The Ghosts of the Greer Building – TxDoT’s Transportation News, October 2003

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A few years ago someone asked me if I’d ever heard any weird stories about the Dewitt C. Greer building downtown. They proceeded to tell me they had heard tales of folks seeing blood-smeared walls and other strange haunting phenomena on certain floors within specific rooms.

Recently, as I was working on archiving paper files and periodicals held by the Anomaly Archives, I came across the October 2003 issue (Volume 29, Number 2) of TxDoT’s Transportation News magazine whose cover shouts:

GHOSTS. . . Discovered in the Greer Building !!


The Ghosts of Greer by Mike Cox / Editor

If Harvey Hubert hadn’t fatally stabbed that young Austin man on Halloween night in 1916, he might have lived to see the fine new Highway Department building go up where the Travis County Jail once stood.

But that’s not how it worked out. At 1:50 p.m. on Aug. 23, 1918, Sheriff George Matthews sprang the trap on the gallows inside the jail and Hubert paid for his crime at the end of a rope.

Hubert, 34, had the distinction of being the last of nine men legally hanged in the castle-like stone jail, built for $100,000 in 1876 at the corner of 11th and Brazos streets — present location of the Dewitt C. Greer Building.

Who knows? Maybe Hubert’s spirit has something to do with the mysterious footsteps and strange noises some TxDOT employees have reported hearing at night in the big meeting room and on the eighth floor when the building’s supposedly empty.

But for anyone who believes in ghosts, there are plenty of suspects.

This edition of Transportation News is also archived online here:

Read the complete article here:



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LSD guru Timothy Leary’s ashes carried in a Burning Man ceremony by Susan Sarandon

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… does that headline read like an Onion article?

Susan Sarandon carried LSD guru Timothy Leary’s ashes in a Burning Man ceremony

BLACK ROCK DESERT, Nev. — Timothy Leary, the late father of LSD, was memorialized at Burning Man after a fantastic procession and burning of his ashes in the Black Rock Desert.

It was a spectacle that not even he probably could have imagined, as actress Susan Sarandon led a march with his ashes into a temporary church built as an art installation in the desert for the week-long festival.

The church was scheduled to burn as part of the event on Saturday after the “man”, a giant wooden structure, burned.

“I think he’d be so happy. I think he would have loved the chaos (of Burning Man). He would have loved it,” said Sarandon, one of Leary’s closest friends. “And all these people honoring him with LSD.”

Timothy Leary, the late father of LSD, was memorialized at Burning Man after a fantastic procession and burning of his ashes this week in the Black Rock Desert.

Read More…

Source: Susan Sarandon carried LSD guru Timothy Leary’s ashes in a Burning Man ceremony

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Astronaut Who Walked on Moon Says Aliens ‘Prevented Nuclear War’…

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“Astronaut Who Walked on Moon Says Aliens ‘Prevented Nuclear War’…”

That’s the headline making the rounds about Edgar Mitchell’s latest claims about insider knowledge of UFOs and ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence.

From “The Day the Earth Stood Still” to “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” to “E.T.,” pop culture is filled with stories about friendly, curious extraterrestrials visiting Earth to learn more about mankind. For Apollo 14 veteran Edgar Mitchell that plotline is less fiction than it is reality. The sixth man to walk the surface of the moon told Mirror online that he believes peace-keeping aliens visited our planet to prevent a nuclear war between Russia and the United States.

The idea sounds far-fetched, but Mitchell claims that military insiders viewed strange flying crafts cruising over U.S. missile bases and the White Sands facility in New Mexico, the site of the first-ever nuclear bomb detonation in 1945.

“They wanted to know about our military capabilities,” he said. “My own experience talking to people has made it clear the ETs had been attempting to keep us from going to war and help create peace on Earth.”

Source: Apollo 14 astronaut claims peace-loving aliens prevented ‘nuclear war’ on Earth | Fox News

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Inflatable ‘space elevator’ invented by scientists

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It is an idea that every small child has had at some point. Instead of sending up rockets into space, why not simply build a huge lift.

Now a Canadian firm has been granted a patent for a ‘space elevator’ which will shoot cargo 12.4 miles into the stratosphere from where it can be launched more easily.

According to Thoth Technology, the lift would cut the cost of space flight by around one third because shuttles would not need to carry enormous amounts of fuel to get themselves off the ground.

“Astronauts would ascend to 12 miles by electrical elevator,” said Dr Brendan Quine, the inventor.

“From the top of the tower, space planes will launch in a single stage to orbit, returning to the top of the tower for refuelling and reflight.”

