Art Bell, R.I.P.

John R. Houk

© April 23, 2018


I was a huge Sci-Fi fan from my early teens in the ‘70s through the early 90s. I begin with my Sci-Fi notification because I heard some sad info that a Sci-Fi/Paranormal legend died on April 13, 2018 (age 72) – Art Bell.


Bell founded Coast to Coast AM which broadcast at the wee hours of the night and developed quite the cult following in the 90s. Bell retired from full-time radio broadcasting in 2003. Here is an about 15-minute excerpt from the current host of Coast to Coast AM – George Noory – paying a tribute:


RADIO AUDIO: The Death of Art Bell – Best of Coast to Coast AM – 4/13/18



If you are an Art Bell fan, Coast to Coast AM has put together a web page tribute of videos, audios, photos and artwork. Just to be a bit repetitive, here is the title with the link embedded: Remembering Art Bell: Videos, Audio, Photos & Artwork.

And here is the Coast to Coast AM’s radio tribute to Bell (4-hours’ worth) that you can list to: Art Bell Tribute Show.


George Noory, Art Bell & Ian Punnett


Below are four bio/obituary sources beginning with Fox News, The Wrap, a radio Conspiracy Theorist Joel Ayala Ayapana talking numerology (41-minute audio) and ending with a Youtube Channel Cyber Command – that has a 2-hour video of an audio billed as Bell’s last interview. The Cyber Command info section has a very good bio of Art Bell thus I will begin with the bio and end with the video.


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Art Bell, whose ‘Coast to Coast AM’ radio show reveled in the paranormal, dies at 72


By Elizabeth Zwirz

April 14, 2018

Fox News


Art Bell, seen in this March 1997 photo, died Friday, Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly confirmed. Bell’s fans may pause to mull the significance of his having passed on Friday the 13th, of all days.  (Aaron Mayes/Las Vegas Sun via AP)


Radio host Art Bell, famous for his show “Coast to Coast AM” and its “X-Files”-flavored focus on the paranormal, died Friday (his fans will note, that was Friday the 13th) at the age of 72, Nevada authorities confirmed Saturday.


Bell died at his Pahrump, Nev., home, Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly announced in a Facebook post to the community. She described him as a “longtime resident” of the area and said an autopsy to confirm the cause of death would be performed later this week.


“Coast to Coast AM” confirmed the news on Twitter, saying its staff was “profoundly saddened with the news that the creator and original host of Coast to Coast AM, Art Bell, has passed away at the age of 72.”




According to an obituary shared by the program, the show became syndicated across the country in 1993 and drew in listeners with its wee-hours chatter about conspiracy theories and aliens, shadow people and spectral energy.


The obituary said that as Bell “begins his journey on the ‘Other Side,’ we take solace in the hope that he is now finding out all of the answers to the mysteries he pursued for so many nights with all of us.”


Even after relinquishing his title as host in the early 2000s, Bell returned to the airwaves now and then, and he also started a show for satellite radio, the obituary said.


Before “Coast to Coast AM” began, Bell, who was born in 1945, was in the Air Force during the Vietnam War and there he “indulged his childhood passion for radio by operating a pirate radio station,” according to the obituary.


The show tweeted a comment from its current host, George Noory, who described Bell as “a legend – a radio icon who went against the grain and developed an amazing show called ‘Coast to Coast AM.’ His impact on my life is beyond words. He will be missed, but I know he is now on another journey.”




Bell broadcast “Coast to Coast” from his radio station, KNYE, in Pahrump.


During Bell’s National Radio Hall of Fame induction in 2008, his former business partner, Alan Corbeth, said no one was better than Bell at understanding “how to create theater of the mind.”


The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Art Bell, Paranormal Radio Show Host, Dies on Friday the 13th at Age 72


By Thom Geier

April 14, 2018 7:03 AM

Last Updated: April 14, 2018 @ 10:43 AM

The Wrap


Art Bell Premiere Radio Networks


Art Bell, a self-proclaimed expert on the paranormal who hosted a popular syndicated radio show for decades, has died at the age of 72 — on Friday the 13th, appropriately enough.


Bell died in his home in Pahrump, Nevada, according to the Nye County sheriff’s office.



He started out as a disc jockey but drifted into political talk radio in the 1970s and saw a ratings boost when he veered into the realm of conspiracy theories and the paranormal. He espoused his belief in alien abductions, ghosts, crop circles report — and even that the Hale-Bopp comet that neared the Earth in 1986 was being followed by a UFO.


Soon, his late-night show “Coast to Coast” gained national syndication and allowed him to broadcast from his own Pahrump-based radio station, KNYE 95.1 FM. At the height of his fame, as many as 500 stations carried his show in the U.S. and Canada.


