Don Elkins was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1930. He holds four
university degrees, has taught mechanical engineering at the
University of Alaska, and has taught physics and engineering at the
University of Louisville. In 1965 he left his position as a tenured
professor of physics at the University of Louisville in order to
give himself more time for the research that he has pursued all of
his adult life, one result of which is this book. He became a Boeing
727 captain for a major airline. Don Elkins died on November 7,
Carla L. Rueckert was born in 1943 in Lake Forest, Illinois. After
completing master’s degree studies in library service, she served as
librarian and bibliographer to college and school libraries for six
years, and in 1970 she turned her full attention to assisting Don
Elkins with his research. She is unmarried.
James McCarty was born in 1947 in Kearney, Nebraska. After receiving
a master’s degree in education from the University of Florida, Mr.
McCarty retired to a log cabin in the woods of central Kentucky to
develop a self-sufficient lifestyle. He founded the Rock Creek
Research and Development Laboratories in 1977 and in 1980 joined his
research with that of Don Elkins and Carla Rueckert. He is
Who are the ancient astronauts? Why did they first come to Earth?
Why are they returning now? What part did they play in building the
great monuments of antiquity? What part did they play in the
formation of present and earlier civilizations? With what other
beings do we share our universe? And where does the Earth fit into
the cosmic scheme of things?
Almost twenty years of experimental work with telepathy led to the
“breakthrough” contact recorded in this book. THE RA MATERIAL is an
account not only of the events leading up to this contact, but of
over 200 pages of verbatim transcripts of each and every
“I just finished THE RA MATERIAL. You have truly made the best
cosmic connection I have seen in my lifetime. The contact and the
wisdom the world needs for now. Great work!”
Andrija Puharich, M.D.