| Profiles in Ancient Astronautics |
Author, Publisher, Television Personality
Coverage on JasonColavito.com:
David Childress (formerly David Hatcher Childress) was born in France in 1957 and raised in the Western United States. He acquired an interest in archaeology as a teenager but dropped out of the University of Montana after a year and did not complete his degree. He began traveling the world to visit “mysterious” sites. In 1983, the year of his first published book, he joined a New Age commune in Stelle, Illinois then run by Richard Kieninger, a pyramid mystery-monger and guru who taught his followers that the world would end on May 5, 2000. The commune, an offshoot of the nearby Lemurian Fellowship commune, believed Christ was king of Atlantis and saw the New Age as the fulfillment of the Millennium, themes that manifested in Childress’s various books.
Childress’s first book, a third-world travel guide from the Chicago Review, was his only professionally published volume. In 1984, he founded Adventures Unlimited Press to publish all of his subsequent books, which were largely pastiches of earlier authors’ alternative history tomes and mystical material from the Lemurian Fellowship, containing little original thought and increasing amounts of material summarized, paraphrased, or directly copied (with and without attribution) from others’ books. Childress expanded his book line to include reprints of many of the books he used as sources for his own.
In 1998, DeWayne B. Johnson sued Childress after Childress republished Johnson’s 1950 master’s thesis on UFOs without the author’s permission. Childress settled out of court, paid Johnson a significant sum, and withdrew Flying Saucers over Los Angeles from publication. A 1996 libel suit against Childress was tossed out of court because the statute of limitations had expired.
Childress has become a frequent television presence, appearing in documentaries on NBC and most major cable channels. Beginning in 2009, he became one of the regular talking heads on Ancient Aliens, rhapsodizing about the forthcoming alien apocalypse.
(Full disclosure: Although we have never met or communicated, Childress considers me an “enemy” because I described him as an ancient astronaut theorist during a period [see below] when he did not consider himself to be one.)
Childress does not hold any degree and claims no credentials or expertise on any subject.
Childress does not have any fixed views of his own but reports those of others. If he has any major claims they would be:
“Could it be extraterrestrials?”