'Paul is Dead' Legend / Contactee George Adamski

Hosted byRichard Syrett

'Paul is Dead' Legend / Contactee George Adamski

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The Beatles continue to fascinate more than 50 years after their breakup. One of the most intriguing legends about the band claims Paul McCartney died in 1966 and was replaced by an exact lookalike. Author Donald Jeffries joined guest host Richard Syrett (Twitter) to discuss this legend and his numerous interviews on the topic with celebrities and musical insiders.

Jeffries recalled hearing the 'Paul is Dead' legend in 1969. "I remember hearing it as a little kid and it rekindled my interest," he said, noting he started buying albums again just to look for clues on the covers and in the songs. University of Michigan student Fred LaBour, who is credited with popularizing the legend by inventing clues, claimed to have first heard the rumor on a radio show. No one knows the identity of the caller, Jeffries revealed.

"If it was a public relations ploy, I think it worked pretty well," he continued. Jeffries pointed to the album cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band which has among the numerous people and things displayed on it a funeral wreath in the shape of a bass guitar. A photo from the album shows Paul with his back turned from the camera while the other band members face forward. "I think the clues are very real, and I think The Beatles had to have known and put them there," he suggested.


More than half a century after his death, contactee George Adamski remains one of the most curious and controversial characters in UFO history. Gerard Aartsen, author and researcher from Amsterdam who studies extraterrestrial presence on Earth, has chronicled the life of Adamski and delved into his mission in preparation for a complete restructuring of our world, providing the first comprehensive outline of Adamski's teachings, primarily based on publications that were never available to the larger public.

According to Aartsen, Adamski's first text signaling his interest in life outside planet Earth was titled, "The Possibility of Life on Other Planets," a brochure published in 1946, the same year he made his first sightings. Aartsen shared details of Adamski's 1946 sighting which was also witnessed by his friends, hundreds of others in the area, and reported on the radio. "They witnessed this strange craft and which they recognized as not being an airplane," he reported.

Aartsen described Adamski's photography technique which involved using a box camera connected to his telescope. Adamski critics suggest he made UFO models and photographed them, however, Aartsen pointed out he could not photograph nearby objects with his setup. Aartsen confronted criticism about Adamski's 'Venusian scout craft' photos which others have been able to reproduce. "Just because you can make something that looks like [craft] photographed by Adamski, doesn't make it a fake," he argued.

Adamski also claimed all planets are inhabited with life, Aartsen continued. He suggested we have to expand our view of life and how it manifests in order to understand what Adamski knew about life in the universe. "My contention is that Adamski knew about life on other planets that had not precipitated on the dense physical plane of matter that we know here," Aartsen theorized.

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