July 13, 1947 – May 31, 2021
When Timothy Green Beckley passed away on May 31, 2021, he left behind a body of work that has few equals in the realms of Ufology and the paranormal.
Tim steadfastly pursued the truth underlying the great mysteries of human existence, beginning as a child, hiding underneath his bed covers to read “FATE Magazine” by flashlight or listening to all-night paranormal radio host Long John Nebel, whose call-in show on a major New York station became the template for shows that came later, like Art Bell’s Coast to Coast. In the early 1960s, Tim began his publishing efforts as a teenager, grinding out UFO magazines on an old-fashioned mimeograph machine and building a goodly-sized mailing list of subscribers.
Working as a freelance stringer for The National Enquirer, he covered a great many stories of UFO landings and alien abductions. Tim thus earned a kind of “street cred” as a journalist of off-the-beaten-path type subjects. For a time he published a newsstand magazine called “UFO Universe” that ran for several years, as well as the newsletter “The Conspiracy Journal,” which got its title long before Q-Anon gave conspiracy theory a bad name.
Tim was even better known for the books he published through his Global Communications and Inner Light Books publishing houses. Most of them are still available from Amazon.com. Do a search there and you may be pleasantly surprised at the wealth of what is on offer.
For the sake of paying homage to “Mr. UFO,” we have assembled memories and testimonials from some of Tim’s most prolific and – and grateful – authors and friends.
TIMOTHY BECKLEY- ALWAYS A FREE SPIRIT
By Maria D’Andrea MsD, D.D.,DRH
Maria D’Andrea is a fulltime psychic who wrote several books that Tim published, books she always adamantly declared were written to be used only in the most positive of ways. She wrote several “How-To” books that teach the reader to awaken the psychic powers within and put them to benevolent use for a myriad of reasons. One of Maria’s titles is “Supernatural Words of Power,” part of her “Yes, You Can!” series in which she helps the reader achieve a kind of “self-empowerment.” She also contributed chapters to many books Tim assembled as group efforts in which several writers would offer their insight into a given paranormal topic.
Tim affected so many lives while he was on this planet that we can’t even count all of them. With his passing, we are also finding out about things he did to help others that he never spoke about. He just helped everyone he cared about without looking for a “thank you” or acknowledgements. He never mentioned when he was buying food for someone, paying someone’s rent, contributing to helping someone’s career or any of the other selfless things he did. He truly came from his heart and will be deeply missed.
I met Tim in 1985, when I was working at a psychic event doing Readings. He was already accomplished doing eight million things in his life, and was there promoting his books as a publisher. We started chatting and realized we had much in common and were in sync on a friendship level. Because of our levels of knowledge in the spiritual, psychic, paranormal and UFO fields, he asked me to write a book for him. I explained that I’d never written one. He countered by explaining that I COULD and gave me a subject he needed a book on at the time. So I gave him the first chapter. After he stopped laughing, he said, “I told you so. And we’re going to do a lot more.”
Now I laugh because Tim started me on this path with support and friendship. I have somewhere around 60 books out, including several that I co-authored with talented people. I was a guest on Tim’s radio show with his co-host Tim Swartz, (Tim was also gracious enough to be on my TV and radio show). I was also able to do numerous types of media work, as well as teaching and speaking in my fields and so on…and it ALL stemmed from him having a gigantic heart and introducing me to many different fields years ago.
He was my confidant, close friend, family, travel partner, publisher and partner in crime. Free spirits tend to be this way, right? Tim was always funny. He would come up with hilarious thoughts in an instant and then forget about them. I wish I remembered all of them because they would have made a great book.
He would go to some of the same places to eat in his neighborhood in Manhattan and got to know the people who were working there. At times, some of us would get together and go. He would already know what to recommend off the menu that was good and he knew each of us enough to recommend food that fit our individual tastes. Tim loved to get us experimenting with different foods. He was very aware and thoughtful that way.
He knew at an early age what his Path of Life was. He started a magazine while young and expanded his horizons as he went along life’s pathways.
