Lewis Ashmore

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Lewis Ashmore

Lewis Leland Ashmore (October 18, 1931 – March 24, 2008)[1] was a member of the Board of Directors and the founding Vice President of the Universal Life Church founded by Kirby J. Hensley.[2] A Mississippi native, he ran a church in Tehachapi, California. While a member of the church he wrote the book The Modesto Messiah: The Famous Mail-Order Minister and produced a movie of the same title.[3] The movie did not see general release[4] and there are no known publicly available copies in existence. In the 1977 book, Universal Press of Bakersfield listed four additional books written by Mr Ashmore: My Love, The Immortal Species, Love Divinely - Sex & Immortality and Highlights of Hensley's Life. According to Universal Press, Ashmore was a UFO expert and an inventor, as well as a musician and composer. In collaboration with guitarist Ted McClaren and other musicians, billed as Space Walkers and Swinging Saucers (according to his book publisher), or just The Space Walkers (according to his record label), he released a vinyl EP, Other Worlds, and some singles, on his own label, UFO records, circa 1967. Space Walkers titles known to have been recorded include Swamp Gas/Gemini Jump (guitar in orbit),[5][6] Time Sound, Too Many Light Years, Space Walk, and The Invader. (sources: Universal Press, YouTube and Brian Geddes' Vinyl Record Talk blog[7]) Many of these recordings were UFO-themed. A few tracks were included on limited-release compilations of unknown origins in the late 1990s.[8][9] The Space Walkers are not to be confused with The Spacewalkers, a 1965 one-off studio project of Rene Hall and Plas Johnson (Gemini Go Baby Go!/Tecumseh),[10] The Spacewalkers, a current English pop duo formed in the 1980s,[11][12] The Spacewalkers, a 21st-century Scottish duo,[13][14] techno artist(s) Spacewalkerz[15] or the Space Walker Recordings label operating in Budapest, Hungary;.[16]

Ashmore was also a noted exorcist having performed hundreds of exorcisms since the 1950s.[17]

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