Paranormal Radio Host Art Bell Dead at Age 72
On Friday the 13th, former syndicated radio host Arthur “Art” Bell died at his home in Pahrump, Nevada. An autopsy is scheduled for next week; however, Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly does not suspect foul play. In fact, Bell was a lifelong smoker and suffered recently from C.O.P.D. He was an incessant tweeter who posted about his declining health. Bell will be remembered for fueling conspiracy theories while speculating about extraterrestrial life.
Mr. Bell was a natural-born radio host. Born in Jacksonville, North Carolina on June 17, 1945, Bell became a licensed radio operator at the age of 13. Bell was always involved in amateur radio or as a professional host. After a stint as a medic in the US Air Force, Bell eventually became the owner of KNYE 95.1 and continued his late-night radio programming on Coast to Coast AM. He wrote, produced, and hosted the show from 1993-2002. At its peak, the show had 10 million listeners and broadcasted on 500 US and Canadian radio stations. According to ABC News, it was the most listened-to overnight program and the 4th overall. Bell had a second, short-lived radio show titled Art Bell’s Dark Matter on Siruis Radio in 2013. His final program was Midnight in the Desert, which was also short-lived in 2015. He finally retired on December 11, 2015 citing safety concerns.
Bell was inducted to both the Nevada Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame (2006) and the National Radio Hall of Fame (2008).
Bell is survived by his 4th wife, Airyn and their two minor children Asia and Alexander. He is also survived by three adult children. No funeral arrangements have been made.
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RH Negative Blood ≠ Alien Life
The RH negative blood supports alien pro-creation articles are making the Internet rounds. Again. The articles profess that people with RH negative blood are aliens. The theory is that people who lack the Rhesus factor and are RH negative are not of this world. Translation: They must be extraterrestrials. Unfortunately, the nonexistence of a substance does not support the existence of another. That’s a logical fallacy. So, sorry, folks. If you’re RH negative, you’re still just merely a human.
People try to prove that extraterrestrials exist all the time. They look toward the skies searching for unidentified flying objects (U.F.O.s). They lift up the narratives from Roswell, New Mexico. They document stories and process evidence. And that’s good. However, they should not use RH negative blood theories as the basis for their claims.
Ten to 15% of the population are RH negative. The largest percentage, 40-45%, are Europeans, with Spaniards and French people of Basque origins being the bulk of these people. Rhesus negative blood types lack Rhesus factors, protein substances in red blood cells. RH negative blood is the result of a natural mutation of the genes. However, the alien life claims aren’t new. A Google search finds online articles dated from 2010.
Articles claim that RH negative people share similar characteristics including higher intelligence, lower body temperatures, empathetic, sensitivity to heat, and highly tuned senses. Physical characteristics are red hair and blue/green/hazel eye color. Finally, they cannot be cloned—who has even tried? Notwithstanding the last item, this is an exhaustive list of highly desirable traits. Coupled with these characteristics, people turn to several ancient texts: the Bible, various pre-Christian writings, and the Book of Enoch. From these writings, various theories emerged.
Theory 1 states that RH negative people are direct descendants of Jesus Christ. This theory claims that “pure” RH negative people are of Scandinavian origins. Sadly, there isn’t a “pure” RH negative designation. You’re either RH negative or you’re not.
Theory 2 uses the Bible, specifically Genesis 6, as evidence that fallen angels (human-like creatures) impregnated women creating hybrid creatures. The theory claims that these “angels” were a parallel race who came down from the skies to procreate. Unfortunately, this misinterprets the Bible. It’s also an over-simplification of the creation stories.
The “Truth Theory” claims that this blood type is linked to specific ancient tribes. Well, yeah, duh, that’s genealogy. When your DNA is processed, you find out where you’re from. Therefore, it makes sense that people with RH negative blood would be related and that relationship would go back for centuries to the beginning of mankind. A stronger study would track RH negative people and whether the mutation can be passed to children.
The final piece of evidence is that the largest number of people claiming to have been abducted by extraterrestrials are RH negative. Again, this is a logical fallacy. I would love to see the survey that produced this “conclusion.”
