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Week of March 8th, 2016
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March 8th, 2016 - With so many explorers taking the final journey lately, it can be difficult just continuing. I'm so thankful for all the friends and family I have who are still here with me, with us, as we continue moving forward through spacetime.

This week's newsletter was particularly difficult... I've been meaning for some time to mention the passing last year of "Texas ParaCryptozoologist" Rob Riggs. I'd known him since late 2001, early 2002, after I became aware of his book In the Big Thicket: On the Trail of the Wild Man. We went on an overnight expedition together into the wilds along the Sabine River with fellow Texas bigfoot seeker, Chester Moore. I'd see Rob speak of his alternative perspectives at various Texas Bigfoot conferences and host him and friends in my living room, interviewing him for a feature article in the Austin Para Times newspaper I was editing. When Rob was managing the local Natural Awakenings magazine, he sponsored the Anomaly Archives' biggest ever event, the Texas Ghost Lights Conference featuring me as Master of Ceremonies, plus speakers including Rob, Nick Redfern, Paul Devereux, and James Bunnell. The last time I saw Rob was at his July 2014 presentation to the Anomaly Archives. Then last November, I got word that he'd passed away. I was asked to speak at his memorial and I did. I told his friends and family about my experiences with him, about how his research was received by fellow bigfoot seekers, told them about his support of the Anomaly Archives and about our strange experience on the Sabine River with Chester Moore. I also heard many wonderful stories from his numerous friends and spiritual seekers. It was a truly moving memorial for a man who dared to ask about possibilities. You can read more about him and his legacy at the links below. At that link you can also find photos of the the text of his last book, Bigfoot: Exploring the Myth & Discovering the Truth, for pages 100-103 wherein Rob relates the trip we took on the Sabine River with Chester… when the engine synchronistically cut-out after repeated mentioning of ‘El Diablo.’

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Sadly, Rob was but one of many losses to the Cryptozoology Community this past year or so. You can find many excellent memorials to those other fine researchers as chronicled by researcher Loren Coleman at his CryptoZooNews and Twilight Language websites in our "Leaving a Legacy" section below.

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SouthPop.org

Meanwhile, there has been yet another passing of someone whom I and others found inspirational, right here in Austin, Texas: local artist and "Unofficial Mayor of South Austin" Henry Gonzalez. I met Henry and his wife Leea several years ago when my then girlfriend (now my wife) was working with them on the non-profit that they had founded. South Pop (South Austin Popular Culture Center) "collects, conserves, and exhibits vintage posters and live music ephemera from the 1960s through today to educate future generations on the rich and unique culture that makes Austin the Live Music Capital of the World." In 2010 I became better friends with Henry and Leea as they helped me host a fun science-fiction pop-culture film-series outdoors at the South Pop facility on South Lamar. We launched the Summer Flying Saucer Cinema Series 2010, projecting such SciFi classics as Quatermass & the Pit, aka Five Million Years to Earth!, Invaders from Mars, and Starship Invasions. Henry lived an amazing and inspirational life. "Primarily known for his murals and outdoor art installations... he was part of the Armadillo Art Squad at the legendary Armadillo World Headquarter... spent time as the stage manager for the Austin Opera House and for the AFM free concert series... [and] on the road with touring bands" [including on Stevie Ray Vaughan's final tour]. Portrait of Henry Gonzales by Kerry Awn

Just as we've been chronicling the passing of giants in our field of study, so too had Henry Gonzalez been chronicling the passing of Austin's giants in the fields of art, music, and popular culture. One of his many achievements was "maintaining a vast altar to Austin's departed musicians and artists. No one deserves placement on that wall more than Henry Gonzalez."

You can read more about Henry in the "Leaving a Legacy" section below, online at our Anomaly Archives page, and in this article (Playback: The Mayor’s Plan to Save Austin Music Mayor – Steve Adler addresses the elephant in the club, Susan Antone honored, and Henry Gonzalez goes to the head of the Austin poster artist altar) by Kevin Curtin, in the March 4th edition of the Austin Chronicle (Volume 35, Number 27 - e-edition | pdf).

[Portrait of Henry Gonzales by Kerry Awn]

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In lieu of our usual Book-of-the-Week, we've got a brief article by researcher Scott Corralles reflecting on his interactions with rare book seller and independent publisher Bob Girard. Scott is the editor of Inexplicata – The Journal of Hispanic Ufology and corresponded with Bob for several years. After you read Scott's article you can read other past memorials and reflections about Mr. Girard at our Anomaly Archives website including our Bob Girard Collection page, searchable Catalog, Clas Svahn’s farewell to Bob Girard, and The Legacy of Bob Girard – An Interview with SMiles Lewis.

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As with each issue of our weekly newsletter, we have a wealth of News Headlines from around the globe.

Among those which particularly caught our attention and imagination this week were yet another in a long series of "strange" teaching exercises that have been enacted repeatedly at schools in England. In my 2013 lecture, The Fantastic Facts About UFOs, Altered States of Consciousness, and Mind-at-Large - UFOs & Consciousness: Part Two, I mentioned that there had been at least nine such events like this between 2008 and 2013 in which the Department for Children, Schools and Families had employed staged scenarios involving UFO crashes, alien abductions of teachers, a bloody crime scene, and even a terrifying World War 3 simulation involving sirens, videos of global catastrophe, and fireworks. Well they are at it again... check out the link in the Headlines section below.


