Wayne Sulo Aho

Wayne Sulo Aho (24 August 1916 - 16 January 2006),[1] born in the state of Washington, was one of seven children of Finnish homesteaders, and worked for most of his life as a logger. He was one of the last and least-known of the late 1950s contactees, individuals who claimed to have entered landed flying saucers and spoken with their alien crew members. Like Howard Menger, Aho claimed to have been in contact with humanoid space aliens since childhood, in his case the age of 12. He mainly spoke about a contact occurring in 1957, during which he was initiated as a "Cosmic Master of Wisdom," just as had been the obvious inspiration for all the 1950s contactees, George Adamski. Appropriately Aho's contact occurred while he was attending George Van Tassel's Giant Rock Interplanetary Space Craft Convention—- a telepathic summons led him into the desert where a saucer appeared and a voice ordered him to go forth and create his own yearly convention in his home state of Washington.


Aho and fellow 1957 contactee Reinhold O. Schmidt went on the lecture circuit together in California, and their double-header lectures continued until Schmidt was arrested for and convicted of grand theft. Aho's presentations tended to emphasize his military service in World War II, and spent very little time on "spiritual revelations" he had received from the Space Brothers, either directly or through later sessions with a spirit medium. Aho tended to refer to himself as "Major W. S. Aho," inviting confusion with another major prominent in the saucerian community, Major Donald E. Keyhoe.

Aho soon fell under the spell of another one-time Adamski follower, Otis T. Carr. Carr claimed to have built a full-size flying saucer operating on authentic Adamskian or Teslarian "magnetic" principles, and after a suitable amount of money had been collected from gullible elderly attendees at the lectures of Aho and Carr, they announced the Carr saucer, piloted by Carr and Aho, would take off from a fairground in front of thousands of witnesses and fly to the moon, returning with incontrovertible proof of the trip. Criminal charges against both Aho and Carr resulted from the inevitable public fiasco, but Aho was judged to be an innocent dupe.


Like almost all of the 1950s contactees, including George Adamski, Truman Bethurum, Daniel Fry, George King and many others, Aho did get around to founding his own religious cult, based on the teachings of the Space Brothers: in Aho's case, the Church of the New Age, in Seattle, Washington. Following the instructions of the Space Brothers, Aho's yearly convention held near the entrance to Mount Rainier National Park, in the so-called Spacecraft Protective Landing Area for Advancement of Science and Humanities (SPLASSH), created in honor of Kenneth Arnold, tended to emphasize New Age folderol of various kinds rather than being strictly a meeting-place for flying saucer fans. Aho spent the last decade of his life in Gardnerville, Nevada. He died on January 16, 2006 in Carson City, Nevada.

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