Not having the antigen doesn’t prove the existence of alien DNA. It supports a mutation. However, as an antidote I proffer that I am RH negative. I would like to think I have a high IQ, but I’m not in the genius range. My body temperature does run lower than normal; however, I started tracking this after undergoing chemotherapy and treatment for breast cancer. I’m neither a red head nor have blue/green/hazel eyes. I have yet to be cloned, but that’s because it’s illegal. On the other hand, I submitted my DNA to Ancestry.com over 9 weeks ago and have not received the results. Maybe I’m now on an RH negative watch list for possible cloning. Hmm.
Mothman Turned 50: Let’s Celebrate
Sightings of the red-eyed, 7 foot tall half man/half flying creature turned 50 last November. Although “Mothman,” as he was called, only appeared in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, from November 1966-December 15, 1967, he still captures the imaginations of cryptozoologists, paranormal researchers, and general urban legend fans. He has spawned an entire industry in the small town. There’s a Mothman Museum; TNT Tours to see McClintic Wildlife Management Area, where the first documented sighting occurred; evening U.F.O. sky watches; and the popular Mothman Festival. This year the festival will celebrate the 50th anniversary.
Mothman descended into the quite town of Point Pleasant on November 15, 1966. Two couples were taking a cousin out to the abandoned TNT factory for some night hiking. Upon arrival at the chain-linked fence, the five young adults reported encountering a 7’ feathery creature with large wings (possibly 15 feet wide). They quickly returned to the car and sped off into town. This begins the sightings made more popular by John A. Keel’s The Mothman Prophecies book published in 1975.
The first “Congress,” outdated word for festival, began over Labor Weekend in 1968 when Saucer News editor, Gray Barker, organized a small event. Forty-six people attended and participated in touring the Silver Bridge disaster, learning about Shawnee leader Cornstalk who was murdered in the area in 1777, and a “saucer watch,” whereby people stared up into the clear evening sky searching for U.F.O.s. Apparently, the Congress was a success. Renamed the Mothman Festival, the current event has been running for 16 years.
This year the event returns to downtown Point Pleasant, West Virginia, on September 16-17, 2017. Vendors, live music, food services, and a 5K run are planned. Admission to the Main Street events is free; however, nominal fees will be charged for the TNT tours and other additional events. According to the Official Mothman Festival Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/mothmanfestival/, 1,505 people are interested in attending and nearly 500 confirmed. Quite an uptick from the original 46.
Mothman is truly Americana. Other similar sightings have been reported, but none have the Appalachian appeal that Mothman brings to West Virginia. Definitely worth a visit.
For more information, visit: http://mothmanfestival.com/
Breaking the News
Tonight on “Breaking the News,” Wes and I discussed sounds in space, continued (i.e., legitimate) university research in the paranormal field, Craigslist ads, and another “demon” video. Below are some links to the news stories; however, listen to the archived show for excellent commentary!
Apollo 10 and “outer spacy type music”: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/apollo-10-astronauts-reported-unexplained-music-at-moon_us_56c80662e4b0928f5a6c0679.
The University of Virginia’s Division of Perceptual Studies: https://med.virginia.edu/perceptual-studies/. Follow the links for full-text articles related to their three main areas of research: Children claiming to remember part lives, reincarnation, and near death experiences (NDEs).
Teams advertising on Craigslist: Try to resist.
Video purports “demon” turning pages of a burned bible: http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/495844/Demon-turns-Bible-viral-YouTube-video-paranormal.
Visit http://paranormalfiller.com/ to listen.
Because I Believe
This past week I was approached and asked how a Christian could write a blog about the paranormal. Simply stated: How can I claim to be a “Christian” when I blog as The Haunted Librarian? Anyone who has read and studied the Bible knows of the vast array of paranormal activities it illustrates.
The “paranormal” is the unknown. According to Webster’s New World College Dictionary, the paranormal is an adjective “designating or of psychic or mental phenomena outside the range of normal.” The paranormal is comprised of ghosts, miracles, angels, U.F.O.s, and the like. Anything that cannot be logically or scientifically explained falls into this category.
