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Anomaly Archives eNews – September 2nd, 2022

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The Anomaly Archives Email Newsletter

September 2, 2022 – Austin, Texas

 

Remembering Erma Jean Staffen (Post from SMiles’ personal website)

The morning of August 21st, Facebook’s memories of past posts reminded me of a cute Ghostbusters/Dog-Shaming meme that my friend from the previous Reality Tunnels (pre-Pandemic / pre-Trump / pre-911 / pre-Y2k) had posted on my timeline back in 2016. That friend was Jean Staffen.

Still photo from interview videotaped in the 1990s by SMiles Lewis at the “Oxford House.”
Still photo from interview videotaped in the 1990s by SMiles Lewis at the “Oxford House.”
Jean Staffen on her Facebook page circa 2014.
Jean Staffen on her Facebook page circa 2014.

In 2016 we reconnected via facebook after many years. In 2017 she told me she was dealing with significant health issues. We exchanged brief messages until I stopped hearing from her in April of 2020. Today, because of that facebook reminiscence I did an internet search for her name…

Erma Jean Staffen 

AUGUST 1, 1939 – MAY 18, 2022

Erma Jean Staffen, age 82, of Bastrop, Texas passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Erma was born August 1, 1939.  — NeptuneSociety.com

I think I first met Jean at a meeting of the local MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) chapter sometime between 1990 and 1992 when she formed Austin’s UFO/Abduction Support Group. She had mysterious memories of anomalous childhood experiences at age 3, 9, 13 and onward that led her to form this group. These were heady days and I recall many fantastic public meetings and private conversations with her and other members of the Austin UFO community.

A couple of years after founding and running the local UFO support group, Jean “got the call to go West.” She asked and I accepted the role of continuing that support and study group. I led the monthly meetings for the next four years. Jean returned to Austin in 1998 and disbanded the group. She started a new group called Truth Seekers, or similar. This monthly group met to discuss all manner of esoteric, metaphysical, and conspiratorial topics. One of the few I attended focused on an area of particular interest to me, the health effects of electromagnetic energy.

Jean had contributed her own written thoughts on the subject of UFO encounters / alien abductions for Susan Lepselter’s UT dissertation and they both let me reproduce some of those writings in my print zine, E.L.F. Infested Spaces, back in 1994.

We lost track of each other for many years until reconnecting in 2016 when she’d retired to Bastrop, Texas. I  never got to have a long talk with her and catch up on so much of Austin’ UFO history that she was a part of but it was nice at least messaging each other with links and cartoons every month or so until I stopped hearing from her.

Well, I now know that she passed on in May of this year. Safe travels my friend…

Links:

Well that’s all for now.

SMiles Lewis / Founder
AnomalyArchives.org
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The Anomaly Archives with SMiles Lewis (UNT’s “Folklore in the Archives” Event)

University of North Texas, Special Collections’ “Folklore in the Archives”
Part 1, August 27, 2022 featuring Anomaly Archives founder SMiles Lewis.
This was a Zoom-based virtual mini-conference held on August 27th & September 3rd, 2021. Find out more at this Facebook page for the event, here:
Official Original Video Links are here:
Folklore in the Archives- Part 1
@facebook.com/UNTSpecColl/videos/367960858254537
Folklore in the Archives- Part 2
@facebook.com/UNTSpecColl/videos/977537153027074

August 27 speakers:

  • Jennifer Brannock, Curator of Rare Books & Mississippiana at the University of Southern Mississippi
  • Christine Blythe, Folklore Archives Specialist, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University
  • SMiles Lewis, Anomaly Archives, Austin, Texas
  • Teresa Gray, Public Services Archivist, Special Collections, Central Library, Vanderbilt University
  • Helena de Lemos, Special Collections Instruction & Research Librarian, Occidental College Library
  • Nick Richbell, Head, Special Collections & Archives, University of Waterloo Library
  • Matina Newsom, Stacks Management and Evening Supervisor, and Bobby Griffith, Lead Government Information Reference Specialist, Sycamore Library, University of North Texas
  • Louise LoBello, Research & Collections Management Specialist, Franklin & Marshall College

September 3 speakers:

  • Samantha Dodd, Curator, Archives of Women of the Southwest, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University
  • April C. Armstrong, Special Collections Assistant, Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton University
  • Joshua Youngblood, Rare Books Librarian, Special Collections Instruction and Outreach Services Unit Head, History Librarian, University of Arkansas Libraries
  • Stephanie Khattak, Independent Folklorist, Pine Curtain Project
  • Sara Butler-Tongate, Reference Archivist, Center for Archival Collections, Jerome Library, Bowling Green State University
  • Tiffany Cole, Special Collections Archivist, James Madison University Libraries
  • Jennifer Daugherty, Head, North Carolina Collection, Special Collections Division, Joyner Library, East Carolina University

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Book Of The Week – Revisited & Reviewed

ProfessorWHAM.com Presents… 

Contact With Colliding Worlds Part 1 Synchronicities of SilenceBlog Post

“I was going to write a blog reviewing Trinity: The Best Kept Secret by Jacques Vallee and Paola Leopizzi Harris but interesting synchronicities kept presenting themselves, especially as I concurrently read The Pueblo Revolt by David Roberts about the same area of the country during a different time period. What follows is a collection of reflections, occasional wandering tangents and some questions.”

