Recommended Reading: Adam Gorightly's 11-2-18 article entitled "Discordianism Meets Ufology Part 00004: Were Gray Barker and Jim Moseley Original Discordians?":
"Although their hoax letter writing hijinks occurred nearly a decade before the Early Discordians got busy with similar shenanigans, Gray Barker and Jim Moseley could certainly be considered pranksterish precursors to Greg Hill, Kerry Thornley, RAW [Robert Anton Wilson], et al.
"The most notable Barker-Moseley letter prank was pulled on famed UFO contactee George Adamski with what became known as the Straith Letter Hoax, a party that got started in December 1957 when Barker got his paws on a batch of absconded State Department stationery, and during a weekend of heavy boozing, he and Moseley concocted the Straith Letter out of whole cloth.
"The letter in question—signed by the fictitious R.E. Straith, a member of the State Department’s 'Cultural Exchange Committee'—informed Adamski that his 1952 encounter with Orthon the Venusian in Desert Center, California, had been confirmed by government officials, and Straith encouraged Adamski to drop by the Cultural Exchange Committee’s D.C. offices whenever he was in town...."
To read Gorightly's entire article, click HERE.