Is Gene Steinberg A Fraud?

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Gene Steinberg

Fraud. That’s a strong word. Defined in the Google.com search engine as “wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain,” one wonders if this applies to The Paracast host Gene Steinberg, a man who has been begging his audience, his guests, his co-hosts, and his email list to pay all of his bills and rent for the past 10 years as a form of charity for an evolving set of excuses that tend to evoke pity. His begging is well-chronicled. The letters he sends to his email list are often cut and pasted haphazardly, as if even that is too much work. And there’s this underlying expectation that this is how things should be, like in this letter from 08/08/2016 titled, A Brief Stay, But Time Is Short, where Gene writes, “If you can assist me in getting through this crisis, I’d really appreciate it more than I can say. If you’ve already done your share, just tell me and I won’t annoy you again.” In fact, these two sentences encapsulate what is wrong with the last ten years of begging letters. Let’s unpack them.

“If you can assist me in getting through this crisis….”

Everyone with a heart wants to assist in a crisis. Heck, Jeff Ritzmann and I helped raise donations for Gene years and years ago on Paratopia, before we realized there was no crisis that couldn’t be solved by Gene getting a job. But he’s made it clear that he will not. First excuse was the bad economy, which worked for a while because there was actually a bad economy. But as Gene tells it, the economic recovery brought not one job for which he is qualified to his home state of Arizona. He has told us he’s moved to different towns within Arizona in the last 10 years. None of them have work. All of the potential employers on down to the convenience stores and fast food chains are discriminating against him based on his age. For 10 years. Now that the economy is bouncing back, he talks about how hard it is to get a job in the summer. What about the winter? Spring? For 10 years?

What, then, is he doing to make money? Podcasting. It seems he’s put all of his eggs in that basket. It’s difficult to make money through podcasting let alone make a living. But here he is telling us he’s working hard, always on the cusp of success but never quite there, if we can just continue to subsidize his life for a little bit longer… little bit longer. He’s the leech drummer boyfriend with a band and a dream and we’re the enabler girlfriend with high hopes and low self-esteem funding his weed-fueled X-Box sessions.

What about social services? Apparently, there are none of those either. Not for him. Not for his wife. The State of Arizona is also ageist, not just the private sector. There is no welfare for Gene Steinberg, no food stamp program, no Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security benefit that keeps him away from GoFundMe.

What about his son? Can’t his family help? No, no–it’s on you. And that would be fine–would not sound suspiciously like fraud–if he just asked for money because he felt he deserved to get paid from his podcast audience. Nothing wrong with that. But that doesn’t bring in the big bucks. The thousand-dollar donors rarely come out for anything but a crisis. If I remember correctly, Gene’s “crisis” used to be that he gave all of his life savings to a family member to pay attorney fees for a lawsuit. His family won and so he was due to recoup his money and pay the donors back. It wasn’t charity, it was a loan. But that payday never came for him or for those kindhearted people who loaned him money.

What happened to those loans? His wife gave their bank account info to a Nigerian scammer and they all got wiped away. So the next crisis was needing all of that money all over again.

Then came the mounting electric bills.

Then his wife’s knee surgery.

Medication.

Dental surgery.

Then came rent.

Then it kept on coming.

And it wasn’t a loan, it was for keeps. This is where we are now. Gene and his wife are perpetually on the verge of being evicted from their home. They just need a little more… a little more… because they have this demanding “slumlord” who, I take it, is such because he’s demanding they pay their rent the way Gene demands you pay his. But isn’t this slumlord a different person than the landlord from the last home they had to vacate in 2012? This eviction thing isn’t new, is it? It gets confusing after a while and you’ll be forgiven if you forgot that it has happened before.

“If you’ve already done your share….”

He’s written (or pasted) this a number of times in his crisis emails through the later years. Done your share? Your share of funding his life? Is there a Steinberg Tax hiding somewhere in the code? It’s this type of arrogance–this expectation that you will give him money–that it’s your turn–that really makes me wonder if this is a long con.

“…just tell me and I won’t annoy you again.”

I am not on Gene’s email list, but I get his missives forwarded to me by others who have

Gold Standard Gym

Also Gene Steinberg (courtesy of John Randall)

tried to get off it and can’t. This has been a chronic complaint for years: you try to unsubscribe from Gene Steinberg’s entitlement poverty crisis acting, but the letters keep coming.

I don’t know if these crisis events are real or not, but after 10 years of refusing to get a job, and with no significant podcasting revenue in sight, it is fair to say that begging is Gene’s career. There are homeless people in India who will lob off appendages for greater sympathetic coin. Gene may be their American counterpart, living in such a way that the crises are real but they are of his own making, one after another after another so that there is no choice but to fund him to keep him and his wife from going homeless. (Although that is the whole of the analogy, as the poverty in India is real.)

