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Close Encounters

Did you ever meet the Spaceman? We would like to hear your story.

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  1. mikejames
    29 April 2012 @ 11:00 am

    by Mike James

    During the summer of 1977, my brother Pat and I had our first encounter with the Spaceman of Ocean Beach. Artist and musician Clint Cary, The Spaceman, lived in a cottage at the entrance to the Ocean Beach Pier.

    The Spaceman claimed to have traveled to to other planets, other dimensions. He was transported there by his otherworldly friends from the planet Rillispore. He first began his journeys in the late 50′s after first meeting the Rillosporians in the desert near Joshua Tree.

    Later the Rillosporians would appear in his O.B. bungalow to take him on these mini-vacations from our time and space.

    As a painter, Clint was inspired by these journeys and created wonderful “cosmic art” masterpieces.

    Pat and I met The Spaceman during a rare sober period in his life. We would sit in his cottage for hours watching the waves roll in as Spaceman regaled us with his stories of his travels, extraterrestrial and otherwise. The sessions we spent with Clint were entertaining and engaging. The tales told sober were much more compelling than his later drunken ramblings.

    He gave us our “Spaceman Cards“, these were our tickets to travel on a giant spaceship. We would then be deposited on the 3rd dimensional planet Lycillus Apum. The relocation would save us from the cataclysmic destruction of earth when the magnetic poles would shift.

    Three months after our first encounter, Clint was back on the Gallo Red Table wine and we stopped visiting.

    We felt lucky to have met The Spaceman during a short-lived period of sobriety, when he was at his best as a storyteller.

    Now where did I put that damn ticket?

  2. Craig Baird
    8 January 2013 @ 2:46 am

    I met The Spaceman very late in his life, probably aound 1987 or 1988. He would be sitting in a wheelchair out in front of Cornet Drug (now the big antique mall) on weekend mornings. He was blind at the time (I think) and mumbled incoherently. He sold painted cards out of a basket for $1 apiece. I bought three of them on a lark one time, and have had them hanging somewhere on a wall wherever I’ve lived ever since. They are 3.5″ x 4.5″ and are just colors blobbed atop one another. I don’t think these are ‘tickets’, just stuff he was selling to make a buck. But who knows, maybe I’ll get the ride of my life! Shoot me an email and I’ll send a pic of them if you like. Thanks, cjb

  3. OB longhorn
    26 April 2013 @ 7:20 pm

    Many many moons ago in the 70′s as a kid i remember as mike said living in cottages above the pier..He showed me and friends a book of famous artist and he was in it….He also would stop r house when he was with another wino Zak on their way to zacs house out on the cliffs..I have one of his painting hanging in friends restaurant in OB..

  4. NicoleMaron
    14 May 2013 @ 6:32 am

    I lived in one of the Ocean Beach pier cottages a couple of doors down from Bob Oaks not long before Clint passed away (’93-ish?), and was present on the Sunday jazz night at Bob’s memorializing him. My only direct contact with him was when he’d hang out somewhere on Voltaire selling his postcards and smaller works, a wizened brown gnome-ish man with his wheelchair-counter. He was difficult to understand and wasn’t very present, but his story of his encounters never changed. Bob helped me see Clint through his eyes, as a special soul and talent. The loyal tenderness with which he handled Clint’s story, and the artwork he safeguarded and promoted from the 2nd bedroom of his cliffside cottage…it stays with me even 20 years later.

  5. admin
    8 June 2013 @ 1:56 pm

    Thanks for sharing.

    Don’t miss the return of The Spaceman of Ocean Beach for one weekend only, August 9 and 10, at the Ocean Beach Playhouse. This cosmic art show and multimedia extravaganza features historical O.B. photos by Steve Rowell, and several original Spaceman black-light paintings that will stagger your imagination.

    Hear the true story of Ocean Beach Jazz Ambassador Bob Oaks, and how his world turns upside down when he meets Cosmic Artist and Space Contactee, Clint Cary “The Spaceman.” Together, these two original hipsters take on the 1960′s establishment and change Ocean Beach, and each other, in unexpected ways.

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  6. Greg Longway
    2 August 2013 @ 8:47 pm

    I am the son of spaceman adopted many years ago by Clint himself.If any one out there needs any history about Clint or wants to sell paintings please contact me anytime at (619)357-1313.If you do not know who I am then you are not true locos.I am commander Greg XIB/ 23.I earned my title back in the day Clint used to set up his canvas on the O.B. flagpole and throw balloons of paint on them. Does anyone remember those days. Please come to Rick’s exhibit and see some incredible art,and we can talk Lives a gas

  7. Greg Longway
    15 August 2013 @ 3:11 am

    I just wanted to thank Rick and all involved in the Spaceman and Oakes show. a special thanks to Heather and her collection.It brought back great memories of visiting Bob’s house. I hope everyone that saw the show had as good a time as me. Let’s all keep in touch and do this again. Next stop N.Y. City. As Bob always said Life’s a Gas As long as you live . Peace to all. Son of Spaceman XIB/23.

  8. Greg Longway
    15 August 2013 @ 10:27 pm

    Just another shoutout to Rick,Thanks alot. Since I took my paintings out of storage now I have to find a place to hang them all. The living room is now the blacklight room. How cool is that. Not so cool according to the wife. I hope she gets used to it.I am just so happy to see them in all their glory. Stop on by and everyone can check it out.Peace to all.Son of Spaceman XIB/23.

  9. Greg Longway
    24 August 2013 @ 5:02 pm

    To all you spacecard holders and those without, a happy hello. Where are you all? Am I the only one checking out this site? Oh well I was just wondering, who is the O.B.Longhorn? Contact me. Did you really play on our team. I would love to know. And Mike contact me and I will assign you a new spacecard. Son of Spaceman XIB/23

  10. tom Monroe
    8 April 2014 @ 6:32 pm

    whats up greg, longtime, surfs up !

  11. Richard Guernsey
    9 November 2014 @ 6:39 pm

    The Bello Bros didn’t take it seriously. They were from New York. Clint knew I was serious and so he gave me a number and told me that it was important given that I was only 10 years old in 1977 there was a good chance that I would see the end of earth as we know it. I’ve seen what I believe to be earth’s demise but never saw the ship…not yet. Time to shoot the pier!

  12. Jodi
    20 December 2014 @ 3:03 am

    When I was young Clint Cary came to our house for dinner. He and my father were friends–don’t know how they knew each other. I was 5 or 6 at the time and remember my mother getting a bit frightened by the stories he was telling of aliens and space. He singed a painting to my mother. It looks a bit like an alien fruit bowl and glows under the black light and looks just wonderful in my kitchen. I wish my father were around to tell me more about this very interesting man.

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