UFO Update: 50th Roswell Crash Bash with Greg Bishop

Greg Bishop, host of the long-running series Radio Misterioso, phoned UFO Update for a live report from Roswell, New Mexico July 5, 1997. Greg is the author of Project Beta detailing the military cover-up and disinformation behind the Paul Bennewitz affair. More recently, Greg published the book It Defies Language which even mentions Jerry in its Kindle edition. Surprise guest appearance by Travis Walton; with Jerry and co-host Chris Waterbury. Listen: https://archive.org/details/UFOUpdate-LiveFromRoswell

Greg Bishop

Best of UFO Update: 1-1-2000

The Musical Transportation Spree‘s January 1, 2000 show within a show, UFO Update, rounds up favorite UFO events in a “Millennium of UFOs” by investigators Richard Moss, Craig Lang, Casey Holt, Mike Driscoll, Colorado’s Christopher (Mysterious Valley) O’Brien.

Craig Lang & friend

Casey Holt

Host Jerry interviewed Roswell saucer crash author-researcher Don Schmitt (Cover-Up at Roswell, UFO Crash at Roswell);

Don Schmitt

Don discusses the Ramey memo, witness testimonies, and the making of Roswell (The Movie). With Chris Waterbury; from KFAI aircheck tapes, listen: https://archive.org/details/UFOUpdate1-1-2000

Tapeworms: A Guide To Home Taping

Harken back 25 years to 1992 and those lovely June days when The Musical Transportation Spree‘s hosts Jerry & Chris Waterbury  corresponded with prominent home taping personalities for how-to recording techniques and advice. Responses arrived from around the globe: Lord Litter, Stegor, Thomas Pradel, Carl Howard, Tom Furgas, The Larry Mondello Band, Scott Walker (Alien Planetscapes), My Personal Demons, David Saint, Due Process, David Barnes, Marc Myers, John January, The Bill Jones Show, Charles Dayton, Greenhouse Effect, Fish Drum, Pascal Uni, Doug Michael & The Outer Darkness, Chorus of Souls, many others, featuring KFAI studio guest (and home taper) Peter Stenshoel. Listen to the results at archive.org  https://archive.org/details/ATapewormsGuideToHomeTapingPart2

 

 

Scorchedear’s 5th Anniversary

Here’s the 100th post commemorating this website’s five years!

Last year’s addition of Jerry’s interview with Bebe Barron, electronic composer for the sci-fi film classic Forbidden Planet has, as of this date, over 4,000 downloads, Scorchedear’s most popular-ever offering. So rewarding for the memory of Charles Brin, who made the Bebe interview possible because they were old friends. Charles also made a movie cameo as a dour Yiddish school principal in the Coen Brothers A Serious Man.

Send in these clowns…?

Could anyone fail to notice news reports of creepy clown sightings this past year? Not as recent yet contemporary clown encounters of the bizarre kind were only part of The Clown Show, certainly another of the most popular specials in the Scorchedear archives.

 

UFO researcher Terry Hansen passed away. His one book, The Missing Times, is an important must-read critical history of UFOs and censorship in the news. Terry meets Jerry on UFO Update Volume 7.

Terry Hansen

Strange Summit

Thanks to photographer Stuart (Little City in Space) Mathews, here’s the 2004 meeting during Winona’s Strange Phenomena conference when Illinois Mutual UFO Network investigator Susan Murawski met The Modjeskis at their home (Jerry A. Modjeski, Susan, (Mrs.) Barbara & Jerry M. Modjeski).

Photo: Stuart Mathews

Jerry M. Modjeski (1935-2017)

Dad at the Grill

Dad at the Grill

Here’s a tribute to the man behind some of Scorchedear’s talents, Jerry M. Modjeski, lifelong resident of Winona, Minnesota, who passed away recently. (Obit)

I shared several important passions with Dad, including love of classic country-western music. He tape recorded himself at home playing instrumental guitar-harmonica on simplified arrangements of old favorites and standards. (Listen)fullsizerender

 

 

 

 

Dad was also keenly interested in UFOs, bigfoot and all things paranormal.

