Monday, May 09, 2005

'We Believe Because It's Absurd'

UFO
Integratron New

Some say a landmark desert building was inspired by space aliens

By DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
The Press-Enterprise
5-9-05

     LANDERS - Bob Green is the noble grand humbug of the Billy Holcomb Chapter of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus.

     He says he believes that an alien from the planet Venus dropped by this San Bernardino County desert community half a century ago and provided instructions for building a combination time machine and fountain of youth.

     When Bob Green says he believes something, it may or may not be true.

     "We believe because it is absurd," he said. "That's our credo."

     About 200 of the 400 members of the Holcomb chapter, serving Riverside and San Bernardino counties, turned out in Landers recently to dedicate a historical marker that they - and the Morongo Basin Historical Society - erected at Belfield Boulevard and Linn Road.

     About 50 yards away stands the Integratron, the incomplete dream of George Van Tassel, a former test pilot for Howard Hughes who hosted 17 UFO conventions at nearby Giant Rock that attracted as many as 10,000 people at a time.

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