During my research into the 1970's contactee Valerie Ransone (see
) I came across a reference to her being one of Dr Andrija
Puharich's "space kids." Intrigued by this reference I put the words "space kids" and "Puharich" into a search engine. There were numerous
hits, but mainly along the same lines.
"In the summer of 1975, Puharich assembled around twenty children from the ages of nine to late teens called the "Gellerlings" or "space kids."
The material you will find on opening the various sites seems to all lead back to one short biographical entry on Puharich. I set out to see if I
could try down some more original source.
My search for better material on Puharich's "space kids" started with Uri Geller's book "My Story" published by Corgi books in London in 1977.
ISBN 0552-10391-8. It is Uri Geller's own account of his life. Puharich played a part in Geller's story.
"August 17th 1971, was an important day in my life. Dr Andrija Puharich arrived from the United States." (p.205.) Puharich later rented an apartment
in Israel in November 1971, in order to study Uri Geller. "Andrija told me he planned to take the results of these preliminary tests back to America,
and also to England, to see what support and interest he could find for deeper research." (p.208.) Puharich hypnotised Geller, and the taped session
revealed that "the energies" were coming from a spacecraft, which it even gave a name 'spectra.'" (p.213.)
Puharich got "...the Stanford Research Institute interested in setting up a program to test the powers under strict laboratory conditions." (p.226.)
Geller went to the USA in August 1972 for some tests with Edgar Mitchell, Professsor Gerald Feinberg, and Dr Wilbur Franklin. He then returned in
November, 1972 to stay at Puharich's in Ossining, in New York state; then went for testing at SRI in California. Geller rejoined Puharich in Ossining
in December 1972. Later Geller wrote: "I was getting restless living at Puharich's place out in Ossining, even though it was beautiful." (p.249.)
He moved to New York.
So, despite involvement with Puharich between August 1971 and early 1973, Geller's book has no hint of any "space kids."
I then turned to my copy of Jacques Vallee's "Forbidden Science-volume two" as it documents the era 1970-1979, and Vallee knew Puharich.
The first mention of Puharich was on page 164. On 12 November 1972, Vallee went to SRI and while there saw "Hal and Russell arrive in the company of
Geller, new age researcher Andrija Puharich and their entourage..." (p.164.) The nest firsthand mention was on 26 January 1974. "I had dinner with
Puharich, Arthur Young, Tom Bearden and Ira Einhorn..." (p.231.) Vallee relates Puharich's account of Uri Geller. Also, in 1974, on 24 July 1974
"John Whitmore ("Sir John") also called today. He's working with Puharich in his post-Uri period. (p.260.)
I couldn't find any more entries re Puharich until 2 April 1976. "Lunch in Woodside with Puharich and Hurtak. Andrija, more excited than ever,
claimed he was getting coded extraterrestrial messages on his watch..." (p.330.) On 22 July 1976. "On Monday I had lunch with Sir John Whitmore who
spoke of his adventures with Andrija Puharich and medium Phyllis Schlemmer..." (p.345.) 25 January 1978. "We went on to discuss Puharich. Bill,
who'd published his book Uri, asked me what I frankly thought of him. "Andrija puzzles me," I said, telling of the bizzare episode when he was
receiving coded messages in Hebrew on his wrist watch. "Well, his latest manuscript is a disaster, long extracts of wishy-washy messages from Hoova
and Spectra, a total mess." (p.415.)
26 January 1978. Talking to Ira Einhorn "Puharich's name came up." "We haven't spoken to each other in a while", Ira said. "We had a falling
out. Andrija's gone nuts, but the phenomena around him are real."" (p.415.) 19 May 1978. "...I met with Ira Einhorn...We spent several hours
discussing Bob Beck, Puharich and Valerie Ransone...Ira told me that Valerie and Puharich had gone over to see Beck in March or April 1977..."
9 July 1978. "Wes Thomas was waiting for me at Kennedy. He spoke about Valerie...Wes introduced her to Puharich two years ago. She spent several
months with him, exploring every site where ELF research was going on. This particular topic of estremely low frequency seems to fascinate her...I
think Puharich convinced her that she was a contactee," said Wes, "I'd never heard her mention it before she met him." (p.432.)
14 November 1978. Speaking of Ira. "I tried without success to get Ira to tell me what he knew about the firebombing of Puharich's house." (p.442.)
So, Vallee's book contains no references to puharich's "space kids" even though the book covers the period 1970-1979.
I next tracked down a copy of a book titled "Briefing for the Landing on Planet Earth" by Stuart Holroyd. Published in 1979 by Corgi (originally
published in 1977 by W H Allen). London. ISBN 0 552 10997 5, it is all about another era in Puharich's life. In January 1975 Holroyd visited Sir John
Whitmore at his residence in Ossining, New York State in the USA. The meeting turned out to be at the house of Puharich also living in Ossining. The
source behind the Andrija/Geller messages now preferred to use human 'channels.' Eventually Holroyd came to write his book documenting these
extraterrestrial communications. The book tells the story of the work that Puharich and Whitmore undertook with Phyllis Virtue Schlemmer. Phyllis
being the human 'channel' which the extraterrestrials used to convey their messages. Phyllis worked at the Psychic Center of Florida, where she
established "...a school for the development of psychic faculties..." (p.43.)
In the communications...there were two distinct human channels, Bobby and Phyllis, and three different communicators who identified themselves as
Corean, Ryr and Tom. (p.99.) Communications went on throughout 1974 into early 1975. However, page 312 of the book suggests the work of the trio
carried on into January 1977.
Again, despite the book covering the period 1974 to 1977, there is no mention of any "space kids."
Finally I found a reference to "space kids" in a book written by one of Puharich's wives, namely H G M Herman. The book, published in 1998 was
titled "Memories of a Maverick." "A series of events that had taken place in May 1975 made him decide to start a program with children...While in
England he'd met several children who could bend spoons, blades or pocketknives and keys..he took the kids to Glastonbury Tor...This experience with
the kids was the first time that Andrija thought about a program for children...The second time occurred two weeks later in Mexico." (pp130-131.)
Puharich went to Mexico at the request of a Mexican TV station, and as a result of his visit "...three boys, Jaime, Jonathan and Octavio were so
impressive that he decided to invite them to Ossining for a summer program. " (p.131.)
In July 1975 Puharich wrote to Hermans that "I am now turning my attention to healing work, and work with children. I started an experimental school.
The 9 "space kids" are all here. " (p.132.) Hermans' own 14 year old son, Andy, was also at Ossining. "All the kids lived by themselves at the
"Turkey Farm", a house on the estate and maintained a strict daily routine of meditation, dream telling sessions, hobby time workouts and swimming.
They took turns cleaning the house and do the cooking. Either Andrija or somebody else would give talks on the hazards of drugs or smoking..."
(p.132.) Her son Andy "...never told me what it meant to be a "space kid" until recently. If he had told me then that each kid was hypnotized in
order to go back to his "parent civilization" I would probably have flipped and kept him home." (p132.) "According to Andy, most of the kids
present came from another planet. They had voluntarily returned to planet earth to help in the raising of human conscousness..." (pp132-133.)
"That's why daddy set up the progrram," Andy told me "to remind the kids of their mission in life..." (p.133.) "The program with the kids lasted
until the end of August, but all through 1975 and 1976, young people from all over the world kept coming to Ossining." (p.133.)
As an aside, the only mention of Valerie Ransone came from Vallee's work. She was never mentioned in Geller's book, Holroyd's book or Herman's
Has anyone here on ATS come across any other material on these "space kids?"