Source: Inflatable ‘space elevator’ invented by scientists

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Breaking News on the (NOT) Roswell “Alien” Slides

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UPDATE 6/12/15: Shepherd Johnson has obtained another image of the child-mummy through an FOIA request to the National Park Service… (PDF)

The only name for the child in the Park Service documents is “MOCA 1352”

New image released by the National Park Service through a Freedom Of Information Act request by Shepherd Johnson
New image released by the National Park Service through a Freedom Of Information Act request by Shepherd Johnson

The National Park Service just released to me 186 pages worth of documentation concerning the Montezuma Castle / Mesa Verde child mummy. The documents can accessed here: (PDF) (Facebook Gallery)

Updated 6/14/15


From the Picasa Web Gallery of Frank Hadl

As has been repeatedly reported, the slides which some have claimed shows an “alien” body (but which most believe to be the mummified remains of a Native American child unearthed at a cliff-dwelling in the late 1890s), has again been found in another old slide image within a museum display.

This time the image is apparently from a slide taken in December 1956 by Frank Hadl, a then Air Force gunner training at Luke Air Force Base:

Fran’s slide – Message from Frank Hadl “I am Fran’s husband and most of the photos in her albums were made by me. This slide, although only scanned on my printer/scanner was taken by me in Dec 1956. I was in the AF then and single and just arrived at Luke AFB for gunnery training. I think the TX on the slide stands for time exposure. Frank…”.

Communication with Isaac Koi

Frank responded to comments / questions posted by RSRG (Roswell Slide Research Group) member Isaac Koi at the PicasaWeb photo gallery page maintained by Frank Hadl.

Image originally discovered by Jorge Peredo

On Wednesday, the image above began circulating online among those trying to find further confirmation on the nature and disposition of the mummified child’s remains shown in the original “Roswell ‘Alien’ Slides.” It was originally discovered by Jorge Peredo who provided it to José Antonio Caravaca.

Frank Hadl Slide

NOTE: These new images are still being vetted.

The above dark slide was provided to Isaac Koi after Anthony Bragalia (previously one of the main proponents of the alien interpretation of the body seen in the slides and virulent / accusatory critic of skeptical RSRG researchers) helped locate the source of the mystery photo which surfaced yesterday.

The image below is a mock-up of the alleged slide (or an alternate) containing the latest image superimposed upon / inserted into the frame of the dark slide image above. Confused yet? This is a developing story and will be updated.

Mock-up slide image of latest photo inserted into slide frame from darker original (or alternate?) mummy photo allegedly taken by Frank Hadl ‘to demonstrate that when the placard and rounded top-left corner are aligned, the shelf is not.” Courtesy of Nab Lator who deciphered the placard in the original “Hilda Ray Slides.” Below is an animated version.
Animated "Mock-up" for comparison purposes only.
Animated “Mock-up” for comparison purposes only.

Late Tuesday night (Central Standard Time) José Caravaca posted the cropped image to the RSRG facebook group, saying he was trying to establish the provenance and source of the image. The image was released publicly and the search for the source began.

Jaime Maussan, one of several individuals promoting the slides and claiming they depict an alien body, has offered a reward of $5,000 for another photo of the body and $10,000 for the body itself. So far, he has claimed that the photo is a fake and does not seem inclined to follow-through on paying the reward.

This case of possible mistaken identity / possible shenanigans by Roswell researchers and UFO media personalities has exacerbated the already frayed edges of DeUxFology.* Calls for further investigation of the slide promoters along with questions about these researchers continued speaking on the UFO lecture circuit have ignited a firestorm of controversy across the internet through the rapid response enabled by social media.

While these new images are still being vetted to insure that they are genuine it seems quite likely that they represent yet another “nail in the coffin” hopefully securing the final resting place of this mysterious little fellow.

In the meantime, perhaps we should review what we know so far by visiting the Anomaly Archives resource page on the (NOT) Roswell Slides. For more on how the identification of the child-mummy came about, visit the website of the Roswell Slides Research Group.


* DeUxFology – Two Ufologies / Two UFO Research Communities … 

Rational / Reality / Science based investigation

Irrational / Fantasy / Belief based confirmation-bias


– SMiles Lewis

Founder / President of the Anomaly Archives

The views and opinions expressed by the author are solely his own and do not necessarily reflect those of this organization or its board of directors.


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Anomaly Archives eNews – Spring 2015

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Founder’s Message

News & Announcements: Change, Change, Change

The views and opinions expressed by the author are solely his own and do not necessarily reflect those of this organization or its board of directors.

Greetings Fellow Anomalists!

This past half year or so has been a tremendously exciting time for me and the Anomaly Archives. We’ve been processing our largest ever, donated personal collection (The Bob Girard Collection), while juggling multiple collections room to room during a much-appreciated tile-flooring makeover. We’ve turned this incredibly chaotic situation into a momentous opportunity for re-organization of the collection, including the weeding of hundreds of duplicates (and some less than anomalous literature) for upcoming Public Education, Outreach, and Fundraising Sales we are planning to hold later this year. We’ve added a New Advisory Board member, my friend Chris “Fritz” Jahnke, who has helped me implement a new much-needed Online Catalog. And we have so much more planned for the rest of the year.

