TIMOTHY GOOD’S UFO UNIVERSE
Copyright, 2017, Steve Erdmann (permission to quote for review and educational purposes).
“This book examines in-depth claims that they United States in particular, and some other countries, including the U.K., have developed advanced space craft, thanks partly to the recovery of a number of crashed alien vehicles and, more comprehensively, an alien liaison program. I also feature numerous reports of encounters and contacts with aliens of varying types, many of them published here for the first time. As will become evident, some of these aliens have our best interests at heart. Others do not. We are not the only ones with a vested interest in Earth.” (Timothy Good from the Preface of Earth: An Alien Enterprise, p. xxv.)
(Earth: An Alien Enterprise, Timothy Good, Pagasus Books, LLC, 80 Broad Street, 5th Floor, New York, N.Y 10004, 2013, 466 pages, $28.95.)
INTO THE LIVES OF ALIENS
Researcher Timothy Good has written several books on the topic of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs). This book covers, not only classical and mere conventional stories of UFO sightings, but just as easily and quite casually, he tells cases of supposed Encounters of the Forth Kind: human interludes in the lives of aliens.
This seeming acceptance of multiple accounts of contact with extraterrestrials, so “easily and casually,” is perhaps one of the sore points of the book. Good even has a rather obvious acceptance and sympathy for the tales of the late contactee, George Adamski, who has drawn great skepticism by researchers who strongly doubt Adamski met a Venusian pilot named Orthon (as well as other Adamski claims). Adamski was among the first to claim regular contacts with aliens, but also closely associated with certain high-ranking military and political personnel.
Good apparently has taken Adamski’s claims as literal and legitimate (even has written a book with Lou Zinsstag defending Adamski’s contacts), and saying that the witnesses to Adamski claims of November 20, 1952 with Orthon to be credible (p. 102).
(Good also claims to have had Adamski-type contacts in 1963 and 1965, and saw “Adamski-type scout-craft,” and that Orthon lived occasionally near Vista, California before leaving in 1955.)
Among the many bizarre claims that Adamski had made, he claimed that his space ships also came from Saturn, as well as Venus. Another tale is related on pages 383, 384 where it is told that Adamski had invited President Kennedy to a landing of a huge mothership at a secret base at Desert Hot Springs, California where Kennedy spent several hours talking to the alien crews. Adamski gave the original invitation through a side door at the White House.
Good likewise takes the reader on an excursion through noted and major “alien liaisons.” One such affair was called the “Amiciza” group; another called the W56s; another called “G and L,” so on and so forth (all treated as equal realities, though spacecraft descriptions and various alien modus operandi vary greatly). The same attitude exists in Good’s renditions of hidden or underground alien bases, which Good speaks matter-of-factually as if there is no doubt about such claims. Good is “convinced of its relevance” to legitimate ufology (p. 193).
MELDED WITH THE GOOD
Some of the suspicions and criticisms of Adamski’s claims have been amply covered in various sources. Two famous critiques on Adamski have been in Jim Mosley’s Saucer News, Special issue #1, Whole Number 27, October 1957, http://www.jimmoseley.com/2014/05/saucer-news-presents-the-george-adamskiexpose/ — as well as Marc Hallen’s Skeptic Report (www.skepticreport/sr/? p+101).
Mosley portrayed his personal conversations, correspondence and contacts with witnesses and associates of Adamski, indicating that Adamski accounts were questionable and possibly falsified.
(G. L) Bloom told Mosley that he was “grossly misquoted” in Adamski’s book Inside the Spaceships. According to Mosley, the Adamski story broke apart when Mosley questioned Alice Wells, Lucy McGinnis, Jerrold Baker, Mrs. Manon Darlaine, and other involved characters. Many of the witnesses to the “desert landing” were already “ardent believers.” Bloom confessed that he saw no “landing” of a saucer. George Williamson had no ‘degree.’ Jerrold Barker told of a “pre-planned” scenario of the desert “landing” that Adamski told to Barker.
Al Bailey confessed to Moseley that he did not see the landing as was recorded. The drawing of the suited spaceman by Alice K. Wells was doubtful in as much as she was a mile away and the ‘spaceman” couldn’t be plainly seen from her vantage point.
