Dr. Irma Glen was most generous with her great
talents as one of America's foremost organists, playing many of her own
compositions as well as some of the time hallowed classics. Her lecture was
most inspiring, and was followed by a forty-five minute recital of her
original, "Music Prayer Therapy," which was a blessing for all.
Cap all of this with Dr. Dan's lecture on "The Curve
of Development," and a most outstanding convention came to a glorious
conclusion by having included "Something for Everyone," toward our
Dr. Dan and his lovely wife Tah, dressed in their finest,
awarded certificates of merit for all of the unsung heroes and heroines behind
the scenes who gave so much of their time and efforts to make all welcome and
at home in unified UNDERSTANDING. Our heartfelt thanks to each of you! (And
bless you, Billie Thompson, for making our new home a reality NOW.)
The writer was a witness to this joyous occasion, and is,
looking forward to the second annual convention in 1971. Will you be there?
Plan on it and enjoy the feast as did the 375 in attendance this year in
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Living is a response to that which is around us-to things,
to experiences, and to people. Friendship broadens and enriches our power of
response, so it broadens and enriches us. It is not only a source of delight
but it is also creative, highly so.
Ideally, we should gradually acquire friendships which
match the whole range and variety of responses of which we are capable. But,
only the most fortunate of us will manage to do that. In fact, we can get on
well enough with a pattern of friendship which falls some way or another below
the ideal, but if too much of ourselves is left unnourished by our existing
friendships we shall come to feel restless, and dissatisfied, without knowing
Of course there are plenty of other good reasons for these
but poverty in friendships is a common unsuspected cause.
That is why those with an acute sense of something missing in life should look
to their friendships to see if they may be, least partially, to blame.
Persons whose life of friendships is not a rich one fall,
as a rule, into one or another of two groups. There are those whose friendships
are so few and undeveloped that they receive little of the assurance,
companionship, comfort and support, for which we all depend upon from friends.
The others, although they may have a wide circle of friends, are short of the
mental and emotional stimulation they need, because their range of friendship
is much too limited.
To take the first group, those who want to have more
friends, but find that they cannot manage to do so, are usually persons who
somehow inhibit the growth of friendship between themselves and others. One of
their common difficulties is self-distrust. Persons burdened with an overdose
of this (and we all have some) are quick to shrink away from others, at the
slightest discouragement, real or imagined. It is as though they believed their
personal gift of friendship to be such a sorry thing that no one would want it.
This belief is a fiction. Friendship, or friendliness, is in short supply in
society, and whoever has some to give, in a simple, uncomplicated form, is sure
of a welcome.
Sadly enough, it is often sensitive and imaginative
persons, who actually have a great potentiality for friendship, who shrink from
the very contacts through which alone they could acquire friends. These with
much self-doubt should remember that friendship is by nature expansive. The
direction of those short of friends should be towards others, not away from
The twin of this mistake is seen in those who strive too
hard to make friends. It is very easy to feel that our small gift of humanity
is not enough, that we must add something special to ourselves if we are to be
acceptable to others.
A University student, with little self-assurance but good
brains, found herself, after a year in college, without any real friends. She
so undervalued herself as a person that she felt she must sell herself to
others by dazzling them, on all occasions, with her powerful intellect. In
great need of affection, she strove harder and harder to impress others as
friendships receded farther from her. Under guidance, she learned to relax more
in company and began to make friends.
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This ever-ardent striving for acceptance defeats its own
ends because it makes for embarrassment and tension which inhibits
friendliness. "Making friends" is really a poor phrase because it
suggests effort. We cannot "make" friends. What we can do is to
create the conditions in which friendship can grow. This includes a relaxed,
accepting, undemanding attitude towards others.
Those who are short of stimulation, because their circle
of friends lacks sufficient variety, may be sharply aware of their quandary, or
completely unconscious of it. Since the former understand the nature of their
problem, we shall concentrate on the latter, who do not.
