In 1994, in the course of publishing my old zine, “The Excluded Middle,” I read an interview in the first “Anomalist” magazine with a clinical psychologist who specialized in the study of purported “alien writing,” that is symbols that human recipients claim are products of a non-human source.
This study was carried on without the general knowledge of his colleagues, which he surmised might have affected his private practice and his work with severe psychotics and drug abuse cases.
Before I could find out how to get in touch with him, he sent me a copy of his self-published book “Symbolic Messages – An Introduction to a Study of Alien Writing” with a letter stating,
“I knew you needed to see it.”
Dr. Mario Pazzaglini was a remarkable man, as I was to find out over the next few years until his untimely death in 1999.
I only met him once, at the 1997 Roswell bash. We eschewed the parades and some of the more boring lectures one day and went thrift-store shopping. Most of our talks were over the phone, and he actually provided some much-needed free therapy when I mentioned some things that were going on in my life at the time.
In 1970, he was at the Woodstock music festival, helping to run the “bad trip” tent along with a few Tibetan Buddhist friends when the hippies couldn’t handle their acid.
He had been a regular in the Washington D.C. insider circuit for a few years in the mid-1960s, when he was still in college majoring in physics and mathematics.
“He would have made a great physicist” says his brother Peter.
In the late 1960s, he had changed his mind and entered the graduate program in psychology.
He earned his doctorate from the University of Delaware in 1969, and lived in the small town of Newark, just a couple of miles from U.D. for the rest of his life.
He later became an expert on the problems and cures of drug abuse, serving on several committees and panels for the state of Delaware, and in his psychiatric practice, specialized in treating the severest of the mentally ill.
Like everything else in the late ’60s, the field of psychology was undergoing an upheaval as newly-minted doctors began to explore anything that would make the job of healing faster and more rewarding for the patient.
“Western culture tries to keep everything fragmented and separate, and one of the things all of us were trying to do was introduce connectedness back into the process” recalled Pazzaglini’s longtime friend and psychiatric practice partner Dr. Paul Poplosky.
“I think that’s where some of his other interests came into play.”
Those “other interests” included a cornucopia of esoterra; alchemy, cabbala, tarot, and a heaping dose of numerology.
He also made enough of a splash through well-concealed back channels that our buddies in the ubiquitous black helicopters occasionally shadowed him. He compiled a magickal and symbol system of his own devising which may never be cracked. In short, he may very well have been a modern-day Magus in the guise of a mild-mannered psychologist from Delaware.
This was his perspective when examining the subject of UFOs.
Self-portrait of Pazzaglini with “friends.”
He attended a conference on UFO abduction at M.I.T. in 1992 and presented his research to the leaders in the field, but few of his friends ever knew about it. Most of the leaders in the abduction field basically ignored the subject. Almost no one knew he had notebooks filled with examples of strange symbols.
Hundreds of his paintings and drawings filled his home.
“I believe in his next life, he’ll be an artist” says his brother.
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