Membership Drive

join-membershipAll of these great changes are just some of the reasons you should Support the Anomaly Archives Community and take part in our Membership Drive! We need your help to continue our important historical work Preserving the Archives of UFO and Paranormal Research Collections as well as our public education efforts providing a Lending Library, Access to Rare Reference Research Materials, Monthly Public Meetings for a space to discuss all things anomalous, Free Lectures from leading thinkers & researchers, and so much more!

Become a Member / Join Today – Only $20 A Year!

Project SMiles


I’ve intended to post to the Anomaly Archives website on a much more regular basis, giving folks more regular updates on news and information relevant to the materials housed within our growing collections. That will be part of a concerted effort to emphasize the personal aspect of the Archives as a reflection and extension of my own ideas-about and interests-in UFOs & related phenomena. As I post updates about the materials housed in the collections, I’ll also be providing commentary while drawing connections between current news and events with the material in the collections. For years I’ve slowly and quietly been working on my own book on the UFO subject. Much of what I want to write about is a part of the Archives because a large part of its foundation comes from my own personal quest for knowledge on the subject. So anything I write will naturally be based upon the materials contained in the Archives. So as I hunker-down to write this book I will also accelerate the cataloging and chronicling of the information contained within the physical and virtual files of the Anomaly Archives. So expect more frequent posts in the near future.

1990’s Alt-Media Zine-Scene

James Wesley Nations (1967-2014)
James Wesley Nations

Ever since confirming that we would be receiving the Bob Girard Collection, I’ve been in a deeply reflective mood. The interview I did with Kenn Thomas for Steamshovel Press about The Legacy of Bob Girard, really got me reminiscing about the 1990’s Alt-Media Zine-Scene and the part played by Robert and the many friends I made through the self-publishing community. The Zine-Scene connected a lot of people together including me and my inspiration for exploring the world of alternative media zine publishing. That inspiring friend was Wes Nations (Files / Donated Collection) who published Crash Collusion magazine. Crash Collusion provided entrance to an even wider weirder world of fringe Fortean thinkers and researchers and ultimately to Girard’s global network facilitated by his Arcturus Book Service.

Just after Thanksgiving, on the heels of receiving the Girard Collection, I learned that Wesley Nations had passed away. I’m still processing that… In the meantime you should read Loren Coleman’s obit for Wes: “From UFOs to Johnny Vagabond, Wes Nations Takes His Final Trek.”

Origins of the Archives


A significant portion of the thousand or so books that made up my foundational donation to the Anomaly Archives back in 2003 was the result of having acquired a portion of Wesley Nations’ voluminous collection which he split between me and John Carter. Wes gave away most of his fringe collection in the mid-90s when he moved from Austin to Berkeley. John Carter was an author and co-editor of Crash Collusion who later donated his own collection to the Anomaly Archives. Thus Wes Nations’ collection of fringe materials, separated / torn asunder in the mid-90s, was reunited in 2005 and helped form the foundational Anomaly Archives donations. So the Anomaly Archives owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to two different significant figures within the Alt-Media Zine-Scene from the seminal early-internet era of the 1990s: Wesley Nations and Bob Girard. We plan on regularly highlighting both of them, their contributions to the Rise of Alternative DIY Media, and there Foundational Collections.

– See a Preview of the Zine-Scene Exhibit HERE

Leaving A Lasting Legacy

leaving-legacy-roseyAll this reminiscing, while processing the personal accumulated collections of these Important Fringe / Esoteric Seekers, and watching so many others passing away… inevitably gives us pause and forces us to think deeply about the potential for lost history and the need for ensuring a lasting legacy. The authors, investigators, and researchers whose books and files find there way to the Anomaly Archives will help preserve past research and facilitate future investigations.

Help us lay the archival foundation for future seekers to continue the search for insight into the marvels of the anomalous. If you are a Fellow Researcher or Seeker who has amassed a significant collection of books or files on any of the wide range of subjects covered within the Anomaly Archives, then we want to hear from you. We are trying to create an active and updated Anomaly Collections Directory and to actively help those with important collections find dedicated permanent homes for their materials. Contact us for more details.


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UFO Research in 2015 


History is filled with frustrations, disappointments, and lost opportunities. From embarrassing misidentifications and pronouncements to deliberate hoaxes by scam artists, all of these things have vexed legitimate UFO and Paranormal Research. This past few months my attention has been drawn to UFOlogy’s latest bugaboo. It’s been percolating through the UFO community since late 2011; rumors that someone had found “smoking-gun” evidence in the form of photographic slides showing an alien body from the infamous Roswell, New Mexico 1947 crashed-whatsit. As I watched with increasing concern, the carnival sideshow ramped up its PR machine, and suddenly I found myself a fly on the social media wall of a wonderful group of skeptics who looked destined to burst the bubble of the believers. And that’s exactly what they did, and in record time!

