Frank Stranges Passes
The Reverend Frank Stranges, author of such contactee classics as Stranger At The Pentagon and Flying Saucerama, has returned to his permanent home with the space brothers, according to an email today from Tim “Mr. UFO” Beckley.
Stranges founded the National Investigations Committee on Unidentified Flying Objects (NICUFO) in 1967, apparently in homage to NICAP, the original civilian UFO group founded in 1956. He may have been piggybacking on NICAP’s strong public image, but we can of course forgive him for that.
Stranges most lasting legacy may be his narrative in Stranger At The Pentagon, the story of Venusian Captain “Valiant Thor.”
Photo taken by August Roberts at one of Howard Menger’s UFO conventions in the early 1960s.
According to Stranges, After Val had met with the president and members of the Joint Chiefs, he had a meeting with Stranges at the Pentagon. Val Thor sounded (and looked) like Michael Rennie’s portrayal of the ufonaut Klaatu in The Day The Earth Stood Still:
Being a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as well as a student of the Bible for many years, coupled with my experience as an special investigator, I felt as though my senses were functioning properly and that I knew exactly what I was about to do. I was on my guard for fakes and frauds. In walked a man, about six feet tall, perhaps 185 pounds, brown wavy hair, brown eyes.
His complexion appeared normal and slightly tanned. As I approached him and he looked at me IT WAS AS THOUGH HE LOOKED STRAIGHT THROUGH ME. With a warm smile and extending his hand, he greeted me by name.
His genuineness astonished me, but quickly I understood. As I gripped his hand, I was somewhat surprised to feel the soft texture of his skin… like that of a baby but with the strength of a man that silently testified to his power and intensity.
Other contactees met their space brothers in deserts, along deserted highways, and in coffee shops. Frank Stranges met Val Thor in the hallowed halls of military power, making him the only contactee to be able to claim the imprimatur of officialdom.
On December 12th of last year, WFMU’s 365 Days Project posted mp3s of Stranges’ only known record album–part of the soundtrack from his 1966 film Phenomena 7.7. I provided some commentary and supplied the recordings and images of the cover. I was privileged to meet Dr. Stranges at the Retro UFO conference last year, where he signed a couple of his books and a copy of the Phenomena 7.7 soundtrack. “I haven’t seen one of these in years” he said wistfully. Since I had two copies, I gave him the other. For me, it was like meeting a rock star, albeit a 70-odd year-old one.
May Frank Stranges’ star burn forever.
(Listen to a recent interview with Adam Gorightly, who also took the photo above.)
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