When a family grows up and leaves home the mother,
particularly, misses the presence of her children and their friends. She
explains away the gap she finds in her life as loneliness. There is an element
of loneliness, of course, but what she often fails to realize is that all the
facets of her personality which her children stimulated and drew out are now
being neglected. Consequently, to compensate for the departure of the children,
she should attempt to meet new and different people. These new friends can
restore to the mother's life fullness and richness that often seems to slip
away when the children are gone.
Similarly, those whose circle of friends has been
stereo-typed for sometime may be aware of something missing in life. If our
social life is limited, that is, exclusively to one group of people, making the
same responses over and over again, other elements in our personality are left
We need the assurance of a stable group of friends and
acquaintances, but we should venture beyond this when opportunity offers, or
our mental life will be limited to the ideas, interests and attitudes of the
group. Those who restrict themselves to a single group often feel restlessness
and exasperation which they find difficult to explain. Incidentally, the group
itself will benefit if its members expand their friendships beyond it. A group
in which the life of friendship is ingrown is likely to degenerate into a
rigid, narrow clique.
A friendship that is over-possessive often ends in a
bitter disruption. Each one of us is at the same time so varied and so limited
that no one individual can ever completely match the personal potentialities. of
another individual. This situation means that persons in a possessive
relationship may feel frustration and resentment, mounting and mounting, until
an explosion occurs. Once again we may notice
that friendship thrives best in a relaxed, expansive
environment. Naturally, friendship is something far too delicate and intuitive
to be taken apart by analysis. I have dealt with only a few of its broader
aspects, with the general conditions friendship needs in order that it may
flower and flourish.
TITA of the Philippines
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As was shown by the late Dr. Johannes Greber, that which
is within the individual reflects outwardly and effects all who come into
contact with this reflection.
When I was a young man I worked on a ranch. It was a poor
ranch and I did not get much of a salary-but I would have worked there for
nothing just for the opportunity to be around the remarkable couple who owned
One day I said to Bill (not his real name), "Why are
you so happy?" "My friend," Bill answered, smiling, "I am
happy because I try to be moderate in all I do, because I live in a country
which does not oppress me, because I have work to do." He paused, then
added-as though hoping I would understand-"Most important of all, because
I am at peace with God."
I stared at him helplessly.
"What Bill means," Marie said softly, "is
that he-and I-have lived long enough to know that there must be a God, a
Creator, who set everything in motion, Who made the raw materials in the first
place. You have to have something to work with before you can do anything, you
That I could understand, and I still remember swallowing
hard as emotion stormed through me. They meant that they were happy in the
knowledge that they had given so much and felt, of their own free well, that
they should respond constructively and joyously.
So many today have not come by this knowledge, partly
because education has placed great emphasis on material things. Religion, too,
has altered its original theme-that the individual is all important-by
relegating effort, reward and penalty to society rather than to the individual.
What is the result? Such negative, chauvinistic attitudes
create in a
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person brittle ambition and selfishness ... but on a
subconscious level. Consciously, such a person believes, by dropping the old
axioms for the new, that he is serving the cause of humanity, that he is
finding new freedoms.
But his thinking is faulty, without consideration for
first causes. He forgets that, while nations are founded on cooperation, it is
cooperation based upon individual initiative and obedience to basic laws.
When I was about to leave the Sanders, Bill said to me,
with a half smile, "You are young, my friend, but you will not stay that
way long. The next few years are so important. They will solidify a pattern of
thinking which will be your guide forever afterwards. Don't think I'm trying to
preach to you or that I'm always happy. I'm neither. But I went through all of
this myself ... and a kind friend gave me a push in the right direction. Then I
looked for someone who felt as I did. I was fortunate indeed to have found
What could I say at nineteen.. . Yet his words have never
left me. I have tried to apply them to work, to play, to life in general I try
to help those around me and to be my own man in the sight of my Creator.
It really does not matter what Name you use in mentally
speaking to the Source of all wisdom. What does matter is that you give credit
where credit is due.
Christ is reputed to have said, "My yoke (yoga)is
easy!" What he meant, I think, was that those who believed should form a
correct code to live by and to be true to self as part of this code.
How well I recall those several occasions down through the
years where superiors approached roe with suggestions that I compromise my
integrity in favor of ambition. To be honest with self, you must know when to
say "Yes" and when to say "No." You have to realize that
you must live with yourself and that you will not always be a human.