In an email letter dated 08/10/2016 titled Closer To Success, Gene begs for money for just about every moving expense imaginable, including a cleaning fee. In the middle, he makes a hopeful promise: “Once everything is paid up, though, I expect to be able to keep the rent payments up to date each month.”

Really? How? Did he find work? Did his wife? Has some rich benefactor come to his aid? Whatever his newly found steady stream of income, I was kind of glad to read this. Maybe this is all real, I thought. Maybe there’s an end in sight. If not for Gene’s follow-up email two days later titled So Close and Yet So Far, I would never have written this blog post. In it, after much of the same begging, he retracts his promise: “I won’t say I’ll be completely past this financial nightmare once we’re settled in our new home. I may still need a little help from time to time. But I’m working real hard to boost cash flow to keep this from ever happening again.”

Oh. I see. The begging goes on. The crisis morphs again. Another ten years goes by. A sucker is born every minute. But you don’t have to be one of them. In fact, thanks to the work of Tyler Kokjohn, we now have a list of agencies in Gene’s area that may be able to help Gene with all of his misfortunes, provided they are not ageist. Instead of sending Gene your money to help boost his cash flow, consider sending him these links.

ENERGY BILL RELIEF

The link below takes you to the Maricopa County emergency assistance program web page.  This links to resources for homeless persons, or those at risk of becoming homeless, but if you notice the county also helps with energy bills and other issues.

http://www.hsd.maricopa.gov/Individuals-Families/Emergency-Assistance/Homelessness-Assistance.aspx

FREE DENTAL CARE

http://www.freedentalcare.us/st/arizona

FREE & INCOME-BASED MEDICAL CARE

http://www.freeclinics.com/co/az-maricopa

In the past, to speak these facts out loud was to invoke Gene’s ire in private emails and in the comments section of any blog or forum where he found his poverty questioned. He’s got plenty of time to defend himself even while being evicted. Ultimately, what he says is, “Shut up. It’s none of your business.” Here’s where I disagree. Gene is a person who calls out ufologist frauds on his show. He wants to run the UFO Watchdog Hall of Shame, where he judges the fraudulent from the decent. But who is watching the watchdog? And how can he afford to juggle another unpaid, time-consuming hobby in such dire crisis?

None of it adds up. Be weary of adding to it… which should be the closer for this but as I was about to click the publish button, I heard that friendly phone jingle telling me I’ve got email. And in that email is the latest from Gene, just published, titled, Waiting for a Monday Miracle!

I’m not reading it. I’ve read it before. We all have. You shouldn’t either. Time to let this bird fly on his own.

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64 thoughts on “Is Gene Steinberg A Fraud?

  1. i hate to have to respond to this trash over and over again. So, yes, I do receive some income from Paracast+ and advertising. Yes, I have some outside work. Yes, as I have stated, I continue to look for extra opportunities, and, yes, I have sought and received some assistance from public agencies.

    Everything I have written about my ongoing situation is accurate. My financial woes began when I emptied my life savings some years back to help a relative in legal and financial trouble. My original pleas for help were for that relative, not for me, as I made clear at the time.

    I was never paid back; the relative died in 2014 and his widow continues to struggle. My son, Grayson, contributed his college savings, and now has to pay off a student loan as a result.

    Unfortunately, the options for help in Arizona are meager for senior citizens.

    I feel sad that Vaeni, someone I once thought of as a friend, prefers to demean people who are suffering. It’s not fun getting old.

    And, no, I am not going to engage in a back and forth on this. But if Vaeni wants to have a civil direct conversation with me, that’s just fine. I try not to hold grudges. Life is too short, especially at my age.

    Gene Steinberg

    • He is beyond pathetic,and has been seen as a useless loser for 50+ years.All legitimate ufo researchers,from NICAP to The Lorenzon’s gave him the boot.He butchers the work of Ray Stanford,Robert Hastings and Grant Cameron,prefering to promote the schmuck sceptic James Carrion,until even he won’t return Gene’s calls.

  2. I have viewed many of Mr. Steinberg’s urgent pleas for cash. They span years, as do the ongoing themes and urgencies.

    I am not a legal professional and I do not know the point in which creative selling becomes fraud. What I do know is that I do not support poorly conceived ventures that are perpetually in dire financial straits, and that would be a best case scenario were I to suspend judgment on the integrity of the circumstances.

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  4. “Unfortunately, the options for help in Arizona are meager for senior citizens.”

