Daniel William Fry was born on July 19, 1908 in the small village of
Verdon, Minnesota, about fifty miles from the western-most tip of Lake
Superior. At the age of nine he was orphaned. He was taken in by his maternal
grandmother who moved to California with Daniel in 1920 when he was twelve.
Fry apparently did well in school but, like Adamski, the economic needs
of the home drove him to work at the age of eighteen; he was not able to
attend college. With a keen mind Fry studied heavily in his spare time,
frequenting the public library in Pasadena. His familiarity with chemistry
eventually led to a job as an explosives technician and demolition expert.
In 1934 he married; the couple had one son and two daughters. Meanwhile,
as a father and husband, he continued to pursue his self-education, becoming
knowledgeable in rocketry. In 1949 he joined Aerojet General Corporation
working on rocket engines. His assignments included work at White Sands
testing grounds in New Mexico under government contract. While at White
Sands he further specialized in instrumentation for rocket engine testing.
After six years with Aerojet General he returned to California where
he took a job as a production manager with the Crescent Engineering and
Research Company of El Monte, a suburb of Los Angeles.
About this time he became widely known for his contact experience. He
resigned his job with Crescent Engineering to devote himself exclusively
to lecturing and publishing of a small periodical he named "Understanding."
Later he moved to Merlin, Oregon where he continued to publish his journal
and to lecture.
Fry's experience took place on July 4, 1950 at the White Sands test
facility where he was on duty for Aerojet General. Most of the facility
personnel were away on holiday with only a minimum crew to maintain critical
equipment. Fry had planned to take a bus later in the day to Las Cruces,
some forty miles away, to watch the fireworks. However, he confused the
schedule and missed the last bus. As a consequence he found himself alone,
and somewhat lonely.
With his technical interests he decided to study a book on heat transfer
and was engaged in that late into the evening when the air conditioning
system in his quarters failed. To get out of the heat and stuffy air he
decided to go for a walk around the facility. It was a brilliant starlit
night. As he walked along he gazed into the beauty of the night sky. Suddenly
he noticed that several stars seemed to disappear. After puzzling over
this for a few moments he realized they were obscured by some object that
was making no sound and had no lights. It could not be an object with mechanical
propulsion, otherwise it would make noise. Also, craft flying at night
in that area would certainly have plain markings and proper lights. The
thought occurred that it might be a weather balloon but not at that time
of night and with everyone on holiday.
As he watched he could see the outline of a blue-black object which
seemed to be approaching rapidly. He instinctively wanted to run, but being
familiar with rockets, and in that area, he knew it would be foolish until
he could determine where the object was headed. Otherwise he might run
directly into its path. As he watched the object came quite close and finally
settled on the ground about seventy feet away.
His reaction again was to run. The strange object obeyed none of the
laws of physics as he understood them. He worked with rockets and realized
that this was no rocket, or any other apparatus he had ever heard about.
The object was circular, about fifteen feet high and about thirty feet
across at its widest point. It was shaped somewhat like a doughnut, rounded
on the sides but flat on top and bottom. It had no motors, wings, rocket
nozzles, or any other means of propulsion that he could see.
His mind was greatly preoccupied with this phenomenon when he realized he was approaching it. His approach was almost involuntary; he had not made a conscious decision to do so. But then his curiosity overcame his fears and he approached within an arms length. He walked around the object but could
see no openings, seams or irregularities of any kind. The object was perfectly smooth and regular. He touched the object and discovered that it had a peculiar kind of slippery feel.
At that point a most unusual thing happened. He heard a voice which
warned him not to touch the object.
He was stunned. He was so startled he turned to run but caught his foot
in the root of a shrub and fell flat on his face. While he lay there, wondering
what was happening to him, he heard the voice again. It told him to relax,
that he was among friends.
By this time he was in a high state of perplexity, near hysteria, wondering
where the voice was coming from, who it might be, and what the object was
all about. He rose slowly to his feet, as the voice continued to explain.