Bell also made cameo appearances (typically as himself) in movies like 2007’s “I Know Who Killed Me” and TV shows like “Dark Skies.”


In a 1999 interview with Larry King on CNN, Bell displayed the even-keeled tone and that made his out-there theorizing seem so reasonable and inviting.


“People are always demanding proof,” he told King at one point. “These are things that are not easily proved.”


VIDEO: Larry King Live: Art Bell Interview


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Larry King March 5th, 1999. Thanks to reneefromla6 for uploading the tribute video this interview footage is taken from (


As mentioned on Dark Matter:


For those interested in Coast2Coast/Dark Matter related topics, here’s an excellent website that cuts through some of the hokum (and hoaxers):



Episode #34: Art Bell Special Tribute

From: Quantum Mindfulness Radio




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Topic of Discussion:

One of radio’s most successful syndicated hosts has died. Both the Las Vegas Review Journal and NBC TV in Las Vegas are reporting that Art Bell died at his home in Las Vegas on Friday, April 13. The Nye County Sheriff’s Office announced that an autopsy will be done later this week to determine the cause of death.

Bell’s paranormal-themed overnight show, “Coast to Coast AM,” was syndicated on hundreds of stations by Premiere back in the 90’s. He left the show in 2002. He also had a show on SiriusXM in 2013. Bell was 72 years old. Most recently Premiere was syndicating Bell’s show Somewhere In Timewhich was the best in classic Art Bell shows from 6pm – 10pm on Saturdays.

Arthur William Bell III was an American broadcaster and author. He was the founder and the original host of the paranormal-themed radio program Coast to Coast AM syndicated on hundreds of radio stations in the U.S. and Canada.

“Well, I did the Numbers. He died on a “1” day. But it was a “Friday the 13th”. In Numerics, the “13” means NEW Beginnings. He was also “72” which adds up significantly to the Number #9. In the World of the esoteric and in the Cabal, these are relatively emphasized numbers in that world of things. But all-in-all Police Reports at his home town have been relatively secretive. And of course, there’s a scheduled autopsy to determine cause of death which is unknown now as we speak. So, as a patterns-recognition enthusiast (I guess)… things are a lil’ questionable. But again I was a BIG Fan of Art Bell who was a huge Conspiracy Theorist like me, LoL! But seriously, this is a very Sad Day bro. I attribute my Podcast at QMR and our Podcast Network at REAL REVOLUTION RADIO to this wonderful man. Peace be with you ART! Your legacy continues with me and with millions of others you’ve touched. This special show is intended to pay tribute to the life and times and of the very inspiring message of world-renown alternative broadcaster, Mr. Art Bell himself!”

-Joel Ayala Ayapana
Host of the Quantum Mindfulness Radio Podcast, Executive Producer & Founder of Real Revolution Radio

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Art Bell’s Last Interview / 4 Feb 2016


Cyber Command

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The passing of Art Bell / 13 Apr 2018


We are profoundly saddened with the news that the creator and original host of Coast to Coast AM, Art Bell, has passed away at the age of 72 at his home in Pahrump, Nevada.


While serving in the US Air Force in the Vietnam War, he indulged his childhood passion for radio by operating a pirate station that played anti-war music otherwise unavailable on official channels broadcast to American servicemen.


Following his time in the service, his love of radio led him to working as a disc jockey for an English-language station in Japan where he set a Guinness World Record for broadcasting an astounding 116 hours straight.


This was no mere radio stunt, however, as it served to raise funds to rescue over 100 Vietnamese orphans left stranded by the conflict in their home country.


Upon returning to the United States, he entered the world of talk radio with an overnight program on KDWN in Las Vegas.


After noticing that episodes covering conspiracy theories and paranormal topics generated considerable interest from listeners, Bell transformed the show from political talk to discussion of these often-verboten realms.


Syndicated nationally in 1993, Coast to Coast AM soon became a juggernaut and bonafide radio phenomenon.


During the 1990s, when The X-Files had people wondering about the world of high strangeness, Art Bell was the voice of that world, introducing millions of radio listeners to a vast array of paranormal topics and the researchers that studied them.


Over the course of countless programs throughout the decade and into the 2000s, Art Bell captivated listeners by way of his intellectually-curious and open-minded conversations with guests who were attempting to find answers to the paranormal mysteries which baffle us all.


Although he retired from full-time hosting duties in 2003, Art returned to occasionally helm Coast to Coast AM programs on weekends and later launched his own satellite radio program, Art Bell’s Dark Matter, as well as an internet-based endeavor called Midnight in the Desert.