Meanwhile, a recent article from RoadTrippers.com highlights the "hidden gems" at the Capitol Reef National Park. This reminded me of the last "Kook Out" that my friends and fellow para-seekers, writers, and researchers from the old 1990s zine scene went on back in 2003. We converged in Capitol Reef National Park and had a wonderful time hiking and sight-seeing. As always with these gatherings, we told weird stories around the campfire and enjoyed each others' company. In the spirit of that trip I include a picture of myself below in which I am posing in front of one of the barricaded uranium mines, complete with radioactive warning sign.

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Remembering those who've inspired us...

Henry Gonzalez (Austin Artist) -

"Quien con la esperanza vive, alegre muere.
He who lives with hope dies happy.

With much sadness in our hearts we mourn the passing of SouthPop founder and father, Henry Gonzalez. The unoffical mayor of South Austin, Henry was the keeper and sharer of the stories that make Austin great. His artwork stands as a testament to his creativity, ingenuity, vibrant spirit, and colorful personality. But all the words in the world cannot illustrate his light and enthusiasm." 
- SouthPop.org

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Charles Robert Riggs (Para-Cryptozoology Researcher)

"Rob authored In the Big Thicket: On the Trail of the Wild Man, published by Paraview Press in 2001. I worked with editor Patrick Huyghe and Rob, proofreading, helping out, and reviewing Rob’s book. My review talked of how much I admired his work. I wrote: ”Rob Riggs’s new book takes the reader on a wild tour through one of America’s weirdest wonderlands. Riggs has produced a great collection on such mysterious Texan wonders as the Marfa and Bragg Road ghost lights, and the Big Thicket’s Wild Man, including one delightfully named Ol’ Mossyback. A shamanistic journey.”
 
Rob also co-wrote Weird Texas (with Wesley Treat and Heather Shade) published by Sterling Press, in 2005, and Bigfoot: Exploring the Myth & Discovering the Truth (with Tom Burnette) from Llewellyn Publications, in 2014."

- Author, Friend, Bigfooter Rob Riggs Dies by Loren Coleman / CryptoZooNews.com

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Chronicling Cryptozoological Legacies...
Loren Coleman, The International Cryptozoology Museum & CryptoZooNews.com

"Loren Coleman’s special appreciation of his fellow cryptozoologists and hominologists has made him the source of biographical insights, and his obituaries and living commentaries on the leaders of the field have been published widely. National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” for example, called on Coleman to speak in tribute of Dr. Grover Krantz who died on Valentine’s Day, 2002."

Recent coverage of Para-Cryptozoo-Passings...
Scott Corrales on Bob Girard

It was hard to miss the ads for Arcturus Books in the early days, when I took my first steps into the pool of ufology. Overwhelmed with information as I was, I never thought to contact them or get a copy of their catalogue: magazines, ‘zines, newsletters and bulletin board postings (remember the long-gone days of BBS?) provided a dizzying mix of information where abduction claims, tales of underground bases and straight-out conspiracy theory shared the cramped pages like passengers on a subway train during rush hour.

It was much later that Joan Jeffers – a devoted Pennsylvanian researcher of UFO and related phenomena – told me to get a hold of Bob Girard, saying he could find any book or periodical I might remember from the early days of sauceriana, or even material from other countries. Oddly enough, I was sort of in touch with Bob already. His former partner, the late Ron Bonds, had set up Illuminet Press expressing an interest in publishing my translation of Salvador Freixedo’s “Visionaries, mystics and contactees”, a great introduction to the Spanish Jesuit’s vast body of work on the paranormal. Bob’s wife Monica provided the cover art for the project, so when I picked up the phone to call Arcturus, no introduction was really necessary.


Read the rest... at the
Anomaly Archives website.

Scott Corrales is the editor of
Inexplicata – The Journal of Hispanic Ufology


Photo of Bob Girard – Credit: Clas Svahn / AFU
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Headlines
Here are some headlines of note for this week:
[NOTE: Inclusion of news & event info is purely informational
and does not indicate endorsement.]


See also... other spotlighted news & event links below!
 
2016 SWAMP-GAS UFO CONFERENCE
Saturday, March 19th

Ann Arbor Wyndham Garden Hotel

Presented by... 
Michigan MUFON

"Commemorating the 50th anniversary of Michigan’s historic UFO flap that prompted the USAF to infamously declare that what hundreds of credible witnesses were reporting at that time was nothing but swamp gas."

Click here for more about the infamous 1966 sightings!

Source: 2016 Swamp Gas UFO Conference – Home

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Anomaly Archives
Monthly Public Meetings

 
Monthly discussion on the latest news and research into the fields of inquiry covered within our anomalous collections including: UFOs and Ufology, Consciousness, Parapsychology, Fortean and Paranormal Phenomena, Cryptozoology, Parapolitics and Conspiracy, Human Potential … and MORE!

The Anomaly Archives holds monthly meetings (usually) on the Fourth Saturday of each month. Contact SMiles Lewis or Mark Muecke via email for updates. The meetings are FREE (Donations Welcomed!) and held from 1-3pm at the INACS / Anomaly Archives headquarters located in North West Austin. (Map)
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Arkansas Bigfoot Conference

APES:
Arkansas Primate Evidence Society
Saturday April 23rd

Vilonia Arkansas Municipal Building at 18 Bise Road. The cost is $10 for the day (9am to 6 pm) and you get your tickets at the door that day.
 
Event Page...
Contactee
Charles Hall

San Antonio
Hilton Garden Inn

Thursday April 28th

Charles Hall claims many up close & personal contacts with extraterrestrial beings he calls “The Tall Whites” when he was stationed at an AFB in Nevada between 1965 and 1967.   
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