You can connect the dots about the (NOT) Roswell Slides here on our Anomaly Archives > Roswell Slides Resource Page, or at the website of the group that cracked the case: RSRG – Roswell Slides Research Group @

Some of the best and most recent in-depth articles and interviews on the saga include:radio-misterioso-greg-bishop170x170


There is so much more important work going on than the slides distraction. In case you missed it, check out these amazing Anomaly Science headlines and resource links highlighted below, plus several more after this Founder’s Message.



Project CORE was a massive online survey asking questions and gathering data of those reporting “paranormal” experience. Questions ranged from psychological, and physiological data to ancestral heritage and outlier data. The questions asked by the survey were comprised of questions submitted by all Project CORE members, and then as a team questions were edited, subtracted and added until we arrived at the final version that was ultimately used.Participants were asked to give written account of their experience(s), and there was a written stipulation of the survey page:  The survey required complete, raw honesty in relating the experiences. No matter how utterly bizarre or  self-negating those experiences may have been. We also asked that the accounts submitted not be edited, sanitized, nor derived from hypnotic regression.

The survey actively collected data via the internet from participants over the course of a full calendar year, and the survey was widely promoted on social media, message boards, and podcasts. After data gathering, the work presented here in it’s final form comprises nearly 2 years worth of analysis and discussion between team members.

If you have questions or wish to discuss the Project directly, please contact us via the email form provided by clicking here.

Kimbal E. Cooper, Ph.D., Tyler A. Kokjohn, Ph.D., Jeff Ritzmann, D. Ellen K. Tarr, Ph.D., Jeremy Vaeni

FREE, the Foundation for Research into Extraterrestrial Encounters is a scientific research not for profit organization. We also have various support programs for Experiencers that have had trauma from ET Contact experiences. Our Experiencer Buddy Program includes 45 volunteers, all Experiencers of ET Contact experiences, ready willing and able to communicate with individuals that have requested someone to chat with. So far, in only 5 months, individuals from this program have supported over 133 Experiencers of ET Contact as of March 13, 2015.

FREE was founded by Mary Rodwell, Rey Hernandez, and Christina Knowles. FREE was established with the insistence and guidance of Dr. Edgar Mitchell, the 6th man on the moon, and Dr. Rudy Schild, Emeritus Professor of Astro-Physics at Harvard University. Dr. Mitchell is also known as the “Father” of the UFO Disclosure Movement. Dr. Schild was for many years on the Board of Directors of the John Mack Institute. Both are founding members of FREE’s Board of Advisors. Our website is: EXPERIENCER.CO

  • Anomalous Experiencer Survey Project – COMING SOON!

Monthly Meetings

INACS Nerve Center 12593 Research Blvd., Suite 302 Austin, Texas 78759The Anomaly Archives holds monthly meetings (usually) on the Fourth Saturday of each month. Our most recent meeting was this past Saturday, May 23rd.

To be kept informed about these meeetings contact SMiles Lewis or Mark Muecke via email for updates.

The meetings are FREE and held from 1-4pm at the INACS / Anomaly Archives headquarters located in North West Austin, just past the intersections of Research and Technology Boulevards (see end of page for detailed directions):

12593 Research Blvd., Suite 302, Austin, Texas 78759

To be kept informed about these meeetings contact SMiles Lewis or Mark Muecke via email for updates.


Previous Meeting… 5/23/2015

At last Saturday’s meeting I spent most of the time going over the (NOT) Roswell Slides Saga, using our onsite resource page as a guide for discussion about this ongoing situation. The presentation was well received and no one seemed convinced that the body shown in the “Alien Slides” was anything other than an unusual looking human child. We all expressed astonishment at how far this farce had progressed and wondered how anyone could still be perplexed by the “alien-ness” of the mummified child’s remains.

Alex Jones in the Animated Film Waking Life

Afterwards, we watched a recent video from Austin’s own Alex Jones, called “Something Big Is About To Happen” that represents one of the very few times he has publicly talked about his claim of a lifetime of precognitive visions. Most people aren’t aware of the two previous times he has spoken out about his experiences; first in 2003 and then again in 2006. I reported on this after the second time in 2006, but few people know about his claims. He has always been a highly controversial figure who is widely perceived by his critics as making repeated outrageous and unsubstantiated claims as well as numerous failed predictions. So for many, this recent departure from his usual rants may come as a surprise. Nevertheless, this recent video plea from him may signal a new direction for his rapidly growing media empire. Just a few years ago he purchased Weird magazine from Russell Dowden (who currently publishes RockStar magazine) before employing Russ to help launch his InfoWars magazine. Alex had said publicly that he intended to re-launch Weird in the future, so perhaps this is Alex’s opening salvo before he opens a new front and tries to dominate the Paranormal Market as he has done with the Conspiracy Market. He’s certainly become a fixture within the Coast to Coast AM radio show community, which he had largely panned or ignored previously in the late 90s to early 2000s. Time will tell…

Next Meeting: 6/27/2015

Please make plans to attend next month’s Anomaly Archives Meeting (4th Saturdays of Every Month) at the Anomaly Archives / INACS “Mind Quarters / Nerve Center” … we look forward to meeting and talking with all of you!