I remember when we would go ghost hunting in various states. Even though it was for work, we always had fun. I would find the spirit, if there was one (if a sighting wasn’t real, he would never make something up) check it out, deal with whatever came up and Tim would write about the experience as a prolific author and speak about it in the media. He loved to enlighten the public on the odd things in our universe.
His sense of humor was always there. We would send pictures back and forth as friends and then we would have separate work pictures. He would call me and come up with a title and just say for me to write a book about the subject. Teamwork is always a good thing. So on one occasion, his title for me was “Traveling The Waves Of Time” and he put a “friend” picture on the back cover. First I was a little upset, because it was a picture of me on my motorcycle, and here I am being professional. When I called him, Tim said he thought it worked because the book was on travel and that’s what I was doing. He thought it fit and was fun. What can I say? That was Tim.
Another time we spoke about our various UFO experiences He had a few and he also had experiences channeling. He traveled to numerous places on a global level. Tim said one of his favorite places was Bora Bora. I remember him telling me about his visit to Hawaii and the book that came from traveling there. After his book came out about Kahuna Power, for a while we were calling him Daddy Kahuna. He always found out the most interesting, obscure information and then wrote about what he discovered. He was a phenomenal researcher and author. Tim was interested in everything from science to the mystical and the other realms beyond.
He was a filmmaker and also acted in some films, plus he was in a book where he looked very “dapper.”
Once during our travels, we were reminiscing, and he told me how, many years ago, he went to a party thrown by the Beatles with sitar music and rock stars among the guests. I was asking more about the party and he looked at me and said it was just one more great party he went to. He loved parties. It just goes to show you how much he got around. Tim was an experienced promoter and had his own band for a while. That is only one example of the interesting contacts he had and many turned into lifelong friends. Tim was really great at anything he set his mind to.
He loved to travel and when we would go on a trip I would love to listen to his stories and adventures. He was a larger-than-life person without any ego and a soft heart.
We would go to UFO conventions and people would know him and ask his opinion on various matters. He would take the time to give them a real answer from his point of view and not just give a meaningless quick one, even when he was tired.
The title “Mr. UFO,” as Tim was known in many circles, came about due to his articles, lectures, books and magazines being on the supernatural, the odd, the offbeat and the unexplained.
There’s no doubt that I loved Tim very much and that he was there for me when it came to my work and my personal life. But if I were to sit here and write about all of his adventures I would be afraid that the police would have to dig him up and arrest him.
I am sure there are beings in various realms mourning Tim and wondering what he is up to where he is. After all, being inspirit doesn’t mean it is an ending, just a different vibrational shift.
He was so diverse that it’s impossible to mention all that he was and all that he did. Anyone knowing Tim was going to enter into unknown territory in a wonderful way. I feel blessed to have been his friend and considered part of his family.
FIRST CONTACT! – WITH TIMOTHY GREEN BECKLEY
By Diane Tessman
Diane Tessman is another fulltime psychic, in her case in partnership with an alien named “Tibus” that Diane has been familiar with since childhood. She wrote for Tim extensively and he published her first book in 1983, as well as serving as a constant source of guidance and encouragement for her as a writer. When you read what Diane says below here, you will likely agree that Tim was truly a great romantic at heart. He frequently referred to Diane as a “Time Traveling Star Goddess,” among other worshipful monikers.
In 1979, I was teaching school in St. Petersburg, Florida, and, in my spare time, I was chasing UFOs and their secrets, as always. I enjoyed UFO Review, published out of New York City by Timothy Green Beckley. I decided to submit an article to it. However, nothing happened, no response, and I thought, “Oh, well.”
Then one evening at home in St. Pete, I heard a knock on my door, and there was Timothy Green Beckley! I was shocked and delighted; I asked if he always flew around the country to see someone who had sent him an article.
Tim responded, “Well, you sent your picture too.”
Yes, Tim and the ladies were a match made in heaven.
