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City Action Destroys Thousands of Historic UFO Audio Recordings

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In July of 2011, the city of Calimesa, CA destroyed one of the largest single video and audio UFO collections in the world in a single afternoon. The destruction took place by a team of guys wearing anti-bacterial suits and face masks.

No, this isn’t a scene from some science fiction movie – this event really happened at a small house in Calimesa. Sherry, the woman that lived at the house, was found passed-away in the house on Tuesday. By Friday, the city had hired Ecology Control Industries (ECI) to clean out the house.

Apparently, the condition of the house created such a health hazard – Sherry had owned a number of cats – that the crew had to wear white anti-bacterial suits and face masks over their mouth and nose.

While this is something that you’d expect to see whenever a city needs to take care of a house that has become a health hazard in a community, the twist in this story is that stored in the garage was a lifetime collection of audio and video tapes and documents covering the subject of Ufology. The house was formerly owned by both Sherry and her former boyfriend – David Aaron.

If you don’t recognize the name – David Aaron was well known, particularly in the 1990s, as the owner of a massive collection of amateur video and interviews covering UFOs called the “UFO video clearinghouse.” He gave a talk for MUFON titled “UFO Videos From Around The World”, and in 1994 he was quoted in a Time Magazine article about Harvard psychiatrist John Mack (1).

The collection that was stored in the garage – directly in the path of the ECI trash removal crew – was David Aaron’s own collection, encompassing years of research, work and archiving. He has said that his collection that he started in 1986, included audio and video dated from 1947 up through 2005. Within hours, David Aaron’s collection would be lost forever, but not without a fight.




David Aaron Loses the UFO Audio-Video Clearinghouse Collection

In 2010, Don Ecker of Dark Matters Radio interviewed David Aaron. Don is also another fixture of the “old guard” of Ufology – the young researchers of the 60’s through the 80’s that are now quite a bit older, but no less interested in the subject of UFOs.

Prior to the interview, Don introduced David on his blog as follows:

“When it came to the UFO subject and television and radio if Dave did not have it in his stockpile…it wasn’t available anywhere! He was The One Stop Shop for everything UFO.”

This month, Dave has been sending out emails to all of his contacts throughout the UFO community, alerting them to his tragic loss.

“On a Monday in July 2011, I received a phone call from my former girlfriend stating that she was going to loose her home, this was my house. I moved to a much larger house, and would move items into my new home, as time permitted. We made arrangements to meet on Friday to remove all the VERY RARE UFO AUDIOTAPES out of the garage where they were stored, without any incident for many years. When I arrived at the house, men in white anti-bacterial suits covered the area. One of my neighbors ran up to me and told me that ‘Sherry’ my girlfriend was found dead on Tuesday. I was in a state of semi shock.”

At this point, David’s story turns dark, as he describes starting to videotape the scene as one of the ECI workers in a white anti-bacterial suit told him that he would go get his gun and shoot him if David didn’t leave.

David went straight to the Calimesa Police Department and reported the situation – begging them to save the thousands of rare UFO tapes that were being thrown into the trash.

The Calimesa police refused him to help – referring him to the City. Unfortunately, Dave’s hands were tied – City Hall was closed already, and would be closed for the weekend.

David returned to the home, ignoring the earlier threat, and started to take photos of the men at work removing furniture, boxes and trash from the house.

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From the vantage point where David began taking his photos of the situation, you can see the ECI trash unit on the roadside, furniture and boxes piled outside the house, and a certain amount of trash loaded inside the large trailer.

The scene almost looks as though there is a sorting process taking place – with trash going into the trailer, furniture going in a pile, and then other assorted piles across the front lawn.

You almost have to wonder if some of those boxes included pieces of David’s collection. As the men disappeared back into the house, David ran to the trailer unit to capture a few shots of the pile inside of it.

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David explained in his emails that the collection he lost included over 1,200 rare UFO radio program recordings, many of which you probably can’t find anywhere else in the world anymore, including:

(1) A 1947 interview of Walt Whitmore interviewing Mac Brazel about the Roswell event.

(2) A 1958 recording of Major Donald Keyhole on CBS Radio interviewed on the subject of UFOs for the Air Force. The recording included the point in the show when Air Force Officers inside the studio forced producers to turn off his microphone.

