Jerry E. Smith
is now on
A "video grab" from Jerry's appearance on Encounters with the Unexplained, hosted by Jerry Orbach, on the PAX TV Network
A BIOGRAPHY OF
JERRY E. SMITH
With three mass market non-fiction books under his belt and successful speaking engagements from Brisbane to The Bahamas, Jerry E. Smith is an “overnight sensation” that has been more than three decades in the making. His career as a writer, researcher, activist, editor and lecturer began with the first professional sale of his writing back in 1969.
"Video grab" of Jim Keith from his appearance on With Liberty And Justice For All. Also joining Host Dennis Grover for that episode were Juanita Cox, Citizen Lobbyist, and Jerry E. Smith.
In 1991 Mr. Smith and Jim Keith, author of Black Helicopters Over America: Strikeforce for the New World Order and numerous other conspiracy and mind control books, founded the National UFO Museum (NUFOM) in Reno, Nevada. From 1991 to 1994 Mr. Smith was the Executive Director of NUFOM, while Mr. Keith acted as the Chairman of the Board. In addition to his administrative duties of running the day-to-day operations of NUFOM, Mr. Smith also edited and wrote for that organization's quarterly journal, Notes from the Hangar.
At the same time Mr. Smith worked as an editor/graphic artist with Jim Keith's magazine Dharma Combat: The Magazine of Spirituality, Reality and Other Conspiracies, until Jim's untimely death in 1999. Jerry served variously as Managing Editor and Art Director from Dharma Combat's inception in 1988. He was also a regular contributer under the penname of jarod o'danu.
Mr. Smith's life-long political and environmental activism and research has resulted in the publication of scores of news stories, opinion pieces and book and movie reviews for local and regional magazines and newspapers throughout the western states. Mr. Smith's work has also appeared in such national publications as Fate Magazine and Paranoia: The Conspiracy and Paranormal Reader.
Jerry E. Smith Presents... The Loch Ness Monster! This photo of Jerry and a replica of the monster was taken at the Loch Ness Visitor Center in the famous village of Drumnadrochit on the banks of Loch Ness by David Hatcher Childress on May 12, 2008
Jerry E. Smith’s interest in technology and its impact on society began early. At the impressionable age of eight he read Robert A. Heinlein’s Have Spacesuit, Will Travel, in which the teenaged hero is brought into an intergalactic court and forced to defend why humanity should not be terminated. That introduction to science- or speculative-fiction, which forced the reader to think, was overpowering. By age twelve he had read every sci-fi book in the local library; by the time he passed out of his teens he had read over 10,000 sci-fi and fantasy novels. What’s more he had become fascinated with ancient history and had read many of the surviving plays and epics of ancient Greece, Rome and Norse mythology. In school he excelled in the soft sciences (social studies and history). He had also begun what became a life-long study of the world’s great religions and philosophies.
Outside of school be became an activist, involved initially in the Civil Rights, and then the Anti-War movements. In 1967-68 he campaigned for Dick Gregory’s write-in bid for the Presidency. Throughout the late 1960s and early '70s he attended anti-war rallies and worked for liberal candidates. As an idealistic youth, not realizing where the liberal agenda was really coming from, he even joined pro-one-world-government organizations like The World Federalist Association and The Gradualist Way to World Peace.
As the Vietnam War wound down he turned his activism to the Environmental Movement. He joined the Sierra Club and became a founding member of The Cousteau Society. In the 1990s he would discover that globalist control freaks (like Maurice Strong, head of the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, who said: "Isn't the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn't it our responsibility to bring about?") had penetrated the environmental movement. After the fall of the Soviet Union, Jerry says, International Communism traded in its worn out red flag, wrapping itself in a new environmentalist green one.
“For proof of this,” Jerry wrote, “one hardly needs look further than the Green Cross International. Its purpose is to pick up where the Rio Earth Summit left off. It was founded in 1993 by Mikhail Gorbachev, a ‘hard line’ Communist and the last Supreme Dictator of the Soviet Union. ‘Gorbie,’ so beloved by the dominant, globalist owned media, said in an address to the United Nations, in December 1988: ‘Further global progress is now possible only through a quest for universal consensus in the movement towards a New World Order.’ What is Gorbie’s New World Order? The Green Cross says its mission is ‘to help create a sustainable future by cultivating harmonious relationships between humans and the environment. Green Cross concentrates its efforts on programs whose common theme is to promote a significant change in human values leading to greater respect and care for Earth's community of life in all its diversity, and to address the environmental causes and consequences of wars and conflict.” Are you ready to have green-for-red commies change your values? I’m not.” With that, he left the environmental movement.
Jerry’s work in writing and publishing began in amateur “little literary” magazines (these days called "zines") in 1966. Jerry met Jim Keith in high school. Jim was already active in science fiction “fandom,” a nearly century old “counter-culture” of clubs, conventions and amateur publishing. Jim introduced Jerry to fandom. After publishing his first science fiction fan magazine Jerry was hooked, and his declining grades in high school proved his "addiction." He soon became active (perhaps even "hyperactive") in the zine scene. He appeared regularly in APAs (Amateur Press Alliances); like the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society's weekly APA, APA-L, and the Valley Science Fiction Association's biweekly, ValAPA. He also published several critically acclaimed general distribution fanzines (called "genzines"), such as untitled with (unindicted co-conspirator) Jim Keith. He founded the fantasy fiction oriented club, The Unicorn Society, and its Unicorn Amateur Press Alliance (UnAPA) in Klamath Falls, Oregon, in 1974.