He took me to dinner at the fanciest place I could find in St. Pete (that was his request), and we did have a good talk regarding those elusive UFOs and their occupants. The next day, Tim took my daughter Gianna and me to the beach. Then he flew back to New York.
We kept phone contact but not a whole lot of it, and in 1982, my daughter, our animals, and I, moved to San Diego. I had intended to get into teaching out there but could not. A hiring freeze was in effect due to a recession, plus I didn’t have my master’s degree.
I was soon in real financial trouble out there. However, there was a knock on my door in San Diego, and there was Timothy Green Beckley, again!
This time he stayed a while, and he suggested to me that I do psychic readings door to door. I had never heard of such a thing, but he put an ad in the local Reader, and I nervously began a psychic career. It turned out really well; Tim had gotten me out of my financial bad straits.
Soon I was writing my own publication, The Star Network Heartline, and Tim promoted my work, suggesting I write my first book, “The Transformation.” I did, he published it, and it sold thousands of copies. My life’s career had begun, and I’ve never looked back. Thanks, Tim!
Also, my lifelong friendship with Tim Beckley had begun. We were business friends, we were personal friends. I treasure the Christmas I spent with him and Brad and Sherry Steiger. Tim had come to Iowa to spend Christmas with us and we had a wonderful time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8vAxXRbgy8
I miss you, Tim.
THE HONOR OF WORKING FOR TIMOTHY BECKLEY
By Hercules Invictus
Hercules Invictus is a fairly recent addition to Tim’s stable of writers, though he took inspiration from Tim for many decades. Hercules takes his name from the hero of Greek mythology and believes the gods of Olympus live on in our modern world, albeit filtered through a technological haze that we call UFOs and aliens. Over the past few years, Hercules has contributed chapters to books like “Incredible Alien Encounters,” for which he wrote “A Confrontation With Greys,” as well as numerous others.
I first became aware of Tim Beckley and Inner Light/Global Communications back in the 1970s. Having had paranormal experiences throughout my (then) young life, I eagerly sought some answers, and Tim’s publishing companies provided not only reprints of obscure and hard to find texts but collections of ongoing phenomena on our planet and in the heavens above.
Comforted by learning that I was not alone, I fervently hoped that someday my own accounts would be added to these chronicles. I started writing down some of my own experiences.
In the latter half of the decade (though still technically a teen) I was the Deep Trance Medium for a small Theosophical-Spiritualist group in New York City and had started speaking publicly on matters metaphysical.
Invited to visit relatives in New Brunswick, New Jersey, I leapt at the chance. Though I truly loved these relatives and sincerely wished to see and spend time with them, I also had an ulterior motive: New Brunswick was the point of origin of my cherished tomes from Inner Light/ Global Communications. Questing for the writers and their offices did not prove fruitful on that occasion – but I tried, given the time I had.
During the 1980s I attempted to live a “normal” life. Tim Beckley (aka Mr. UFO) and his intrepid band of explorers and chroniclers of the unknown provided me with a much-needed connection to the unusual life (I thought) I’d left behind through their many publications.
The 1990s dawned with my re-embracing my totality and diving back into the fringes of reality. I finally met Tim Beckley and some of my other heroes at the Fortean Society’s formal meetings and informal gatherings in the Big Apple.
In the early 2000s I reconnected with Tim (aka Mr. Creepo) and got to know him. He was, during this period, cheerfully engaged in publishing, making movies and having other exciting adventures. I reviewed some of these books, CDs and films and interviewed some of the folks involved on my podcasts – including Tim Beckley.
This continued on and off for over a decade. I got to meet many interesting people through Tim and have gotten close with some of them. The end of the 2010s saw me as a contributor to Tim’s paranormal anthologies and by the start of the 2020s my writings had appeared in sixteen of these books.
Tim, alas, passed on May 31st, 2021. Though we were not buddies, we were friendly and had communicated for a long span of years. I greatly enjoyed working (and interacting) with Tim. He was one of my role models growing up and I was greatly honored to be part of his band of otherworldly chroniclers. Looking back, my only regret is my decision to wait until he felt better before I called to say “Hi! How are you?” and explore what projects were looming on the horizon.