    Demonstrably false. The help is there you just need to actually look for it and then do the needed paperwork and such.

    https://des.az.gov has several links that lead you to services that are specifically for senior citizens in Arizona
    ————-
    http://www.needhelppayingbills.com/html/arizona_agency_on_aging.html

    This page gives info on the Arizona Office on Aging assistance programs;

    Arizona State Health Insurance Assistance Program

    Senior Telephone Discount Programs

    Job Programs and Mature Worker Services

    Arizona Senior Community Service Employment Program

    Energy Bill Assistance

    Food and nutrition program

    Gene, I hope these links can help you find the services that could be helpful to you and are indeed available for those that need it. Good wishes.

    -d

    • It’s not demonstrably false. I’ve tried a number of these sources and have had a small amount of help. Many require special situations that we didn’t qualify for. So for food stamps, we were offered $14 a month before my earnings increased to the point where I wasn’t even eligible for that.

      Peace,
      Gene

      • That is really poor on the state governments part. Admittedly, I don’t live in Arizona so I was going on information I got from talking to family that does live in Arizona and the info Arizona has online is a bit misleading as it makes it seem like ample services are there for all.

        It makes me a bit sad when I look at the many services that are readily available in Minnesota where I live and then realize that other states are so far behind in making sure there are services available to all.

        Good Wishes,

        -d

  5. Whoever wrote this clearly has sour grapes. Where does YOUR money come from Vaeni? Its none of your goddamn business where anyone elses money comes from. If people like his show, and want to donate, thats THEIR business, not yours. Maybe its because you have gone nowhere in life? Maybe its because you have failed at everything you have attempted in life? Thats more the real story here isnt it! Plus, you are driving people to his site and that HELPS him, no matter how you are trying to smear him. Shame on you, terrible human being.

    • Does anyone have the letter in which Gene says something like “they have come and taken the family car” (a brand new Kia Optima premium)? Can you provide a date for that email?

  6. Not to mention he bragged during one of the Paracast podcasts that he made $50k writing a “For Dummies” book which, apparently, has all been squandered. I had an email exchange with Gene about his begging and he (of course) had a multitude of excuses as to why he keeps asking people for money. It’s pathetic and I’m not bothering to listen to the paracast anymore. It’s far from being the “gold standard” of anything.

    • The email exchanges demonstrated that John is actually clueless about a lot of things. He imagines I’ve chronically called abductees “crazies” on The Paracast when that’s false. He’s one of those that you can correct over and over again, and he just doesn’t stop lying.

      The reasonably large book royalties came in the 1990s, long ago and far away. It was nice while it lasted, and if he actually read my responses to him, he’d know it wasn’t frittered away. Besides, how long do you expect $50K to last even with a tight budget?

      Gene

    • It’s a commercial radio show, which means it has the same number of ads as other commercial radio shows. It’s not ridiculous, it’s normal. Our deal with the network is barter, meaning we aren’t compensated for network ads. I’ve said all this dozens of times, but people still ignore the facts and carp. Listen, nobody is forced to donate to me, read my messages or listen to the show. If it’s not your cup of tea, and you don’t approve of my lifestyle, too bad. It’s really none of your business anyway!

      What William Shatner once said!

      Gene Steinberg

  7. Im disabled i lost my leg a few years ago and i struggle. By the end of the month im pinching pennies. I could ask for help but i dont, because i want to do it myself, and take pride in knowing that i can do it on my own. Gene cant you see that sending emails like you do, asking for money, makes you look like really bad. Man up gene.

  8. Please allow me to point out that this is crisis week for Gene and yet he has all the time in the world to answer everyone here, including someone criticizing the amount of commercials in his show. Ask yourself: If my spouse and I were being kicked out of my home right now would I be answering people on some blog post somewhere online? Would I write, “I am doing my best to boost my income stream, and recent ad buys and the growth of The Paracast+ and Tech Night Owl LIVE+ are encouraging,” as Gene has this week, knowing full well that podcasting hasn’t paid and will not pay the bills?

    The hobby isn’t paying off, Gene. Time to get real with it. Your work isn’t producing real income unless you count all of the people whose sympathy you take advantage of. Imagine if anyone else was doing this, not you, what you’d be saying. Imagine if it was Jeff Ritzmann or me. You’d be calling us frauds six ways from Sunday. Heck, you balked at the idea of us charging money for our shows at all when we went premium. But when we succeeded, you followed suit.

    As to the questions about the KIA… In a post from the Optima forum dated 08-25-2014, Gene writes, “I have a 2014 Optima EX with Premium package. I didn’t bother the Technology package, with navigation system and other options, not just because of the expense. My iPhone 5s is a perfectly good navigation tool when I need one.”

