Truman Bethurum was another of well known 1950s contactees and had discussed his
experiences with George Adamski. Bethurum was born in Gavalin, California, and in the early 1950s worked as both a mechanic and also as a spiritual
advisor. In 1953 Bethurum first published stories in of his repeated contacts with the crew of a landed space ship. According to his story he often
conversed with an alien he described as, the voluptuous female captain, Aura Rhanes.
The aliens came from the unknown planet Clarion, on the other side of the moon, permanently remaining out of sight from Earth!
His 1954 book, “Aboard a Flying Saucer”, gave many details of Bethurum's suffering at the hands of non-believers and a great deal of information
about Clarion and its people. ‘Aboard a Flying Saucer’, also explained how, in late July of 1952, he had met several male space travellers and
talked with Spaceship Captain Aura Rhanes. He was allowed inside this space-woman's saucer on his very first meeting with her.
In his public speeches Bethurum often jokingly declared he had been so smitten with the beautiful and sexy Captain Rhanes that his wife divorced him
out of jealousy! Maybe it was because he had managed to get inside her saucer after such a short time?
Daniel. W. Fry
Fry declared how he had met and talked with ‘A-Lan’, a human-appearing
spaceman, in his 1954 book, ‘The White Sands Incident’. They had colonized Mars after fleeing catastrophe on Earth and were surviving aboard
huge space ships. Fry’s meeting, according to his book, occurred on July 4th, 1950. That was until Fry later, realizing he was not at White Sands
during the July 4th holiday, revised the meeting to an earlier date in 1949 whenever he spoke about it afterwards.
A-lan also shared his wisdom telepathically with Fry to become the leader of a religious cult, called ‘Understanding’. He was also given a ride in
the saucer to New York City.
Like most of the early contactees, Fry claimed to have various academic
qualifications which existed only in his mind. Fry also published a few other books. One was called ‘Men of Earth’ around 1953. Coincidentally
this was a science fiction novel that features a major character called A-Lan.
‘The White Sands Incident’ is still in print, and still gives his meeting with A-lan dated as July 4th 1950.
Aah Buck Nelson!
His claims as a Contactee go back to 1954 when he was just 60 years of age. Buck had been a cowboy out west in his younger days and was a mildly
cross-eyed, bib wearing farmer. Nelson later became a local celebrity after his encounter with spaceships seen over his 80 acre farm in Ozark
As Buck would recite, one night in April 1954, the radio was going crazy. His dog began to bark frantically and Buck ran out to see what was going on.
In the sky were three discs hovering. He shined his flashlight at them only to be struck by a beam of light “hotter and brighter than the sun”.
Miraculously the beam of light cured his back problem and his deteriorating eyesight.
Buck grabbed his camera and took three pictures of which only one came out
(pictured). That night he did not encounter the occupant s of the disc.
"It was the second or third time before they came out” in March 1955 according to Buck because they knew “he would not shoot them down”. Aboard
the craft were three crew members. Bucky a 19 year old American with a Scandinavian accent, an alien spaceman called Bob Solomon who, despite being
200 years old, looked the same age as Bucky to Nelson. (Perhaps the rejuvenating effects of the beam of light on Nelson’s eyesight were now wearing
The third was an old and wrinkled “Extraterristial” with no name. Oh! and a 400lb dog named Bo was aboard as well.
Buck was invited aboard and travelled to Mars, the Moon and Venus with these spacemen and their near half-ton dog Bo? For a number of years in the mid
1950s to the early 1960s he held an annual conference on his farm on the last weekend of June to tell his tales of his adventures in space with Bucky,
Bob, the nameless spaceman and Bo.
Eventually he seems to have wound up in California, but there is no record of him attending George Van Tassel's conventions at Giant Rock.
Buck’s book is rather hard to find these days. The bloke at the local second
bookshop went almost as cross-eyed as Buck when I enquired. If he had a copy he wasn’t letting on about it.
For further information, and an amusing read at that, please take a peek at Kandinsky’s wonderful thread on Buck Nelson.
Buck Nelson - 1st Man on
To hear the great man speak himself (Buck that is - no offence Kandinsky!) then Faded Discs have archived it here :
Buck Nelson, Trips into Outer Space, 1956 (approx 7.2 mb -31 min of audio)
Howard Menger claimed to have been a being from Saturn in a previous life. His
followers would gather at his New Jersey farm to see strange lights and humanoid figures. After releasing a book,’ From Outer Space to You’ in
1959, and a record album, ‘Music from Another Planet’, Menger would virtually retract his story, vaguely muttering about a CIA experiment.
Menger also admitted that he had worked for the CIA, and that his story was part of an experiment to test public reactions to the idea of
extraterrestrial contact. So in effect Menger’s story was all a CIA experiment to see how easily and who specifically could be fooled into believing
But then in the late 1980s he changed his story again and promoted his latest cosmic adventures with yet another book.
Which brings us on to.....