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George Adamski

George Adamski (1891-1965), Polish-American has been the first contactee. Adamski was absolutely convinced, against any critics or sceptics, that he was in contact with benevolent aliens from Venus, Mars and Saturn known as Space Brothers.

By Michele Bugliaro Goggia - last modified: April 12, 2007 1:22 PM

George Adamski (1891-1965), Polish-American has been the first contactee. Adamski was absolutely convinced, against any critics or sceptics, that he was in contact with benevolent aliens from Venus, Mars and Saturn known as Space Brothers.

George Adamski was a man coming from a poor family. For this reason, he could not attend University. Nevertheless, he "studied" by himself while taking little jobs here and there. In particular, he was to become a follower of Theosophy, a questionable "spiritual movement" that lead his entire life.

He joined the Army from 1913 to 1916 and fighted during the Mexican war, and got married in 1917 with Mary Shimbersky. He claimed to have been alcohol bootlegger during the Prohibition (1920-1933). Adamski also gave lectures about astronomy and philosophy in New Mexico, California and Arizona during cold winters, when there was no TV. In the late '20s he settled up at Laguna Beach teaching "Universal Law": practically a mix of Theosophy and of Christianism.

At last, he settled up on Mount Palomar, California, working as waiter for a local restaurant property of Alice Wells. His interest for flying saucers and astronomy was high. Most every night he spent hours looking at stars through a modest telescope. And belive or not, his speeches interested scientists and FBI, for he had the power to attract masses and change their mind!

Contact from Venus

Adamski claimed he met with one Nordic, surnamed by himself "Orthon", in 1952 at Desert Center. While his friends witnessed from distance the encounter, Adamski started a communication made of gestures and telepathy. Adamski wrote this first account in "Flying Saucers Have Landed" (1953) with his friend Desmond Leslie. while Leslie was more precise, Adamski was vague, excited but quite childish in telling the story (following Colin Bennet, Adamski was even bisexual). The dialogue, if we can call it so, is quite ridiculous. The story did go on: later, two more Nordics ("Firkon" and "Ramu") met and invited Adamski inside their ships, parked out of Los Angeles. Together they discussed with him topics like "universal law" and various problems of our planet. They showed him their engines and their space ships. Adamski decided to spread such accounts through the book "Inside The Space Ships" in 1955 and through world conferences.

Quickly, those who believed in Adamski gathered and a group was formed. Adamski's close friend Lucy McGinnis was in charge of managing it. It's strange how, during the encounters, he acted as he was hitted by a hammer on his head. The aliens did quite a monologue. Adamski did not ask the aliens anything important: the best he coud ask was if they organized parties! If you read carefully Adamski's writings you can see there's a clear influence of his beliefs.

Nevertheless, interest in his stories was high. Worldwide. His world tour brought him around the world, getting in contact with colllegues like Maj. Hans Petersen of Danish Air Force and Lou Zinsstag. On stage, the real Adamski revealed for what he really was: a non speaker. Adamski could be gullible, idealistic, non practical and, from the other hand, he could be intelligent, self confident, calm. It depended from which side of him was switched on. Furthermore, whenever he started talking about Universal Law he was such a bore. Europe welcomed him in a sceptical way, especially in Switzerland: "Der Spiegel" newspaper wrote an article that had fun on Adamski. He never read it, nevertheless he claimed the same article was well balanced and positive.

Adamski was a charming man. His visit card stated "Professor", even though he was not graduated. His followers claim he surely had telephatic capabilities. In 1958, travelling with Carol Honey towards Grants Pass, Oregon, he suddenly had a "telephatic hunch" . The "Professor" told Honey to drive back to a café they just had passed: as they entered, a small blonde woman (looking 12 years old at distance) approached the two. George changed attitude, acting like a drunkard, which made Honey suspicious. The woman demonstrated strong telephatic powers, so Honey concluded she must've been around a (45 years old) space person. You can laugh at this, but next day, in a Seattle hotel, Adamski took a call during which a voice told him the woman was not 45 and not who he thought, but her sister. In fact, George Adamski was sure she was Kalna! The Adamski case is full of such stories.

