Buck Nelson (April 9, 1895 – 1982) was an American farmer who claimed to have had an encounter with an unidentified flying object and its human crew in 1954 while living in Missouri. Buck Nelson believed the friendly occupants of the spacecraft to be humans from the planet Venus. His story is contained in a booklet he authored; My Trip to Mars the Moon and Venus
His account states that he saw three flying saucers over his farmhouse; he took photographs and attempted to signal with a flash-light. A beam of light "much brighter and hotter than the sun" was shined at him. Consequently his chronic lumbago had disappeared and his eyesight dramatically improved. He goes on to claim that, after dusk fell, three "friendly human spacemen" accompanied by a large dog, visited him and spent some time talking with him.
Nelson further stated that two of the people from Venus had adopted the names Bucky and Bob, and their main message concerned the "Twelve Laws of God", similar to the biblical Ten Commandments. He claimed to have been taken on trips to the Moon, Mars and Venus. It was claimed by the space people that on earth, past civilizations existed and destroyed themselves "They had learned of a power even greater than our Atomic power". The space people warned that the inappropriate use of nuclear energy threatens the earth again; "We are here to see which way this world will use Atomic power; for peace or war. We have stood by and seen other planets, one after another, destroy itself. Is this world next? We wonder and watch and wait. Again I say; give up your Atomic weapons and may Peace be on this Earth".
Similarly to Moses, Mr Nelson was also given Commandments. These are a set of biblical principles relating to ethics and worship.
The Twelve laws of God
THE TWELVE LAWS OF GOD……….. ON VENUS
(These twelve laws were given to Buck Nelson, at his farm at Mountain View, Missouri, on April 24, 1955, by men from the planet Venus. These laws are followed faithfully and are not just something to mention occasionally.)
LOVE: Love your Maker, your parents, your neighbors, all birds and animals of the earth. and everything in the sea and air.
HONOR: Honor your God and parents. Obey God's law which is also man's law.
OBEY: Obey God's law, your parents and the rights of others.
1. Love your Maker...God.
2. Thou shalt not kill...includes accidents and war.
3. Love your neighbor.
4. Let your light shine before men, and all will see your good works, and it will be an honor to you and your Maker…God.
5. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
6. Thou shalt not steal.
7. Thou must do as thou wish to be done by.
8. No other god shall be before thee.
9. Do not take the name of God in vain.
10. Honor your father and mother.
11. Your body is God's. Do not misuse it in any way. Do not drink or eat anything that is not food. Use nothing to harm the body, either inside or out. Wear nothing on the body that harms it or is of no use.
12. God made the heaven and the earth and we must give Him thanks for what he gives us.
The Book machine
Mr Nelson described the "book machine" thus "on Venus, Bucky managed to show me what I called a "Book Machine". When a book was put into it, it would read the pages, play any music or show any picture it contained. It was about the size of a television set".
In 1956, Nelson published a pamphlet, My Trip to Mars, the Moon and Venus, and became something of a celebrity in the Ozarks. He held a successful annual Spacecraft Convention near his farm for about a decade, where he sold his pamphlet, and pay envelopes containing a small amounts of black hair, which he claimed had fallen off the large dog called "Bo".
Nelson died in 1982. An unconfirmed account states he spent his declining years with relatives in California. His story achieved a notable degree of popularity. But not that of other contactees such as George Adamski or Daniel Fry.
- Buck Nelson "My Trip to Mars the Moon and Venus"
- Overview of 1950s Contactees
- LOOK magazine's coverage of the UFO conventions of Buck Nelson and of George Van Tassel
- Long John Nebel's radio interviews with 1950s contactees.
- I covered Buck Nelson's Spacecraft Convention in Mountain View, MO, in 1966