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For me, the Christmas gift of a yellow transistor radio encouraged my lifelong passion, along with noting my Dad’s late-night listening habits: clear-channel KDKA-Pittsburgh; Jim Bohannon; long-time fan of inquistive, acerbic Art Bell; back in the ’70s, WIND-Chicago’s Eddie Schwartz kept tabs on locals like ghost-hunter Richard Crowe, and from the Center for UFO Studies, Dr. J. Allen Hynek.img_0001

Dad, cartoon by Wayne Modjeski

Dad, cartoon by Wayne Modjeski

Freddie “Schnickelfritz” Fisher Tribute

img001Years before Spike Jones and his City Slickers combined funny music with rude noises and zany, choreographed shows, Freddie Fisher (b. 1904 Lourdes, Iowa) showcased his own brand of Dixieland jazz & hayseed havoc in the mid-1930s. Fisher was expanding upon the sound of then-successful corn-fed cut-ups, The Hoosier Hot Shots. Fisher’s “Schnickelfritz” band antics included punctuating a musical note with the opening outhouse door on stage that revealed a bare-assed occupant; mimicking a locomotive to the tune of “The Wreck of the Old ’97” and peppering their lyrics with double-entendre. img003

Fisher’s Schnickelfritzers initially gained a devoted following playing at the Sugar Loaf Tavern in Winona, Minnesota, then moved to bigger venues in St. Paul-Minneapolis. The band impressed visiting entertainer Rudy Vallee who brought them to Hollywood. Fisher_37Freddie recorded dozens of sides for Decca Records and opened his own nightclub in L.A. Later he made Aspen, Colorado his home and continued to play until his death in 1967.

Dave Michael

Dave Michael

Nels Laakso

Nels Laakso

In honor of Freddie Fisher’s 100th birthday, Jerry with Dave Michael, drummer of the Southside Aces paid tribute on KFAI radio’s Musical Transportation Spree with a two-hour special. Listen: https://archive.org/details/Schnickelfest Internet Archive logo

UFO Update: Minot, North Dakota 1968

Capt. Brad Runyon's Drawing MUFON investigator Bill McNeff‘s UFO casebook: The U.S. Air Force near Minot, North Dakota encounters a mysterious, giant unknown craft (see above: witness illustration). With host Jerry Modjeski. Listen: https://archive.org/details/ufoupdate_minot1968Internet Archive logo

More documentation of this case with additional military witness testimony at historian Tom Tulien’s awesome website.

Ambient background by La Sonorite Juane. Thanks to Chris Waterbury; and creative inspiration from far-out alien blogs by fashionablylazyloungelizard.

The Return of UFO Update

img001New for 2016! Recent cases with frequent UFO Update contributor Bill McNeff from the Minnesota Mutual UFO Network back again to report findings to Jerry Modjeski.
Ambient sounds by La Sonorite Jaune. Art by Al Feldstein.

Listen: https://archive.org/details/TheReturnofUFOUpdateInternet Archive logo

Musical Transportation Spree 7-27-91

img003From the dusty orange crate of tapes comes this 45 minute aircheck excerpt of the second show of The Musical Transportation Spree (KFAI, Minneapolis-St. Paul, 1991-2006). Independent cassette culture spotlight during the Now That’s Interesting portion features Plastic Eye Miracle, a dream from The Rudy Schwartz Project (from Don Campau‘s Dreamscape compilation), Rev. Billy C. Wirtz (ad), with an extended music set of The Tesla Ensemble from Michigan. Hosts Chris Waterbury, Bernard Olson with Jerry; show intro by Patti Walsh. Listen: https://archive.org/details/MTS_07211991Internet Archive logo

Bernard, Chris

Bernard, Chris

 

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