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...Today we're diving into a subject I find to be criminally unexplored in the conspiracy community: John "Jack" Whiteside Parsons. For those of you who aren't familiar with Mr. Parsons, he was an experimental rocket scientist whose work helped the United States win wars and reach the moon. He also performed black magic rituals with L. Ron Hubbard, declared himself to be the Antichrist and masturbated onto "magical" tablets in hopes of creating a "Moon Child" fit to live in outer space that would destroy and rebuild the world as we know it.
Dr. Egon Spengler: The architect's name was Evo Shandor. I found it in Tobin's Spirit Guide. He was also a doctor, performed a lot of unnecessary surgery. And then in 1920, he started a secret society...
Dr. Peter Venkman: Let me guess: Gozer worshippers.
Dr. Egon Spengler: Right.
Dr. Peter Venkman: [to Ray] No studying.
Dr. Egon Spengler: After the First World War, Shandor decided that society was too sick to survive.
[He pauses, glancing nervously around at the holding cell crowd]
Dr. Egon Spengler: And he wasn't alone, he had close to a thousand followers when he died. They conducted rituals up on the roof. Bizarre rituals, intended to bring about the *end of the world*, and now it looks like it might actually happen.
Dr. Peter Venkman: So be good, for goodness' sake! Whoa, somebody's coming...-
reply to post by Aleister
Norman Klein is an author and L.A. historian whose work is very related to memory, imagination and alternate histories (check out his new project at imaginarytwentiethcentury.com...). Our discussion was much more about Parsons' place in the popular imagination, hopefully the second segment (which features him more heavily) will provide a bit more context.
Notheycant I'm really interested to hear what everyone has to say!
This guy is intriguing.
Good video josh. Looking forward to knowing more about this.
So he was doing rituals trying to bring demonic entities here? His sexual antics are rather strange. Whatever floats your boat I guess.
reply to post by Aleister
Says you, Aleister,
I think that Jack's heart was ripped out, but he was between a rock and a hard place because of his "commitment" to Thelema, so the best he could do is run out to the desert and hurl imaginary mystical firebolts at L. Ron.
I don't think things worked out for Jack at all, even Crowley began to distance himself from him. It was a bad scene in Pasadena, and it has never, ever been made right.
"About J.W.P. - all that I can say is that I am very sorry - I feel sure that he had fine ideas, but he was led astray firstly by Smith, then he was robbed of his last penny by a confidence man named Hubbard ... I have no further interest in Jack and his adventures; he is just a weak-minded fool, and must go to the devil in his own way..."