During my four part series covering Kayla 'Sunray' Reid's unusual story, my goal was to expand on the traditional media's coverage and provide a new perspective from which to view this story.
The starting point for my coverage was interviews I conducted with this stories two main players, Sunray (formerly Kayla Reid) and Natureboy, the controversial spiritual leader Sunray fled Canada to follow.
In 'The Rise of Natureboy' I used excerpts of my talk with Naturboy to provide a condensed telling of his life as Eligio Bishop, prior to what he has referred to as his spiritual awakening. I felt this was a valid topic to cover as during the media's coverage of Sunray's story many references were made to Natureboy's criminal background and his former life as a male model and erotic performer. I simple wanted to let Natureboy tell the story in his own words.
After the release of this episode, I've heard from several listeners who suspected he was being dishonest about his background and some who felt the details of his story couldn't be true. Although I didn't investigate or research his history to the extent I may my other topics, I did confirm some details of his story prior to publishing the episode.
In this blog post, I wanted to share the information I found that convinced me he was being honest.
During my interview with Natureboy, he discussed spending time in prison between the ages 16 and 20. Although I didn't find details specific to that I did find the below mugshots and details of charges relating to theft, and driving without a license.
Modeling / Erotic Entertainment
Although I didn't specifically find his modeling work associated with any commercial application, a simple google search using his name will find many modeling portfolio type shots. As far as erotic entertainment, I will simply take his word for it to avoid needing to explain my web search history to my parents. Below, I've posted a screenshot of Natureboy's profile on the modeling site Model Mayhem
Bishop's HD Cuts
During 'The Rise of Natureboy', I was very impressed by his rise in the barbering/saloon industry. To me, this made it obvious he was intelligent, entrepreneurial, and very driven. I've phoned many references to BishopsHDcuts across the net. A twitter profile, many reviews, and of course some photos. Below I've added a photo of the exterior (advertising the $7 Thursdays he mentioned) and the chess table he mentioned installing to offer anyone who beat him a free haircut.
Travelling in his RV
When I spoke to Natureboy, he described his time travelling by RV with his family through Florida as being a turning point in his interest in nature and a natural life. With very little effort I located a yelp review he left for a RV business he used for servicing in Florida.
When I asked Natureboy how his online video posts got started, he told me a story about selling his home and moving into a modest apartment. Within the apartment, he had very minimal contents and furniture in favor of setting up a sort of make shift studio. By reviewing his early posts on Youtube I found several of his videos were filmed in the apartment just as he described.
When preparing my two part series covering the 1978 Clarenville UFO Sighting I set out to gather and share as much of the original documentation as possible. Sadly, despite this event receiving heavy coverage at the time I wasn't able to gather as much as I had originally hoped. In this blog post, I will share with you the various items I was able to obtain.
You can listen to Jim Blackwood tell his story in Part One of The Night Time Podcast coverage of the event here.
You can listen to Part two of The Night Time Podcast's coverage of the event here.
Cst. Blackwoods UFO Press Conference
This is the 1978 press conference that was, and is still often, broadcast on the newfoundland TV station NTV. This press conference has been shared far and wide and is a common entry point for interest in this event.
Cst. Blackwoods Drawing of the "Object"
Jim Blackwood has made several hand drawn representations of the object, one was included with his policy report, one held up during his TV interivew.
Police Report Outlining the Basics of the Event
This is not the original report written by Jim (James) Blackwood, but is a summary of the event. A huge thanks to Chris Rutkowski for helping me locate this.
At 01 45 hours, Mr. Chester LETHBRIDGE, Marine Drive, Clarenville, Nfld., reported a UFO sighting in the area of Random Island, Trinity Bay, Nfld. The following described object was also witnessed by Mrs. Chester LETHBRIDGE and Cst. James BLACKWOOD of this Detachment. This object was observed with the aid of binoculars and a telescope from outside the LETHBRIDGE residence. The sky was clear at this time and the object was observed at an altitude of approximately three to four thousand feed. Object was described as oval shaped with a large triangular fin on top, completely white with red, what and blue flashing lights and very bright. The object was stationary for approximately one hour at which time it moved straight up at a slow rate of speed. This has been reported to the Department of National Defense, Gander, Nfld.
C.F. Davis, Cst.
Document Related to the NRC Investigation
This document is from the National Research Council's investigation files. It includes information on UFO reports from Clarenville (spelled incorrectly). In this document the NRC state the most likely explanation for the object is the planet Jupiter.
