Appreciative acknowledgement to Robert Morningstar for extensive use of material from his "Conspiracy Science: Part I".
Paris Flammonde was a major creative figure in New York's Greenwich Village for twenty-five years (1946-1971). Among the artists of various disciplines and other luminaries who he met or knew were:
and numerous other noted personalities, including a number notlisted here who appear in his roman à clef novel The Minotaur of Washington Square.
The poet-author knew many of the leading science fiction and fantasy writers of his time: Lester del Rey, a long time friend, Isaac Isimov, Frederick Pohl, James Blish et al. One of his short stories, "After Armageddon," was published in the initial volume of Fantasy Magazine, edited by the first of those mentioned above. Flammonde had brief but rewarding exchanges of letters with Sir John Gieglud and Gore Vidal, when people still wrote on paper, and has had published fifteen books: Stein & Day, Meredith Press, G. P. Putnam, Hawthorn, Contemporary Classics, Guardsman, Scanuscryption, etc. Two of these have been poetry: The Grey Man and The Elect Damned (Contemporary Classics and Guardsman), and a several have appeared in paperback and foreign (and foreign language) editions, and his work has been published on three continents.
Noted critic and author Robert Morningstar has written:
"I personally consider The Grey Man to be one of the great poems of the
During the 1950s and 60s, Flammonde became a radio producer and TV guest in New York City radio and television. He, himself, was responsible for 6,000 hours of New York AM talk radio as a long-time producer of the legendary "Long John Nebel Show." He also appeared as panelist and house critic, thereon, for more than 1500 hours.
During the '50 and 60s, Paris Flammonde was a guest 3 times on CBS TV's ''What's My Line?", best remembered for the presence and participation of the noted columnist Dorothy Kilgallen. Flammonde also appeared twice with the sardonic and acerbic Alan Burke on WNEW-TV. He was a guest on the Barry Farber Show, Joe Franklin, The Fitzgeralds and other programs on New York radio stations and in St, Louis, Miami, Canada, and elsewhere.
Flammonde is an accomplished artist and has composed more than fifty original songs with some performed at Carnegie, Town, and Steinway Halls in New York City. Some were recorded. Flamntonde has appeared in
To what would this mind turn with the coming of the Gotterdammerung of the 21st Century?
Of course, Flammonde has returned to the most important world-shaking, geopolitical and historical event of the second half of the 20th Century, the JFK Assassination. During the first half of the 20th century, only ''The Atomic Bomb" equals the impact made on one single day that changed the world so radically and with it, our history forever. The "fallout" is still falling.
Flammonde worked with Jim Garrison during the New Orleans DA's investigation of the roles of Clay Shaw, David Ferrie and Lee Harvey Oswald in the conspiracy to assassinate JFK. As a result of his personal involvement in that investigation and in the subsequent trial of Clay Shaw, Flammonde was on the "Trail of the Assassins" when their footprints were still warm in the Louisiana soil.
The corpse of David Ferrie was barely cold, Perry Russo was still walking, Dean Andrew still talking and New Orleans had not yet been destroyed by Nature. Flammonde goes back a long way with JFK. In the process, he becanIe one of world's leading authorities on political assassinations, especially that of JFK, and the deaths of RFK and MLK.
Additionally, during that period, through radio and writing, Flammonde established himself as an expert on the history, facts, fictions, lore and legends of flying saucers and the parallel studies. He is a long time researcher and expert in the occult (he once studied with internationally celebrated medium Frank Decker), the psychic, as particularly evidenced
Incidentally, the author possesses a vast knowledge of film and jazz, and its performers, with a concentration from earliest times to 1970.
Expertise in these fields is essential in the field of"Conspiracy Science." That and a superb mastery of the English language and "word wizardry,"as well. Still extremely active, Mr. Flammonde has returned to the subject of the John F. Kennedy assassination and how it changed the world in "The Assassination of America." Integrating the Foreword by erstwhile
Flammonde has further integrated the work of some of the foremost experts in the JFK murder like Eric Norden, Sylvia Meagher, Bernard J. Fensterwald, Jr., David Lifton, John Newman, James Fetzer and others. It produces the massive and penultimate definitive history of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Flammonde appears to have resolved
Wrote critic Morningstar: "I began reading Paris Flammonde's work in the late 60s with "The Kennedy Conspiracy." In retrospect, I realize that his work may have set the cornerstone of my current views on the event. In 1977, I read "The Age of Flying Saucers" for the first time and recognized it as a milestone event in the science of UFOlogy and mass psychology.