Reality Checking—Alternate Perceptions Magazine, May 2018
The Passing of Time and the Passing of Friends
by: Brent Raynes
Sometimes, issue after issue, year after year, as I once again sit before my laptop with hands poised above the keyboard, ready to click away and share more personal thoughts, ideas and information that I feel are significant, I nonetheless oft-times get to feeling a little discouraged. I mean, I am quite passionate and sincere about the points and statements produced here, but I must admit that at times its discouraging because I'm essentially pointing out and saying the same things over and over, just finding different points, evidences, and different ways of expressing the same things.
At what point is enough enough?
One of the main things that I have hammered away at over and over again through the years are the interrelated aspects, like the connection between reported UFO close encounters and “contacts” and the paranormal/parapsychological dynamics that frequently emerge in this perplexing pool of data. I've been talking this walk for a really long time and I am reminded at this point of way back in the mid-1970s the walks and talks I had with a ufologist and experiencer in Ohio who complained one day during one of our walking chats how it seemed I couldn't talk about the UFO subject without frequent references to John Keel. But, alas, I couldn't help it. To me, Keel was an amazingly unique pioneer in this field who quickly picked up on significant patterns, potential meanings, and interrelated aspects lurking behind this complex enigma that the vast majority of the mainstream ufologists were unable to discern, much less even half try to consider. For awhile, back around the 1970s, I thought I saw a shift in ufological attitudes beginning to occur, a shift away from rigid “nuts and bolts” ETH (extraterrestrial hypothesis) that was beginning to seriously entertain and consider alternative theories and concepts. But things run in cycles and the pendulum soon swung back to the mainstream's “nuts and bolts” with MJ-12, Roswell, Area 51, Dulce, and today the nuttier “nuts and bolts” stories of a secret US space program and President Obama's alleged teleportation to Mars.
As I've been working on my third UFO book, this one to be entitled “UFOs, Monsters, Miracles and Jadoo: The Man, The Myths, and The Mysteries of John A. Keel,” it has clearly dawned upon me that if hadn't been for Keel, his thought-provoking and original research, investigations, and writings, then my interest in the UFO subject would likely have eventually extinguished itself after a few years. However, as it is, I've been obsessed with this complex and perplexing stuff for over half a century now. I'm afraid I've got a very terminal case of “sauceritis,” as some newspaper writer called it early on, and I think I owe the vast majority of it to John Keel.
I'm sure at this point that I'm in it to the bitter end.
Hopefully our readers will feel that we're making some sort of meaningful and noteworthy contributions with this magazine by presenting both mainstream and alternative sides to the full spectrum of ideas, evidences, and concepts out there (and some are truly “out there”!). Greg Little and I both felt years ago, Alternate Perceptions should touch upon as many unexplained phenomena and mysteries of life as possible. We wanted to sort of model our approach after FATE magazine which for years has given extensive coverage to a full gamut of phenomena, from UFOs, ghosts, “monsters,” Marian apparitions, near-death experiences, out-of-body travel, shamanism, ancient sacred sites, etc., etc.
I love a good mystery, and there seem to be so many to choose from!
Margaret Ross (Left) : Joan Raynes (Right)