"He was six feet, four inches tall with a gentle southern accent and a sly sense of humor. His name was Gray Barker, and it can truly be said that he knew too much about flying saucers."
—John Keel's description of Barker in the introduction to the 1997 reprint of They Knew Too Much About Flying Saucers
Gray Barker was a noted UFO writer, teller of tall tales, and hoaxer from the early 1950's until his death in 1984. Barker was noted for his dramatic style blurring fact with fiction to capture the imagination. He is best known for his book, They Knew Too Much About Flying Saucers—a description of Albert Bender's encounter with the Men in Black-and his own serial publication, The Saucerian—a collection of contactee stories and other bizarre UFO encounters.
The Collection consists of approximately 29 drawers of file folders, 300 books, 75 groups of magazines, photographs of Barker and various props used by Barker. It is located in historic Waldomore in the Gray Barker Room. The public is welcome to visit during our regular hours. If you cannot visit during these hours, feel free to contact David Houchin to set up an appointment.