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The Allende Letters And the VARO Edition of the Case For the UFO Paperback – November 2, 2007
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"The Case For The UFO was one of the first books I ever read on the subject of UFO. Some of its contents was very freightening. But nothing could compare to the weirdness offered by the annotated Allende edition. Its an honor to be able to present this work in all its complexity after all these years." --Tim Beckley/ConspiracyJournal.com
UFOs & Allende If, like me and Greg, you are a fan of old-time Ufology and that long-gone era when (A) UFOs really were shaped like Flying Saucers; (B) long-haired space-beings with entertainingly-stupid names and from far-off galaxies demanded we disarm our nukes, stole our soil and stopped the engines on our cars; (C) there existed a UFO research group - NICAP - that actually achieved things, beyond the bickering and name-calling that typifies much of today s scene; and (D) Ufology was actually fun, rather than just deathly serious, pompously self-important, and amusingly ego-driven, then this is a book you are definitely going to want: a very-welcome reprint of a decidedly strange book that has become legendary in ufological circles: The Allende Letters and the VARO Edition of The Case for the UFOs. For those who may not be aware of the full story (or even part of it), here, below in italics, is the publisher s burb for the book. I may not have lived through the 50s, but when it comes to Ufology at least, I kind of wish I did. Sometimes. Mind you, if I did I d either be old or dead by now, so perhaps not... DID THE PUBLICATION OF THIS RARE MANUSCRIPT CAUSE FAMED ASTRONOMER DR MORRIS K. JESSUP TO COMMIT SUICIDE? Or was he murdered because of what he knew? Only a handful of copies were originally printed on an office copier by a private government contractor. NOW AVAILABLE AFTER NEARLY 50 YEARS On the evening of April 20, 1959, an astronomer committed suicide in Dade County Park, FLorida. Inhaling automobile exhaust fumes which he had introduced from the tail pipe through a hose into his station wagon, he died in the same academic obscurity in which he had lived, unheralded and almost unrecognized in his discipline. Ironicallly, the scientists only public recognition had come from lay people, who had read his series of four books about UFOs. Morris Jessup s first book, THE CASE FOR THE UFO, had tended to alienate him from his colleagues. It was a paperback edition of this volume published in 1955 that enmeshed Jessup in one of the most bizarre mysteries in UFO history. An annotated reprint of the paperback was laboriously typed out on offset stencils and printed in a very small run by a Garland, Texas manufacturing company with military ties. Each page was run thrugh the small office duplicator twice, once with blank ink for the regular text of the book, then once again with red ink, the latter reproducing the mysterious annotations by three men, who may have been gypsies, hoaxters or space people living among humankind. The spiral bound volume contained more than 200 pages ane became known as the Annotated Edition. A reprint quickly became legend. A few civilizan UFO enthusiasts claimed to have seen copies, but there were only known to be seventeen in existence one of which Jessup possessed. . . but which mysteriously disappeared after his death. . . never to be seen again. This is a once in a lifetime offered reprint of the Case For The UFO with all the rare notes exactly as presented by these strangers. The big mystery is why the government would go to so much trouble to reprint a book that had been rejected by the scientific community and further to include mysterious letters to the author and even more bizarre annotations. This manuscript is the first to hint at the Philadelphia Experiment, Time Travel and other scientifically oddities. It is a manuscript which has been long searched for because of its quite peculiar nature and its rarity among those in the know. There are some who say this book is among the weirdest ever published on unidentified flying objects. One copy is known to have been sold for $1200. This reprint is but a fraction of the cost.This edition also contains a rare introduction by Gray Barker. --Nick Redfern - UFO Mystic
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This is a controversial book. On one hand, Leonard Stringfield in his May 1955 CRIFO Newsletter said, "Jessup's new book, Case for the UFO is MUST reading! Of note is Jessup's reference to astronomical UFOs." However in the July 1955 issue of Flying Saucer Review, Brinsley le Poer Trench stated it was a controversial book and states, regarding the UFO occupants, "He goes on to explain how these space nomads live off debris in space. Some of his accounts of fish, ice, blood, dead animals and other interesting items dropping from the skies are a little galling. It is humiliating to find our planet being used as a large spatial dustbin."
Jessup mentions the research of Harold Wilkins at one point and it seems to me that he was influenced by Flying Saucers on the Attack: Startling new revelations on the most incredible story of our age!. In addition to accounts of falling live things, strips of flesh, blood, decaying organic matter, dust and mud, sulphur, quartz, ice, etc., there are accounts of historical UFOs and reported incidents of crashed or vanished aircraft where UFOs were thought responsible. The VARO edition has various comments included by several anonymous contributors. On the subject of falling organic matter from the skies, one states that these were the result of food experiments to compensate for the growing population of little men and mutations. The anonymous contributors considered that UFOs were piloted by little men or by "S-Ms", both of whom were to be feared and could be avoided by keeping the mind blank if encountered. If they were encountered, then that was bad news: Jessup recounts various incidents of ship crews vanishing or else being killed mysteriously. He mentions cases of vitrified forts of the UK and France, which he states were vitrified in streaks, "as if special blasts had struck or played upon them". The anonymous contributors state that there was a "great bombardment" in the past, and that there were battles between "Lemurian" and "Muanina" forces in the skies.
Jessup considered that there had been an advanced civilization present on earth in distant times, and describes the mysterious findings at Sacsahuaman in Peru and at Baalbek. He also mentions astronomical findings concerning the moon and solar system, including the controversy over the alleged planet Vulcan and reprints some correspondence between astronomers over an erratic and apparently disclike comet seen in 1881.
On a few occasions the contributors refer to alleged Navy experiments in force-field invisibility from 1943 and to Einstein's Unified Field Theory. As for the "little men", they reportedly had bases undersea on earth. In the introduction, Timothy Green Beckley states how Ivan Sanderson accused him of stealing his original VARO copy of Case for the UFO. The idea that UFO occupants had bases on earth was later developed by Sanderson in his Invisible Residents: The Reality of Underwater UFOs.
Overall, this is a lively, provocative book, one that I imagine fans of the works of Charles Fort will especially appreciate. Jessup later wrote The Expanding Case for the UFO. In a letter to Len Stringfield's CRIFO Orbit newsletter of March 1956 he wrote that he found "some evidence that a colony of some kind appeared on the moon about 1865, when the crater Linne was covered by a white nebulosity about eleven miles in diameter. The number of these white spots has since increased to about 200, and the vigilant British Astronomers call them "Bowler Hats" because of their dome-like shape. Their number has approximately doubled every twenty years since the first one took over a prominent lunar crater." Anyone wishing to learn about controversial findings concerning the surface of the moon would find Jessup's Case, and Expanding Case for the UFO to be of interest.