Note To UFO FILE. REPORTS: N78/192.198.199.
RE: Reports from Chesterville(sp), NFLD
1/ N78/192 03:00 am the Oct 12, 1978. Duration 2 hours, east.
07:30 to 06:30 ast, Oct 12, 1978
2/ N78/198 01:45 am 26 Oct 78. Duration 1 hour, east.
3/ N78/199 23:30 std NFLD time, 1 Nov 78 Gander
The first two reports, 13 days apart, are by the same people and describe very similar objects. These objects were most likely the planet Jupitar, which is quite brilliant. It rises about midnight in mid-October, and is near the meridian at sunrise. Saturn and several bright stars are also in the eastern sky at this time.
Two Local News Reports
These are two separate articles that appeared in local newspapers.
Various Web Articles
Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer posts UFO interview video - Openminds.tv - Nov 11 2015
Retired RCMP officer remembersClarenville UFO experience - The Packet - Oct 29 2015
Remembering Clarenville UFO of 1978 - CBC Radio - Jan 5, 2017
Meet the 'Raccoon Whisperer' of Pictou County - CBC News - Dec 18, 2016
The film's production was covered in depth by the Night Time Podcast in a series which included the director George Mihalka, the male lead Paul Kelman, and Nik and Captain (hosts of True Crime Garage).
While preparing my coverage of the film, I decided to seek out and revisit some of the many great outdoor locations used in this film. I did it both to challenge my ability to use google maps, and to see how much has changed since in the 36 years since My Bloody Valentine's release.
To locate the sets, I started by taking stills from the blu-ray version of the film of the various locations I hoped to find. I then clicked and dragged my way through the streets of Sydney Mines looking for similar features. For the hard to find spots I couldn't locate, I shared the stills to the "North side Caper Memories Facebook Group" where the locals were quick to point me in the right direction.
I present to you now the present day state of the various outdoor sets from My Bloody Valentine. A lot can change in 36 years.
Leaving the Hannigar Mine
As the crew of the Hannigar Mine wrap up for the day, they make their way towards The Union Hall to begin preparations for their fateful Valentine party. It is in this shot we see the "Welcome to Valentine Bluffs" sign. Of all the locations I've visited, this one had changed the least. The telephone poles are the same and if you look on the left side of the street it's almost identical.
Downtown Valentine Bluffs
As TJ, Axl and crew make their way to the union hall we get our first glance at beautiful downtown Sydney Mines...err Valentine Bluffs. The scene has changed quite a bit in the last 36 years; mainly the large red building on the far right and in the center have been torn down and replaced with nothing.
The Union Hall
After making their way through the beautifully decorated downtown core, our Valentine dance loving crew arrive to the Union Hall to help the ladies put the last few hearts on the wall needed to make this the best Valentine dance in 21 years. Aside from the new salmon colored siding and a fresh coat of paint on the house next door, there hasn't been a lot of change at the Union Hall.
Another View of Downtown Valentine Bluffs
At one point in the film we get a look at another downtown Valentine Bluff scene. As a statement to George Mihalka and crew's ingenuity, this is simply across the street from the prior downtown scene. Way to make the most of it! Even more so than the prior downtown shot, not much has changed here in my lifetime.
This building is the set of one of the more memorable and plot changing moments in My Bloody Valentine. It's when Mabel's body is found within one of her many clothes dryers that the mayor and police chief make the decision to forbid the Valentine's dance that was being planned.
In the years since the filming, the building has been re-purposed from a mixed use space to a purely residential building. Also, the large school in the foreground has been replaced with a more modern one.
The Spooky Church
After Sarah and TJ have their romantic walk on the waterfront, she makes her way through a dark neighborhood. In this sequence we see her walking in front of the former Immaculate Conception Church.
In the years since the filming, the Church has been closed and sold during the Antigonish Diocese mass asset sell off which was brought on by a need to raise funds to pay the multi million dollar settlement to victims of a priest's sexual abuse.
A Time Travel Mystery withing My Bloody Valentine???
During my time researching the locations and the film, I stumbled upon a bit of a mystery...
HOW DID PRESENT DAY PAUL KELMAN APPEAR IN THE FILM AND WHAT DID PAUL KELMAN FROM THE FUTURE TELL HIS YOUNGER SELF!!!
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