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Monday, August 24, 2015

CoastZone: Warminster UFO Mystery - Beatle Mania

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Weekend Edition  August 24, 2015   Coast Insider Audio
Warminster UFO Mystery:

A mystery of unusual sounds began in Warminster, England in 1964 and continued as a UFO enigma until 1977. The locals called the inexplicable lights and sounds central to the mystery "the Thing." An expert in the  case, Kevin Goodman , joined George Knapp in the first half of Sunday's show to discuss the 50-year old mystery. It started on Christmas morning 1964 when a local housewife walking to a church service "was assailed by...weird crackling noises, menacing sounds, and sudden vibrations," he recounted. At a nearby military installation around the same time, soldiers reported a loud, disturbing noise, as if something was ripped out of the complex, he added.

Around May of 1965, sightings of anomalous lights began, such as "two red hot pokers" hanging vertically in the sky over the town. They exploded silently and then just seemed to disappear, Goodman detailed. There was also a flock of pigeons who were apparently killed in flight while tangling with the aerial object. A local journalist, Arthur Shuttlewood, brought the story to the public. Initially skeptical, he became a believer, after experiencing a sighting of his own, Goodman noted. As the story took off, the town became besieged by tourists looking to experience "the Thing" themselves. The larger area, including Stonehenge and the Wiltshire crop circles, is known for being steeped in mystery. Shuttlewood believed that 13 ley lines converge near Warminster, and UFOs may have been following these ancient pathways. For more, check out this short documentary video.


In the latter half, Beatles authority, Chuck Gunderson , discussed the band's rock 'n' roll revolution in America and their lasting cultural influence, along with stories of their concerts, backstage behind-the-scenes negotiations, and mayhem at the airports and hotels. One of the reasons behind the Beatlemania frenzy, was that each of the four band members had their own distinct style and look, and fans started adopting their favorite, he said, adding that in their first US tour in 1964, Ringo was actually the most popular Beatle. As they released the Help! soundtrack and the groundbreaking Rubber Soul in 1965, they embarked on their second US tour. Manager Brian Epstein created a pent-up demand for them by booking mostly smaller venues for them on their 1964 tour.

Their 1965 tour, opening at Shea Stadium in New York, played to 55,000 fans, and ushered in a whole new era of stadium rack, said Gunderson. "To sell a stadium out completely by a rock 'n' roll band was simply unheard of in that day," he continued. Epstein really kind of invented the rock 'n' roll touring industry, developing such things as the contract rider, and backstage passes. Because of the manic nature of the fans, the Beatles would often be hidden in various vehicles such as ambulances, and laundry trucks as they were transported to and from concert venues, as the fans chased after decoy limos. Interestingly, the cost of a ticket to their Shea Stadium concert in 1965 was a mere $4.80.
Nazi International/Paranormal Investigations:

Joining Richard Syrett in the first half of Saturday's program, author and researcher Joseph P. Farrell discussed his examination of the Nazi International, an organized "extra-territorial state" with deep financial pockets and penetration within the post-war corporate world. "We're living in a surveillance state, we're living in a national security state, and this is pretty much the vision that was in place with a vengeance in the Third Reich," he said. During the latter half, longtime paranormal researcher Richard Estep recounted his chilling investigations and weird cases ranging from the Tower of London to the 'Hammer House' in Colorado. According to Estep, about nine out of ten cases have natural causes. For the remaining 5 to 10 percent of investigations we simply cannot find a satisfactory explanation, he admitted...cont.

Today in Strangeness:

On this date in 1873, an esoteric mystery of the Old West was solved when the first photograph was taken of the Mount of the Holy Cross in Colorado. Stories of the natural snow cross had circulated amongst settlers of the West for years and were the subject of much debate. Ultimately, photographer William Henry Jackson embarked on an expedition with the sole purpose of finding the Mount of the Holy Cross and succeeded in capturing the unique formation on film for the first time ever, thus proving its existence. 

Tonight's Show, Monday, August 24th:

First Half: Science writer Steve Silberman will discuss his work challenging the conventional wisdom on autism and those who think differently, by revealing its secret history, long suppressed by the same clinicians who became famous for discovering it. He'll share surprising answers to the crucial question of why the number of autism diagnoses have soared in recent years.

2nd Half: One of America's leading connoisseurs of the bizarre, Marc Hartzman , was heavily influenced at an early age by Ripley's Believe It Or Not and the annual Guinness World Record books. In addition to discussing weird things on eBay, sideshow performers, and unorthodox messages from God, Hartzman will cover his latest work researching the extremely strange history of Oliver Cromwell's embalmed head, which for centuries enjoyed a series of unexpected adventures.

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