    So, brand new car. Premium package. Latest Iphone. But what was Gene up to just two months earlier? In an excerpt from a plea titled, “The Landlord’s Warning!” dated June 24, 2014, Gene writes:

    “Despite making some progress with back rent in the past couple of weeks, the landlord is becoming more insistent. He sent me this text message on my mobile phone the other day: ‘I need to get another payment soon. Your balance is $1589 dollars.’

    “This includes two months rent and various late/legal charges, so you can see my rent is relatively cheap. By ‘soon,’ he told me days not weeks, and he still reserves the right to send the sheriff to have me ejected at any time.

    “I still owe back payments for insurance, utilities and so on and so-forth. I’ve paid some of it, but I owe a lot, still, which explains the sleepless nights.

    “As I said, I have [been] working very hard to get out from under this financial mess and build a reliable income, and maybe get a little retirement income before it’s too late. I have more ad deals pending for the radio shows, and am working to get payments as soon as I can. There are long-range plans, too, so I’m not sitting still.

    “But I need to get past the current crisis, so if you can possibly help me out again, I hope you’ll consider doing so as soon as possible.”

    Sound familiar?

    Make of this what you will, potential donators.

  9. In Toronto, I come across three types of panhandlers:

    1) sit with their cups out, nod hello, and rarely speak, unless you stop and engage them in conversation (they tend not discuss their personal situation, though they will talk about their trade if asked)
    2) sit with their cups out, have a hand-written sign that makes their (sometimes humourous) pitch for aid, and sometimes use a verbal greeting (three most-commonly stated needs: beer, pot, bus ticket to Newfoundland)
    3) walk right up to you and, sometimes inches from your face, either a) burst into a well-rehearsed but incoherent narrative of all the myriad reasons why they are a victim of inexorable fate, or b) request money for basic human needs such as food, though they clearly suffer from substance dependence, and you have no doubt that the money will be used to purchase temporary oblivion.

    I will give money to the first type, as they exhibit the most dignity.
    I will give money to the second type, unless they have a dog as a sympathy prop.
    I will give money to the third type, but I tell them, “Just ask for money. If you give me a reason why you need money, you force me to think if the reason is true or not.”

    I don’t know Gene’s actual situation, but reading his stream of lazily cut-and-pasted pleas, I am forced to wonder if any of them are true, which in turn requires me to speculate about his character. I feel stained by it all.

  10. I appreciate Jeremy taking some time to cover this. Thanks.

    There are many specific statements contained in years of Mr. Steinberg’s messages that could be called into substantial question and contradict one another, and those cited above are but a small portion. The medical emergencies… the failure to pay for housing… the same urgencies are employed over and over. What’s more, in appeals for cash donations, Mr. Steniberg wrote that his financial problems were temporary and prospects for the future were promising – in 2010.

    Any way one chooses to look at it, the method of operation warrants scrutiny. If we are to accept the messages as sincere and in good faith, then it only reasonable to strongly suspect they indicate extremely poor judgement and the actions of a man unable to be responsible for himself. He is literally stating that he willfully enters into financial agreements with insufficient funds to meet the commitments, and that he interprets this to be a reasonable plan, and often that the landlords and realtors who expect payment – as promised – are at fault. On top of all that, he states that he hopes donors can pitch in and provide him a “cushion.”

    In my opinion, the primary reason this type of behavior warrants attention is that it is indicative of challenges that effect the genre of ufology as a whole. Namely, exploitation. I see it as part of a wholesale problem in that someone is either bullshitting or incredibly incompetent, those who pay some attention know full well the person is either bullshitting or incompetent, and the only ones who don’t know are those who simply aren’t aware of or rationalize the extent of the situation.

    And the people in question purport themselves to be sources of reliable information. That’s why it matters.

    Thanks again, Jeremy. It’s reasonable to bring it up.

  11. Just YESTERDAY he posted another link to the sob story on his twitter feed!?!? It’s unreal, I would venture to say even delusional at this point.

    Gene Steinberg ‏@theparacast Aug 19
    I’m getting closer to resolving this problem, but there’s a ways to go:
    http://www.technightowl.com/gene-steinberg-donations/

    Yeah Gene, there’s always “a ways to go” it seems. I think Jeremy and Jack put this whole thing into sharp perspective with an intelligent, rational approach. There’s not much more that needs to be said. Gene will continue to beg for money for as long as people continue to donate money to him. Nothing will change.

  12. It is interesting to me why others are so concerned with Gene’s request for help. I accidently found this page when I searched for Gene’s name on the internet because I was curious how others may view his requests for money.

    I am sometimes curious about peoples motives and have thought about this for a couple of months. I cannot fault someone for asking. Perhaps Gene does finance a portion of his personal lifestyle by asking for money. Maybe he needs financial help to relocate or maybe not. Maybe Gene has money and a budget and wants to use his finances for something other than moving and is asking for help for the cost. Who knows? So what? Why is it a sore point with others? Is it not Gene’s life to live?