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Founder & President




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Latest Additions to the Collections…


Robert C. Girard Collection

Robert C. Girard (1942-2011) [Photo: Clas Svahn / AFU]

Catalogs: Books & PeriodicalsDonated Collections

Steamshovel Press Winter 2015 issue was released as digital downloadable edition on 2/13/15 and features an interview with SMiles Lewis talking about the Bob Girard – Arcturus Book Service collection recently donated to the Anomaly Archives.

“My dream was to have one business in which the entire worlds literature on these subjects was all under one roof”  – Bob Girard to Clas Svahn, April 19th 1987

The Legacy of Bob Girard – An Interview with SMiles Lewis

“He saw his Arcturus [Book Service] … as a way to connect to people, strange and wonderful people that he would never had been able to find without his book list.”
Clas Svahn, Journalist and Vice Chairman of the Archives for the unexplained

cover_steamshovel_press_winter_2015“Bob Girard is an American institution”
Colin Bennett, Fortean and flying saucer historian, 2004

“The Marcel Proust of the UFO phenomenon” … “The proprietor of Arcturus Books–arguably the biggest and best UFO bookstore in the world.”
John Chambers, Paranormal journalist, 2004

“The greatest national bookseller of used books ranging from cryptozoology to Forteana, from ufology to parapsychology”
Loren Coleman, Cryptozoologist, 2011

“Robert C. Girard… ran what was probably the world’s premier Fortean mail-order book service”
Ronan Coghlan, Fortean zoologist, 2011

Read more about The Legacy of Bob Girard – An Interview with SMiles Lewis in the Winter 2015 issue of Steamshovel Press (Here)

Thanks to The UFO Research Coalition (CUFOS, FUFOR, & MUFON) with a Special Thanks to Tom Deuley!

Other Recent Donated Collections


New Exhibit Coming Soon:  “Classic 1990s Alt-Media Zine Scene

Assortment of Alt-Media Zines from the 1990s
Assortment of Alt-Media Zines from the 1990s

Austin’s Zine Connections…

Austin Zine Fest 2014 / Zine Librarian’s (un)Conference 2015


Periodicals: Magazines, Zines, ZINES!!!

  • FATE Magazine, back issues circa  (donated by SMiles Lewis, Craig Woolheater, Armistead/Shaw, and others)
  • UFO Newsclipping Service circa 1988-1994 (Dennis Stacy Collection)
  • And Many Many More!!!


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The Legacy of Bob Girard – An Interview with SMiles Lewis

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“My dream was to have one business in which the entire worlds literature on these subjects was all under one roof”  – Bob Girard to Clas Svahn, April 19th 1987

Bob Girard. Photo Credit: Clas Svahn / AFU.

The following interview first appeared in the Winter 2015 Issue of

Steamshovel Press (Available Here)


The Legacy of Bob Girard – An Interview with SMiles Lewis


About the Bob Girard Collection

We are proud to announce our latest acquisition: the personal collection of rare book seller and proprietor of the long-running Arcturus Books service, Robert C. Girard.

Explain who Bob Girard was, what he did and why he is remembered.

“He saw his Arcturus [Book Service] … as a way to connect to people, strange and wonderful people that he would never had been able to find without his book list.” 
Clas Svahn, Journalist and Vice Chairman of the Archives for the unexplained

“Bob Girard is an American institution”
Colin Bennett, Fortean and flying saucer historian, 2004

“The Marcel Proust of the UFO phenomenon” … “The proprietor of Arcturus Books–arguably the biggest and best UFO bookstore in the world.”
John Chambers, Paranormal journalist, 2004

“The greatest national bookseller of used books ranging from cryptozoology to Forteana, from ufology to parapsychology”
Loren Coleman, Cryptozoologist, 2011

“Robert C. Girard… ran what was probably the world’s premier Fortean mail-order book service”
Ronan Coghlan, Fortean zoologist, 2011

revolt-o-free-girardBob Girard (1942-2011) was a legendary collector and seller of rare books, specializing in UFO literature and related fringe subject matter. In today’s age of internet ubiquity, instant gratification, and declining print media outlets, Robert Girard’s name is not widely known among UFO believers nor paranormal enthusiasts. His name is, however, remembered among many long-time UFO researchers, paranormal writers, and the DIY self-publishers of the 1980s and ’90s alt-media “Zine Scene.” He is remembered as the brutally frank bibliophile who published his incisive insights in concise micro-reviews, monthly, distributed world-wide across six continents. Despite his contribution of a handful of small books (The Revolt of the Free and Futureman to name only two) and over 30 years of service to the book-hungry global network of para-cultural knowledge seekers, he has yet to be acknowledged by the history books. Though in fact, he and his Arcturus Books service are mentioned in several UFO books including within the source citations of academic (and scholar of new religious movement studies) author James R. Lewis’ The Gods Have Landed.

