As UFO satirist and Exploring the Bizarre co-host Tim Beckley so righteously puts it, “A lot of boys my age were probably starting to think about girls and sneaking a peek at their father’s “Playboy” collection. Well, it took me a few years to get into the sins of the flesh (as it turned out, about ten years later I became a reporter for “Hustler” magazine). Instead, at 14 or 15, I was reading magazines like “Fate” and “Flying Saucers From Other Worlds.” And along the way I hooked up with a small collective of other blossoming teenage UFOlogists who eventually became the backbone of the field as it exists today.
“Allen Greenfield, Dave Halperin, Gene Steinberg, Rick Hilberg, Jerry Clark – this is as much the story of the early days of their calling as it is mine.”
Join the editors as we turn back the pages of history and stumble into the past with the reprint of this genuine collector’s edition of a UFO volume that was thought lost to the ages but was recently resurrected from the files of “Flying Saucer Digest” publisher Rick Hilberg.
In 1962, Tim Beckley placed a notice in the Club News section of “Flying Saucers” magazine requesting correspondence and an exchange of information with like-minded individuals willing to share their knowledge about those silvery ships seen around the world, best known in those days as “flying saucers.”
Through the personals column of this relatively obscure publication, he met several other teenagers who had started to form their own UFO organizations, so “Timmy” followed suit by setting up “The Interplanetary News Service,” which issued a semi-professional publication that garnered a worldwide circulation of 1500 plus. Many members of his “youth group” were well-established UFO experiencers and elder statesmen in the field. The INS became the third largest UFO group in the nation behind NICAP and APRO.
In order to finance his mushrooming enterprise, Beckley began to issue privately published UFO “books” and literature that would help “further the cause” and defray his expenses. INSIDE THE SAUCERS was the first such work. It was printed on an old fashioned (appropriately enough) spirit duplicator, and had a print run of 300 copies which sold out in a matter of months. This “new” edition is an exact replica of that first work, with only an addition of a several photos and the elimination of typos.
Regardless of the age of the authors, as can be rapidly determined, the writing is polished and sophisticated for its time in the history of UFO research. In this reprint of a rare collector’s item, you will become personally involved in a discussion of the following “long lost” topics: – A possible solution to the mystery of the Men In Black; – How some UFOs may be the product of Nazi technology (a prediction made years before this concept was put forward seriously elsewhere); – Possible synchronicities associated with the Great Pyramid; The Unidentified Submerged Object that plunged into a New Jersey reservoir; A recap of the most dramatic UFO sightings and encounters from this period by “UFO Encyclopedia” author Jerome Clark; A detailed summary of 15 years of UFO research by George D. Fawcett; AND MUCH MORE!
A tribute from the reigning master of the paranormal, Brad Steiger, who has these fond comments: “Bless all those Teen UFOlogists! – They were great supporters of a young Brad as he began his UFO career with “Strangers From The Skies” in 1966. . . and they remain dear friends today. Forever allies!”