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About Raymond Keller

Raymond Andrew Keller, a retired history professor, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and currently serves as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America), attached to In Touch and Concerned, a United Way agency in Monongalia County, West Virginia, where he assists persons with disabilities, seniors and veterans in securing affordable transportation options.

Keller has been involved in active UFO research since 1967, when he was a reporter for the Bedford Times Register in his hometown of Bedford, Ohio, and a research associate with Earl J. Neff, the founder and director of the Cleveland Ufology Project (CUP). Keller established his own group in 1986, the Outer Space International Research and Investigations Society (OSIRIS) and was the publisher and co-editor with Ballarion Stahr of that organization's monthly organ, The New Millennial Star. Keller has conducted numerous excursions to UFO hot spots throughout the world and has communicated directly with extraterrestrials on many occasions. The Final Countdown:  Rockets to Venus and The Cosmic Ray’s Excellent Venus Adventures are his third and fourth books; the first being Emergence of the Afro-Zulians in the Transatlantic World, 1722-1811 (Lewiston, NY: Mellen Press, 2013) and the second being Venus Rising: A Concise History of the Second Planet (Terra Alta, WV:  Headline Books, 2015).

He graduated from Bedford Senior High School in Bedford, Ohio and went on to honorably serve in both the United States Navy, where he was the feature editor of the Miramar Naval Air Station Jet Journal in San Diego, California; and in the United States Army, where he worked as a voice intercept operator in the Spanish language throughout Latin America. He received an associate degree in business from the University of Maryland and his bachelor of arts in world history from the University of Maryland, both degrees while on active duty. In 1989 he successfully completed the Multicultural Education Program at the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico, whence he went on to become the Director of English as a Second Language and Bilingual/Multicultural Education programs for secondary education at the Hilmar Unified School District in the San Joaquin Valley in California from 1990-1995.

Keller was employed by VENUSA (Venezuela-United States Academy) in Mérida, Venezuela, in 2001 and 2002 as an ESL instructor and editor of the textbook division. He also was attached to La Universidad Valle del Momboy in Valera, Venezuela, from VENUSA. He returned to the United States in 2002 to accept a scholarship in foreign languages at West Virginia University (WVU), receiving his master's degree in Spanish, with an emphasis on magic realism in Latin American literature, in May 2004. He enrolled in the doctoral program in the Department of History in the fall of 2004, and mostly taught classes on Africana Studies, with some World History and Latin America, receiving his Ph.D. in African History from WVU in 2011 with an emphasis on the diaspora of African peoples in the Sur del Lago Maracaibo region of Venezuela in the eighteenth century, and focusing on a contingent of Imbangala warriors from Angola brought over by the Basque sea captain and privateer Juan de Chourio to stem incursions of the Motilones Indians into Spanish settlements in that region. Keller is currently working on his third advanced degree as a theology student at the Community of Christ’s Graceland University Temple School in Independence, Missouri.