futureman-girardBefore becoming “the Marcel Proust of the UFO phenomenon” (John Chambers, 2004) Robert was an enlisted man in the United States Air Force, serving from 1964 to 1968 at Incirlik Air Force Base in Turkey and Wichita Falls, Texas, until he received an honorable discharge at the rank of sergeant. In 1978 he and his family moved to Ecuador where they lived for two years before returning home to Scotia, New York, where Robert had spent his high school and college years. It was there that he began pursuing his dream of starting his own rare book business with a niche focus on the most esoteric and Occult books within the UFO and paranormal milieus.

In 1980 he launched his book business with a monthly CataZine (combination catalog and magazine) featuring his own short reviews of every new book and zine that crossed his path. His no-nonsense reviews were infamous and for some it was a badge of honor to get even a bad review from Mr. Girard. Despite these gruff aspects of Bob’s character, his perspectives on these strange phenomena were considered as valuable as the rare books he was commenting upon.

Long-time UFO and paranormal researcher Antonio Huneeus summed up the appeal of Mr. Girard’s writing while also touching upon Bob’s “rough side” that was expressed in both Bob’s published writings and personal interactions:


“He was deeply knowledgeable of ufology and Forteana and wrote caustic reviews of most of the books he sold in his monthly or bimonthly Arcturus Books Catalogue, which he used to mail to his clients. His reviews were widely read because of their unique, no-holds-barred style. You knew Bob was an honest person in that he gave bad—sometimes awful—reviews to half the books he sold. He cared more for the integrity of the field than the almighty buck. … Bob Girard had a rough side to his personality and could be often rude with his own clients but… once you got accustomed to Bob’s gruffy side, you got to like him just the way he was.” (Huneeus,, 2011)

From the ArcStarBooks website we have Bob’s own words from his very first catalog in June of 1980:

arcstarbooks-logo“…We don’t have to describe the thrills to be found in reading UFO literature; we feel sure that you already know many of them. We have noticed this, however, in our own 25 years plus interest in UFOs and their literature: that as one’s interest in UFOs deepens, one is led into other fascinating areas of study through the study of Ufolit. To adopt a truly panoramic understanding of flying saucers, one must study such allied areas as Astroarchaeology, Astronomy, History, Mythology, Parapsychology and Religion. Through Ufolit, one’s personal vision can expand in many ways, and the entire course of one’s life may be changed—for the better.” (, “Never Cease from Exploration…,” June 2013)


The Anomaly Archives recently received a donation of 80 boxes of approximately 1,300 titles from his widow, Monica A. Williams-Girard. Among the yet to be cataloged works are books covering topics ranging from UFOs to Atlantis, El Dorado to Ancient Astronauts, Ancient Britain, the Celts and Stonehenge, Pre-Columbian America to Ancient America, Lost Civilizations and Inner Earth Mythology, Alchemy and the Occult, Gnosticism and the Dead Sea Scrolls, Apocrypha and Hermetica, Crystal Skulls, Greek and Roman Classics, World History and the History of Christianity, Minerals and Gemstones, Radio to Railroads, to Hitler and the Nazis.

saucers-speak-george-hunt-williamsonThere are a number of rare editions of classic flying saucer contactee books, several autographed by their authors. Bob had a special interest in the Contactees and at one time came into possession of George Hunt Williamson’s personal files, most of which were later sold to researcher Michael Swords for archival preservation. Bob’s interest in the Contactees went so far that he published “a reproduction of fifties contactee Truman Bethurum’s own scrapbook” (Ignacio Darnaude). We’ve just scratched the surface of his donated collection and I’m very excited to catalog these invaluable pieces of Fortean / Ufological history.

Did you know Bob?