You have to live for today, but with one eye on the
future-yes, even the far future. Not the actual future itself but how your
words and actions today will effect your status tomorrow. . .or many, many
tomorrows from today.
In my search for the essence of the Sanders' philosophy, I
found a life partner who is compatible with my code. She has a profound effect
upon all with whom she associates.
Dr. Johannes Greber lived this way. He was true to his God
and to himself and, in turn, to those around him. He reflected a light which
lingers long after his death ....
"The first law of the Universe," Greber once
said to close friends, "is understanding-and the second, love. Therefore,
living with understanding and, loving all things, in justice you grow, and the
fruits thereof are faith, hope and patience. Love is charity-quite the opposite
of greed, from which all evil stems."
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(This information was sent to us by one of our New
Zealand correspondents. It appeared in the Otago Daily Times of Dunedin,
N. Z., November 6, 1969, datelined Canberra, Australia.)
Research workers studying prehistoric man in Australia
have a unique advantage-their subject can answer questions. Though few
Australian Aborigines today live as prehistoric hunters, many still hold the
ancient beliefs of their tribes and know well the rituals, myths and modes of
life of their ancestors.
Scientists believe the study of Australian Aborigines
living today may throw light on the customs, social organizations, beliefs and
way of life of the primitive hunters and food gatherers living in parts of Asia
and Europe 10,000 years ago.
The Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies says
research is making it more and more evident that the Aborigines form a unique
natural laboratory for the study of man and his customs ... The changes in some
customs and characteristics, and the equally significant lack of change in
others, are being studied today with the help of the Aborigines themselves.
Modern studies of Aborigines seem to be touching on the
fundamentals of human life in society-how language develops, how races evolve,
how the culture of a society conditions the capacity for knowing and
understanding its members.
Research is already demonstrating that the genetic makeup
and blood groups of such a geographically isolated race provide invaluable
evolutionary and comparative data. Considered over the thousands of years
during which they developed, the Aborigines' legal, economic,
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social and ritual customs and systems provide unique
research opportunities for anthropologists.
The Institute says the most urgent anthropological task is
the need to map the hills, rocks, water holes and other places mentioned in
Aboriginal mythology. The mythology maps reveal the journeys of the ancestral
spirit beings on routes that link up over vast areas of the Australian
The many areas of research are adding new chapters of the
prehistory of Australia and causing some long-held theories to be changed. The
Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies is desirous of preserving as much of
the cultural heritage of the Aborigines as possible in the process of their
integration into a machine-age society. With the establishment of a Federal
Office of Aboriginal Affairs a national survey is being made to collate all the
information required to assist the Aborigines undertake productive enterprises
and to find their place as citizens of Australia. Millions of dollars are being
considered for projects designed to make thousands of Aborigines
self-supporting. Among the proposals put forth by the Federal Government is a
role for the Aborigines in the Australian tourist industry. They will be
encouraged, by the government, to help restore and maintain Aboriginal works of
art, give dance performances professionally, produce original works of art, and
work as rangers and guides in national parks. Thus shall be bridged another
gulf that has separated the past from the present.
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From Green Bay, Wisconsin, Mr. Henry Marshall writes:
I want to say a word on behalf of a minority group-a
different word, a different group ... I am only one person but I DO have a
This minority is not vocal nor articulate. It is not
organized. It makes no marches, protests, threats nor demands it injures no
one. It has no prejudices. It is docile and dependent. It is humble. It is,
like the Beatitudes.
This minority is the mentally retarded-many of whom also
have physical handicaps as well. If you know any, then you know how wonderful
they are-sweet in nature, patient, affectionate, friendly.
What they do NOT need nor want is sympathy, pity, overprotection.
What they need is acceptance, interest, attention, involvement. They need to
belong. They need to be useful-as much as they can. They need to be
understood-for just what they are.
Every community in the country needs to be acquainted with
these youngsters-to see first hand how worthy they are, how interesting, how
much fun. This is what I want to say. . . but I need lots of help. I just want
people to get this message-the more who get it, the more likely a few of them
are to take some action, and a lot of it is needed.
