From Kook Science
|Born||11 November 1924|
Whittier, Los Angeles Co., California
|Died||8 September 2001 (76) |
Yucca Valley, San Bernardino Co., California
|Affiliations||Los Angeles Interplanetary Study Group; Amalgamated Flying Saucer Clubs of America (AFSCA);|
|Known for||Political campaigns, Flying Saucer boostering|
|Spouse(s)||Helen Sibert (m. 1960) |
Gabriel Green (November 11, 1924 - September 8, 2001) was an American photographer and contactee, founder of the Amalgamated Flying Saucer Clubs of America (AFSCA), and United States political candidate (including runs for the U.S. Presidency). He claimed to have made over 100 sightings of flying saucers, in addition to having had direct physical and psychical contacts with extraterrestrials, including beings from Mars, Venus, Alpha Centauri, and the Pleiades.
Born at Whittier in 1924, Gabriel Green was a life-long Southern Californian, the first two-thirds of his life spent in greater Los Angeles, the remaining in the Inland Empire. After graduating Whittier Union High School in 1942, Green began studying at the Los Angeles Art Center School of Photography, but his career aspirations were put on hold following his being drafted into the U.S. Navy, where he worked in Aerial Reconnaissance. At war's end, Green returned to civilian life and resumed his study, coming to operate a photography studio and job in the Los Angeles school system.
As the flying saucer movement became popularised, Green leapt in feet first, organising the Los Angeles Interplanetary Study Group in 1956. The group's earliest activities, spearheaded by Green himself, included the publicising of Richard Miller's Mon-Ka recordings, "made by mental telepathy from Mars," on Los Angeles television and radio stations. The tapes featured a "a celestial-sounding voice" promising that at 10:30 PM (PST) on 7 November 1956, a Martian saucer would fly over the city; and, further, "the men from Mars [will] speak to us on the wavelength of a station if that station will cease its programming." Despite Green's attempts, most stations did not cease broadcasting on the appointed night, and no message was to be heard by the millions of Angelenos.
Through the last years of the 1950s, Green would continue his media push, becoming a regular attendee and speaker at popular saucer events, including the Giant Rock conventions, and making guest appearances on a variety of interview shows and talk radio programmes. He likewise undertook an expansion of his organisational efforts, launching the Amalgamated Flying Saucer Clubs of America (AFSCA) as a successor to his study group in 1959, and put together a national newsletter and UFO conventions under the new banner, opening yet new venues to the Space People and their Earth contacts.
Green's efforts were not, however, limited to media appearances and newsletters: like George Van Tassel, he was directly involved as a trance medium and contactee, channelling messages from the Space People himself. He led UFO circles in past life regressions and taught individuals how they too could make psychic contacts with far-distant beings.
When the 1960 election cycle came around, Green made his first foray into national politics, launching a campaign for the Presidency, competing against fellow Whittier-born Richard Nixon and the Democratic rival, John F. Kennedy. Though not formally listed on any ballot, Green nonetheless put together a full platform, covering a range of economic and social policies based on information received from the Space People, and made modest campaigning efforts, though largely limited to his California turf, where he ran a full-page spread in the Los Angeles Mirror News. Despite early enthusiasm, the campaign did not last, and Green withdrew in October, giving his endorsement to Kennedy.
In November of the same year, Green travelled with Helen Isabel Sibert, his companion and supporter, to Las Vegas, Nevada, where the two were wed. The couple remained together until her passing in early May of 1970; Green never remarried.
Not dissuaded by the cool reception to his previous presidential aspirations, Green launched a fresh political campaign in 1962, this time to become the Democratic Party's California nominee for the United States Senate. Positioning himself as an anti-nuclear testing candidate - a message frequently repeated by many saucerians in their claimed messages from the Space People - Green ultimately placed second in the convention balloting with just over 8% of the vote, far behind popular California State Senator Richard Richards (who, in turn, lost to Republican incumbent Thomas H. Kuchel).
Putting politics behind him, Green returned his focus to the work of promoting the messages of the Space People, from all their Earthly voicers. The sixties saw several new stories come through Green's network to the pages of the AFSCA newsletters: Bob Renaud's reports of contact with Korendor; Paul Villa's photos of saucers from Coma Berenices (which became a public image of AFSCA, widely distributed as promotional postcards); and Green's own claims to connections with John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy via the Alpha Centauri contact, Renton. In addition to this newslettering, Green's first book (co-written by Warren Smith) was published in 1967 by Popular Library— a slim paperback collection entitled Let's Face Facts about Flying Saucers, featuring a quick-fire selection of short reports on UFOs, their witnesses and contactees, and related Fortean events.