    I am also curious about jayvay’s motives. Why do you feel it is necessary to bash Gene and write what you did jayvay? You should give people the benefit of the doubt to be intelligent enough to make up their own mind on whether they want to contribute to Gene or not. Unless you may believe you are smarter than most people? Please don’t take that negatively as you may think you are helping others. People are smarter than you may think they are but you may also be hurting Gene. Why would you want to harm someone? Or is that not your intention?

    I can tell you that I was able to give a small token of an amount to Gene’s cause. I knew when I contributed the small amount (within my means) that I do not know Gene or his motives. Perhaps it helped him in some way. I hope it did. I have listened to the Paracast for a while and do enjoy some of the episodes with Gene and Chris. I have assumed (by listening) that Gene is very intelligent and has a rich history with the field. It appears that you may have some history with Gene too. You too must know that he is intelligent and has given his dues over time. Why insult him?

    I ask these things as a curiosity from my perspective and in no attempt to start arguments. I am honestly curious about us humans and why we react to situations the way that we do. Jayvay, can you provide an honest explanation if you feel like entertaining my questions?

    Thank you,
    Frank

    • I did answer why I care at the end of the article you’re posting about right now. Also, read my long comment in this comments section juxtaposing Gene’s June 2014 plea (spoiler alert: it’s the same as this year’s) with his comments 2 months later about owning a brand new Kia with premium package and the latest iPhone. What’s striking to me is how if Gene were a perpetrator of UFO film/video fraud no one would have a problem with calling him on it. But call him on 10 years of taking advantage of people’s kind hearts and wallets and suddenly we have to have a sociological query into what makes mean people tick? Methinks it’s time to recalibrate those critical thinking caps for some folks.

  13. Thank you for your reply. I appreciate your effort to explain but perhaps I just lack understanding.

    I am an avid seeker in the unknown and enjoy the multitude of personalities in the field of paranormal and ufo research and reporting. The thing that I really do not understand is the constant fighting and insults to each other in this field. I know that there are egos and pride that come into play with human interactions but sometimes it is almost vicious. Why do we feel the need to attack others for what they do when we are really no better if we honestly look at ourselves? We all have skeletons in our own closets. Things we would not like others to know about ourselves and things we are truly not proud of doing in our lives.

    We are all judgmental as much as we try not to be. I just hope that we all will someday have the ability to see things in a different perspective and rise above it all. This large but at the same time small field needs to come together. What scientist would want to delve into this field with public support if it continues to look the way it does?

    I have reviewed your blogs this morning on different topics and enjoy it for the most part. I just do not care too much for character bashing. It is a bit unprofessional. Please continue to use your good talent to get others interested in this field but keep in mind the petty stuff looks petty. Thank you for contributing to the field. Us seekers of the unknown appreciate the hard work that goes into the reporting and research.

    • Again, I think you’re not differentiating between character bashing and calling out a lie. “No one is perfect” isn’t the same as fraud. Everyone’s poop stinks, sure. But that doesn’t mean ya get to poop in my face. In fact, all the more reason not to.

      This isn’t a field that can come together in any meaningful way so long as we turn a blind eye to the charlatans and the noise-makers. When I see greats like Jacques Vallee sharing a stage with the likes of Barbara Lamb or David Jacobs, I cringe. The stage makes them a false equivalent. And when I see a man chronically begging for money because he so desperately wants his online presence to be his work that he will not get a job in 10 years–but refuses to tell the people whom he’s panhandling this simple truth… but then turns around and says he’s one of the trustworthy people in this “field?” No. Sorry. That needs to be called on the carpet.

      Some judgments in life are good. It’s called discernment. This will never be a serious field without it. With it? There is no field as it stands. And this is the overarching problem of a cottage industry on the fringe.

  14. Your statements are fair about judgment and discernment. It is what a person does after discernment that really matters. I stated earlier that I am not imposing myself upon this blog to argue but mainly curiosity to motives of people. I have now read enough of this to understand where you are coming from. I may not agree but that does not really matter.

    Thank you for taking the time to respond and I hope all works out well for all that may be concerned.

  15. This email to Gene came in from someone who asked that I post most of it.

    –jeremy

    You know Gene, one thing I envy about certain cultures, such as Jewish people is that they are very family oriented. They also take care of their own. I haven’t heard you mention anything about your asking your local synagogue for help and also your son Grayson. Don’t give me that crap that he is barely scraping by LIVING IN SPAIN !!! Children help their parents, so if you are so close to dumpster diving for food then he should get his ass back to the states. The illegal immigrants all send money back to their families in Mexico, but what is your darling son doing to help you ???

