Andy Colvin: Mothman And Beyond

Colvin (at left) and Walter Bosley at Giant Rock – December 2010.

Andy Colvin showed up in L.A. unexpectedly last weekend, so of course I had to ask him on the show. Colvin is the author of three books (and two more in the pipe) on the Mothman phenomenon. All are called The Mothman’s Photographer (I, II and III), a moniker with which Colvin has dubbed himself after repeated personal involvement and synchroncities surrounding the notorious events of 40 years ago in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. He also directed a 30-hour documentary on people and events surrounding the phenomenon.

We assumed that our audience is familiar with the “standard” Mothman story, and did not attempt to explain or recap the occurrences. If you are not, please refer to the excellent book by John Keel.

We talked about little-known strangeness connected with the history leading up to the collapse of the Silver Bridge across the Ohio River in December of 1967. Andy recalls his childhood in the area and the plethora of defense and chemical company employees in the communities surrounding Point Pleasant. Government intrigue and possible efforts at suppressing organized labor in the nearby Union Carbide facility may have fed into the paranoia and a rich local paranormal/ psychic stew.

Colvin muses about semi-famous contactee Woodrow Derenberger and his creepy spaceman friend Indrid Cold, guessing that Cold may have been completely human and employed by industrial concerns to monitor labor unrest in the area under a disguise of strangeness.

Andy also told us about a group of genius-level children in the local schools, one of whom had apocalyptic and prophetic visions which he shared with Colvin and which continue to come true in his life. Other children saw Mothman and Mothman-like entities as well.

My favorite part of Colvin’s outlook is that he doesn’t “believe” any of his research, but remains fascinated by the connections and implications (real, symbolic or otherwise) of what he has found in the last several years.

Sound intriguing? Unbelievable? Paranoia-inducing? You have no idea. Enjoy the episode!

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6 comments on “Andy Colvin: Mothman And Beyond

  1. red pill junkie on said:

    Great show, guys. Mothman is an all-time classic mystery because it’s so ambiguous ;)

    About the possibility that the Union Carbide company was involved in some weird military experiments, could it be that maybe they were researching mind-control drugs for the MK ULTRA program?

    …Or maybe there were just brewing good ole napalm for Uncle Sam ;)

  2. Really enjoyed the show Greg. I had to listen to it twice to pick up all of the topics and strange directions the conversation went. It was a different show even for you and Walter, but it was a good show. The insights into that homeless guy and his negative impedance really made me think. All of the strange linkages i think ill have to hear it a third time to grasp some more info. BTW i think Andy’s website is still down.

  3. SpaceBrother on said:

    RPJ,

    I had to keep up with Andy for most of the show. His insights are both unique and obscure, especially to the uninitiated. The reason why we didn’t do any real backgrounding is that it would have taken up too much time and I wanted to get to Colvin’s insights, not rehash something I (and most of the listeners) already knew. As I have said, I do the show mostly for myself, since I actually have to pay a small amount monthly to use the station.

    I don’t know if UCarbide was ever involved in pharmaceuticals, but who knows?

  4. SpaceBrother on said:

    Ward,

    It’s always nice to hear that people enjoy what I enjoy doing the shows. I had a lot of fun talking and hanging out with Andy for a couple of days.

    I don’t even know if I would class that guy we met as “homeless,” since that brings up a mental image that we all have. He had a huge white beard and dirty feet, but kept himself pretty clean and had a sparkle in his eyes. Now I make him sound a bit like Santa Claus! I really got the feeling that he didn’t care at all about money, just getting along and doing what he wanted–in other words the kind of person described by Lao Tse as a “man of character.”

  5. Yeah, sounds like a real interesting character, Andy as well, I’ve never heard him before and it sounds like you could of done 2 more shows with him and still not covered everything. I mean a 35+ hours documentary on mothman? wow just wow…
    BTW any chance on getting up the Robert Emenegger interview soon? Again that was a fantastic interview and i heard things on their behind the scenes that were just amazing, i mean its a real keeper.

  6. James on said:

    In case anyone’s interested, 12 clips from the documentary series are available on his youtube(I assume its Andy’s)

    http://www.youtube.com/user/mothphotog

    In the info, it says to email him for the entire series.

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