Patrick Connelly – They Rode The Flying Saucers

Orthon's footprint

When Patrick originally got in touch with me about his documentary, entitled “They Rode The Flying Saucers,” I was wary that he was another producer out to make a fun, kooky film about a bunch of stupid weirdos. How wrong I was. Connelly is serious about the movement, while not taking all the claims at face value, which is exactly my take.

Patrick is even more protective of the contactee legacy than I am, and is well on the way to finishing a film composed of archival footage, vintage audio from the 1950s and ’60s, and most excitingly, animation done by Connelly himself. He showed me a little bit of his animation of the George Adamski 1952 meeting with his space brother friend Orthon.

We discussed his film, opinions of contactees, fundamentalist skeptics, and our favorite documentary filmmakers, among many other things. We laughed a lot and I talked too much. Check out Patrick’s blog for more.

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5 Responses to Patrick Connelly – They Rode The Flying Saucers

  1. Red Pill Junkie says:

    Fan-FRAKING-tastic episode. I loved what Patrick had to say about the Contactees, and I looooove the prospect of a Contactee movie with animation clips illustrating Admaski’s encounter with Orthon, and Truman Bethurun chatting with the lovely Aura Rhanes; as a big animation fan myself –hell, my first real job was in this small animation startup that crashed & burned; had to learn the rules of animation on the fly thanks to my copy of ‘The Illusion of Life’– I sincerely hope Patrick considers to incorporate as much animation as he can.

    I also agree with you guys that the Contactee movement was a symbol of a bygone era of optimism, with a dark undercurrent of paranoia fueled by the fears of mutually assured annihilation. It makes you think: If many paranormal phenomena (like poltergeist) are triggered by emotional tension of prepubescence –which is why it’s often reported among children between the age of 11 to 13– what if we could extrapolate that idea into a communal scale? What if the 1950’s was the ‘prepubescence’ of American society, and the tension triggering the arrival of the Space Brothers was a mixture of the wake-up call brought by the horrors of WWII, the Cold War threat, and the prudish sexual repression still reigning before the revolutionary 60’s?

    In fact, I’ve always considered the Contactees to be important precursors of the counter-cultural movement of subsequent decades, and I’m sure the powers that be felt the same –which is why the FBI was keeping tabs with Adamski and his peers.

    Sure, if I had to choose, I’d rather attend a convention of true believers than a meeting of hipster skeptics (hipterstics?) and also between the naive ‘love & light’ of Contactees, and the ‘doom & gloom’ of the modern Abductees, the latter would probably be more palatable to me nowadays, even though fear-mongering is currently considered the ‘smart’ thing to do –hell, I was often the fear-mongerer in our family, and that meant vociferous warnings about the threats of climate change and the hole in the ozone layer to my parents and siblings around the dinner table, which frankly only resulted in the inevitable rolling of eyes from my sisters, or stern looks from my dad; that shit stopped being fun when they actually started to believe me! 😛



    PS: You heard the man, Greg! Stop making excuses for the book & Ed Wood it out!!

    • Greg says:

      I wrote a piece in the first Excluded Middle entitled “Why I Like Contactees Better Than Abductees,” so I know where you’re coming from!

  2. AJ Gulyas says:

    Great episode–I’m very much looking forward to Patrick’s film when it comes out, especially the animation.
    And I second (third?) the demand’s for you to write that book and I will be lobbying hard for “Ed Wooding” to become part of the lexicon!

  3. Anon says:

    Just listened to the episode and heard the Joe Dolce song at the end. Bizarrely he had a huge hit in the early 80s in the UK with Shaddup your Face… this was number one here (it stopped Ultravox’s Vienna hitting the top) and played on the radio for months…

    • HPrice says:

      Yeah, anon. I’ve just listened to it. Took me a while to get to it … but, I was quite floored when Greg said the guy’s name was Joe Dolce. I thought … you mean “Shaddap You Face” Joe Dolce??? Nahhh … couldn’t be. But it was!!

      For those who don’t know, and as anon said … Joe Dolce is kind of legendary in the UK (for those of us of a certain age!!). “Vienna” by the band Ultravox was at the time deemed a definite chart topper in 1981. But, it was kept off the no. 1 spot by this hideous novelty tune by an Australian doing a fake (and possibly racist) silly Italian accent, and has thereafter been hated by all of us … over a certain age … possibly forever!

      For some reason, there have been quite a few no. 1s in the UK that have been novelty records of some sort like this. I still don’t know why but they seem to speak to the British people, and sell in their droves (probably not the case nowadays but they definitely did back then: see groups such as Chas and Dave, The Tweets, Black Lace etc).

      I think some of them got to number one because they were kind of “party records” … or were played in crappy Spanish resorts where working class people went on their holidays, from the UK, and then when they went home, they bought them sending them to the top of the charts. Some of them weren’t … they just … went to number 1 when other more reputable, and talented groups should have. It really is a most odd phenomenon … a bit like the contactees in some ways!

      Anyway, just thought I would fill in a few details. I was thinking that it could be fun to collect records such as these (a bit like the contactee records thing) … but I think after a while your soul would die. Some of these novelty records were atrocities of the highest order …

      Anyway, best wishes, and great show. Hope the movie comes out ok, and does well. We need more contactee documentaries, I think.

      Harvey P.

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