As promised, I did go to Desert Center this weekend. I missed the 62nd anniversary of George Adamski’s alleged encounter with Orthon by two days, but I figure that’s still pretty good. I shot some footage for the film up there, but really, I was on a quest to find the actual, magical spot where it all went down.
I should point out a distinction: Obviously, whether George Adamski actually met a man named Orthon from Venus on that fateful day in 1952 is a controversial notion. But George was, in fact, in Desert Center that day. And he did walk off into the desert, alone, and a few minutes later his friends joined him to find him in an excited state.
As such, this must have happened at a particular spot. After checking with my sources, I found that the exact spot was either unknown or unimportant. For the sake of this film, I wanted to get as close as possible. Realizing that this was not going to happen, I decided to just pick a spot and shoot what we were there to shoot.
The thing with Desert Center is that it’s a whole lot of rocks. There’s very little vegetation, no trees, nothing really to distinguish one spot from another out there. So, I figured, perhaps it doesn’t matter what spot was THE spot, because all the spots sort of look the same.
|Pictured: A lot of spots that look the same.|
So we set up the camera and started shooting. The desert is a strange place, because it gives one a sense that anything can and will happen. So it’s no surprise that people have mystical experiences out there. I was thinking this very thing, about how the desert is a strange and magical place, when I noticed something interesting about the area.
Here is a photograph from George Hunt Williamson’s book, Other Tongues Other Flesh, of George Adamski at Desert Center, only a few feet away from where he claimed Orthon stood.
Okay, granted, it looks like George was standing a little further down the slope, by the old computer monitor someone had dragged out there for target practice. But I thought the coincidence was remarkable, and I choose to take it as a good omen that this film is on the right track.
We wrapped up our shooting and headed down the road back toward civilization, and we came across this:
|Literally, a sign we were on the right track.|