The object was not from this planet. It was a remote controlled craft
operated from a larger craft many miles up in the atmosphere. The operators
were from other worlds engaged in a study of life on this world. Fry had
been selected as a candidate for an experiment. He was being observed to
see how well certain human mortals from this world could adapt to new and
unusual circumstances, quickly and calmly, and to concepts totally foreign
to their normal modes of thought. It was the intent of the space visitors
to take Fry on a trip of his choosing, to demonstrate the vehicle, and
their technological abilities.
He was invited aboard. He was instructed to go to the other side of
the craft where he found an opening he had not seen before. He climbed
into a space inside the craft that obviously did not occupy the entire
volume. There were four seats, but no other furnishings, equipment or apparatus.
The door closed and he was told they would take him on a quick trip to
some destination of his choice. Because he did not voice a preference they
took him from White Sands to New York City and return in one-half hour.
During that trip many items concerning the craft were explained to him.
He was also informed of their concern for the future of this world, and
how they hoped he might be able to contribute in an effort to avoid total
All conversations during the experience were through telepathy. Fry's
selection as a candidate for contact was based to some extent on his exceptional
ability to receive their images and conversation without the assistance
of material apparatus.
Fry was later contacted on several other occasions, never with visual
sightings, but only telepathically. During those subsequent conversations
Fry was instructed concerning the unfolding nature of events, and the inevitable
rush into nuclear holocaust unless men made drastic revision in their social
philosophies and practices. He wrote up his experiences in a small private
printing which was picked up by Gavin Gibbons, an Englishman, and republished
as "They Rode In Space Ships," Neville Spearman, London, 1957. The quotations
in this book are from a second private publication in 1966.
Fry's story is straight forward, without apparent attempt to mislead.
His character is honest; his conduct open. We find no events which would
lead us to believe he was relating an account other than an honest one.
Like Adamski, Fry was non-conformist. He was somewhat of a loner, but
obviously intelligent and unassuming. His experience greatly modified his
life; he spent the time from his forty-seventh year attempting to fulfill
the request of his space contacts for a renewal of attitudes here on earth.
He was not successful, although he may have influenced the thinking of
His contribution to this study does not hold the rank of Adamski or
Swift. But support in a number of items greatly assists in showing the
authenticity of both Adamski and Swift, and helps clarify their reports.
We shall compare items from Fry's account as appropriate.
The reader may find great differences between these modern reports and
those from the Bible; these reports do not seem religious. They are presented
by ordinary men who do not appear devout or even aware of the religious
connotations. Even more, Adamski is a man who practices deception where
another person would tremble with fear.
Are the events of religious origin? May the visitors be ordinary mortals
who have conquered space? If the visits are performed under the direction
of high universe authorities, even God himself, how can the reports be
so material, so mechanistic, so physical?
Traditions through our religious heritage do not stress the mechanical and physical nature of the experiences of Moses, Elijah or Ezekiel. But they must have been equally material, and mechanical, with the same physical aspects as these modern reports. Our notions of the religious nature of the old reports are due to the fact that the immediate human sensations do not come through the reports clouded by the mists of time. The practical aspects have been suppressed with only the religious features remaining. This force is so strong that many students of the Bible simply will not accept the accounts of Moses, Elijah and Ezekiel as being mechanical. From this view God is not
mechanical; he is spiritual. Therefore, all his actions are spiritual and cannot be mechanical. Space beings are angels, not humanoid bipeds.
At the root of the modern phenomenon is the highly secular and apostate
attitudes of modern people. We are not habituated to thinking devoutly
or with holy revere. Our orientations are material and mechanistic. This
mental framework distorts two sides to the phenomenon. First, we interpret
the phenomenon in material terms, even though it has strong spiritual components.
Second, the celestial visitors must present themselves as more materialistic;
otherwise they would be rejected. They must not be too far removed in their
contacts from the general world orientation as it exists today. In the
days of Moses, Elijah or Ezekiel they could present themselves more in
the nature of their true origins; today they must present themselves according
to our ability to receive.
This problem pervades all the evidence we shall consider. Unless we learn to accommodate to the reality of the celestial kingdom we can never grasp the phenomenon, nor the manner in which God performs his actions in the material universe. God is more than mere spirit; he is the power of powers in his physical creation.