Contact with Colliding Worlds Part 2 Some Trinity Forensic ConsiderationsBlog Post

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Anomaly Archives eNews – April 30th, 2022

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April 30, 2022 – Austin, Texas

 

The Anomaly Archives Presents… 

A Review and Discussion of

Rice University’s Opening of the Archives of the Impossible

Did you miss last weekend’s livestream of “Anomaly Archives Presents…“? Last Saturday afternoon, host SMiles Lewis was joined by guests Greg BishopDavid Metcalfe and Mike Clelland to talk about their recent experience participating in Rice University’s March event, the Opening of the Archives of the Impossible.

Mike Clelland – Author, Illustrator & UFO Experiencer

David Metcalfe – Editor, Researcher & Scholar in Virtual Residence

Greg Bishop – Writer, Radio Host & Researcher

This new anomalous archive features collections donated by Jacques Vallee, Stanley Krippner, Edwin May, Anne & Whitley Strieber, and MORE!

If you haven’t yet, check out the official Rice University webpage for the video archives of the event HERE, as well as our own Anomaly Archives YouTube Playlist, “Opening of the Archives of the Impossible @RiceUniversity.”

Watch the video archive on YouTube or Facebook

Tabling Outreach at the Austin Archives Bazaar

Tabling outreach at the 2022 Austin Archives Bazaar

Last weekend was the first in-person Austin Archives Bazaar since 2018. We had a great time tabling at that 2018 event and so we were even more excited than usual to finally be able to do in-person outreach at the first AAB event in 4 years! We had a great time seeing all the other wonderful Central Texas Archives and especially, interacting with so many wonderful people. Reactions to our presence there was phenomenal – with so many people exclaiming, “Why haven’t I ever heard of y’all” and “Where are y’all located – I’ve got to see this collection!” We made a lot of great new friends and contacts so perhaps we’ll also get some leads on a new location for the Anomaly Archives.


AustinArchivesBazaar.org
ABGB – Austin Beer Garden Brewing Company

 

UFO Garage Podcast Raising Funds for ANOMALY ARCHIVES

Ben and Joe of the UFO Garage Podcast are donating a portion of sale for their podcast’s merchandise to the Anomaly Archives. Joe & Ben are donating 20% of their merch sales for this quarter to the Anomaly Archives, 501c3 nonprofit:

“Doing our part: Every quarter we donate 20% of all merch sales towards a UFO Research or Experiencer Support Group.

This quarter we chose to help out Anomaly Archives in Austin Texas find it’s new home!

UfoGaragePodcast.com

YouTube Channel

Merch Store

 

SMiles Lewis / Founder
AnomalyArchives.org
SMilesLewis.com

 

 


Anomalous Archives / Rice Univ.’s Opening of the Archives of the Impossible

The Anomaly Archives presents a Review and Discussion of Rice University’s recent Grand Opening event for its new Archives of the Impossible. Host SMiles Lewis discuss the event with other participants and attendees including Greg Bishop, David Metcalfe and Mike Clelland.

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Art credit: RPJ, Red Pill Junkie, Absurd By Design. Intro music credit: “Silver Shamrock” by Karl Casey @ White Bat Audio. Animation credit: Viktor Criterion.

CORRECTION: at the 2:33 mark … Our collections have been in storage since the “Snowpocalypse of 2021”

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Anomaly Archives eNews – April 16th, 2022

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April 16, 2022 – Austin, Texas

 

Coming Up, Saturday, April 23rd @3pm CST

The Anomaly Archives Presents… 

A Review and Discussion of

Rice University’s Opening of the Archives of the Impossible

Watch Live HERE!

Next Saturday afternoon, join SMiles Lewis, Greg Bishop, David Metcalfe and Mike Clelland as they talk about their recent experience participating in Rice University’s March event, the Opening of the Archives of the Impossible. This new anomalous archive features collections donated by Jacques Vallee, Stanley Krippner, Edwin May, Anne & Whitley Strieber, and MORE! Join SMiles and his guests as they review and discuss the conference and what it portends for the future of anomalous archives and the academic acceptance of these strange human experiences.

In the meantime, if you haven’t already, check out the official Rice University webpage for the video archives of the event HERE, as well as our own Anomaly Archives YouTube Playlist, “Opening of the Archives of the Impossible @RiceUniversity.” And if you just want to see the panel discussion featuring me and my fellow Anomaly-Archivists, just CLICK HERE. There is something for everyone!

… THEN …  

Coming Up, Sunday, April 24th Anomaly Archives is

Tabling at The Austin Archives Bazaar

AustinArchivesBazaar.org

Come say “hello” at the ABGBAustin Beer Garden Brewing Company!

 

SMiles Lewis with Host Clyde Lewis on CHANNEL WEIRD!

Anomaly Archives founder, SMiles Lewis, was the guest of Clyde Lewis (GroundZeroMedia.org) on his CHANNEL WEIRD! livestream show.  It was a fun talk with Clyde on all things anomalous.

Watch the Archive HERE!

UFO Garage Podcast Raising Funds for ANOMALY ARCHIVES

Ben and Joe of the UFO Garage Podcast are donating a portion of sale for their podcast’s merchandise to the Anomaly Archives. Joe & Ben are donating 20% of their merch sales for this quarter to the Anomaly Archives, 501c3 nonprofit:

“Doing our part: Every quarter we donate 20% of all merch sales towards a UFO Research or Experiencer Support Group.

This quarter we chose to help out Anomaly Archives in Austin Texas find it’s new home!

If you missed SMiles Lewis’ appearance on the live vodcast, check out the archive at the link below…

Check em out at …

UfoGaragePodcast.com

YouTube Channel

Merch Store

SMiles Lewis / Founder
AnomalyArchives.org
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