W. Gordon Allen

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W. Gordon Allen
W. Gordon Allen - docu still.jpg
As seen in "Overlords of the U.F.O." (1976)
Born 13 May 1920(1920-05-13)
St. Paul, Minnesota
Died 18 November 1988 (68) [1]
Woodburn, Oregon
Occupation(s) Radio station manager, owner (KGAE/KGAY (1430 AM) in Keizer, Oregon; KGAL, in Lebanon, Oregon; KMAT, in Winnsboro, Louisiana); publisher
Alma mater Louisiana Tech (B.S. in Electrical Eng., 1944)[H]
Affiliations Pacific Lemurian Society
Spouse(s) Madeline Reynolds (m. 1942)

William Gordon Allen (May 13, 1920 - November 18, 1988) was an American radio station owner and manager, film producer, author, and devoted saucerian, perhaps most well-known for his infamous documentary Overlords of the U.F.O. (1976).

Selected Bibliography

Allen was also the editor and publisher of Space Craft Digest, Salem, Oregon: Pacific Lemurian Society, 1958-19?? 

Press Coverage

  • Stevens, Robert L. (1 Aug. 1958), "Advocate of Flying Saucers Lectures Club", Statesman Journal (Salem, OR): 6,, "Allen disagreed with U.S. Air Force's studied on flying saucers, he said the moon is inhabited by little quasi-human people with high intelligently minds, and flying saucers are constantly 'spoofing' America's Dewline radar defense[...] The Salem man claimed he has seen workable models of flying saucers ascend and buzz around uninhibited. He said these models, which the inventors refuse to patent, were based on a vortex theory of electrical flight. This involves two doughnut-shaped protons spinning in opposite directions, like a generator. The spin, plus some ether, he said, degravitizes the whole business and up goes the saucer. He said the Air Force is not telling the truth when it says there have been no pictures taken of authenticated flying saucers. He also says the Air Force is spending billions of dollars developing an outmoded means of space travel — rockets. Allen zoomed along with illustrations of various sighting instances, circled his audience with tales of 4,000-foot diameter saucers and finally landed on the supposition that 'the nation who finally perfects electrical flight will be able to control the earth.'" 
  • Hewins, Kenneth F. (19 Jan. 1959), "Book by Tech Grad — Unidentified Flying Objects Supported", Shreveport Journal (Shreveport, LA): 15,, "Traffic from out of this world and return may have been going on always; and 'pure electrical propulsion' — not rockets — is the answer. That's from W. Gordon Allen, a Louisiana Tech graduate in electrical engineering, who undertakes to prove the existence of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFO) in a book based on seven years of investigation." 
  • Alexander, Charles (31 Jan. 1959), The Green Cheese Men of Uno Where Visit Gordon Allen, "Book Briefs and Best Sellers", Albany Democrat-Herald (Albany, OR): 10,, "It would be thought W. Gordon Allen's eight radio stations in the Northwest, including one in Linn county, would offer enough outlet for his varied propensities. That seems not to be the case, because he's gone out and tackled the mysteries of space and the veiled purlieus of the mind." 
  • Blankenbaker, Ron (14 Nov. 1987), "Get ready, ghostbusters", Statesman Journal (Salem, OR): 8,, "W. Gordon Allen, a former Salem radio station owner now residing in Woodburn, owned and lived in the [Livesly House at Salem, Oregon, also known as Mahonia Hall, presently official residence of the Governor of Oregon] from 1961 to 1965. He says T. A. Livesly's ghost regularly visited him in the second floor master bedroom. 'The old guy would sit on the foot on my bed regularly, every third or fourth day the entire time I lived in the house,' Allen said. 'Conversation with the ghost was telepathic,' Allen said, adding that his wife in a nearby bed never saw the ghost. 'He wore a black robe and seemed very said,' Allen said. 'There was a real weight to him when he sat upon the bed.' Allen, who at one time owned eight radio stations in the Northwest, is now retired. He said he's been talking about his experiences with the Livesly ghost for years. 'I wondered if the old guy was still there,' was Allen's reaction when he heard the house had been purchased for the governor." 


  1. "Oregon Death Index, 1903-1998," database, FamilySearch ( : 11 December 2014), William Gordon Allen, 18 Nov 1988; from "Oregon, Death Index, 1898-2008," database and images, Ancestry ( : 2000); citing Marion, Oregon, certificate number 88-21758, Oregon State Archives and Records Center, Salem.