DO YOURSELF A FAVOR
Hire a retarded worker-yes, a retarded worker. Why?
Well, not just to make yourself feel noble,
Not just to give him a chance to be active and useful.
Not just to make him feel whole, complete, vital, necessary.
Not just to give him an outlet for pride, for
Not just to offer him that exhilarating taste for
But because you will like him --
You will like his zeal and zest
You will like his earnestness,
his passion to please.
You will like his docile way,
his eagerness to learn.
You will like his cheerfulness
You will like his strong desire
to belong, to be accepted, to be on the team-and you'll admire his loyalty.
Because your people will like him --
He will give them the privilege
to knew what the retarded are like-that they are worthy of knowing.
He will give them a reason to
be considerate and understanding and he will give them the example.
His presence will remind them
that just being normal is a rather considerable blessing,
He will give them an incentive
to match his output of effort.
Because you will furnish a good example to the business
can tell your friends that it is fun having this worker in your shop-that it is
a healthy, rewarding experience-and that they should do likewise.
Should you feel moved to assist Mr. Marshall in his
efforts to promote understanding of the Mentally Retarded, please get in touch
with him at: 150 Kenney St., Green Bay, Wis. 54301.
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Abominable Snowman Seen Again
Daily Courier, Grants Pass, Ore., June 8, 1970
Nepal (UPI)The Himalayas' legendary creature--the Abominable Snowman -has been
reported sighted again. Don Whillans, 36, a member of the British expedition
which successfully conquered the south face of the 26, 700-foot Mt. Annapurna,
told a news conference Saturday he saw the Yeti on a moonlight night.
"I saw the Yeti March 25 at the camping base at Machhapuchre
during the Annapurna climb," Whillans said.
"In my 13,000 foot high camp I was restless and not
getting proper sleep. Suddenly, I saw a taller human figure moving in the
bright, moonlight, snow-reflected night about 500 yards away on a ridge. It was
about 2:30 a.m.
"I rushed and collected my binoculars which showed a
strange human figure very similar to a huge gorilla or an abnormal-sized
chimpanzee. I watched the creature moving slowly for half an hour before it
disappeared in the thin atmosphere.
"My efforts to photograph the Yeti did not
materialize because of poor visibility."
The following morning, Whillans said he visited the spot
where he sighted the Yeti and found markings similar to those previously
published and purported to be the creature's footprints.
Artificial Sea Weeds
San Francisco Chronicle, June 2, 1970
AMSTERDAM-The Dutchman has a new weapon in his unceasing
battle against the sea: artificial seaweed.
The North Sea is encroaching on the coasts of Zeeland, Terschelling
and Rottumerplat, and the response is an experimental planting of a
"seaweed" made of lightweight polyproprene.
Similar experiments are under way in the United States, Britain
Earthquake Eased by Ball Bearings
Grit (Williamsport, Pa.) May 10, 1970.
High-rise buildings in earthquake-prone California may be
built safer if they rest on ball bearings an inch in diameter that are
sandwiched between steel plates in the foundation of the building.
Marc S. Caspe, 34, an engineer in Belmont, Calif., has a
patent pending on the technique. He estimates the system would cost about 30
cents a square foot in new buildings, at least 40 percent cheaper than present
Park Stresses World Peace
(Christian Science Monitor, May 19, 1970-By
Helen S. Phillips)
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH-Tucked away in a quiet corner of this
city is a bright jewel of a park where, it is said, beauty speaks in many
languages. Aptly named the International Peace Gardens, this lovely showplace
brings together the horticultural artistry from 19 countries and proceeds to
weave all 19 separate, authentic gardens into one colorful, breathtaking whole.
The result is a unique civic attraction that provides the visitor with a world
tour in miniature.
The approach beneath a peace arch and through stately wrought
iron gates sets the scene for a riot of color and native artistry beyond.
Not Giving Up
Medford (Ore.) Mail Tribune, June 17, 1970
PEORIA, Ill. (UPI)-Instead of welcoming the unknown,
scientists have become "defenders of the status quo," a university
chemistry professor and believer in unidentified flying objects said Saturday.