(3) A rare 1960 TV interview of Barney & Betty Hill on Louis Lomax KTTV.

(4) A collection of NICAP on-scene interviews and investigations on reel-to-reel audiotape, donated to David by Richard Hall of NICAP.

These examples are only the tip of the iceberg. Like or hate modern Ufology, anyone has to lament the loss of so much documented history.

All of my attempts to contact ECI for information on where the items removed from the house were taken were unsuccessful at the time of the publication of this article.

Follow-up Interview With David Aaron

I contacted David Aaron directly to obtain more details about this event. It is no secret that there’s no love lost between myself and many of the old-guard Ufologists out there.

The manner in which most jump to the assumption that the NSA, CIA or some other alphabet-soup agency is involved in a massive cover-up of UFO information is unsupported by evidence. In fact, in his email, David started to imply that somehow the CIA or NSA was involved in the cover-up of this particular story – rather than the more likely reason that most mainstream journalists just have no interest in Ufology.

However, given the extent of this loss – and the sheer volume of history in the form of audio and video that was lost in this incident, it is very difficult not to feel bad for David. He has lost his life’s work. Even worse, the field of Ufology has lost a virtual library of historical data that can never be recovered. That is a big loss for any investigator that’s truly interested in the truth.

Ryan: David, you listed a few prime examples of some things that were in the collection, are you able to estimate a rough total of how much content (audio/video/writings) there were in total?

David: Ryan, no email can tell you the entire story of the UFO Audio Video Clearing House. The letters from the State Department, the FBI, all destroyed as well. The exact content is only an approximation, there were around 1,400 UFO audiotapes, all the old NICAP newsletters going back to 1956, what members ordered, a computer list of where each UFO report or video or audiotape was located.

Ryan: I was a bit surprised to see you mentioned the NICAP investigations were included in the collection. Were you in charge of maintaining those interviews, and do they represent the entire NICAP archive of all of their investigations?

David: I was only a member of NICAP years ago, and the Late Richard Hall just loaned me the masters to put on audio cassette I mailed back the originals reel to reel NICAP TAPES OF WITNESSES back to him years ago. Mr. Hall was getting up in years, and wanted to make sure the NICAP audio files had a safe home for future generations.

David’s concern and paranoia regarding the whole scenario was that he had just talked to Sherry merely a day before the Coroner’s report says that she died. What had they talked about? Sherry had asked David to come and move the UFO collection out of the house because she couldn’t afford to keep the house anymore. One day later, she’s found dead.

My first call to the San Bernardino Coroner stated that Sherry Died of blunt force trauma, and that boxes fell on her head. Next, it was changed to a heart attack, and next it was changed to high blood pressure (Medication which she stopped taking 6 years ago after she changed her diet and stopped the salt intake.) When I asked for the Coroner’s report, they said it would take 8 months to get. I now have it, and it shows the cause of death as heart attack due to high blood pressure.

David concluded our brief interview by lamenting the loss of his collection, and how he was completely powerless to do anything to stop it.

“….then, when I was threatened to be shot, I had to take the photos. There is not much that I can prove, as you can see by the photos..everything related to my company was thrown in a dumpster and taken to hinterlands. I think they wanted the letters from the FBI and the State Department.

I was unable to locate whom purchased what, because all our sales books, computer floppy disks (Back ups) and all our records were also destroyed. Yes, a 69 year old man can cry after seeing so many years of history thrown in the trash, even though I had no power to stop them, and law enforcement could have cared less!”

While it isn’t much consolation, David stated that he does have most of the videotapes from his collection up on the Internet, but all of the thousands of rare audiotapes, and all of his records and documents are lost forever.


References & Image Credits:
(1) Time Magazine
(2) MUFON Orange County Past Speakers
(3) All images of cleanup used by the permission of David Aaron.

Originally published on TopSecretWriters.com

  • Mister black

    The secret is out
    UFOS R REAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Brian Jørgensen

     This is very sad

  • Uhrhistory

    The important thing is does Aaron have an inventory of his holdings to check against what exists elsewhere? For example, the Keyhoe/CBS interview from 1958 survives and isn’t lost. UFOlogists are notorious packrats and I’d bet that a good chunk of this material survives. But we need to know what was there in the first place.

