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Subject: Thanks Loren. I'm familiar with his writings, fascinating subjects. -Godspeed!

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Date Posted: Saturday, May 05, 10:35:17am
In reply to: Brad Steiger, 82, is in decline in hospice 's message, "Health watch: Author of paranormal and Hollywood bio books" on Saturday, May 05, 08:30:08am

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American author of fiction and non-fiction works on the
paranormal, spirituality, UFOs, true crime, and biographies. ...

Brad Steiger (born February 19, 1936)

Steiger was born as Eugene E. Olson on February 19, 1936, at the Fort Dodge Lutheran Hospital during a blizzard. He grew up on a farm in Bode, Iowa. He identified as Lutheran until the age of eleven, when a near-death experience changed his religious beliefs. His parents encouraged him to become a teacher. He graduated from Luther College (Iowa) in 1957 and the University of Iowa in 1963. He taught high school English before teaching Literature and Creative Writing at his former college from 1963 to 1967.

Steiger claims to have written his first book at age seven. His first book, Ghosts, Ghouls and Other Peculiar People, was published in 1965. He became a full-time writer by 1967. He has authored/co-authored almost 170 books, which have sold 17 million copies. He has written biographies on Greta Garbo, Judy Garland, and Rudolph Valentino, the latter of which was adapted as a film in 1977. With his wife Sherry Hansen Steiger, he is the author of Four-legged Miracles: Heartwarming Tales of Lost Dogs' Journeys Home.

Steiger has appeared as a radio guest on Coast to Coast AM and the Jeff Rense Program.
He is a proponent of the ancient astronauts idea. Steiger has stated that
many humans descend from alien beings. He refers to these beings as "star people".

Steiger has written that he believes Atlantis was a real place. In his book Atlantis Rising he argued that Atlantis was the home of an all-powerful civilization with sophisticated technological achievement. He also declared the tracks at Paluxy River to be evidence for an ancient civilization of giant humans.

Steiger has been married to Sherry Hansen Steiger, an author and minister,
since 1987. They have five children and nine grandchildren. ...

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Steiger's books have sold well to the public but have been criticized by academics.

Anthropologist Bonita Freeman-Witthoft gave Steiger's Medicine Power an entirely negative review. She noted that Steiger failed to cite scholary sources, gave faulty documentation and his reporting of mythology was inaccurate. She concluded that "It is a disappointing work of no use to scholars and of little use to a person sincerely interested in American Indian spirituality." Sarah Higley gave Steiger's The Werewolf Book a mixed review and concluded "with a definite penchant for the sensational at the expense of the accurate, the casual reader will find much in it informative and entertaining as well."

Skeptical investigator Joe Nickell considers Steiger an unreliable source
and has noted that he "endlessly cranks out books promoting paranormal claims".

His books have also drawn criticism from Jason Colavito
who has stated they are filled with pseudoscientific claims.

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