||Stephen Yulish was always interested in UFOs and was a member of NICAP and APRO in the 1960s after reading Project Bluebook. He studied astronomy and exobiology at Case Western Reserve University and graduated in 1969. He eventually became a History Professor at The University of
Arizona for seven years where he visited Allen Hyneck's Tucson group. He became interested in Bible Prophecy after he had a headon collision with Jesus Christ in 1988. He is presently disabled with MS and writes about endtime scenarios. Email Stephen Yulish. Visit Stephen Yulish's website.
John Keel Author of The Mothman Prophecies Has Died by Stephen Yulish PhD
Posted: 16:50 July 7, 2009
John Alva Keel, 79, a noted Fortean, writer and journalist died on July 3, 2009 at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City, not far from his Westside NYC apartment, after months in a Nursing Home after suffering a heart attack.
He was born Alva John Kiehle in upstate New York on March 25, 1930. He published his first story at age 12 in a magicians magazine. He became a scriptwriter for radio and television and a newspaper journalist. His first book Jadoo in 1957 was about black magic in the Orient.
Keel was an early admirer of Charles Fort (1874-1932). He wrote articles for England’s Flying Saucer Review and for Saga magazine. Keel was influenced by fellow Fortean Ivan T. Sanderson and ufologist Aimee Michel and in 1966 began a fulltime investigation of monsters, aerial and paranormal phenomena. Like other 1960’s researchers like J. Allen Hynek and Jacques Vallee, Keel tried to validate the extraterrestrial hypothesis but it failed to answer all of his questions. He also was a friend and contemporary of author Brad Steiger and was an avid cryptozoologist. He remained for decades one of the most original and controversial ufologists.
Keel concluded that “ufology was just another name for demonology”. In 1967, he abandoned the extraterrestrial hypothesis when his own field investigators disclosed an astounding overlap between psychic phenomena and UFOs. In his 1970 book, UFOs: Operation Trojan Horse, he wrote that “a non human or spiritual intelligence source has staged whole events over a long period of time to propagate and reinforce certain erroneous systems “ which mirrored the findings of fellow ufologist Jacques Vallee. He believed that all anomalies, fairies, phantom airplanes, creatures, poltergeists, balls of light and UFOs were a cover for the real phenomena which was “ultraterrestrial” not “extraterrestrial”. All were shape changing phenomena from another order of existence. He was not sure if alien visitors were visitors at all but maybe were just an advanced earthly civilization which may or may not be human.
In 1975 he wrote his most famous book The Mothman Prophecies about a West Virginia creature which was also made into a movie.
Keel’s concepts of “windows” about specific hotspots of combined phenomenal appearances, “waves” which were cyclic appearances of the phenomena and the “Wednesday phenomena” which documented the disproportionate number of UFO sightings on Wednesday, greatly influenced the genre. Keel looked for patterns and for instance would document a certain location on a ridge that might have a high rate of strange events occurring after the 21st of the month on Wednesday in a high frequency month like April.
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