As founder of Coast to Coast AM, his role in crafting and shaping this program can be felt to this day in elements like the iconic phone lines emanating from East of the Rockies, West of the Rockies, and the always-unpredictable Wildcard Line, as well as the annual Ghost to Ghost AM Halloween specials and, of course, C2C’s signature opening theme song.


We celebrate him for his brilliant creation of Coast to Coast AM and the many unforgettable moments he shared with us over the years.


As he begins his journey on the ‘Other Side,’ we take solace in the hope that he is now finding out all of the answers to the mysteries he pursued for so many nights with all of us.



Art Bell, R.I.P.

John R. Houk

© April 23, 2018


Art Bell, whose ‘Coast to Coast AM’ radio show reveled in the paranormal, dies at 72


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Remembering Leonard Nimoy, 1931-2015

On March 1 I posted my Trekkie my tribute to Leonard Nimoy’s passing to the stars in the sky on February 27, 2015. I found a more comprehensible obituary from


Here’s the (Site Map) obituary of the legendary Leonard Nimoy – Mr. Spock. This is the best and most memorable obituary that does Leonard Nimoy justice.


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Remembering Leonard Nimoy, 1931-2015

 Leonard Nimoy 1931 - 2015

By Staff

February 27, 2015 is deeply saddened to report the passing of Leonard Nimoy. The legend — an actor, writer, producer, director, poet, host, voiceover artist, photographer, patron of the arts, philanthropist, husband, father and grandfather, as well as Star Trek‘s beloved Spock — died today at the age of 83 at his home in Los Angeles. Nimoy succumbed to the end stages of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), an illness that resulted from years of smoking and which afflicted him despite having quit smoking more than three decades ago. In 2014, he announced via Twitter that he was battling COPD and frequently implored fans to stop smoking before it was too late.


Spock from Star Trek – the original series

Spock - 1960s Live Long & Prosper


Nimoy’s career spanned generations. Born and raised in Boston, he started acting as a boy, but moved to Los Angeles at age 18 to give it a go on a professional level. He worked his way up from small roles in the likes of Queen for a Day, Zombies of the Stratosphere and Them! to major guest star turns in such shows as Broken Arrow, Dragnet, Sea Hunt, The Twilight Zone, Wagon Train and The Outer Limits. At one point, he acted in an episode of The Lieutenant, a show written and created by a rising behind-the-scenes talent named Gene Roddenberry, and he acted in an episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. with a young Canadian by the name of William Shatner.


Leonard Nimoy in B-W Twilight Zone episode

Leonard Nimoy in B-W Twilight Zone episode


It wouldn’t be long before their lives intersected again. Roddenberry created Star Trek: The Original Series, tapping Nimoy to play the half-human/half-Vulcan Spock and Jeffrey Hunter to play Captain Pike. NBC rejected the pilot, but asked Roddenberry to try again. The second pilot once again featured Nimoy as Spock, but after Hunter opted out of his contract, Roddenberry hired Shatner to play Captain Kirk. DeForest Kelley, who’d turned down the role of Spock, came on board to portray Dr. McCoy, and that unforgettable trio — complemented by Nichelle Nichols, James Doohan, George Takei and, starting with season two, Walter Koenig — formed the cast that would see Star Trek through three seasons of the original show, 20-plus episodes of an animated series and six feature films, not to mention numerous television commercials and countless convention appearances.


Spock – Wrath of Khan


Nimoy at times waged an internal battle when it came to Spock, the pointy-eared, logic-driven character he’d made his own and had imbued with so much humanity. In fact, Nimoy’s characterization inspired countless young people who felt like outsiders or, quite literally… aliens, not to just to carry on, but to thrive. Still, he titled his first autobiography I Am Not Spock. Twenty years later, though, he wrote I Am Spock. He turned down the proposed Star Trek: Phase II series, but reluctantly returned for Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Spock died saving the Enterprise in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, only to be resurrected for Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, which Nimoy directed. He also directed Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and produced and developed the story for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, and, as a tie-in, he guest starred as Ambassador Spock on two episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. And in 2009, after 18 long years, Nimoy helped J.J. Abrams reboot the Star Trek franchise by playing Spock Prime in Star Trek (2009), passing the torch to Zachary Quinto, whose casting he’d approved and who became a close friend. He also voiced Spock for Star Trek Online, made a cameo in Star Trek Into Darkness and was reportedly in talks to appear in the upcoming Star Trek film at the time of his death.