I didn’t know Bob personally but had interacted with him on a business level in the mid 1990s when I briefly published my own print zine which he sold through his service. My zine wouldn’t have reached as many people as it did if not for him. This is an important aspect of his relevance to the history of our search for knowledge about these strange phenomena: Bob Girard played a critical role in helping people worldwide connect with each other through his network of clients and his publicizing each of their individual localized efforts at Do-It-Yourself research and publishing.

elfis-issue-01-summer-1994-cover-231x300Bob Girard reviewed, bought, and sold the many different esoteric self-published zines that were, in a sense, the precursors to the explosion of alternative media websites populating the internet in the late 1990s. These DIY zines were emerging from the handmade photocopier Samizdat screeds of the 1980s and becoming increasingly well-produced with the advent of easily accessible desktop publishing software. Zines like your own Steamshovel Press (which Bob said, “feed that dark feeling in the pit of your gut”), Wes Nations’ Crash Collusion, and so many others, helped propel these topics from the printed page into the internet age.

scott-corrales-chupacabras-diaries-19960001Scott Corrales of Inexplicata and the Institute of Hispanic Ufology says that Bob helped him distribute his earliest books on the chupacabras and that his “encouragement made possible the distribution of our initial publication, Samizdat (1992-1998).” UFO and paranormal author and researcher Kenneth W. Behrendt says in one of his books (The New Science of the UFO) that he “was fortunate to obtain the help of” Bob’s book service which led him to publish his own quarterly UFO research journal called AURA (Annals of Ufological Research Advances) that was sold exclusively through Arcturus.

Within one of the few boxes of donated materials that I have unpacked I came across an 1986 issue of Critique (A Journal of Conspiracies & Metaphysics) in which the magazine’s publisher included a promotional sheet with a personal note stating, “how about an ad exchange … haven’t seen a catalog in a while” which provides a typical example of the kind of networking and supportiveness in which Bob frequently engaged.

The Arcturus Books “weirdness by mail” service, in my opinion, was a definite facilitator for the rise in popularity of UFO and paranormal websites as the world-wide-web became increasingly accessible. Unfortunately, Bob was either unable or unwilling to adapt quickly enough to the changing digital landscape to successfully transition from the snail-mail world to that of the monolithic online sales giants like Amazon; though he did try.

How did you come into possession of his archive?

tom-deuley-2014-mufon-conf-01Retired Naval Officer, former NSA employee, and 25-year MUFON board member Tom Deuley acted as both mediator and facilitator of this donation to the Anomaly Archives including his personally paying for the shipping costs of moving the 80 boxes from Port St. Lucie, Florida to Austin, Texas. The source of funding for the collection was arranged through the UFO Research Coalition which is made up of CUFOS (Center for UFO Studies), FUFOR (Fund for UFO Research), and MUFON (Mutual UFO Network). FUFOR arranged the funding for the URC and Tom hopes to have MUFON continue requesting funds for the upkeep of the collection.

The Girard Collection is the latest and greatest donation of a personal book collection acquired by the Anomaly Archives. Some of our past collection donations have included books and paper files of:

  • crash-collusion-ebay-imagesCentral Texas Fortean journalist and publisher Dennis Stacy (past writer for OMNI Magazine and editor of the MUFON UFO Journal and publisher of Anomalist Books)
  • Austin counter-cultural zine publisher Wes Nations of Crash Collusion magazine (now at
  • Local political activist Mike Hanson (author of Bohemian Grove: Cult of Conspiracy who accompanied Alex Jones into the grove)
  • Occult UFO researcher John Carter (author of Sex & Rockets: The Occult World of Jack Parsons)

… as well as the Founder of the San Antonio Parapsychological Association, a local respected past-life regression therapist, and many more.

We hope that other researchers, authors, and knowledge seekers will consider donating their personal collections of books and paper files to the Anomaly Archives. There are too many collections which have already been lost to the mists of time.

What are your plans to make it researcher accessible?

First we’ll be cataloging the donated collection and processing the materials for public access and display within the Anomaly Archives physical location in Northwest Austin, Texas. The resulting catalog and relevant finding aids will be posted on our website, for all to see.

We currently have very limited public hours of operation but all of his materials will be available soon to view in-house. Researchers interested in perusing this or any of our collections are encouraged to email us at <>

We are developing several different plans for how best to utilize his collection, with an appreciation of his perspectives on the UFO phenomenon, as public awareness tools. So much of what he was interested in touches upon the many popular memes found within the wide array of UFO related esoteric themes (Atlantis and other ancient human civilizations, theories about ancient astronauts and alien abductions, etc.) that we are certain people of all paranormal stripes will find import in his legacy.

See also: Clas Svahn’s farewell to Bob Girard

Photo Credits: Clas Svahn / AFU

Bob Girard (1942-2011)


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UFOs meet the DMCA via an unlikely source —

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For those following the wave of media attention regarding John Greenwald’s recently publicized Blue Book files housed at his Black Vault website…

The DMCA has been the subject of controversy since it was passed, being used and, in many cases, misused to try and take down content. Now we encounter what may just be the strangest example of misuse. Alien visitors, or at least the investigation of their possible existence, have run up against genealogy website Talk about strange encounters!

The behemoth of the genealogy industry is strong-arming The Black Vault to take down records that are in the public domain. On the surface this may seem like a laughable claim, but the company is actually serious about it.