    Something just doesn’t smell right. Your son is living in Europe where it’s very expensive, but his parents are supposedly close to eating dog food for meals. What intrigues me most though is you never mention going to your local synagogue for assistance. I know my Protestant Church and it’s members would gladly help me, especially if I was in your state of affairs.

    I have sent you some money in the past and keep reading your tales of despair. Until I hear Grayson is back in the states helping his sickly parents, I will never give you another dime. I kept putting off writing you this email, but something is fishy with your story, when you never bring up asking the AZ Jewish people for help. Don’t give me a BS story about how Grayson is just getting by IN SPAIN. He should be home helping his ailing mother. Why isn’t she getting Medicaid?

  16. The one I feel sorry for in all this is Chris O Brien.
    His reputation is done no favours having to put up with Gene week in, week out and it sounds to me like he has had enough for a while now too.

    Gene adds no insight to the show. Simply dropping movie & TV references making him sound like some kind of sci fi addicted couch potato.

    Get out of there Chris and watch the audience follow you.

      • Oh man the forced inserting of refrences to supergirl and other TV shows is just cringe worthy. There are lots of things with the paracast that have put me off it but the constant begging is just shameful.

      • My dad is 81 with two replaced knees and type 2 diabetes. He didn’t retire until he was 70 and he’s never in his 81 years on this planet asked anyone for money or even borrowed money from anyone. I’m 41 and the last time I asked anyone for money was my brother when I was 22 in college and dead broke because I was between jobs and still going to college full time. I needed $300 to make my car payment for the month and I paid him back a month later. I guess I just can’t wrap my head around the whole begging mentality.

  17. I finally couldn’t stand Gene Steinberg and his constant ‘my opinion is right’ BS. I mentioned on the Paracast website that his constant whining for money was also tedious. His reply? He removed my post and he sent me a private post lecturing me! Imagine that. I have worked a job my entire adult life and I am now retired. Steinberg can never retire. Why? He utterly refuses to work or help himself. Just keep sending donations to poor ol’ Gene. Just a few more dollars and he can pay this month’s rent. What a crock.

    • Just an addition to my UFO Madness post. After I berated Steinberg on his Paracast website he removed my post. I must have really gotten under his skin as he sent me an immediate email. Essentially he told me I was taking bread out of his and his wife’s mouths. Boo Hoo. I told him not to email me again. You guessed it… he sent me another reply.

      This time I was a ‘hater’ and he didn’t want any of those type people on his precious website. I also told him to get a job, any job. That of course is beneath Gene. All that precious Apple expertise and he can’t get a job. Goodbye and good riddance to him!

      • He doesn’t need a job. He’s “boosting cash flow” with every plea for help. The latest is that his wife needs an operation for her colorectal condition. This is a paranormal podcast?

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  19. I am a subscriber to the Paracast. I listen to tech night owl live for free. I came across this page because I googled Gene. For some reason the UFO world seems to be pretty nasty. I never read any of Gene’s solicitations. I do not have a problem with Gene asking for donations. I don’t have a problem with anyone pointing out that Gene is asking for donations. I have a problem with people making personal attacks on Gene. If you think he is a fraud, say so, and do not donate. The Paracast goes much deeper than Coast to Coast. The show is a bit more questioning of the guests, and the topics. I think Genes coverage of the Roswell Slides case was the best. We need some Don Quiotes. Gene may be a dreamer. If you dont want to support him, don’t. But why is there such a level of vitriol?

  20. i think gene should stop asking for money. i have to say this though i got to know the real jeremy when he found out that i voted for trump he became a total asshole . he was being a complete jerk, Acting like a little kid. He blocked me on facebook. So i just wanted everyone to know that he has a major ego and he is a totalcrybaby wuss. i hope the next time the aliens land, they take that punk with him. and gene too. haha

    • Sorry, Scott. I don’t play well with racist, sexist fascists. Or those who are so privileged and/or stupid and/or delusional as to be able to overlook such things to vote for one.

  21. I haven’t been following Steinberg’s life story, but I get his e-mails. It may be just speculation on my part, but is it possible that he’s been thinking this way for much of his life:

    “The purpose of my podcasting and novel-writing is to keep me away from the trap of an ordinary, inglorious job in the economy that will never make me rich and/or famous, and will only ever keep a modest roof over my head. Every day I don’t get such a job is another day that I haven’t given up on the dream that I will be notable and successful. If that dream can’t come true, then I’d still rather die a failed radio host and sci-fi author, than a ‘successful’ burger flipper or big-box greeter.”

    If this is Steinberg’s thinking, then hey, I understand completely. Really, I do. But I can’t give money to that. I have debts of my own, and his situation must resolve itself, sooner or later, the only way it can, with or without any amount I could afford to spare.

