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Your Paracast Newsletter — March 14, 2021



Gene Steinberg

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March 14, 2021
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This Week's Episode: Gene and Randall present Trey Hudson, author of "The Meadow Project – Explorations Into The South’s Skinwalker Ranch." The book chronicles in-depth research into another Skinwalker Ranch-like area in America’s remote south, known among select researchers simply as the “Meadow,” where UFOs, cryptid beasts, portals, missing time, crop circle like formations, men/women in black, orbs, strange beams of light, mysterious beings and many other oddities have been reported. Trey is the Director of the Oxford Paranormal Society and its Anomalous Studies and Observation Group (ASOG). He has a 30-plus year career as a U.S. government Security Specialist specializing in security of sensitive assets, anti-terrorism, security of WMD, emergency management and other specialties. Trey also served a tour in Afghanistan.

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After The Paracast -- Available exclusively for Paracast+ subscribers on March 14: Author and paranormal researcher Trey Hudson returns to talk further about his strange encounters in the mysterious area that forms the topic of his book, "The Meadow Project – Explorations Into The South’s Skinwalker Ranch." He joins Randall in talking about "Flatlands" concept of spacial dimensions. A Security Specialist by profession, Trey was an Eagle Scout and former Army Intelligence Officer. He has a psychology degree from the University of West Georgia where he studied under Dr. Bill Roll and other luminaries. He serves as Director of the Oxford Paranormal Society and its Anomalous Studies and Observation Group (ASOG).

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Minor Skirmishes with the Paranormal

By Gene Steinberg

As a teenager, I used to hang around with a few fellow losers in Brooklyn, NY. We all became friends because we shared in interest in the flying saucers. As I recall, we read some of the same books on the subject, though I was more eager about consuming the latest literature.

So I was the one who discovered a copy of Ray Palmer’s Flying Saucers at a local newsstand. It’s where I located a column, Saucer Club News, where the folks who ran those groups wrote about their activities. It’s where Ken and I announced our own humble efforts.

We even put a small magazine together after I convinced my parents to buy me a mimeograph machine. This modest endeavor helped spark my interest in writing, but that’s a story for another day.

So one day, yet another school chum, Larry, was walking with me around the neighborhood when he noticed an unusual cloud formation. I remember a typically cool early fall afternoon and overcast skies.

“Did you see that”? he excitedly exclaimed.

I didn’t know if he was just playing a game with me at first, but it was clear he was serious. He went on to proudly proclaim that he had seen a real flying saucer. Not wishing to start an argument, and oddballs like me didn’t have a lot of friends, I just went along with him.

Months later, he still boasted about the experience, the flying saucer he swore he’d seen. I didn’t attempt to contradict him, at least for a while.

After a few months while I mollified him, I finally tired of the game and spoke up. “No, Larry, it was just some clouds.”

Perhaps I was just too honest. He halfheartedly insisted that I got it all wrong, shrugged and went on his way. So I lost a friend.

Sometimes when I think about that episode, I wonder if he was serious after all. Maybe he truly ached to see a UFO and, when he saw something a little strange in the sky, he confabulated the rest of the experience. Or maybe I was too skeptical and crashed the illusion. I couldn’t suspend my disbelief long enough to allow me to become sensitive to such a phenomenon, I suppose.

Or maybe he did see something strange after all, but my lack of sensitivity to the paranormal sabotaged my ability to perceive a truly strange event.

It wasn’t the first time I wasn’t quite present when something strange occurred, although I have seen a thing or two, I think, that might have had an unworldly source.

So I’ve told the story about those recurring nightmares I faced when I was a preteen. I’d see a large dark object coming rapidly toward me, and I’d wake up in a cold sweat. It went on for a while, and then it was gone. Around the same time, I remember walking around the neighborhood near our home, a two-bedroom unit in a four-family brownstone in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, and sensing the constant irritating odor of burnt sulphur.

That, too, passed after a few weeks.

Now, in retrospect, I may have told my parents about those episodes, but I don’t recall any particular sympathies on their part. It seemed that they just listened politely and that was all.

Segue to the early 1970s. My first wife, Geneva, and I lived in a two-story house in Coatesville, PA. For some reason I don’t recall at the moment, we were sleeping on a spare mattress in the living room that night. At around 3:00 AM or so, she awakened me saying something about seeing a “water elemental” in the far corner of the room.

I looked up for a moment. I didn’t have my eyeglasses handy, and felt too lazy or tired to retrieve them. Maybe I saw a momentary blur, maybe I didn’t. Regardless, I went back to sleep and didn’t consider the matter beyond a casual conversation later that morning before we went off to our various jobs.

I have since asked her about it, but she has no memory of that episode.

Shortly before our marriage ended, we sponsored a UFO convention near Valley Forge, PA one fall weekend. Our friends joined us as volunteer helpers.

As conventions go, we didn’t do too badly. We ended up losing maybe $130 or so from the two-day event, and it could have been worse since we invested in both newspaper and radio advertising.

On the second day, some of my friends mentioned something about seeing a UFO the night before. Maybe it didn’t occur to them at the time, but they didn’t reach out to us to let us in on the action. As sightings go, the details weren’t so spectacular; mostly a light in the sky with what appeared to be a rapid-maneuvering capability. But don’t forget that the mid-1970s was a pretty busy time for the phenomenon.

The following year, newly single, I briefly dated Sally, a former actress who shared my interest in the paranormal and sci-fi.

One day she told me of the time she was watching the Israeli psychic Uri Geller on a daytime television show. She saw him demonstrating his alleged ability to bend spoons only to discover that the spoon she held in her hand at the time was also bent.

Could she have done that by accident? Did Geller’s TV antics somehow inspire a sympathetic act on her part? She took it in stride, and I just believed her. She didn’t seem the sort of person to just make things up, especially for my benefit.

One more year, and I was married again, to the traditional “nice Jewish girl” from Brooklyn. It was a whirlwind romance, though Barbara never seemed to pay too much attention to my unusual interests in worlds beyond except, perhaps, as an eccentricity on my part.

But she did have one experience to talk about. In her teens, one night she awoke to see the figure of a man standing before her in her bedroom. He appeared to resemble Jesus Christ, she said. He didn’t speak or otherwise draw attention to himself, and the apparition soon vanished.

It never recurred.

In retrospect, I should mention that her late uncle, Louis Kaplan, made his living as a radio evangelist who founded the Jewish Voice Broadcasts. Rev. Kaplan was a Jew who believed in Christ. And maybe that was the connection, maybe not. But Barbara never had a repeat encounter.

She was not, may I add, a follower of her uncle’s religious beliefs.

As for me, well, decades later, despite all the time I’ve devoted to writing, researching and broadcasting about all things paranormal, I’ve not had any unusual experiences to call my own except beyond the ones I’ve mentioned above.

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