Menger, Howard (1922– )
One of the original flying saucer contactees of the 1950s,
Howard Menger emerged in 1956 when he told his story to
late-night radio talk show host Long John Nebel. Three years
later, his book From Outer Space to You appeared. Menger told
of contacts that began when he was only ten years old. The original
contact was with a beautiful blonde woman whom he met
in person but who communicated via telepathy. Other contacts
followed with other humanoid beings. Then in 1946, the
woman disembarked from a spaceship and announced that a
wave of contacts was in humanity’s immediate future as many
space people were coming to Earth to assist in solving its problems.
In 1956, in the wake of the publicity given contactee George
Adamski, Menger took some photos of flying saucers, and
claimed he took a ride in a Venusian ship. Following his appearance
on Nebel’s show, he was a guest on a national television
shows hosted by Steve Allen and Jack Paar. The television
exposure led to attacks by critics. An examination of his pictures
led to denouncements that they were a hoax, and they
caught Menger lying about his having read (and drawing material
from) Adamski’s books. Amid the controversy, a young
blonde woman came to a gathering at the Menger home. He
recognized her as the sister of the space person who had originally
contacted him as a child. They began an affair and were
eventually married. The woman, Connie Weber, wrote her
story, which was published in a book under the pseudonym
Karla Baxter. It actually appeared in 1958, a year prior to
Menger’s first book. The title, My Saturnian Lover, continued
Menger’s claim that he was actually an extraterrestrial who had
reincarnated on Earth.
Through the 1960s, Menger seemed to back away from
some of his claims, but added assertions of government agents
involving him in an elaborate hoax. Through the 1970s and
1980s, the Mengers withdrew from the flying saucer scene, but
in the 1990s they returned to reassert their contactee claims.
They authored a new book in 1991, and subsequently appeared
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on a 1992 Discovery Channel one-hour special, ‘‘Farewell,
Good Brothers,’’ that explored the experiences of several contactees.
The Mengers were interviewed before the large saucer
model that dominates one room of their Florida home.
Sources
Baxter, Karla [Connie Weber Menger]. My Saturnian Lover.
New York Vantage Press, 1958.
Menger, Connie. Song of Saturn. Clarksburg, W.Va. Saucerian
Books, 1968.
Menger, Howard. From Outer Space to You. Clarksburg,
W.Va. Saucerian Books, 1959.
———, and Connie Menger. The High Bridge Incident The
Story Behind the Story. Vero Beach, Fla. Howard Menger Studio,
1991.