    • I think part of that is right–he refuses to give up his time-consuming hobbies (2 podcasts, newsletters, message board, whatever else) because fame and fortune are right around the corner. Horse and carrot. But I also KNOW that begging has been lucrative for him thus far and it seems he cannot stop himself. He’s compulsive, it seems to me, like a gambling addict. And, of, course, willing to sell out his wife every chance he gets in those letters.

      His latest one he says he doesn’t have much family left to rely on. Well, we know he has a son. If his son isn’t doing everything he can to help his old man out, he must know something we don’t.

  22. Bottom line is, at one point in the distant past he had made several hundred thousand dollars writing technical books. Where did that go? Did he squander it? I’m 41 years old and I have $400k in the bank because I’ve busted my ass working since I was a teenager to achieve success. Gene wants to skate by on the kindness of others while blaming his age for why he can’t find gainful employment. But I think we’re all beating a dead horse here.

  23. Sorry, gang, I’m not turning this into an idiotic Hillary-is-worse-than-Trump thread. I don’t want your bullshit on my Facebook page, I certainly don’t want it on my website–especially in a thread not at all about that. I’m a jerk, an asshole, a little kid, a crybaby wuss with a major ego. But you’re the precious little snowflake who had to seek me out here to bitch and moan and call me names for blocking you. I think that deserves an lol.

    I suppose the first rule of being a Trump bully is “Never look in the mirror before you react.” I give you credit for consistency. But I’ll not give you a forum for fascist bullshit and the whackadoodle conspiracy theories that “support” them.

  24. I’m not sure what to think. I worked with Gene for a number of years, (trying to) selling ads for the shows. Eventually, I became his business development director, and, as such, pleaded with him to not only lower the unrealistically high prices but to diversify and find a positive cash flow in the audience. A premium program, called Paracast Plus (name mine) that offered a higher quality, ad-free version of the podcasts, bonus material (audio and video) as well as membership cards, special discounts in the store–and not just for Paracast/Tech show T-shirts & merchandise*.

    I shot a packed, distilled 3-page business model at him (which he shitcanned) and his wife, who has a degree in business, thought it was a GREAT idea. Gene said what he always said, “Get out there and sell ads.” Unfortunately, other than 2 $5K ad packages I sold–and I have a career in sales and marketing), there was no company willing to buy ads on very little information. Lots of places were willing to use the click-through Google AdSense model, but Gene was nothing doing. I couldn’t convince him to do anything else. So, about five years after working myself homeless (it’s very hard to find the person in a company that holds the purse-strings to their funds, and even when I got to one (maybe 1 out of 1,000 attempts), they’d say, “Oh, we’ve already spent our ad budget for the year–in, like, January), Gene implemented Paracast Plus.

    He seemed not to remember my “involvement” in it (not only was it my idea, it’s been the business model for podcasts for years and years). When I asked him about it, he replied, “What do you want, a medal?” I said I’d like credit for it and my fair share. He still splits it 50-50 with Chris O’Brien (who I love to death). Chris even expressed remorse at Gene’s treatment of me, who, as far as I know, is still the only (and commission only) salesman that brought in anything other than peanuts.

    As to the real plight of his situation, I’m not sure what to think. If he could afford a new car–even at a dramatic discount–he could have sent a _little_ money my way, as I continued trying to find ad money when the bottom dropped out of the economy in 2008. I worked myself to a nub (and into literal homelessness) trying the only think Gene would allow. If he’d put my suggestions into practice when, or even shortly after I’d shot them to him, instead of just giving me the same old answer, he might not be in this situation and might not have had to ask people for money. It’s been a frustrating situation for me.

    He never told me that the family member that owed him money (with which he was going to pay me something) died. I’m an idea man, and I came up with lots of alternative ways to earn money, even coming up with unusual and short-term lower-cost ad campaigns (surely a few $1,000 ads bet no $5,000 ad packages?) but it was never enough, Gene was intransigent–until implementing the Paracast Plus and Tech Show Plus program I sent him so long ago. So, at least on the one side, if he’d tried anything other than shit that didn’t work, he would have been better off.

    I’ve gotten all the emails (and still haven’t unsubscribed, although I never signed up for it) from day one re: the landlord, etc. I recommended that they move to a smaller place, which eventually they had to, but only after either being evicted or once their lease came up for renewal, the landlord just didn’t want to monkey around with him anymore. I was the one that recommended he try a fundraiser, but he didn’t do it in the way I suggested, even after I no longer had an official work relationship with Gene, I continued to try to suggest good ideas. One that I never suggested was a lifetime subscription to a premium package that promised future benefits which have never materialized.

