“Let me tell you about the night I offered my WOR listeners a taste of reincarnation.”
by Long John Nebel
From FATE MagazineFebruary 1961 Vol. 14, No. 2, (reprinted Jan/Feb 2011)
“I’M GOING to teach you to contact people you knew in your previous lives. I’m going to show you and your radio audience how to do this, and I’m going to guarantee that some of the audience will get results—tonight! You may not believe in reincarnation, or the idea may be absolutely new to you, but I’m going to show you how to prove it to yourself with a personal experiment.”
That’s what the man said, right on my WOR Party Line show with its thousands of listeners. He said that he could conduct a do-it-yourself experiment in reincarnation, and we told him to go right ahead.
I know that many of you readers know my reputation for exposing frauds and fakes and I do not want you to think that the program I am going to tell you about was any effort to make light of the subject of reincarnation. Reincarnation is not a subject that anybody ought to treat lightly. After all, something like half the people in the world have a deep religious belief that they are going to be reborn into this world.
Myself, I’ve had two thoughts about reincarnation. First, I may have lived before, but unfortunately I can’t remember anything about it. Second, maybe I will be reborn but I won’t know for sure and certain until after I die.
Now I’ll go a long ways to find the truth of something, neighbors, so now let me tell you about a guy with an offer to give anyone who wants to try a taste of immortality and reincarnation. And all without asking anyone to go the whole hog and die.
If you are a regular listener to our WOR Party Line, you know what’s coming because you heard about this experiment right from the horse’s mouth during one of the most sensational programs ever broadcast.
The man who dropped the bomb on this fantastic show was a guy named Aaron G. Cohen. Mr. Cohen recently wrote a book called The Path to Reincarnation which was why we called him and asked him to sit around a mike with Long John and the members of the Party Line panel.
Mr. Cohen turned out to be a very solid citizen. He is in the real estate business in Hartford, Conn., and was named by Connecticut’s Governor Ribicoff to serve on the Connecticut Commission on Services to Elderly Persons. He is also very high up in a number of other civic and fraternal movements.
Sitting on the Party Line panel for our interview with Cohen were Warren Pack and Del Ray, both of whom are highly skilled at digging for facts in discussions on psychic and metaphysical problems. And, as our listeners know, I have a lot of experience along this line myself. I know all the gimmicks and I’ve seen most of the phony operations from the inside. But like I say, how are you going to know about reincarnation from the inside unless you’re dead?
This being the case and the problem, one of the first questions we put to Cohen was this: if we’ve lived through previous lives, why don’t we remember them? Read the rest of this entry »