, for coming on my blog as a guest. This means so much to me! I thought I would ask you some questions and then my blog fans can ask questions themselves, in the comment box. As you know, I too am writing a novel and it will have the Ancient Alien theory mixed into the story. Of course, I won't give away too much of my book, because I want people to buy it and enjoy the story. It is going to be a series of books with the underline story having to do with the "Sky Gods" and has been a lot of fun to write! So on to the first question. Logan
Tell us a little about yourself, are you married with children/grandchildren?
ANSWER: Thanks for having me on your wonderful blog Lisa. I am honored. Married, yes. My wife Carla and I have been married a long time. I have five sons and a handful of grand children - proud of every one of them. One son, my youngest, still lives at home.
I know that you used to live here in
and you were on the radio. What got you into that business and are you still doing some radio? Colorado
ANSWER: You never really escape radio once you have worked in it for a while. I think I have retired from it, but I have said that in the past as well and seem to return from time to time for whatever reason. Actually I am trying not to work in radio anymore. I am trying to work less and less and spend more time doing my own projects. But I have been trying to that for years - sometimes with a little success. But I am also- a writer by trade, for magazines, news sources, and such, and that takes up a lot of my time. But for the most part it is a labor of love. I enjoy writing, some things more than others of course.
What type of work are you doing now? I know you are on segments of the Ancient Alien series on History Channel, but you had mentioned to me that you have your own business.
ANSWER: My wife and I are partners in a small media company. We are content providers for a number of clients including Penton Media, New York Times, About.com, America Online, a couple of wire services and such. We have a few travel sites we maintain, a few we manage for others, provide audio and video support for other clients, and do audio production as well. Being a contractor is a wonderful thing on the one hand. The other side of that is that when a good contract comes along, it can be time demanding. For example, Penton Media is the largest magazine publisher in the world with literally hundreds of titles, both consumer and trade publications. I started working with them some 13-14 years ago to fill a temporary gap and am still going strong - stronger than ever in fact. We also still provide audio production services for a couple of radio groups.
What is it like to be on such a popular show as Ancient Aliens, and what got you started on the show?
ANSWER: You know Lisa, I never really imagined being on AA or any other show for that matter. It just happened. I received an unexpected call from one of the producers one day a few years back and they had a few questions about something I had written a few years back. After a rather lengthy exchange they asked if I would be interested in filming a guest segment. Now I am not much for being on camera. I have worked years in the radio industry and have produced and edited a little film and video in the past. I enjoy working with actors, but from a technical, directorial point of view. I don’t even like hearing myself on the radio, and certainly am not interested in seeing myself. But I can be myself behind a microphone, but rarely in front of a camera. So - the truth be told - I don’t really care much for being on camera. But I enjoy the Ancient Aliens series so much and my wife, being a former film actress, is always encouraging me to step out and do something different, I reluctantly agreed to the interview. Depending on how you look at it, it went downhill from there because they kept calling me back season after season and I kept trying to get comfortable with the idea. The truth is, I am one of those people that have so many irons in the fire. If I lived a couple of hundred years I still wouldn’t be able to get around to doing everything I would like to do, so finding the time to research and prepare for each season and the many episode in which I have appeared has been a challenge. And once you start something like I have learned, the more the phone starts ringing. I did an episode of William Shatner’s Canadian TV series, have made a few dozen guest appearances on Internet and commercial radio shows, have been interviewed by a handful of magazines and such…and now I just ask Carla to answer the phone. Having said all of that, I have certainly enjoyed working with the AA folks and can’t seem to stop, although I am trying to slow down and get back to work on projects that have been placed on the back burner. But my heart keeps me involved, and not sure I could ever say no when they call.
Do you believe in the Ancient Alien theory, and if so, why?
ANSWER: Sure I do. I may not agree with everything that others believe about it. As a researcher, I find myself to be rather skeptical about accepting everything at face value. The problem for me is that I can not prove everything that I believe or theorize, so I tend to be a little conservative in my arguments. But the truth be known, I think it is foolish to think we as a species - the human species - are the center of the universe and that all of infinite space is empty and void of life. I think we are like a grain of sand on a beach that stretches eternally on and that there is more than just a remote possibility that we are not the only game in town - so to speak. Yes, I believe there are other intelligent life forms “out there”, and I believe it is highly probable they have visited out neck of the woods on multiple occasions. I would be surprised if they are here now even as we speak. And I also believe there is a strong possibility that at one time or another in our ancient past that we were the nothing more than visitors to this green rock we call earth.
