|Art Champoux has been an UFO investigator since 1964. He have worked with Ray Fowler, Walter Webb, John Keel, a lady that he can not name, and several different UFO groups. In the 1960s he was with APRO, CAPER, NIACP, then when APRO went out he was with NICAP and then APRO, Now he is with MUFON. The world of the paranormal has always fascinated him as even as a small boy he had some eerie happenings. His Great grandmother was a spirit medium so maybe he has inherited something. He is a hypnotist and has written for several publications and his leanings are much like John Keels. He beleives there is an ultra force, not from outer space, but much like John's and even Jaques Vallees' contention...we are but one dimension out of many that reign on this planet.
Mothman Revisited: a tribute to John Keel
by Art Champoux
Posted: 02:00 March 14, 2007
John Keel is the very definition of an UFO investigator. He didn't wait for sightings to come to him. He traveled the world in search of them. He journeyed to Egypt, the Himalayas and to India? He investigated the southeast? But his home was in New York. He loved the city but when not there he went to the far reaches of the globe in search of mystery and the unexplained.
Artist concept of the Mothman
He had encounters with the enigmatic MiBs. He investigated cases throughout 50s, 60, 70s, and even into the 80s. He followed no one and because of that some people in UFOlogy did not like his style - he never apologized for what he did.
When the original sightings of Mothman were reported, he did not sit at home and read about it. He went to Point Pleasant. Buy his book. It will take you into his world of the weird, strange and some times emotionally draining.
When the Mothman appeared he was there! He experienced the Mibs; He experienced the people and events as they unfolded before his eyes. He watched the bridge collapsed and even tried to stop the event. The movie did not do the book justice.
Did the mothman suddenly appear in Port Pleasant? In my humble opinion he was there always. I think that he had a home and we, as humans, were as much a threat to him as the Mothman was terrifying to us. Think about it. What if he was a resident of the abandoned ammo dump? What if exposure to the chemicals changed this living creature? Now I do not know that, but as I read the book, saw the movie and talked and wrote to John the more I started to think differently.
Now, think out of the box. The Mothman lived a solitary life and probably resided in a cave or similar hidden place of safety. Port Pleasant was a small rural community and interaction between the locals and the creature were virtually non-existent. Then the town started to expand and his once safe territory was being encroached by new development and the influx of thousands of new outsiders. Suddenly, your peaceful existence was threatened, your territory overrun by civilization. Strange sounds like: music, heavy construction and the everyday sounds of children and people invaded your thoughts and for the first time you experienced genuine fear.
Writing to John was a pleasure for me. He wrote of how he went to the sightings, questioned the witnesses and experienced their emotions firsthand. Their passion and their fear gnawed at him, until he also felt caught up in the madness engulfing Port Pleasant.
When we understand that there are other living things that we share the earth with, then we should try to live in harmony with them. This is contrary to our emotions. I think that fear breeds fear. Fear of the unknown is inherent to every living thing. I think John believed the Mothman was an enigma that roamed this quaint little town and attempted to live in harmony with its residents.
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