    Here are some things I _can_ tell you. He (almost) never reads the books that the guests, who are coming on his show to plug, send in advance. He makes the (whichever) co-host do it, and props again to Chris O’Brien, who is a voracious reader and also writer. Gene has no questions to ask his guests based on their material, only ones relying on his encyclopedic memory of people and cases in the UFO field of the past 50 years. It’s been at least 10 years since Gene wrote a book–30 of them, he claims, but by now, all old and obsolete tech manuals, and one of the things I suggested _hard_ to him was to write a book. He has ten years of weekly Paracast editorials that could be edited (I even offered to do that), have a new forward written and an afterword by, perhaps, Nick Redfern, Greg Bishop, etc. and find somebody in the listenership or on the forums (I haven’t participated in the forums in some 5-7 years) that would do the cover–I mentioned Miguel (Red Pill Junkie) as a possible artist. Gene’s response, ho-hum.

    He put out a magazine years ago with his first wife, Caveat Emptor (a prescient title if I’ve ever heard one). I suggested putting them together in a collection and releasing it as an E-Book, whatever. “Oh, I’d have to dive through the storage space, they’re in boxes floating around in there somewhere. Maybe I’d do it in the summer” (6 months away). So, yes, he had plenty of opportunities to make a positive cash flow, he just didn’t want to do the work. Collecting 10 years worth of columns that were easily found on the website, even for an elderly person (I’ve got chronic pain, so I understand that isn’t a plan that is attractive), but if it made money…. Or, hell, just write a new book–the biography of his lifelong friend Jim Moseley, which would write itself. Or a book about the contactees (now, someone’s beaten him to it, and he’s had on the Paracast) that he knows so much about.

    I realize now that when he put the call out for ad sales people working on commission with experience in the field, I was a fan of the show and felt excitement about it for that reason. Also, that the person that excited me wasn’t Gene, it was David. Together, the two of them had a really good dynamic, David with his skeptical attitude and background in Photoshop (I think he worked on an early version of it, too). I suggested T-Shirts back then, and a friend of mine made an excellent one (he does all of his jobs that way), and David wanted me to send him one, which I did, and he engaged in a rigorous wash-dry, wash-dry, wash-dry regimen. He was blown away. “First-rate work,” he said.

    They placed an order with my friend doing all the work himself at a price he couldn’t have made much money from, as it was designed to give the Paracast room for 100% profit, unlike CafePress. My buddy still has the entire order, which can’t be used, because it says “With Gene Steinberg and David Biedny.” I can see how David would sue the pants off Gene–just for libel–if he sold those shirts with his name on them. So, my friend had to eat it. They’re still there, at his place, collecting dust in his basement, probably.

    If nothing else, I can attest to Gene’s intransigence at even trying anything he hadn’t thought of himself–except Paracast Plus, which I believe to be vaporware. All a lifetime subscription will get you is promises of premium-only extra stuff, and more of the same, in After the Paracast (which, again, I’ve never heard, because even though I came up with it, he hasn’t so much as given me a membership, which I recently told him, could only be a positive thing, as I might be able to spot things that could make him further money.

    I didn’t know about the brand-new car because if he was ever in a position when there was a time of better ad revenue, it was the two $5K back-to-back sales I made. I’m the only one that ever sold more than $24 worth of beads in ad revenue, which Gene attests to in my LinkedIn Profile.

    I can also attest to the fact that Gene has been through some rough times. Sometimes, very rough. I suggested the state services others have posted, especially food stamps. Whether he’s a fraud or not, I cannot say. Perhaps I’m too gullible and like to see the good in people. If there were ever any fraudulent or illicit dealings, I was insular enough that I didn’t see it. I was simply unaware of it. His responses in this thread/article/post seem, in retrospect, to be pat, and maybe even self-delusional. Again, I can’t say because I was there all along, led by the nose and saw it happen in real time. I can also say that reading it all in a post with replies does essentially take years and years of the situation and (perhaps unfairly) reduce it down to something you can read about and make up your mind on in a comparatively tiny amount of time.

    I personally think that Gene, while never intentionally meaning to do anything other than meet the next month’s rent, or other obligations, was self-delusional all along the way, despite my pleas to “Wake up and smell the sodium pentothal”. If he’s guilty, it’s of always seeing things from his own perspective, and finding ways to disregard ideas from without. Just think, if he’d tried more than ONE more of my ideas while I was “working” with him–who knows? Maybe things would have worked out differently. In conclusion, I’ll point out that many of the ideas I offered, will still work. He does know how to write books. He’s “an investigative journalist” (but does he have a degree to support that? I don’t know if he has), and knows the field as well as anyone. There’s still hope. There’s also elbow grease, and turning off the TV and resetting your mind to things that may work rather than things that won’t. And, the same old thing, won’t’.

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