This is an extremely readable new paperback volume on an old myth. To examine, classify and rationalise the ancient figure of Jason (aka Iason - no ‘J’ in Classical Greek) Colavito has amassed a huge amount of material from the archaic Greek Mycenaean period down to our own era. […] It is not a heavy read - Colavito is clear and lucid - albeit stylistically I would place it towards the academic end of the Classical Studies spectrum. This does not detract from it at all - it is not a specialist book, and I imagine it will be of use to students as well as any general reader interested in the myth of Jason and the Argonauts.
Regular readers will remember that last month I made several posts on the history and development of the alleged connection between Bigfoot and UFOs. Therefore I read with interest the utterly baffling ramblings of Jack “Kewaunee” Lapseritis, a self-described holistic health adviser and master dowser who claims that not only are Bigfoots real but that they are inter-dimensional beings who have communicated with him telepathically for more than 35 years. As a result, Lapseritis claims to have developed psychic powers of his own.
Lapseritis is the author of The Psychic Sasquatch and Their UFO Connection (1998), which has to be a candidate for one of the best-ever fringe science titles. He followed it up with The Sasquatch People and Their Interdimensional Connection.
According to Lapseritis, Bigfoot has a message for humanity: that human activity is destroying the planet. It’s not particularly surprising that a creature associated with the forest is somehow imagined to be concerned about environmental issues.
Last week Lapseritis presented a UFO festival and gave an interview to Willamette Week, a newspaper in Portland, Oregon. Some of what he said shocked even me in its hodgepodge of random fringe ideas slapped together into a vast conspiracy.
The first thing that was surprising is that Lapseritis claims that he experienced what in another context we would describe as a religious experience and attributed the writing of Psychic Sasquatch to a supernatural command. He says that in 1979 he was on “Native American property” when he encountered a psychic Bigfoot, and this animal served as herald for his almost-theophany:
And minutes later, an ET started talking to me, and I said, “I don’t see you.” And he said, “Well, I’m in what you people call a UFO. I’m just above you, in another dimension.” They told me to write a book about it, which I did. I’ve written two now, and they want me to write a third book.
It is perhaps unsurprising that Lapseritis claims he is a servant of God (“my life is devoted to God”) as well as a faithful “middleman” for the aliens. His self-described role as a man who receives revelations from the aliens, translates them into human language, and redacts them to conform to the aliens’ strict demands places him in the tradition of latter-day prophets, substituting aliens for angels. And like angels, he claims the aliens have powerful healing abilities, curing him of a brain tumor.
We might easily ask why the alien-angels would want to reveal their message through a largely unread book when they could more effectively utilize, say, television.
It is probably not surprising that Lapseritis claims to have learned about the Bigfoot-ET connection in 1979, right at the time when the claim hit the fringe science circuit, thanks to The Six Million Dollar Man (1976) and nonfiction works by the team of Jerome Clark and Loren Coleman (1977) as well as Leonard H. Stringfield (1977).
But this answer really takes the cake:
There are many different beings living in our forests, not just Sasquatch. Many different ones. They’ve been here for millions of years but they use portals to go in and out of. [sic] And the ETs use the portals, too. So when the ETs need help doing mining work for different minerals on our planet, they ask the Sasquatch to help because they’re so super-powerful and they can move gigantic rocks and stuff to help them.