  • Lancemoody

    Highly doubtful that Dave had Whitmore/Brazel interview.

    Lance

  • Agreed – Dave mentioned that he started hunting around the net for the most important shows/videos/interviews and said most of the videos were already archived (by him) online, but that most of the audio has been lost. You make a good point – maybe much of the audio is available elsewhere as well.

  • One thing that concerned me at first about this story was that people might start to claim that certain things were “lost” from this archive that never existed in the first place. Luckily in any emails streams I’ve seen concerning this, I haven’t seen anything do that. But, it’s always a concern when you’re dealing with a community filled with so many scam artists.

  • Uhrhistory

    UFOlogy is horrible at preserving its own. Outside of a few pockets of organization, things are in dirty basements, decrepit garages, big moldy piles, obsolete formats, etc. We can only hope that a fair percentage can be archived for the future. Much will be destroyed in the meantime.

  • DAVE AARON

    There are thousands of my catalogues around the world listing all the UFO audio and video recordings + we added over 22 updates since 1986. Were looking for our catalogue now.

  • Lance Moody

    Yeah, something is going on among Roswell enthusiasts in reference to this event. Of course, this being UFOs, no one can just say what it is.

    Dave, are you claiming that you have audio of the Whitmore/Brazel interview that no one has heard since 1947?

    This would have been very exciting news.

    Lance

  • Anonymous

    I suspect a lot of ufologists are evidence that some humans are descended from squirrels with hoarding and hiding being a biological imperative.

    Losing such a wealth of history is saddening in any subject-area and maybe moreso in such a small sub-culture as ufology.

    I appreciate that individuals and groups have spent time and money to create collections of audio and files. It’s also understandable that they need recompense to get by in life. After all, why should others reap the benefits of their hard work? It’s even less encouraging when the modern world is rapidly losing it’s capacity to say thank you.

    On the other hand, when collections are in the hands of small isolated groups and individuals – they are at the mercy of ‘acts of god,’ Murphy’s Law and human mistakes.

    In my mind’s eye, I see parallels with Greco-Roman mystery schools and withholding of secrets for initiates only. Hmmm, I wonder whatever happened to them and their small gods?

    My heart goes out to David Aaron and he must still be feeling queasy at the loss. On the bright side, it’s possible that someone else is out there keeping a similar collection private.

  • Will do – this case is taking a strange turn, that’s for sure.

  • I think that’s an excellent idea…

  • Lance Moody

    Hi Steve and Ryan,

    Yeah our messages got crossed up in the long delay to being posted. Hopefully that was just a holiday glitch and not a regular occurrence. I don’t use moderator approval at my small site and have yet to get any spam. Frank Warren scrupulously moderates all comments at his circa-1993 site and weeds out comments he doesn’t like. The effect there is painfully obvious: post after worthless post and zero comments on any of ’em.

    Upon re-reading the Aaron story above, I think I see a what’s happening. The dramatic claim by Aaron that someone from the private company hazmat team threatened to shoot him doesn’t even slightly ring true. Indeed, I wouldn’t trust any part of the story. A call to the company about this ersatz felony would certainly get the ball rolling.

    At least the supposed Roswell interview has been put to bed (for now…watch and see, it will resurface sometime…no UFO story ever goes away, they just fade for a while).

    Best,

    Lance

  • Thanks Lance. I was forced to enable moderation once people started trying to promote their own sites and blogs here at TSW. I’ve worked very hard to rank as highly as I do, and didn’t appreciate people trying to essentially steal the “link-juice”. All posts without links do get instantly approved though.

    I agree re: the need to confirm the story from the hazmat company, and Aaron has in fact just sent out a mass email telling his side of the story. As usual – what should have been a very simple open-shut story about the destruction of a garage full of old audio/video tapes has turned into another full-blown drama fight between the two constantly-bickering sides of Ufology.

    It never fails to amaze me how this always happens.

  • Lance Moody

    If you get a chance, I’d love to see that letter.

    Lance

  • Absolutely – I’d love to get your take on it Lance. Sending it to your email right now.

  • jhp73

    I am a good friend of Dave’s and I know how to get in touch with him. If you want an interview I could try and set it up. He is also putting all his library up for sale.

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