Redheads and Runners


Usually, when researching, one tends to narrow down sources. However, I found two more persons of interest and must cover each as each relates to Tanis.

I’m starting with John T. Reid.

Reid was a mining engineer who grew up in Lovelock, Nevada. Not only did he find the petrified shoe print, but he also directed archeologists to the Lovelock Cave, where, in 1924, they unearthed several “redheaded giants.”

In the book “Life Among the Piutes, Their Wrongs and Claims,” Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins writes that these redheaded tule-eaters, or Si-te-cah, often ate their captives.

She also writes about a generational shirt handed down to her with red Si-te-cah hair woven into it. What became of that shirt is unknown.

In an article by Dorothy P. Dansie, titled “John T. Reid’s Case for the Redheaded Giants,” and published in the Fall 1975 issue of the Nevada Historical Society Quarterly, she writes:

“In 1929, Reid accompanied by John A. Runner, government surveyor working out of Lovelock, visited the University of California Archeology Building and asked to see the Lovelock Cave display.”

There are a couple of things worth unpacking in this narrative.

Jack Parsons and L. Ron Hubbard (of Scientology fame) worked what they called “sex majik,” to call down an ancient redheaded Babylonian goddess to earth. Apparently, it worked.

From Martin Chalakowski’s October 2017 article, “The Rocketeer, the Scientologist, and the Lady in Between:” he writes, “A red-haired woman did knock on Parsons’ door, in the form of Marjorie Cameron, an aspiring actress, a beauty to behold and, interestingly, a Hubbard acquaintance.”

The other goes back to the original story, “Where is Tanis?” by Jack Parsons, who writes of a “runner.” Interestingly, in 1929, Reid is accompanied by a name whose last name is Runner.

It might seem like a stretch now, but it gets stranger.

3 thoughts on “Redheads and Runners”

  1. For a moment there I thought we might be headed down the track of some lost tribe of Scotland. That Paiute legend is fascinating. Less fascinating is the tripe by hubbard who learned how to market his science-fiction as fact.

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