DANIEL FRY

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 nuclear destruction.
 

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 many individuals.
 

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.

 

 

RELIGIOUS ASPECTS

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.