I really enjoyed your fictional book, Close Encounters of the Old West. but I understand your most recent novel, Ancient Aliens of the
, is more a non-fiction about investigating the Ancient Alien theory. Can you elaborate? Americas
ANSWER: My grandmother, rest her soul, was a full blood Cherokee, and on top of that I have a little Cheyenne blood from the other side of the family. Native Americans, especially the ancient variety, were a lot more advanced than most people realize, and their knowledge was much greater than ours when it comes to such things. I know that many of them believe visitors from the stars have traveled to and from the Earth in the past, so I have spent a great deal of time researching and studying ancient myth and lore in an attempt to uncover forgotten truths. The AAA book just touches the surface of that research, in fact, hardly gets into very deeply at all. That would require volumes. The book is little more than an introduction into Native American and ancient beliefs in extraterrestrial life. As far as Close Encounters of the Old West is concerned, the idea was born out of research of real historical incidents of alien visitation and undocumented reports of actual events. Sometimes - when you are trying to fill in the blanks - you want to connect the dots with a little reasonable speculation for the sake of making a story sing. It is fiction of course, but fiction with a bite, based upon research uncovered down through the years. Just a quick note about both books: I never really intended to write these books. They started out as either notes about research or just plain dabbling with written word for self amusement. Some one, and I won’t mention who, talked me into sharing those written words and had agreed they would clean it up, edit it carefully and present it back tome for review before publishing. The best laid plans of mice and men - as they say - didn’t work out very for me because unfortunately both of these book went to press without my final draft review, and the number of typos and mistakes and such were disappointing to me, even a little embarrassing. If I had it to do over again I would never agree to do it that way. I would insist on more editorial control and would not have allowed others to go forward with work with my name on it without proper control. But it is water under the bridge. One day - when I can find the time - I will correct all those mistakes personally and perhaps republish a second edition that will have all the t’s crossed and I’s dotted. Or maybe not. Time is something that seems to torture me. There is just never enough of it.
Do you have a new book that you are working on, and if so, can you tell us a little bit about it?
ANSWER: Every writer has a book they are working on, but - as mentioned above - never again will I allow work get off my desk until I have finished it. So perhaps we could talk about this another time.
As most people that know me know I am a strong believer in the basic Ancient Alien theory, and I have read some of the beliefs of Native American tribes. I know that you are Native American; can you tell us about your basic roots and the tribe's belief in how they got here?
ANSWER: I guess some of this in a previous answer. But to elaborate a little, my grandmother’s family was one of those eastern Cherokee groups that left the Carolinas a number of years before Andrew Jackson’s betrayal and the Trail of Tears. Those were horrible years if you know anything about Cherokee history. My people’s family were know as Old Settlers because they split from the main tribe and headed West and eventually in Northwestern Arkansas and southern Missouri. A few made their way into Oklahoma before it was designated Indian territory and even south into east Texas, where they were betrayed again, this time by the early Texans who promised them independence if they agreed not to fight against them in their war for independence with Mexico. It didn’t work out so well for them I am afraid and most of them were massacred because the Texans feared them - this after the Texans contracted them to chase the Comanche out of settler territories. They were the only ones fierce enough to do that. Anyway, I could go on far too long here, but I will add that my grandmother’s people were know as Keetowah Cherokee, the traditionalists, and my great grandfather was known as TenKiller - name I used in the Close Encounter book.
And last but not least, what is your personal theory on the Mayan calendar/prophecy for 12-21-12? Do you think we will still be here?
ANSWER: Contrary to what many of my colleagues believe, and as a student of Maya lore, I don’t believe we have a single thing to worry about when December rolls around this year, except maybe whether you have your Christmas shopping done yet or not. Could the world end when the planets align with the great rift? Sure. The world could end tomorrow, or the day after, or any given moment for that matter. Do I believe the Maya were warning us of a cataclysmic event? No, I don’t. I spent a number of years living with and working with many Maya back in the 80s, one of them the son of a noted and powerful timekeeper/priest. I learned many things about these wonderful people, and am still confused about many more things about their ancient history. One thing I will share with is that I believe modern archeology is terribly wrong to think the Mesoamerican cultures date only a far back as 22-25 centuries - some say even less. I contend they, or their ancestors have been around for at least 5,000 years, and I suspect as much as 12,000 years or more. To the Maya, as with most ancient American cultures, their history and esoteric knowledge is their power, and they do a wonderful job of keeping it to themselves. Not even the casual members of their own cultures know what a select few of them do. I assure you this is true. And they do not like to share this with outside cultures. They even enjoy offering misinformation so as to keep people off the real track of truth. And I, for one, don’t blame them.
Thanks again for taking the time to answer my questions. I hope that some of my blog followers have their own questions and for those of you that ask questions of Logan or have comments, your name will be put into a drawing to win one of Logan's books, Ancient Aliens of the Americas.
Logan, my husband and I look forward to watching for you on the show each Friday and shows in the future! Take care and I hope your success continues in Ancient Aliens, and in your novels! Thank You!
ANSWER: Thank you Lisa. It has been my pleasure. You have a wonderful blog!