Despite boasting of early success and a wide membership during the early sixties, public enthusiasm for flying saucers had begun to dissipate by the end of the decade. Green's efforts were scaled back substantially, and he ended his run on the regular newsletter in favour of sporadic information bulletins.
In 1972, Green took part in his second and final presidential campaign, this time as the nominee of Kirby Hensley's Universal Party, with fellow saucerian Daniel Fry as his vice-presidential running mate. This time around Green was registered on the ballot - in Iowa - but his efforts garnered less success and less press than either of his previous campaigns. It was to be Green's last hurrah in the political arena, ending with a paltry 199 votes tallied.
After a lifetime in Los Angeles, Green retired in the mid-seventies to Yucca Valley, near Giant Rock and the original nexus of the Saucerian movement. He continued his work as a medium, relating messages from the Space People and Ashtar Command (including Master Hilarion) to their true believers, and as an organiser, remaining an active member of the UFO community until his passing in September 2001.
Gabriel Green, quoted in Nashua Telegraph of 24 Sept. 1960, p. 6
Green ran for several political offices: twice for President, once for Congress, once for the U.S. Senate. His presidential campaigns touted his connections with the Space People and a "Space Age" platform of Universal Economics (or "Prior Choice Economics," influenced by Addison Brown, also known as John Believer) and social works policies, including free medical and dental care. As a Senatorial primary candidate in the Democratic Party, Green focused mainly on a message of anti-nuclear testing, which gained him some light traction as an alternative candidate, enough to propel him to a second-place standing.
|Congress||1958||Economic Security||24th District, California; election was won by Republican incumbent Glenard P. Lipscomb|
|Addison Brown (VP)||Withdrew, endorsed Kennedy|
|Senate||1962||Democratic||Primary candidate, came in second with 171,631 (8.45%) votes against Richard Richards (who was subsequently defeated by Republican incumbent Thomas Kuchel)|
|President||1972||Universal||Daniel Fry (VP)|
- Green, Gabriel (1955), Prior Choice Economics: A Way to Bring a Better Way of Life for Everyone — on Addison Brown's Prior Choice Economics proposal
- Green, Gabriel; Smith, Warren (1967), Let's Face Facts about Flying Saucers, Popular Library, https://amzn.to/ZsfsIl — on UFOs and contactees, though not so much Green himself, likely owing to the writing duties being almost entirely in the hands of Smith.
LAISG/AFSCA Magazines (as editor)
- Green, Gabriel, ed. (1957-59), Thy Kingdom Come: Dedicated to the Physical, Spiritual and Economic Emancipation of Man, Los Angeles: LAISG; AFSCA
- Green, Gabriel, ed. (1959-61), AFSCA World Report, Los Angeles: AFSCA
- Green, Gabriel, ed. (1965-65), UFO International, Los Angeles: AFSCA
- Green, Gabriel, ed. (1966-69), Flying Saucers International, Los Angeles, California: AFSCA
- Green, Gabriel, ed., AFSCA Information Sheet, Yucca Valley, California: AFSCA
- Garrison, Omar (2 Nov. 1956), "MON-KA BUSINESS: Message From Mars or Malarky?", Mirror News (Los Angeles, CA): 10, https://www.newspapers.com/clip/98384158/mon-ka-the-mysterious-bossman-of-the/
- Garrison, Omar (8 Nov. 1956), "Martian Mon-Ka Makes Monkeys Out of Flying Saucer Searchers", Mirror News (Los Angeles, CA): 19, https://www.newspapers.com/clip/98384366/martian-mon-ka-makes-monkeys-out-of/
- Taylor, Mac (15 Apr. 1958), "Flying Saucer Men Visited Ike, Green Tells Vista Audience", Times-Advocate (Escondido, CA): 14, https://www.newspapers.com/clip/98384761/flying-saucer-men-visited-ike-gabriel/
- Owen, Humphrey (11 July 1959), "Flying Saucer Clubs Still Hold Gravity: Pre-convention Press Conference Marked by Serious Talk of Galactic Marvels", Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA): 27, https://www.newspapers.com/clip/98384950/flying-saucer-clubs-still-hold-gravity/
- PI (17 Sep. 1959), "'Space People Destroyed Red Rocket'", Pasadena Independent (Pasadena, CA): 1, https://www.newspapers.com/clip/98385418/space-people-destroyed-red-rocket/ — in which Green states that a Soviet moon rocket was destroyed by a flying saucer "because the nose cone contained disease and virus bacteria intentionally placed there by the Russians."