"Some of us in the scientific community have fallen
into a security trap. Theories and ideas make us prisoners, and we begin to
look on them as creeds instead of tools," Professor Allen P. Utke said.
Utke was one of the main speakers before about 160 persons
at Bradley University Saturday for a weekend midwest UFO conference. He and
others at the conference are dissatisfied with the results of the widely
publicized UFO investigation conducted under government auspices by Dr. Edward
Utke suggested that pressure should be put on Congress
through public opinion and petitions demanding a thorough investigation, thus
"outflanking" the scientific community.
"We (UFO believers) will be better prepared when the
next bunch of sightings come," he said, "and, there will be a next
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Another speaker, Ted Phillips Jr., an employee of the
Missouri Highway Department and amateur astronomer, described "burn
circles and saucer nests" found at scenes of UFO landings.
Philips said there have been 128 reported cases of
circular areas, from two to 72 feet in diameter, where vegetation has been
destroyed and matted down during a saucer landing.
"The significance is that you have not something that
flies away into the distance and disappears, but something that can be
examined. It leaves us with tangible evidence, although we can't explain
it," Phillips said,
Christian Science Monitor, May 6, 1970
WESTERBROOK, The Netherlands (AP)-The world's newest and
biggest radio telescope, probing 8 billion light years into space, is beckoning
United States scientists to Europe.
"There is almost a brain drain in reverse," said
Dr. Ernst Raimond, superintendent of the observatory to be opened here June 24.
Many U. S. scientists want to come to Europe, Dr. Raimond
said, because Europe has a more ambitious radio astronomy outlook than the United
The observatory has 12 parabolic radio telescopes each 25
meters in diameter and spread over a one-mile area. Scientists from many
countries recently toured the plant.
Dr. Raimond said in an interview that his new telescope
system could be compared with Britain's Jodrell Bank, whose 250-foot dish is
used extensively for near and deep space research.
Westerbrook can reach farther, he said, but Jodrell Bank
gives "a better overall picture."
Dutch astronomers are hoping to probe the mystery of the
start of the universe which, according to the "big bang" theory,
originated about 10 billion years ago.
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Space Ships Skip Earth?
ALFRED-A number of eminent scientists are confident that
interplanetary flights are taking place within our galaxy but they seriously
doubt that any such flights are being made to the planet earth, Dr, Dan Q. Posin
recently told an Alfred University audience.
"Flying saucers" are not apt to be space ships
visiting earth, mainly because earth does not have a society which is scientifically
advanced enough to extend hospitality to beings from other worlds, the speaker
said. Dr. Posin is professor of physics at De Paul University, author of 25
books, and a featured television performer on scientific programs.
Dr. Posin stressed that the tremendous scientific
advancement which man has made in recent years has equipped him to contemplate
trips to other planets of our solar system, but he added, there is no evidence
to suggest intelligent life on any of them, and suggested to his listeners that
they try to imagine the scientific progress that will occur in the next 50 or
250 years as man seeks to reach farther into space.
He then called attention to the fact that among the 100
billion stars in our galaxy there are a great many stars which are billions of
years older than our sun. Their planets are also billions of years older, he
noted, asking "where will we be in two billion years?"
Scientists who wrestle with the problems and probabilities
of interplanetary space travel hold the opinion that those societies advanced
enough to undertake such voyages would go only to planets with which
communications first were established. "Why go where there are no
replies?" he asked.
Earth has established no such communications although
there have been efforts to pick up meaningful signals from space, said Dr. Posin.
For that reason scientists doubt that earth has had any visits from outer
Secrets of Advertising
A recent issue of Time Magazine featured this full page
advertisement by Cambell-Ewald Company, advertisers. Included was a plaster
masked head figure with but one eye revealed. (As we are known, so may we know ourselves!)
Each of us wears a Halloween mask all year long.
We have to, to keep our nerve ending hidden. To keep our
hopes, and needs, and hang-ups, our fears and prides and prejudices, our irrationalities
and our cry-buttons from hanging out for everyone to stare at.
Or step on.
We wear these shells to work, to lunch, to meetings, and
to church. We always keep them handy for when friends drop in. And adjust them
for which friends drop in.
