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Re: Van Tassel's I Rode A Flying Saucer - Stanford

From: Ray Stanford <dinotracker.nul>
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2004 19:43:39 -0400
Fwd Date: Sat, 24 Jul 2004 07:03:15 -0400
Subject: Re: Van Tassel's I Rode A Flying Saucer - Stanford

>From: Dante Rosati <dante.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2004 13:28:42 -0400
>Subject: Van Tassel's I Rode A Flying Saucer

>While most contactee books from the 50s can be had for a
>pittance, Van Tassel's "I Rode A Flying Saucer" seems to command
>outrageous prices. A copy went on Ebay the other day for $496!:


>Two copies come up on Bookfinder.com for $800 and $1500 (sic)!

>Anyone hazard a guess as to why this particular contactee book
>is considered so valuable by some?

Hello Dante,

Yikes! I've got a small fortune around this house somewhere,
unless I long ago threw it into the garbage where it belongs.

People pay that for it because they have an addiction to
foolishness, and there is a Van Tassel cult since his death that
has created an even deeper pile of B.S. than that channeled by
their idol. I knew Van Tassel personally, and two friends and I
had a really incredible daylight UFO encounter about a half mile
from 'Van's' place at Giant Rock, but the UFO we saw and filmed
(and which two delta-wing interceptors chased away) didn't look
a thing like the 'Adamski Scout Craft' in which type vehicle Van
claimed he had ridden. We used to go out there from where I was
living in the summer of 1956 in Los Angeles, mainly because his
high-desert retreat was a nice, isolated place to watch for UFOs
and Van didn't mind, being about as friendly a guy as you could
want to meet.

That said, Van Tassel's channeled messages were so bad that even
in my most wide-eyed days as a believer in Adamski at age 15
through 19, I found it to be utterly ridiculous. If I recall
correctly, his primary contact was alleged to be a Venusian he
called "Solganda" - which even then I referred to as "Solely a
gander", translating "only a male goose", :), meaning that I
felt Van was 'goosing' people. I recall that some of his
"messages" were said to be from the "Ashtar Command", whatever
the heck that was supposed to be. Well, whatever it was said to
be, within a couple of years, everybody and their dogs were
channeling messages from it.

Heck, one night out on the high desert near Van's place, I came
around a desert hillock and upon some young people in a car. I
was a little concerned that I might have disturbed the young
occupants love making.

As it turned out, a young girl was channeling, but she wasn't
channeling one of the guys! No, she was channeling The Ashtar
Command (What else?! It was California!), and the two guys were
eating it 'with a spoon', or else pretended to be.

Those were the days, my friend... :) Unfortunately, Dante, from
what you report, they still are! :(

Van patterned his UFO contact hoax around George Adamski's edge-
dented porcelain lamp shade (modified with a bottom and three
halves of ping-pong balls with the glue clearly showing on the
edge of one of them) that I suspect his mother brought with them
when they came over from Poland, or he might have gotten even
more followers. (No, Adamski's fake UFO wasn't a chicken
brooder, as Hynek claimed, and it was not a vacuum cleaner lid,
as Frank Edwards claimed.)

Van took in a lot of money from several old folks, with which to
build the "Integatron" housed in a gigantic, domed, all-wooden
(no metal) building that still stands. It was promised that the
Integatron would restore youth to the elderly. Funny (or sad)
thing, though, every time Van said the thing was about ready to
put into operation rejuvenating the elderly, his Venusian friend
Solganda would 'come through' and tell them it still needed
further work in order to get the frequency just right! Well,
Van's hopeful supporters died off, then he died.

I'd better sign off this ancient history and go look for that
long forgotten 'treasure' to throw it in the trash before it
multiplies :), rather than propagate such B.S. With someone
paying $496 for that bit of crap at auction, and Ed Gehrman
seemingly believing volcanic rock to be evidence of a UFO crash,
I sometimes wonder what this word is turning into.

Ray Stanford