In middle school and high school he was also an art student, eagerly studying drafting and architecture, and fine and commercial art. Before deciding on a career as a writer he had planned to be, first, an architect, then, a painter. But eventually his love for the written word won out. Jerry briefly considered going to college. By the time he was ready to seriously consider it he had already sold his first novel (long out of print) and, as a regular attendee of science fiction clubs and conventions was on a first name basis with about 40 professional authors and about a dozen editors. In 1971, around his 21st birthday, he took a survey of those publishing professionals, asking each of them if they had gone to college, and why. He was amazed to learn that only one of the authors, Larry Niven, had gone to college, but all of the editors had – and all of them had gone to learn to write! Jerry concluded that college must fill one up with the rules, stifling creativity. As one who wanted to be a professional science fiction author, college sounded like the last place on earth he should go! So, he has no academic credits, no initials after his name – just a lifetime of continuous research, reflection, observation and study.
Jerry moved from Southern California to Klamath Falls, Oregon, in 1972. There he explored a variety of arts beyond painting and publishing. He got into amateur theater, performing both in front of and behind the curtain in plays presented by the Klamath Civic Theater and Klamath Children's Theater (co-authoring the Children's Theater production he co-starred in). He also worked in an air-brushed-art on T-shirts shop, designing the art that he painted on shirts. For a short while he and Jim Keith co-hosted a weekly current affairs radio show on KTEC, broadcasting from the campus of the Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT). In 1973 he worked as the Art Director of the shopper-style newspaper The Linkville Star. In 1979 he wore that same hat at Skyline: Klamath Falls, where in addition to doing the make-up on each issue, he also did investigative reporting and ad sales.
During the period 1976-79 he saw more than thirty of his poems see print in the United States and Canada. Nearly all of his poems were published under the pen name of jarod o'danu. He has attended, and read at, more than 200 poetry readings. It was during this same period that he was introduced to Conspiracy Theory via Gary Allen’s None Dare Call It Conspiracy. He soon learned, such as through the private writings of Arnold Toynbee (1889-1975) the preeminent British historian, that the Accidental Model of history was a bought and paid for hoax, needed to hide the fact that history does not just “happen” but is made, that all political events are the result of intent, and are usually engineered by a cadre of the elite.
In the '90s (after wasting a decade of his life in Scientology – a long story!) he got serious about his writing career. While continuing to write poetry, he began to sell humor, film reviews and non-fiction on a variety of topics from AIDS to UFOs. He was a regular contributor to the Reno-Sparks area newspaper The View with topical articles, reviews and the science fiction "soap opera" in print, Fool's Gold, which he co-authored with Jim Keith.
He also branched out into writing for private parties, largely as a ghostwriter. He wrote all or part of over 40 novels, all of which appeared under someone else's name or a pen name. One such work was a 20,000-word history of a complex of mansions south of Reno called Rancharrah. The estate was founded in the late 1930s by Norman Henry Biltz, who was dubbed the "Duke of Nevada" by Fortune Magazine in 1954. Biltz sold out to William F. Harrah, the casino magnate, in 1956. His son, John Harrah, who lives there now, commissioned the history in 1996. John Harrah's intent was to produce a booklet he could give as a handout to his guests. You will find an up-dated version of this text in the articles archive on Jerry's website. Jerry’s first national magazine exposure under his own name was the article Star Trek: Sci-fi or Psy-war? in the Fall 1996 issue of Paranoia Magazine and reprinted in book form in The Conspiracy Reader: The Best of Paranoia Magazine, edited by Al Hidell and Joan d'Arc, Citadel Press/Kensington Publishing.
It was in 1991, or so, that Jerry read Timothy Good’s Above Top Secret and realized that one could not study UFOs to any depth without hitting Conspiracy Theory. UFOlogy is filled with evidence of government lies and cover-ups. At the same time he read a limited circulation underground book on Hitler’s disk-shaped aircraft. One of Jerry’s friends was intrigued with the possibility of building such a craft. Jerry’s attempt to find evidence, and technical specifications, for these craft led to the discovery that, at that time, there did not exist a museum of UFOs anywhere in the world – and he and Jim Keith decided to create one. For almost three years Jerry sank all the money he earned into trying to get the National UFO Museum (NUFOM) off the ground. The project was finally abandoned after Jim and Jerry learned that mainstream UFOlogy, in particular the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), did not take kindly to these strangers invading their turf and had started a whisper campaign against them.
In 1996, a few years after closing the doors on NUFOM, Jerry’s career really took off with the contracts to write A History of Rancharrah for John Harrah and HAARP: The Ultimate Weapon of the Conspiracy for Ron Bonds at Illuminet Press. Ron had contacted Jim Keith asking Jim to write a book for Illuminet on HAARP, telling him that HAARP was the hottest subject on the Internet at the time. Jim declined, on the grounds that he was backlogged on four book contracts – but Jim put Ron in contact with his friend, Jerry E. Smith. Ron gave Jerry the go-head on the project in February 1996. It took until September to complete the first draft. Ron hated the draft and cancelled the project. Jerry sat on the manuscript for a year before remembering David Hatcher Childress at Adventures Unlimited Press (AUP). AUP had helped NUFOM, providing it with a number of UFO and other “off trail” books. David, it turned out, was looking for a book on HAARP and snapped it up.
Since the publication of HAARP: The Ultimate Weapon of the Conspiracy by AUP in 1998 Jerry has had an exhausting schedule, appearing regularly on TV and radio, as well as speaking at seminars and conferences across the US and around the world.
Jerry E. Smith working in the Adventures Unlimited Press warehouse in 2007, from Atlantis Ho! an article in the Chicago Reader.
Today Jerry E. Smith operates out of the World Explorer's Club in Kempton, Illinois while working for Adventures Unlimited Press as the Vice President for Marketing and Public Relations. He continues to research and write about geo-politics and emerging technologies that threaten our freedoms.