According to John Greenwald who runs The Black Vault, “It is with great frustration to announce, that, and their subsidiary Fold3, has laid down a claim to copyright on the Project Blue Book material — which has long been labeled as “public domain” by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). is claiming ownership to the digital version of this material — despite me having records that Fold3 doesn’t even have in their archive and I received under the FOIA starting back in 1996.  They simply claimed it was 100 percent theirs and I was forced to remove it”.

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Meanwhile … Blue Book files are still available at


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Interplanetary Parliament of UFOs and … Soviet Nuclear Mishaps?

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Mark OC on UFO Contactees and Nuclear Accidents …


Dr. George King and his band of merry followers.

One disaster story in particular stands out. It’s the story of a catastrophe at the Mayak nuclear fuel factory (formerly known as Chelyabinsk-40) near Kyshtym in Russia , something the author describes this way: “It may go down in history as the worst release of radioactive fission products to have occurred…” 

Ever heard of it? Probably not. The KGB kept such a tight lid of secrecy over the accident that for many years no one even knew when it happened. Sometime between 1954 and 1961 was the best guess anyone could come up with. The CIA knew something bad had happened in the USSR, even if they didn’t know what or when, so they sent a pilot named Gary Powers over to Russia in a U-2 spy plane to take a look. That didn’t go too well for Mr. Powers or the CIA.

Believe it or not, this is where UFOs enter the story.

The first inkling anyone had that a nuclear accident had occurred in the USSR came about in the June, 1958 newsletter of a UFO group called “The Aetherius Society.” For reasons that should be abundantly clear, I find myself unable to adequately describe to you just what The Aetherius Society is, so I’ll quote from their website:

“The Society was founded in the mid-1950s by an Englishman named George King shortly after he was contacted in London by an extraterrestrial intelligence known as ‘Aetherius’. The main body of the Society’s teachings consists of the wisdom given through the mediumship of Dr King by the Master Aetherius and other advanced intelligences from this world and beyond.”

This Aetherius fellow had a much better view of the USSR than did Gary Powers, and in April, 1958, he sent the following telepathic message to Dr. King:

“Owing to an atomic accident just recently in the USSR, a great amount of radioactivity in the shape of radioactive iodine, strontium 90, radioactive nitrogen and radioactive sodium have been released into the atmosphere of Terra.”

The article went to state that “all forms of reception from Interplanetary sources will become a little more difficult during the next few weeks because of the foolish actions of Russia.” The “Interplanetary Parliament,” it continued, would have to use an enormous amount of energy to clean up the mess, although they claimed to have saved 17,000,000 souls…

Inexplicably, the next anyone knew of the nuclear accident was in 1976, when an exiled Soviet biologist wrote about it in New Scientist magazine. Over time, more information leaked, and it was learned that “careless storage of radioactive wastes at Chelyabinsk-40 had resulted in massive destruction.” Mahaffey describes the explosion as “the world’s first ‘dirty bomb.’”

It’s a great story, but there’s a huge, gaping hole in the middle of it: No one seems to know how in hell “Atherius” knew about it in 1958. I can’t figure out why, but author Mahaffey never pursues the question; he just lets it hang there…

Read the rest here:

High Strangeness: The Interplanetary Parliament of UFOs.


High Strangeness: The Interplanetary Parliament of UFOs.

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A Mind-Altering Mysterious Woman

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Interesting article by Nick Redfern on a story related by John Keel… was this a case of a scopolamine type drug (known as “Devil’s Breath” in Columbia from the Borrachero tree) being used to make someone do something against their will? borrachero-tree-devils-breath-scopolamine-300x225

Mention the name of John Keel to anyone with an interest in UFOs, cryptozoology, and the paranormal, and doing so will likely provoke imagery of Keel’s research into two areas he was particularly known for investigating: (a) Mothman and (b) the Men in Black.

There is, however, one case that Keel only briefly touched upon in his all-time classic, The Mothman Prophecies, but which is of such genuine high-strangeness that it is definitely worthy of further study and commentary. It was a story that surfaced in late October 1971, and reached the eyes and ears of the United States’ media. This was hardly surprising since  – in a curious fashion – it involved none other than President Richard Nixon.

The story – which Keel presents in his book, in verbatim form from a newspaper article – revolves around a woman named Shirley Cromartie. She was a mother of three, who – the press revealed – held a security clearance in the Florida White House and who found herself plunged into a profoundly strange situation.

The media began, on October 23, 1971: “A part-time housekeeper at President Nixon’s Key Biscayne retreat has testified she was put in a hypnotic daze by a stranger who told her to shoplift four dresses.”

The press continued that Mrs. Cromartie “…pleaded no contest Thursday and was given a suspended sentence after law enforcement officers and a psychiatrist testified they believed she was telling the truth. Mrs. Cromartie holds a security clearance to work in the Florida White House, according to testimony.”

Read the entire article at Mysterious Universe:

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