George Adamski with Orthon Portrait
Marc Hallet covered similar discrepancies. One such suspicious item was the description of the desert spaceman which resembled a September, 1950 story written by Oscar J. Friend’s “Kid from Mars” published in Science Fiction Stories.
Hallet also discovered that Adamski’s 1952 contact was nothing other than a story that Adamski previously wrote with Lucy McGinnis in the 1940s called Pioneers of Space.
Writer Arthur C. Clarke wrote in the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society in March, 1954 that Adamski’s “scout ship” looked suspiciously like an “electric light fitting with tennis balls.” In fact, according to Baker, Mrs. Manon Darlaine and Karl Honrath spoke of seeing an artificial spacecraft model built by Adamski.
A book by Colin Bennett (Looking for Orthon: The Story of George Adamski, the First Flying Saucer Contactee and How It Changed the World, Cosimo Books, 2008) likewise gave a chronology of Adamski errors.
The reader will have to read some of these extensive criticisms of Adamski’s so-called ‘findings,’ and make a judgement as to how Adamski truly fits into overall authentic ufology.
Good likewise details a number of places were alien space crafts were being ‘stored’ and also examines various locations were hidden alien bases were located, such as the island of Malaita, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Alaska, Mexico, and “bases at the bottom of the oceanic basins beyond the dive capacity of our best submarines.” (P. 374.)
Good talks about the experiences of Marius Borrayon, an engineer who had numerous experiences in Guadalcanal and Maiaita. He quotes Borrayon: “Many Solomon Islanders have told me of flat stringy-type UFOs with big round lights underneath them that hum as they go along. They sometimes see them flying low over the jungle and resurfacing out of the sea near where they are fishing. The UFOs have landed near villages, and (white or black) people who get out of them have strange gray uniforms, not seen anywhere else in the world.”
A CASE IN POINT
Good tells of Maria M. Rivera who, along with her family, began to experience a series of alleged encounters with alien beings in Aquada, northwest Puerto Rico, from 2005 to 2010. In her diary of these events, Rivera outlined a February 25, 2007 alien encounter: “Maria observed a disc-shaped craft, similar to the one she had seen before, from her bedroom window. About thirty feet in diameter, it was hovering motionless some 130 feet from the house and the same distance from the ground. She was able to observe aliens, who in turn were observing her through viewing ports, silhouetted against a bright greenish-blue background. No sounds could be detected. By the time she had woken her husband, who picked up a camcorder, the craft had gone.”
The book is peppered throughout with UFO sightings that seem to rank above the more questionable “alien entity contact” stories that Good is prone to include. One such UFO sighting was that of Teresa Tresca who told of her 1986 sighting at a Vandenberg air show.
The object approached witnesses rather silently, making only a somewhat high-pitched humming noise. The craft appeared about twenty-five-feet wide and ten-feet high. The bottom seemed ‘bowel upwards,” all in one piece, silver-colored, with a dome on top. This craft seemed to be accompanied by a “triangular” craft.
“…completely silent…tipped forward and backward and turned around its axis, rose another ten feet at least, and then took off silently at great speed…dull black (not shiny) with a pitch-black smoky non-see-through dome on top…’lights’ at each triangular corner…” (Witness, Philip Waterhouse).
Good also tells of the wave of UFO crafts in February 5-6, 1992 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, where a barrage of triangular, boomerang-shaped, bell-shaped and disc-shaped objects were sighted.
The author also describes a large, slow-moving object that was accompanied by eighteen “pale yellow lights.” Missiles of “undetermined origin” were fired at the object, but did not cause damage. As one witness named “Andy” said: “[The huge object] seemed to me to look like some kind of transporter because of its lighting, color, and shape: it was dull and workman-like with only three strips of light___at least that I could see. By about 5:00 a.m., the UFO was rapidly vanishing.
SMORGASBORD OF ACCOUNTS
It soon would become apparent to readers in their viewing-venture of Good’s book, that the book was a wide smorgasbord of almost everything ufological, good and bad, questionable and not so questionable and authenticated. Some were classic cases, such as the July 17, 1955 public landing in London Borough of Bexley, London, England, where a mother, a child, and a physician were ‘shadowed’ by a UFO which eventually landed at the corner of Chessington/Ashbourne Avenues.
What at first appeared to be a swirling mass with protruding “wheels” moved to the crossroads and hovered about four feet off the ground. Many children also witnessed the event; maybe a total of 130 people watched. The craft appeared to have portholes and riveted seams.