In Switzerland, Adamski's mind melt down. Crisis. During the 1960's, George Adamski was a disappointed man. Lucy McGinnis had left him, Europe was not interested in him anymore and his visions had fallen. Shortly, the paradisiac, venusian world had not come true.

A closer look at his evidence

His claims convinced his followers but not ufologists nor scientists. At a point, Adamski even claimed the FBI declared his photos to be genuine, which is wrong and caused him some troubles. First: his descriptions of the technology aboard the space ships suffers from an electromechanical view: plausible in the 1950's industrial hopes but surely not with ours. Adamski described no microchips, no fiber optics. Instead, everything is described in a general way.

Second: there's no life on Venus, Mars and Jupiter, nor on the Moon. And no animal running on the Moon surface. Even though Adamski tries to justify these claims in his third book, astronomical discoveries have only demonstrated there is no life, let alone a civilization, on Venus or on Mars. His books are only fiction. Author Marc Hallet writes:

"In fact, Inside The Space Ships is nothing more than a science fiction book. The best proof we have of this is that it is a "remake" of a science-fiction book entitled Pioneers of Space which Adamski wrote in 1949. That book was ghost written by Lucy McGinnis and is now very rare. You can order a microfilm copy from the US Library of Congress and easily compare its content with Inside The Space Ships."

Now the photos and videos. Many questioned the genuinity of his photos: most ufologists consider his photos as faked (a lamp or a part of a hoover), while a few (Leonard Cramp, Alan Watts, William Sherwood, Colman Von Keviczky and Bob Oechsler) consider the same images s genuine. Adamski wrote he quickly shot four photos. Unfortunately, Adamski required 35 manipulations with his telescope and camera just for one picture. Adamski could not shoot quickly four photos. And there is a fifth image, kept secret in Adamski's archive:

scout ship

It's a damaged disc or damaged model. Let's just recall teenager Stephen Darbshire who, in 1954, photographed a UFO similar to the Venusian scoutship. The Darbshire photo seems to be a hoax.

Adamski claimed he had found pictures on a film he gave to Orthon, in occasion of the 1952 meeting. Let's see two schemes of space ships. What do you see? Not much: every interesting, technical detail is missing:

scout ship


Now the Madeleine Rodeffer video, shot before his death, in which there's a close up view of the scout ship hovering over the trees, with one landing spheres moving up and down and a side of the saucer changing shape. Adamski shot the video. Quoting Marc Hallet:

"Some days later (in 1976), I put the film under a professional Olympus microscope in order to examine some very important shots. In a very short sequence, the Venusian scout ship seemed to move into in the distance and pass behind the branch of a tree. I focused on that branch and discovered that the density of the emulsion's particles was higher, exactly at the intersection point between the scout ship and the branch. In other words, the two objects were superimposed and, to tell it crudely, it was the unquestionable proof that the film was a trick produced by a double exposure."

According to May Morlet-Flitcroft and Lou Zinsstag's testimony, it was on May 13, 1963 that Adamski met Pope John XXIII. On St Peter Place, Rome, Adamski asked his two friends May Morlet-Flitcroft and Lou Zinsstag to stay there and wait for him. Then, he crossed through the crowds of tourists and disappeared behind a distant door. Adamski never met the Pope. His medal, claimed to be given from the Pope to Adamski, was nothing more than a tourist souvenir.

And there's one more: his famous venusian symbols received an astonishing confirm, ten years later, from an archeologist, Marcel Homet, who published, in 1965, a book featuring very similars symbols. Let alone these cannot be proper writings (too confused), Hallet states that the evidence is that the archeologist tried to attract attention to his book by a "mystery" he created himself.

Enough to demonstrate Adamski's claims are pure fantasy.

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Why I can say that Adamski was a liar

Profiles in pseudoscience: George Adamski!


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