Jerry E. Smith
Welcome to this collection of my virtual "tear sheets." Tear sheets are copies of published pieces included with manuscript submissions to demonstrate the author's style, proficiency with language, and publishing track record. Here you will find a handful of favorite non-fiction articles and reviews that have been published over the last decade or so.
STAR TREK: SCI-FI OR PSY-WAR?
Published in PARANOIA: The Conspiracy Reader, Issue #14, in 1996. This article notices amazing "coincidences" hidden in the meanings of the names of the characters on the original Star Trek television show; and questions whether this was just entertainment, or an attempt to subliminally alter the thinking of millions of Americans. PARANOIA wrote: "This highly entertaining article begins with the premise that modern media advertising is a form of psy-war waged against targeted demographics by major corporations, institutions and religions. Analyzing the names and motifs used in the long-running television show, Star Trek, the author attempts to show that it was a conspiratorial attack by the military-industrial-entertainment complex which aimed to subliminally convert American viewers to Catholicism. The author also suggests that Star Trek may have been a psy-war operation perpetrated by the Vatican to subvert the U.S., or may have simply been a vehicle for creating acceptance of a United Federation of Earth." This article was reprinted in The Conspiracy Reader: From the Deaths of JFK and John Lennon to Government-Sponsored Alien Cover-Ups, by Joan D'Arc (Editor), Al Hidell (Editor) Publisher: Citadel Press (January 1, 1999). Trade paperback: 354 pages, NOW AVAILABLE FROM AMAZON.COM! The back issue of the magazine is also available for $7.00 at http://www.paranoiamagazine.com/backissues.html
TELECOMMUNICATIONS BILL RAISES CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS
Co-authored with Citizen Lobbyist Juanita Cox, this news story was originally titled "Soccer Moms Kick Wireless Field-Goal." Constitutional issues are explored in this piece dealing with a campaign waged by the mothers of school children against a local school board, city officials and several multi-billion dollar telecommunications companies who wanted to put towers for cellular telephones on school grounds.
Written on commission for itís millionaire owner, this lengthy article gives the history of a remarkable working ranch near Reno, Nevada. In detailed biographies of its two most important former owners, casino magnate William F. Harrah and Norman Henry Biltz, "The Duke of Nevada," it gives a seldom seen view of the Silver State.
An amusing little review of an amusing little movie.
UNCLE SAM IS TRYING TO KILL YOU
Now a bit dated, this newspaper news article/op-ed piece from the early 1990s gives the opinions of two now-famous AIDS researchers and their contention that AIDS was not only man-made, but traced its point of origin to the United States Biological Weapons research facility at Fort Detrick, MD.
JIMMY CARTER COULD NEVER CERTIFY A NEVADA ELECTION
I readily admit that this is not "real" journalism. It was a hasty rewrite of a candidateís handout, in fact. But, it made the candidate and the publisher happy, and may have gotten some people thinking. It appeared in the NEVADA TERRITORIAL NEWS the week before the election. I plan to write a real piece on "vote scam" in the near future.
WHY JOHNNY REALLY CANíT READ
This is an analysis of the current crisis in the American Educational System, via reviews of two important books: "The Leipzig Connection: Sabotage of the US Educational System" by Paolo Lionni and "Educating for the New World Order," by B. K. Eakman.
FULLY INFORMED, YOUR RIGHTS AS A JUROR
In this piece I take quotes from a large number of sources to prove that we, as American Citizens, have the right as jurors to pass judgment not only on the guilt or innocence of the defendant before us, but also on the validity of the law used to prosecute that person. This right is the final check and balance in our system of defending the people from the beast of government. This right is also one of the most abrogated, one of the least known rights in America today.
Exploring Black Rock City: Americaís Newest "Lost" City
This article about the annual Burning Man Art Festival appeared in World Explorer magazine, Vol.4, Number 7, Summer 2007.
THE EXTREMES ARE NOT THAT FAR APART!
This is a review of the book "Derailing Democracy: The America The Media Don ít Want You To See" by David McGowan. In this book admitted "leftist" author McGowan pulls back the emerald curtain of biased non-reporting in the mainstream media to reveal Americaís hypocrisy abroad and increasing tyranny at home. The truly astonishing thing about this book is McGowan reveals the same "horrible truths" that the Patriot Movement has been trying to expose. This, to my mind, reveals that the "extremes" of Left and Right are great deal closer to each other, and to understanding the real problems of contemporary America, than the corporately owned shills of the dominant media would like us to know.
This short article was posted to the American Media Association webwire as "My Thoughts on Election 2000: A Scam inside a Charade, Wrapped up in a Joke?" and sent by email to all the local newspapers. It was printed in full by the Nevada Territorial News (Vol. 1, No. 26, December 7, 2000) as "Hijacking the Election?", and published as a Letter to the Editor in the Reno News & Review (Vol. 6, No. 43, December 7, 2000) and in the local Gannett daily, The Reno Gazette-Journal, on December 8., 2000.
SINISTER FORCES IN OUR SKIES: THE UFO / BLACK HELICOPTER CONNECTION
I met the late Jim Keith (author of Black Helicopters Over America: Strikeforce for the New World Order and a dozen other non-fiction books) in high school in 1966. Between that time and his untimely death in 1999 he and I worked on scores of projects together, from zines to weekly papers, from short stories to novels. We had plans to become a Tom Clancy-like fiction factory, but discovered our "fortunes" in writing non-fiction - much to our surprise. After the publication of Black Helicopters Jim found himself in demand with magazine publishers. He quickly learned that he didnít like writing non-fiction articles - but didnít mind cashing the checks! So he had me write a number of articles under his name (and split the pay). He would tell me what he wanted the article to say and from those instructions I would prepare drafts until he was happy with the piece. He then gave the piece its final gloss and submitted it. This one was written for the magazine UFO Universe.
DOMESTIC TERRORISM - BY AIR!
This is another magazine article I wrote as Jim Keith. This was the cover story for an issue of Fate Magazine in April, 1996. This is not the version that appeared in print. This was my first version, which Jim rejected, thinking it was too "conspiratorial" for Fate. I wrote another version, much toned down, with the New World Order material removed and replaced with more "conventional" UFO stuff. That was the version that appeared in Fate. Oddly enough, after the article appeared Jim was called by the editor to thank him for the piece, and on the phone the editor commented that he wished it had been more conspiratorial, as he had hoped to take the mag in a new direction!
From 1992 to 1995 I was the Executive Director of the National UFO Museum (NUFOM) in Reno, Nevada. I was also the Editor-in-Chief of that organizationís in-house magazine, Notes from the Hangar. This article was for its last, never-published issue. Jim Keith wanted to get this material in the issue (without actually having to write anything), so, I wrote this one as him, for him. This was based on the premise, and some of the material, from his book Saucers of the Illuminati (which at that time existed only as a spiral bond pamphlet from IllumiNet Press under the name "Jay Katzí).
TANKS ARE INTIMIDATING
This short article has appeared in slightly different forms in numerous publications including Jim Keithís zine "Dharma Combat" and "The Sentinel" published by the California and Nevada Freedom Coalition. This is a post 9/11 version.
This is the shortest short story I ever wrote. I know its fiction, but I wanted to add it to this database (so sue me!). This appeared in Jim Keithís Dharma Combat Magazine: The Magazine of Spirituality, Reality and Other Conspiracies, No. 7, September 20, 1989.
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