Writer/producer in features & TV. Creator, five primetime series. Ex: TV Academy CEO; CNN reporter; USC professor. Author of books about the Beatles, JFK, UFOs.

Imagine Another Day

It’s been over 50 years since The Beatles called it quits and broke our hearts. It never had to happen. They let it be, but they could have worked it out.

Filmmaker Peter Jackson’s pandemic-delayed Beatles documentary “The Beatles: Get Back” shows John, Paul, George and Ringo hadn’t given up on the band.

AMERICANS OF A CERTAIN AGE still remember vividly the years when — through a cloud of pot smoke — young music lovers would talk about how much longer the world’s greatest rock group would play together before breaking up. Everyone just knew The Beatles were finished, sooner than later. …

First Person Beatles

To people who lived through the 1960s, John, Paul, George and Ringo will always be there to help measure the times of their lives.

THE BEATLES WROTE AND PERFORMED THE SOUNDTRACK to the lives of many millions of people through the years. If you were lucky enough to dial into the phenomenon when it was happening, it was like taking a personal Magical Mystery Tour with them.

Everyone’s story of their relationship to The…

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah

Just as I’ve been compelled to listen obsessively to The Beatles for most of the years of my life, I’m now helpless to resist the urge to write about them on Medium.

LIKE MOST TRUE BEATLES FANS, I’ve been completely entranced since Thanksgiving Day by the chance to watch Peter Jackson’s sensational documentary The Beatles: Get Back on Disney+.

Honestly, I should probably be completely written out on John, Paul, George and Ringo. Back in 2018, I authored a book about the…

The Ways of Santa

Parents need effective strategy and tactics to help their children believe in Santa Claus (if they want to) without ruining the whole thing before its time.

Jared Zabel’s eyes are alive with Christmas cheer!

PARENTS CAN BE UNBELIEVABLY SLOPPY when it comes to preserving plausible deniability about actually being Santa. It undermines the ability of their kids to believe in Santa Claus for as long as they need to, and it deprives them too early of one of the great joys of Christmas.


Murder in Dallas

The men who plotted to murder the President of the United States in broad daylight didn’t respect the will of the electorate as expressed through a legitimate election. Sound familiar?

Graphic: Diversion Books, Surrounded by Enemies: What if Kennedy Survived Dallas? by Bryce Zabel

BACK IN 2013, on the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, the level of coverage was significant. Most of it, however, was a tribute to the important historical leadership of John Kennedy and the affection most people still felt for him even after five decades whether or not they were…

A Trail of the Saucers Investigation

John Lennon and May Pang claimed they watched a UFO for over ten minutes in August 1974. Were they telling the truth? Here’s our take. (Part 3 of 3)

Lennon UFO art by Stellar | Using the 2004 Tic Tac and the 1950 McMinnville Saucer photos

The story began with Parts 1 and 2…

The story continues now with Part 3 of 3…

Looking for Other Witnesses

Finding a corroborative witness should have happened but didn’t. One gets a mostly consistent feeling from the differing accounts that efforts were made to reach out to authorities and that the consensus was…

Who Goes There?

Ufology has never had a character as polarizing or important as Luis Elizondo. His controversial status tells us much about where the Disclosure movement is today.

Is he our modern Hynek? He has the goatee. He seems to have more information than the astronomer as well.

LUE ELIZONDO HAS BECOME the face of America’s renewed interest in UFOs since the New York Times revelations of 2017. If it’s possible to be overexposed as a UAP explainer, then he may qualify. He’s been everywhere — from 60 Minutes to Tucker Carlson to Unidentified to what seems like…

Saucer Talk

Our latest edition of ‘Saucer Talk’ takes on the disappointing moderation at the Washington National Cathedral, Senator Gillibrand’s new amendment, UFO skeptics, and even The Beatles.

Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines; Washington Post reporter David Ignatius; NASA administrator Bill Nelson

Trail of the Saucers writers Bryce Zabel and David Bates take on the latest surge of UAP news in the Halls of Congress, their favorite stories from a prolific past month, and what’s being worked on now.

David: A couple nights ago, I was sitting here reading and I started…

A Trail of the Saucers Investigation

On a hot August night in 1974, John Lennon and May Pang had a close encounter with a UFO in New York City, and he talked about it until his final days. (Part 2 of 3)

John Lennon sketch of the UFO sighting with May Pang

The story continues now with Part 2 of 3…

Hot August Night

Lennon’s 52nd Street apartment had a view. Only a few feet off the living room, through a window, you could be on the building’s roof which became a deck, and Lennon felt it was private the way he liked it. …

Bryce Zabel

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