George Adamski UFOs
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First of the 1950s flying saucer contactees who claimed direct contact with beings who had traveled to Earth in space-ships from planets in outer space. Adamski was born in Poland on April 17, 1891. He was two years old when his family emigrated to Dunkirk, New York. In 1913 Adamski served with the 13th Cavalry on the Mexican border, received an honorable discharge from the army in 1919, then settled in Laguna Beach, California. He studied occult metaphysics and in 1936 founded the Royal Order of Tibet, through which he offered a course in self-mastery. Although he had no scientific training, he was often referred to as "Professor" by his Royal Order of Tibet mystical philosophy students. In 1940 he moved to the Valley Center with his followers, where they established a farming project. Four years later he moved to the southern slope of Mount Palomar in Southern California. He had no formal connection with the observatory there and worked as a handyman at a hamburger stand.

Soon after the modern flying saucer era began, Adamski emerged in 1947 as a popular lecturer. He claimed to have sighted a UFO in 1946 and in 1949 wrote a novel, Pioneers in Space, to promote discussion of the subject by the general public. He also began to show pictures of what he claimed were saucers he had seen near his home near Mount Palomar.

Adamski also coauthored, with Desmond Leslie,Flying Saucers Have Landed (1953), the book that launched the contactee phenomenon. Adamski claimed that he had been contacted by the Venusian occupant of a flying saucer that landed in the California desert November 20, 1952. Subsequently Adamski claimed to have had contact with spacemen from Mars and Saturn and to have traveled 50,000 miles into space in their craft. After Adamski's revelations, the convention of spaceman contacts, messages from outer space, and warnings about the welfare of the cosmos became firmly established. Adamski expanded upon his revelations in two subsequent volumes: Inside the Space Ships (1955) and Flying Saucers Farewell (1961).

By the late 1950s Adamski was an international celebrity who lectured to large audiences in North America and Europe. He also had his critics. In 1957 editor James Mosley devoted an issue of Saucer News to an expos? of Adamski. In 1963 Adamski's close associate C. A. Honey denounced him after discovering that Adamski had rewritten the original messages from the saucer beings in the Royal Order of Tibet materials. As his following had grown, Adamski had formed his followers into study groups and offered lessons in cosmic philosophy. In spite of the critics and defections, he retained a large following at the time of his death on April 23, 1965, from a heart attack, in Washington, D.C. His close associates founded the UFO Education Center in Valley Center, California, and the George Adamski Foundation, in Vista, California, to carry on his legacy.


Adamski, George. Cosmic Philosophy. Freeman, S.D.: Pine Hill Press, 1961.

??. Flying Saucer Farewell. 1961. Reprint, Behind the Flying Saucer Mystery. New York: Paperback Library, 1967.

??. Inside the Space Ships. 1955. Reprint, Inside the Flying Saucers. New York: Paperback Library, 1967.

Barker, Gray. The Book of Adamski. Clarksburg, W. Va.: Saucerian Publications, 1965.

Leslie, Desmond, and George Adamski. Flying Saucers Have Landed. London: Werner Laurie, 1953. Rev. London: Neville Spearman, 1970.

Zinsstag & Timothy Good. George Adamski: The Untold Story. Beckenham, U.K.: Ceit Publications, 1983.

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