One of my favorite responsibilities that go along with being a Lulu is exploring our site for new and intriguing titles.
Intriguing is exactly what came to mind when I stumbled across Alien Interview (http://www.lulu.com/content/2144178) while looking for books on Lulu. Maybe it had been all of the old X-Files episodes I’d been watching, but I had to learn more.
Alien Interview, edited by Lawrence R. Spencer, is a compilation of letters, interview transcripts, and personal notes from the late Matilda O’Donnell MacElroy. MacElroy was an Army Air Force nurse stationed at the Roswell Army Air Field in the late 1940s. In a letter sent to Spencer, MacElroy claimed that these documents were based on a series of interviews she had with an extraterrestrial.
Luckily for us, Lawrence Spencer was kind enough to shed a little light and answer some of my questions via email…
1. How did you know Ms. MacElroy?
As I explained in the book,
“I contacted her during my research for The Oz Factors because I was led to believe, through a very circuitous line of investigation, that this woman was suspected of having been involved with alien contact at Area 51, or the Roswell crash site, or something similar. Through a sequence of circumstantial inferences and accidental referrals, I actually found a number in the phone book and called just on the chance that there might really be such a person.
Since I have never met Mrs. MacElroy in person, and spoke with her over the phone only once for about 20 minutes. In fact, I cannot factually substantiate that such a person actually existed, accept that I did speak with her on the phone and I received handwritten material in the mail which was sent from a physical address in Ireland. ”
2. Was it her wish to have them published?
Yes. Here is an excerpt from one of the two letters she mailed to me:
“Please accept this material and make it known to as many people as possible.
Mankind needs to know the answers to questions which are contained in these documents. Who are we? Where did we come from? What is our purpose on Earth? Is Mankind alone in the universe? If there is intelligent life elsewhere why have they not contacted us?”
3. Why, as editor, did you feel you had to put a disclaimer at the beginning of the book?
Again, I quote from the book:
“I decided to publish this book in order to pass along a subjective communication I received from Mrs. MacElroy to other people who may be interested in it.
Personally, I am not assuming that anything I received from Mrs. MacElroy is in any way authentic, with the exception of the envelope and the paper inside the envelope. I cannot substantiate any of it. Indeed, I can’t truly verify that there was ever such a person as Mrs. MacElroy other than a voice I heard over the phone in 1998. The voice could have been anyone.”
4. In the disclaimer, it says that you are no longer in possession of the original documents. Where are they now?
I quote, again, from the book:
“I have burned all of the original documents, including the envelope I received from Mrs. MacElroy. I do not want to spend the rest of my life being hounded by UFO researchers, government agents, grocery store tabloids reporters, UFO advocates and de-bunkers alike, or anyone else. Any “proofs” or attempts to authenticate the assertion that Mrs. MacElroy actually interviewed an alien in 1947 will have to be done by others.”
5. To who, would you recommend Alien Interview?
To anyone interested in the UFO crash at Roswell in 1947, or contact with extraterrestrials.
6. You have several different projects on Lulu. What is your favorite kind of genre to write?
Primarily, I’m interested in human history and mythology. It could be said that both of these are the same subject.
7. Do you have any new projects in the works?
Not at this time.
Check out these other great titles, from Spencer, published on Lulu.com
- The Oz Factors
- Pan- God of the Woods
- The Big Bleep: The Mystery of the Universe