Thank you, Tim Beckley, for enriching over half a century of my life with your unique self-expression, generosity and unbridled creativity! And thanks to all who have kept and who will continue to keep Tim Beckley’s legacy alive!
TIMOTHY GREEN BECKLEY: THE TEACHER WHO OPENED MY EYES
By Sean Casteel
By the time Sean Casteel began writing for Timothy Green Beckley, he had already spent years toiling in the world of mainstream journalism, writing about government programs that worked to help the poor and disabled and other attempts to cure America’s social ills in general. When Casteel discovered the world of UFOs and alien abductions, an entirely new career opened up for him and he never looked back. Casteel contributed articles to “UFO Universe” and “The Conspiracy Journal” for many years before Tim began publishing Casteel’s books. Tim not only let Casteel write books on his own favorite topics, like UFOs and religion, he brought Casteel into new worlds the freelancer had never even dreamed of. Casteel’s first book was called “UFOs, Prophecy and the End of Time,” and is still available on Amazon.com.
In spite of knowing that Tim had been in failing health for the last several years, his sudden death by heart attack still came as quite a shock, a shock that lingers now and a loss that will be felt forever.
I first began to work for Tim in earnest in the winter of 1995, after he had published my Q and A with pioneering abduction researcher Budd Hopkins and subsequently my Q and A with film director Robert Wise, who had helmed the UFO classic “The Day the Earth Stood Still.” Thus began the 26 years of our relationship, which would involve magazine articles, books and appearances on Tim’s podcast, “Exploring the Bizarre,” cohosted with Tim R. Swartz.
Tim Beckley once told me that there were two basic kinds of UFO enthusiasts. There are the dilettantes, who are at first totally absorbed by the topic, but then, when their personal pet theory doesn’t work out or they must confront the fact that absolute answers to the various mysteries remain elusive, abandon the subject in frustration.
Then Tim said that the other kind of UFO enthusiast is a “lifer,” someone whose devotion to finding out the truth is at times obsessive but never flags or weakens as the years go by. Tim was certainly such a lifer himself, and he died in the midst of laboring over yet another book, in this case an examination of the alleged joint human/alien underground facility said to be located in Dulce, New Mexico. He left no stone unturned as he chipped away at the boulder that is the unknown and the paranormal.
Like many of his generation, Tim started out as a “nuts-and-bolts” believer, at first convinced that UFOs were a higher physical technology piloted by flesh-and-blood aliens. As the years passed, he more and more embraced the nonphysical, paranormal approach, believing that the visitors were from another dimension and capable of many phenomena we call “supernatural.” Or at least an advanced technology that seems supernatural to we humans.
Tim ultimately espoused the theory that UFOs, ghosts, NDEs, spiritualism, etc., were all part of one continuum and that mankind was subject to a large spectrum of phenomena that sprang from a single source. When you studied one facet of the paranormal, it always included ties to another facet.
In his later years as a publisher, Tim struggled mightily with the dark side of the subject. Titles like “Screwed by the Aliens” and “UFO Hostilities and the Evil Alien Agenda” mince no words about his sometimes negative take on the UFO occupants.
But he will likely be remembered for his lighter take as well. The last book Tim and his team of writers completed before his death was “Alien Lives Matter, It’s OK To Be Grey.” Even though some of us on Tim’s team thought the title might be seen as “trivializing” the Black Lives Matter Civil Rights movement, Tim countered by saying that the concept had been appropriated already by Hawaiians (Hawaiian Lives Matter) and Jewish people (Jewish Lives Matter) and there was even a section on Amazon where a totally separate business was selling “Alien Lives Matter” t-shirts.
The book turned out to be a struggle for Tim and our entire team, but it also turned out to be a relative bestseller for us. Whenever I spoke the title to someone, it never failed to get a chuckle and a word of encouragement about how it would be a popular title, and it was. Tim made sure to include several chapters on Black UFO experiencers and believers as well, people whose contacts were for the most part very positive.
