Wednesday, April 13, 2016


                      late 1800’s – mid 1950’s

Donald Edward Keyhoe (1897 - 1988) was an American Marine Corps naval aviator and writer who began his writing career with aviation articles and stories.

His first appearances in the Pulp Magazines of the 1920s and 1930s were four of his short stories that appeared in Weird Tales, one of the most prestigious of the pulps. 

 In 1927, after leaving the military, Keyhoe managed a very popular coast-to-coast tour by Charles Lindbergh. This led to Keyhoe's first book, 1928's Flying With Lindbergh. The book was a quick success. 

Keyhoe wrote a number of air adventure stories for Flying Aces and other magazines. His first super hero was Captain Philip Strange who was a mental marvel from birth and so terrifyingly effective that the Allies referred to him as “The Phantom Ace of G-2.” But to the Germans he was “The Brain-Devil,” whose penetrating green eyes were both a legend and a nightmare. 

 During the WWII, all over the world, pilots reported 
 seeing small illuminated orbs that were given the  
 name, "foo fighters," that seemed to follow their aircraft. After the war in Scandinavia and other parts of Europe, a plague of "ghost rockets" alarmed and puzzled people.  
On June 24, 1947, Kenneth Arnold, a private pilot
in the Pacific Northwest, sighted a group of disk-like objects that seemed to skip through the air like saucers on a pond. It didn't take long for a new term to enter the language: "flying saucers." 

In the 1950s Keyhoe became well known as a UFO  researcher, arguing that the U.S. government should conduct appropriate research in UFO matters and 
should release all its UFO files. Keyhoe was regarded 
as the leader in the field of ufology.

By the time his UFO books appeared, Keyhoe was already a well-established author, 


K is also for Kitsch – something that appeals to 
popular or lowbrow taste and is often of poor 
       Definition by Merriam-Webster



Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Aircraft and UFOs - that's a good mix.
And now I know where the band Foo Fighters got their name.

Adam said...

the first looks like the cover to a really bad 80's video game

sage said...

This authors are all new to me!

Nilanjana Bose said...

Martian Sexpot! :) Congrats on a great K post.

Best wishes
Ninja Minion