Initially, I was drawn aback by this question/accusation. My first thought was “What is the ulterior motive?” Unfortunately, I am skeptical about the honesty and intentions related to this question. Why is anyone interested in my blog as it relates to my personal life? However, I decided this would make an excellent topic for a blog posting.
I was stumped as to how this person or any person defines the word “Christian.” Webster’s defines Christian as “a person professing belief in Jesus as the Christ, or in the religion based on the teachings of Jesus.” I am a practicing Episcopalian. The Holy Trinity is a Christian doctrine acknowledging that God appears in three forms: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. See there? That word “ghost” means spirit—as in dead. If you speak to Jesus, who is dead, then you are speaking to a ghost. Moreover, The Holy Spirit, or the Holy Ghost, is God at work in the world, who leads me toward truth in Jesus and is an important part in my life.
The Christian population is large—very large. Worldwide, there are 2.2 billion Christians (http://www.globalreligiousfutures.org/religions/christians). There are three main groups within Christianity: Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Protestant. In addition there are three additional ecclesiastical blocs. In total, there are over 33,000 denominations. Yes, recent statistics state over thirty-three thousand denominations. That’s a lot of people with a lot of beliefs!
My blog is one avenue I use as a personal release to share my feelings toward experiences that are not “of this world,” and this includes spirits, angels, and also some topics that are based on assessing the experiences that others share. Some of this material that may not fall into what everyone considers the “angel” category. Furthermore, a lot of my writing focuses on exposing people who exploit the vulnerability of one’s spirit. As my sub-heading states: I research, investigate, and write about all things paranormal. If you don’t like it, don’t follow my blog. If you want to use my blog to judge me, then you are severely misinformed and misguided. You are not my judge—only God is.
Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone. (John 8.7)
Ufology & Chase Kloetzke
There is a wide variety of speakers and vendors at Through the Veil. In all honesty, I think Michelle Griffin, owner of Through the Veil Productions, LLC, should take advantage of this and wordsmith the subtitle more. I cannot emphasize the scope of the speakers: You would be hard-pressed to get this session roster with full-on access. I’m still giddy at all of the people I got one-on-one time with. But I digress. I had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with Chase Kloetzke, Ufologist/author/MUFON member.
I immediately liked Chase. She shatters all stereotypical perceptions on what a U.F.O. researcher/investigator looks like. Quickly peruse her “About” section on her Website, http://www.chasekloetzke.com/home.html, and you will see that she is well-educated and fully capable of leading an investigation. Currently, Chase is the Deputy Director of Investigations and Special Case Manager at M.U.F.O.N. (Mutual U.F.O. Network). And trust me: Chase is passionate.
Chase enthusiastically discussed another guest speaker Thom Reed and his case. Earlier this year, Thom Reed’s encounters were deemed “historically significant and true” by the Great Barrington Historical Society and Museum, http://www.tomreed.info/home.html. I’ll be blogging about Thom later this week. What I really liked about Chase was the way she discussed the Reed family’s case. She didn’t just say, “They encountered aliens. Believe it because I said so.” Instead, Chase ticked off the amount of evidence collected in this investigation. There were eyewitness reports. There are a lot of documents. There were polygraphs administered. There’s a ton here, but more on that later this week. Chase’s enthusiasm for Thom’s case was contagious.
Chase has authored/co-authored two books; she hosts the Fate Magazine Radio show, which airs every Sunday evening at 8 pm EST; and she appears at conferences around the country. She speaks on a vast array of topics. One in particular piqued my interest. Chase discussed a type of early warning system created to alert people prone to frequent encounters when a possible encounter will take place. I’m fascinated by this. (Note: I don’t believe that I’ve ever encountered alien life forms; however, I do believe in the possibility of extraterrestrial life.) I want to know more about this. Hopefully, I will. Stay tuned for an announcement on when Chase will be on Archer Paranormal Radio, www.wlor.net.