There are numerous individuals whose names drift in and out of the Townsend Brown saga and, not surprisingly, their trails are near impossible to trace.
For example, Robert I. Sarbacher is an individual who has been linked to Townsend Brown’s secret team. His name shows up frequently in Dr. Brown’s “day book” from 1962, and has also come up often in my correspondence with Brown’s covert colleagues.
Sarbacher is a familiar name in UFO circles, owing mostly to a 1950 conversation that has been widely reported between Sarbacher and one Wilbert Smith, in which Sarbacher told Smith “that flying saucers exist and that they were the most highly classified secret” in the United States at the time, classified two levels higher than the H-bomb.
But there is really very little that is known about this Robert I. Sarbacher. Last April (2004), when I went to a UFO conference in Gaithersberg MD (Me? I went to a UFO conference??? Oh, how far the apple has fallen from the tree…) I listened intently as one speaker invoked Sarbacher’s name with some authority. Great, I thought, maybe this guy knows something about Sarbacher. So I asked him after his presentation what else he knew about Sarbacher, and about all he had to say was “he was a very well known physicist.”
“Well known by who, in what circles?” I pressed further.
“He has an extensive entry in Who’s Who..” turned out to be the extent of this individual’s knowledge of Robert I. Sarbacher.
I actually tried to track down the family of Robert Sarbacher a while back, to no avail. The trail went cold with an unlisted number in the Washington D.C. area.
And so the mystery persists. Anybody out there know anybody who can put me in touch with the family of Robert Sarbacher?
Another individual I would sorely like to learn more about is one A.L. “Beau” Kitselman.
Kitselman was another member of Brown’s clandestine organization, and may in fact have been Brown’s counterpart in an organization whose members typically worked in pairs (keep that in mind next time you read about “two men” instigating a situation, like the “two men” who approached ‘Carlos Allende’ with the story of ‘The Philadelphia Experiment’ or the “two men” who told pioneering UFO contactee George Adamski that they were from Venus…).
“Beau” Kitselman was a native of Hawaii (note: see correction in comment from Elizabeth Riedler below) a mathematician of considerable note, and also — as has been pointed out to me on numerous occasions for reason I have yet to fully grasp — fluent in Sanskrit, of all things. Kitselman is another name that appears in Townsend Brown’s “day book” from 1962, but their relationship goes way back before that. Kitselman was the author of a thinly veiled biography of Townsend Brown called “Hello Stupid” which takes the scientific community to task for dismissing Townsend Brown’s discoveries in the 1950s.
Later in his life, Kitselman returned to Hawaii with his second wife, Betsy Kitselman, and together they were instrumental in the formation of spiritual community called “Huna,” based on the ancient teachings of the Islands’ Kahuna.
I don’t know when Beau Kitselman died, but I do know that his widow Betsy, who was considerably younger, remarried, and is, I believe, still alive today and living somewhere in Southern California. I know that Mrs. Kitselman was close to the Brown family and no doubt has valuable insights into their life.
So, if anybody reading this can put me in touch with the former Betsy Kitselman, I’m sure that she has a great deal of knowledge of her husband and Townsend Brown’s activities. Of course, given the nature of all this discussion, whether or not she’d be willing to share it with me is a different story altogether.