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It's this shell, whether it be button-down Edwardian, or
denim, that confuses a lot of us in advertising. If we're not careful, we find
ourselves writing to the mannequin, instead of to the man inside, which often
makes our ad cute but not convincing, beautiful, but not believable,
"swinging" but without substance.
Shell-talk forgets that inside each of us, no matter how
old or young we are, is a person who is worried about his money, his age, his
looks, his health, his happiness, his family, and whether people like him. Or
hate him. Or worse, simply ignore him.
The secret of advertising, then, is to crack the shell, to
talk to the man inside the man.
Simple it is, but easy it isn't.
It takes an uncommon understanding of people, great
sensitivity and skill, and the discipline to use them every single time.
But it means the difference between an ad someone skips
over and an ad someone reads all the way to the end.
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Report from Belgium
September 24, 1969, Zellik, Belgium: This aerial phenomena
took place on September 24th at 20.10 hours. Mr. Camille Breeus, a 65 year old
architect from Zellik, a suburb of Brussels, went for a short walk with his dog
near his home.
While looking at the sky and the stars he saw suddenly corning
from the northern horizon, a noiseless and luminous object. The thing, which
was like a Delta wing, stopped not far above the house. The object was a
mixture of blue and white color, like phosphorescence at night.
Shortly after this first apparition a second object, the
same as the first, appeared from the same direction. This one stopped on the
left of the first Delta wing. After some minutes the last apparition went out
as if "switched off."
The body of the first UFO was a reddish-yellow color and emitted
a shower of sparks from the back. Numerous fine lines, phosphorescent, ran the
whole side from front to back. Concerning the second, the illumination covered
two thirds of the body, one third, which was the middle part, was as black as
The estimated altitude was 2000 meters and dimensions at
arm's length about two meters.
(The article first appeared in "Visiteurs Spatiaux,"
Belgium, and was quoted by the "UFO Chronicle Quarterly" of Kent, England.)
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"Strange Creatures from Time and Space" by
John A. Keel. Published by Fawcett Publications, Inc. Paperback, 75c.
This book is recommended only for those readers who are
not prone to nightmares and who are capable of controlling their imaginations.
The colorful cover of this fast-moving book is eerie enough to separate the
weak from the strong. But for those who are intrigued with the unusual, this
book offers an efficiently presented and comprehensive "encyclopedia of
From the "Big Foot" of California, to the
"Bird-Man" of West Va.; from the ocean depths to the skies above us;
from every part of the planet earth, there are monster stories included to
Mr. Keel has done a fantastic job of compiling the
information supplied from myriad sources into a factual, fascinating and
fearsome account. He delves quite thoroughly and convincingly into each unusual
creature report that is available, and collaborates his results with references
to the Bible, Indian legends, and to various published works.
A remarkable theory is presented by Mr. Keel. He feels
that "creatures and strange events tend to recur in the same areas year
after year, even century after century." Mundane explanations do not seem
to fit the known facts. We have to stretch our minds a bit and extend our
imaginations into the paranormal. The sudden appearances and
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disappearances of the wild, unknown creatures all over the
world, even in densely populated areas, suggests that they have some means of
transportation or else they are deliberately dumped here and retrieved by some
form of transportation. Although unidentified flying objects (UFOs) are
frequently seen in these same "window" areas, they, too, manage to
appear and disappear before the bewildered eyes of Air Force pilots.
"Obviously, something far more complicated is
involved. Same specialists are now toying with theories involving concepts of
the fourth dimension.. . They speculate that another world exists outside our
space-time continuum and that these myriad objects and creatures have found
doors from their world to ours in these "window" sectors . .. No
matter what the source, something strange is engulfing our planet. It does not
matter if the Unbelievables are coming from some distant star or from the fourth
dimension. They are here."
Perhaps there are those of us who should not close our
eyes and minds to this subject. Maybe we should lift our heads from the sand
and admit that Black Magic exists as well as White Magic. Perhaps someday we,
too, might be "driving down a deserted country road late at night and in
front of our car we will suddenly see. .."