I can never thank Tim enough for exposing me to so many aspects of the paranormal that I had never taken an interest in prior to working for him. I was called upon to research subjects like ghosts and hauntings, mediums and séances, even the clairaudience of Joan of Arc and the spiritualist beliefs of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Tim had a way of leading me down paths I’d never trod before and expanding my horizons considerably.
Toward the end of his life, he did combat with his own understanding of the determinism of “the Matrix,” and gathered his team together to do a book on it with the wordy title “The Matrix Control System of Philip K. Dick and the Paranormal Synchronicities of Timothy Green Beckley.” It was a subject he sometimes saw the malevolent side of as he wondered whether “synchronistic” experiences, or “nonrandom coincidences,” somehow undermined human free will. If our lives are not under our own control, then who IS controlling everything? Like Jacob wrestling with the angel in the Book of Genesis, Tim made a determined combat to maintain his sense of personal autonomy.
Tim Beckley will always be an inspiration to me and a person I am glad to have shared my life with.
MY FRIEND, TIMOTHY GREEN BECKLEY
By Tim R. Swartz
One of the first books about UFOs that Tim R. Swartz bought from Gray Barker’s Saucerian Press turned out to be the first book that Timothy Green Beckley wrote…”The Shaver Mystery and the Inner Earth.” Even thought they didn’t realize it at the time, Tim R. Swartz and Tim Beckley’s paths would cross several times before they actually met. Starting when he was a teenager, Tim R. Swartz investigated and wrote about UFOs and the paranormal for various UFO-related magazines, but his career in television often sidelined his interest and research in the world of the weird. Thanks to Timothy Green Beckley, Tim was able to renew his love for the unexplained and reach a worldwide audience who was eager to learn just how wonderfully strange our universe actually is.
Timothy Green Beckley was such a unique and charismatic character that I wish the way we first got to know each other was as spectacular as the way he lived his life.
Our first introduction, however, came about thanks to the United States Air Force.
In 1983, when I was working for a television station in Dayton, Ohio, I was able to secure an interview with UFO investigator J. Allen Hynek. Hynek was in town to give a talk about Project Blue Book at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
After my story ran on the local news, it was picked up by the CBS satellite feed, which allowed CBS stations all across the country to run the story as well. Timothy Green Beckley saw my story on WCBS in New York and managed to track me down to ask for a VHS copy and a transcript, which I was happy to provide for him.
From that point on, barely a week went by where I didn’t hear from Tim one way or another. He would either call me, or send me a letter (this was pre-internet), to talk about UFOs, movies, or any of the other things that we were mutually interested in.
When he started publishing “UFO Universe,” he asked me if I would be interested in providing him with some articles, do research and help punch up articles from other writers. Of course I was excited to help out with his new UFO magazines…I had written articles for magazines like “Saga’s UFO Report” when I was in college, but it had been years since I had written anything for publication.
From magazines to books, to direct to video movies, Timothy Green Beckley was always coming out with new and interesting things for us to attempt. I often thought his ideas were insane, and I would tell him so…but, for the most part, I was always game to go along with his crazy ideas simply because they sounded like fun.
If you listen to any archived episode of our radio show “Exploring the Bizarre,” which aired on the KCOR Digital Radio Network, you can hear how much fun we were having, and Tim was always a treasure trove of UFO knowledge. In fact, the rare times that at the last minute, one of our guests couldn’t do the show, Tim and I could easily do the entire two-hours just talking about all of the weird things in this world that forever intrigued us.
It is difficult to write about all the great times that Timothy Green Beckley and I had because I never thought they would end. I keep expecting him to call me up with another of his wild adventures…in fact, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if he did manage to do so from wherever he has gone after leaving this mortal coil.
So when my days on this planet draw to a close, I hope that Mr. UFO swings by on his mothership to pick me up so we can continue on with our adventures. This time, however, there will be no limits; we will have the entire universe to explore. I am looking forward to that.