1960s (Political Candidacies)
- AP (10 Aug. 1960), "Whittier 'Flying Saucer' Candidate Opposes Nixon", Progress-Bulletin (Ponoma, CA): 8, https://www.newspapers.com/clip/98385653/whittier-flying-saucer-candidate/
- Smith, Jack (10 Aug. 1960), "'SELECTED BY OUTER SPACE': Flying Saucer Man Runs for President", Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA): 42, https://www.newspapers.com/clip/98385856/flying-saucer-man-runs-for-president/
- LHBN (11 Aug. 1960), "Presidential candidate speaks at space meet", Lincoln Heights Bulletin-News: 4, https://www.newspapers.com/clip/98394327/president-candidate-speaks-at-space-meet/
- Tribune Ed. (24 Aug. 1960), "The Whittier Candidates", The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, CA): 20, https://www.newspapers.com/clip/98395703/the-whittier-candidates/
- Jobst, Lou (28 Aug. 1960), "'Abe in 1860 -- Gabe in 1960': Flying Saucer Choice Rivals Hometown Man for President", Independent (Long Beach, CA): B-8, https://www.newspapers.com/clip/98394484/abe-in-1860-gabe-in-1960-flying/
- ISN (23 Oct. 1960), "Saucers Orbit About Kennedy", Independent Star-News (Pasadena, CA): 3, https://www.newspapers.com/clip/98394787/saucers-orbit-about-kennedy/ — in which Green announces his withdrawal from the 1960 United States presidential race to support Democratic candidate Kennedy.
- PT (16 Jul. 1961), "Gabriel Green for U.S. Senate 1962", Press-Telegram (Long Beach, CA): 18, https://www.newspapers.com/clip/98395043/gabriel-greens-1962-campaign-for/, "Gabriel Green [...] will run for the U.S. Senate in the 1962 Democratic primary advocating: restoration of true free enterprise under a unique credit card economy that permits total distribution of nation's production capacity, discontinuation of nuclear bomb tests, repeal of Laudrum-Griffin and Taft-Hartley, full and equal rights for all citizens, congressional investigation of Pentagon secrecy on flying saucers, more senior citizen benefits including medical aid."
- Seibert, Barney (19 Mar. 1972), "Other Candidate From Whittier Campaigns for Flying Saucers", San Bernardino County Sun (San Bernardino, CA): 24, https://www.newspapers.com/clip/98395256/other-candidate-from-whittier-campaigns/
- Gabriel Green's AFSCA Homepage (archive.org) — archived copy, includes ASFCA goals and related materials.
- Flying Saucers over L.A., latimes.com, http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/thedailymirror/2010/08/flying-saucers-over-la.html — collection of clippings on Gabriel Green from the L.A. Times
- Gabriel Green interviewed on his 1960 U.S. Presidential candidacy: original audio, transcript
- Hauser, Stephen K. (Summer 1998), "Not of This Earth: The Story of the Universal Party", The Keynoter (American Political Items Collectors) 98 (1): 24-32, https://archive.org/details/keynoter9811amer
- https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JT46-N2P, Gabriel Green, 8 September 2001.
- "The Passing of Gabriel Green", http://www.ufoupdateslist.com/2001/sep/m13-020.shtml — notes from friends of the deceased.
- https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VVRD-4XF, Helen Sibert and Gabriel Green, 1960.
- Mosby, Aline (5 Nov. 1956). "Martians Plan Visit Nov. 7 in Los Angeles". UPI.
- Profile of Rob Potter (eventbrite.com), mentions "At 22 Rob was invited to the desert by the Ascended “Master Hilarion” via Gabriel Green to meet a “Teacher”."
- "Flying Saucer Chief Might Have Changed Election", Redlands Daily Facts (Redlands, California): 1, 12 Nov. 1960, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/1043396/, "Citing as his reason for withdrawing as a candidate and supporting Kennedy, Green said, 'I believe that the great volume of information which has been withheld by the government on the subject of flying saucers and the solution to our problems presented by the space people from other planets will not be suppressed to the disadvantage of our people, the nation and the world under Kennedy administration.'"