Re: [ufodiscussion] FW: Howard Menger Passes
- And, just before Howard Menger passed away, Brian Scott passed away. The era of the "contactee" is
seemingly passing away.
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Sent: Sunday, March 15, 2009 1:25 PM
Subject: [ufodiscussion] FW: Howard Menger Passes
Famed UFO contactee Howard Menger died at his home in Vero Beach
Florida on February 25th, 8 days after his 87th birthday. He is survived
by Connie Menger, his wife of over 50 years, four children, (two by a
former marriage) and many grandchildren.
At the age of 19, Menger enlisted in the Army and saw service in the
Pacific during WWII in a flamethrower unit flushing the Japanese out
of caves and other hideouts. He was wounded and received the Purple
Heart. Retuning to his native New Jersey in 1946, Menger started a
sign painting business and a family.
This changed in 1956, when he appeared on the Long John Nebel
radio show, along with contactee George Van Tassel. He talked about
contacts with space brothers (and more specifically -sisters) who
appeared to him beginning when he was ten years old. Some of his
later published descriptions sound distinctly sexual in nature, although
he carefully couched them in language that could be construed as
He also started taking pictures of the space people and their ships,
although most who saw the photos say that they are quite indistinct.
On August 4th of 1956, Menger said he was invited on board one of
the flying saucers. The next month he said that the space people took
him for a joyride where he saw alien civilizations on other planets and
structures on the Moon.
Later that year, an attractive young woman named Connie Weber
appeared at one of Menger's gatherings. He thought that she was the
reincarnation of a blond spacewoman that he had known (in the
biblical sense) in a previous life on Venus. He soon left his first wife
an family to begin a new life of lectures and touring on the Contactee
circuit. Many investigators visited the Menger home and interviewed
witnesses whose stories varied with the telling or did not match each
In From Outer Space To You, Menger's 1959 entry into the contactee
fray, made him a regular at Van Tassel's annual Spacecraft Conventions
in Southern California. Connie wrote a book entitled My Saturnian Lover
about her previous interplanetary relationship with Menger.
In 1960, Menger appeared on a TV show with Nebel and basically
recanted his entire story. He later said that he was involved in some sort
of Army test of public reaction to possible alien contact. Fortean writer
Ivan Sanderson arrived at the Menger residence in the late 1950s and
claimed that Menger got very angry with him when Sanderson discovered
some equipment and crates in a storage area with "U. S. Army" stenciled
on them. (My source for this obscure story was the late Dr. Mario
After this, Menger retired from the public eye and worked on electronic
devices he said were designed to harness free energy and allow mankind
to build their own flying saucers. He received no widespread publicity for
these inventions. Jim Moseley recalled that Menger attended a UFO
convention in the 1970s and "blew out all the fuses in the hotel" with
one of his contraptions.
Despite the claims and controversy, Howard and Connie Menger seemed
to be genuinely in love with each other and apparently raised a reasonably
happy family. If nothing else, Menger will be remembered as a unique
personality who tried to leave a positive message as his legacy.
February 17th,1922-February 25th, 2009
The shell has been discarded yet the essence remains of one of the most
extraordinary individuals I have ever had the pleasure to know. UFO
Contactee Howard Menger, left his body today, February 25th, 2009 at
11:11 PM in the company of his loving and supportive family, children
and grandchildren and especially his wife and loyal partner of over fifty
years, Connie Menger. Howard lived an extraordinary life, yet came
from a humble background and was a simple man, with very few needs
and many friends worldwide. He is responsible for having brought into
this world one of the most creative, talented and loving families of the
likes I have never seen anywhere else. I have been fortunate enough to
have been a part of the family and regarded as their eldest daughter, a
privilege I will always be grateful for.
The extraordinary love and faith this family bestows upon all who meet
them is unparalleled, the show of support they have for one another is
immeasurable, in their presence one feels aglow and basks in the light
of the love they have for each other. To have entered into their inner
sanctuary and been a part of the family has been one of the highlights
of my life, aside from having three wonderful children and a supportive
and loving husband.
We will all miss Howard, his energy and personality, his laugh and sense
of humor, his wisdom, his innovative inventions, his interesting stories
about the numerous experiences during his visitations with people from
other planets, depicted in his books, "From Outer Space To You", "The
Highbridge Incident" and "Threads of Light To You". He served his country
when there was a need, he was a son of America, a loyal citizen, he loved
this land and the freedom it represents for all, adored and cherished his
wife and loved and served his family till the very end, and they responded
to him in kind, as did his loyal and loving friends.
Howard you are one of a kind and we will all miss you, we will keep your
message and essence within our minds alive, forever and the knowledge
and information that ETs do visit Earth and have contacted 1000's of
people similar to you. God bless you and may he keep you close to his
heart, as we will keep you in ours, forever. Amen.
Susan L. Cerdan
The FURST Group
The Florida UFO Research & Study Group-Vero Beach, FL
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