Spock 2009 Star Trek franchise reboot

Spock 2009 Star Trek franchise reboot


Beyond Star Trek, Nimoy’s many film, TV and stage credits included Mission: Impossible, A Woman Called Golda, In Search Of…, Equus, Never Forget, Vincent, Standby: Lights! Camera! Action!, The Simpsons, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and a juicy, late-career recurring role on the J.J. Abrams-produced series Fringe. He also directed such features as Three Men and a Baby, which was a huge hit, and The Good Mother, a drama that he always spoke of with tremendous pride. With his friend and TNG‘s Q, John de Lancie, he created Alien Voices, which staged and recorded radio play-style productions of classic and original sci-fi/fantasy stories. And yes, who could forget Nimoy’s music pursuits, which included several albums and such tunes as “Proud Mary” and “The Legend of Bilbo Baggins”? Nimoy joined Twitter in 2010 and gave William Shatner a run for his money, tweeting more than 1,700 times and amassing more than one million followers.


Leonard Nimoy 2015


He was also a friend to Nimoy helped re-launch the site in 2010 with an opening statement, granting an extensive, career-spanning interview in 2011, contributing a guest blog in 2012 about his creation of the split-fingered Vulcan greeting, and checking in with us often over the years for interviews and with updates on his current projects, as well as to answer specific questions about Star Trek as they came up. He ended his emails to us as he did every tweet to the public, with the acronym LLAP… Live Long and Prosper.


Back in May 2012, teased Nimoy about being the busiest retired man in history. Asked if he truly considered himself retired, Nimoy replied, “Yeah, I do. I am. Look, I liken myself to a steamship that’s been going full-blast and the captain pulls that handle back and then says, ‘Full stop,’ but the ship doesn’t stop. It keeps moving from inertia. It keeps moving. It keeps moving. It’ll start slowing down, but it doesn’t stop. It doesn’t come to a dead stop. That’s the way I am. I still have a few odds and ends things that I enjoy doing. I don’t want to get up in the morning and have nothing to do that day. That would be boring.” Perfectly logical, right? And in a touching final tweet, which he posted on Feb. 23 and with which he was likely bidding farewell, Nimoy wrote, “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP.”


Nimoy leaves behind his wife, Susan Bay, two children from a previous marriage, a stepson, several grandchildren and a great grandchild. Please join in offering our condolences to his family, friends, colleagues and millions of fans around the galaxy. (Blog Editor: The last paragraph is for readers to offer condolences and memories. Feel free to do so on this blog as well, but you should really go to the post and scroll down and share as long as the comments are open. I suspect Leonard Nimoy’s family will read these more readily.)


Edited for this blog by John R. Houk.

Good old fashioned spellcheck was the editing method employed.


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Spock Died – Live Long and Prosper

Spock-Leonard Nimoy. Live Long & Prosper

John R. Houk
© March 1, 2015
Well any fellow trekkies out there. Spock is really dead this time. Leonard Nimoy died Friday February 27, 2015 (See Also TMZ) at the age of 88. Perhaps Leonard found someone to pass his katra to. Dear God I love that Star Trek character. Live long and prosper.
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From Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock movie clips:

Kirk (William Shatner) and Sulu (George Takei) rescue McCoy (DeForest Kelley) from jail.


When last we left the crew of the star ship Enterprise, they were heading home following a skirmish with the despotic Khan. The unpleasant incident had cost the life of Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy)—or so it seemed. Admiral Kirk (William Shatner) is informed by Spock’s father Sarek (Mark Lenard) that his son is being kept alive in the thoughts of one of the crew members. It now becomes necessary to search for Spock’s body, so that flesh and soul can be rejoined on Vulcan. It turns out that Spock’s spirit is residing within the mind of the Vulcan’s longtime shipmate, “Bones” McCoy (DeForrest Kelley). Finding the body is another matter, since the Enterprise has been consigned to the trash heap and thus is out of Kirk’s jurisdiction.


TM & © Paramount (1984)
Cast: William Shatner, DeForest Kelley, George Takei, Gary Faga, Douglas Alan Shanklin
Director: Leonard Nimoy
Producers: Harve Bennett, Ralph Winter
Screenwriters: Gene Roddenberry, Harve Bennett


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Brilliant Obituary – Common Sense

RIP Common Sense 2 toon

Here is a modern parable for all to meditate on as forwarded by a friend. Yeah I know it’s a chain email; nonetheless well worth dwelling on.


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Brilliant Obituary – Common Sense

Wake up America, There is NO “Free Lunch”

Author: Not Known

Posted August 5, 2012


Absolutely Brilliant!!

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: – Knowing when to come in out of the rain; – Why the early bird gets the worm; – Life isn’t always fair; – And maybe it was my fault. Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge). His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place.

Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition. Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion. Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault. Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death: by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife – Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son – Reason.

He is survived by his 5 stepbrothers: – I Know My Rights – I Want It Now – Someone Else Is To Blame – I’m A Victim – Pay me for Doing Nothing

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.