Margaret Fry says she saw the saucer on July 17, 1955.
“It was a typical bell-shaped craft,” said Margaret Fry. “The surface seemed like pewter; dull, yet at times it shone as well. It could have been described as silver, grey, blue, metallic, yet not really quite like any of these hues. In fact, it looked literally just out of this world. We all knew instinctively what it was. We were aghast.”
The craft rose and disappeared in minutes. A similar craft was sighted “a few days earlier” by Rodney Maynard and about 29 other witnesses.
PLETHORA OF INCIDENTS
The following are samples of the many unusual mentions that parade throughout Good’s book:
# Curious tales surrounded the history of President Barack Obama. Wayne Madsen, former National Security Agency employee, said that government files reveal that Barack Obama, Sr., and President Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, conducted CIA operations in 1960s post-coup Indonesia, including the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), as well as the Ford Foundation.
# Obama’s stepfather, Lolo Soetoro, according to Wayne Madson, was “recalled to Indonesia in 1968 to serve as a senior Army officer and to assist General Suharto and the CIA in the bloody overthrow of President Sukarno.”
# President Obama “himself” worked from 1983 to 1984 for the Business International Corporation, “a CIA front that conducted seminars with the world’s most powerful leaders and used journalists as agents abroad.” (p. 388)
# Researcher William Steinman investigated Dr. Eric Henry Wang, who had apparently been involved in retrieval of crashed UFO craft. Wang taught engineering at the University of Cincinnati and also worked at the Wright Air Development Center from 1949 until 1956. In an interview with his widow, Mary Steinman was told to contact Dr. Henry Kissinger (H.A.K) as a leader in the “flying saucer program.”
“In fact,” said Maria Wang, “he was completely in charge of it at the time that Dr. Wang was still alive and involved in it.”
Good summarizes Kissinger’s security history: from 1943 to 1946: Kissinger served in the U.S. Army Counter-intelligence Corps (CIC) and from 1946 to 1949, he served as a Captain in the Military Intelligence Reserve. In 1952, he was consultant to the Psychological Strategy Board and the Operations Coordination Board___later, a number of organizations such as the Rand Corporation, as well as the Secretary of State.
Intelligence expert L. Fletcher Prouty spoke of Kessinger as “the titular head of the intelligence community’s clandestine operations reaction faction,” retaining, says Good, “a close association with the alien situation to this day.” (pp. 353-354)
Physicist Paul LaViolette and NASA Ames director Simon Worden spoke of alternate space programs. Computer hacker Gary McKinnon broke into U.S. Air Force space command (AFSPC) database and found information relating to ‘fleet-to-fleet-transfer,’ a list of ship names and names under the heading of “Non-Terrestrial Officers.” LaViolette had received information that the U.S. secretly launched the first satellite in 1948 using a modified V-2 rocket, and presently, independent of NASA, the U.S. Air Force had “its own shuttle fleet” with a base on the Moon. Worden spoke of a secret NASA/DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) project called the Hundred Year Starship (pp. 248-252).
THE SECRET TEAM
Good’s book was certainly an encyclopedic collection of information on UFOs. The reader will have to research enough to pick and choose which facts are the most reliable and true.
Interviews with retired U.S. Air Force colonel and former CIA associate, L. Fletcher Prouty, revealed revelations from his book The Secret Team: The CIA and its Allies in Control of the United States and the World spoke of a ‘One World Cabal’ (p. 365):
“This is the age of global companies, of global communications and transport, of global finance and____ just around the corner____ global accommodation of political systems…It is time to face the fact that true national sovereignty no longer exists. We live in a world of big business, big lawyers, big bankers, even bigger money-men and big politics. It is the world of ‘The Secret Team.’”
“Also, there are parallels with reports of the notorious ‘men in black’ – MIBs. In his initial appraisal of the case, Hakan cites John Keel, the well-known author and leading investigator of the MIB phenomenon. ‘On a number of occasions,’ wrote Keel, ‘I actually saw the phantom Cadillacs as advertised, completely with sinister-looking Oriental-like passengers in black suits. On Long Island, following the directions given me in an anonymous phone call, I pursued one of these cars down a dead-end road where it seemingly vanished into thin air…’” (p. 178.)
Steve Erdmann, St. Louis, Missouri, January 2017.
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