-Flo Bohnert, Unit 1
EXPANDING HORIZONS, by James A Long, published by
Theosophical University Press, Pasadena, Ca., paper-bound at $1.95.
Amidst the flood of astrological, metaphysical and occult
literature now available, occasionally a gem is found-a concise presentation of
metaphysical truths; a book that clarifies such truths in the minds of those
who have already acquired some understanding of spiritual principles; a book
that is dynamic in its ideas and so of interest to those who have already
acquired some understanding of spiritual principles; a book that is dynamic in
its ideas and so of interest to those who have not yet savored the delights of
such material. One such book is authored by James A. Long, since 1951
international head of the Theosophical Society at Pasadena, Calif. This is a
book which gives the "meat" of discussions held during extensive
lecture tours, many with knowledgeable yet still-searching young people. It has
been his goal to help those who were seeking a workable philosophy for daily
living, a sensible approach to spiritual enlightenment, both lacking in
so many churches today. If you often find it difficult to form
sentences that will express your own beliefs clearly enough for a beginner, if
you often wish you could put a suitable book into the hands of the earnest
seeker, EXPANDING HORIZONS will be an asset if added to your library. It gives
succinct data on Destiny, Karma, Life Beyond Death, God's will and
Predestination, Conscience and Intuition, plus wonderful interpretations of The
Lord's Prayer, the Golden Rule, the Six Glorious Virtues of Buddhism, to name
but a few of its exciting treatises.
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If a Child Lives With...
child lives with criticism,
he learns to condemn.
child lives with hostility,
he learns to fight.
child lives with fear,
he learns to be apprehensive.
child lives with pity,
he learns to feel sorry for himself.
child lives with ridicule,
he learns to be shy.
child lives with jealousy,
he learns to feel guilty.
child lives with tolerance,
he learns to be patient.
child lives with encouragement,
he learns to be confident.
child lives with praise,
he learns to be appreciative.
child lives with approval,
he learns to like himself.
child lives with recognition,
he learns that it is good to have a goal.
child lives with honesty,
he learns what truth is.
child lives with fairness,
he learns justice.
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child lives with security,
he learns to have faith in himself and those around him.
child lives with friendliness,
he learns that the world is a nice place in which to live.
With what is your child living?
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The beautiful Rogue River Valley town that sprang into
life on June 19, 1970-at 12 noon-with the formal Dedication of the new hall of
With Governor Tom Mc Call's lovely letter, which may be
reprinted at another date, Merlin became the talk of countries and towns, far
This, our first Convention at the International Cultural
Center of Understanding, was a huge success, as our cars became taxis to motels
and airports. They came from Florida, New York, New Zealand, Thailand, and India.
Much of the United States was represented in person or by wire. Motels were
filled, our homes were filled, our camp grounds were filled, even our back
yards were filled.
We were, oh, so happy! Our smallest day at the
Registration Desk numbered 202. This continued on for a full six days!
Purucker Music West furnished our lovely organ which was
played by the lovely and talented Dr. Irma Glen.
Our County Commissioners-Kenneth Jackson, Joel Barker, and
Louis D. Ringuette-were kind enough to give up their noon hour to be at our Dedication. They won a lot of votes on the next time around. Mine will be
Our Wilma Thompson, builder of the International Cultural
Center of Understanding; Rev. Damien Simpson, of the Universal Mind Science
Church and Rev. Jack Schwarz, of the Aletheia Association, MC's and trouble
shooters; healers, entertainers, co-partners-put them all together and you have
what it took to have our Good Convention.
The Annual Rocky Mountain States Space and New Age
Convocation will be held in Montrose, Colorado on August 15-16-17.
Among the speakers listed are: Wayne Aho, Nelli Lewis, Tarna
Halsey, Jay Fair, Robert Short, Stan Ferguson, plus others.
For additional details please contact: New Age Foundation,
P.O. Box 857, Eatonville, Wash., 9832, or Ray Mollenhauer, 1978 Windsor, Salt
Lake City, Utah.
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at the June Dedication and Convention-June 19-24.
Please write to Rev. Jack Schwartz, P.O. Box 334, Selma, Oregon,
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