UFO Conjectures

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Arthur Koester’s Coverall-garbed UFO Aliens

Science writer and paranormalist, Arthur Koestler wrote a play, The Twilight Bar, in 1933, which was published in 1945, and is now available from various sources.

David Richie writes in his book, UFO [op. cit] that in the play, two “aliens” arrive on Earth in a craft that looks like a meteorite to warn humankind that it has three days in which to improve its behavior or face destruction. [Page 211]

The play, obviously antedated 1951’s The Day the Earth Stood Still, which was written by Edmund H. North, based on the 1940 short story, “Farewell to the Master” by Harry Bates. [Wikipedia]

The play never really caught on and was initially panned mercilessly by critics.

However, a Norwegian playwright produced the play, not long ago, with a contemporary staging.
The interesting thing, for me, was the description of the occupants of the craft, the alien visitors: they were dressed in white coveralls.

That’s the same descriptive used by Lonnie Zamora for his 1964 Socorro sighting and also factors in the Woomera, Australia 1964 rocket launch where two unauthorized men in white coveralls were spotted, causing the launch to be aborted; that event related to the Jim Templeton Solway Firth spaceman photo (that we’ve addressed here a number of times).

Why the prosaic description – white coveralls – for alleged extraterrestrial visitors, in fiction and UFO accounts?

Koestler wrote the The Roots of Coincidence, a book about ESP, telepathy, and the like. It too is available from various sources and once was held in high esteem, as Arthur Koestler was a noted conservative writer with cachet among literati and scientists alike.

Did Arthur Koestler have an alien mental intrusion causing him to write his play, with a theme not unlike that of the 1950s contactees?

After all, Mr. Koestler wasn’t particularly interested in space visitors or telepathy and ESP early on in his career and life.

He produced a provocative tome, The Thirteenth Tribe, indicating that some Jews, like himself, were of a race quite different from the Shepherdic Hebrews of the Biblical texts.

What caused him to deviate from that interest and his support of the Lamarckian theory of evolution advocated by biologist Paul Kammerer to go astray with a story of white coverall garbed aliens?

And why do white coverall garbed “men” show up in two 1964 UFO-related incidents?

In 1976, Koestler was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and, in 1979, with terminal leukemia. In 1983 he and his wife committed suicide at home in London. [Wikipedia]


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  • In terms of prosaic and preexisting outer wear that may have influenced the choice of colors, you have painters, butchers and surgical garments and the designation of that “colorless” color denoting spiritual purity as well as sanitary practices.

    Koestler’s Holon Theory was far advanced of any conceptual model of living systems which predated any comparable model we have now in biology as well as physics. The Koestler Chair remains in his honor in the study of anomalous phenomenon at the University of Edinburgh, where research continues.

    Personally I think the scenario of direct intervention by extraterrestrials enforcing a “time out” was deeply influenced by events such as the Holocaust, Hiroshima, etc that influenced the existentialists, in terms of a humanoid God who was shirking His responsibilities in the traditional role of Father, in not doing the same.

    To me this context of evangelistic spacemen armed with strong arm tactics reflects biblical underpinnings that reward and punishment were doled out to control misbehaving kids as in Sodom and Gomorrah etc etc. that have been transposed onto technological Gods.

    That is fair enough to see and why this sort of pattern still exists in the back alleys of Ufology is always a cause for reflecting on naivety and setting one’s self up for repeated smacks on the head that are self inflicted..ie why dont they do something, anything..

    This sort of roundabout in turn, all comes back to our species thinking we are the crown of creation who deserve exceptional controls on our animal instincts that are far from being dwelt with. An enormous run around.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Friday, December 20, 2013  

  • Bruce:

    You complicate the issue.

    The white coveralls on entities, in Koestler's play and at Woomera and Socorro is my interest.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Friday, December 20, 2013  

  • Theres simply nowhere to go with it unless you have some idea in mind.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Friday, December 20, 2013  

  • I'd like to get some input from someone else, who's interested.

    You moved off-topic, as usual.

    Maybe I need to make my points clearer.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Friday, December 20, 2013  

  • You have the connection I already listed among several, the white colorless garb of other worldly beings and in this context, the spacemen being exchanged for angels, etc and this in turn being related to intervention of some sort. Beyond this I am stumped. I hope to hear from others.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Friday, December 20, 2013  

  • Yes, generically one can find similar garb, but in the UFO context, why?

    I tried to narrow the scenario.

    Otherwise we'd go off to places not germane, despite the outer appearance that they were.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Friday, December 20, 2013  

  • BTW..Isn't it striking that the post WW2 impression of the ambivalence of God is mirrored precisely by "extraterrestrials"

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Friday, December 20, 2013  

  • Ambivalence is the nature of the times -- the "modern era" -- as Jung writes, in his book noted.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Friday, December 20, 2013  

  • RR-
    You really, if you haven't already, need to read "Authors of the Impossible" by Dr. Jeffrey Kripal. Follow that up with "Mutants and Mystics" from the same author. I think you'll find it enlightening as to your question.


    By Blogger JR, at Friday, December 20, 2013  

  • Will add to my Amazon wish list. Thanks, Jeff.

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Friday, December 20, 2013  

  • Interesting.

    Come to think of it, I have two cases of men in white coveralls - the second even in white biohazard suits.

    One immediately after the second world war, the other in the 1990's.



    By Blogger theo paijmans, at Sunday, December 22, 2013  

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