Herbert John Hopkins
Dr. Herbert John Hopkins was a doctor and hypnotist who practiced in Old Orchard.
He was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts around 1919, to John and Lillian Weller Hopkins.
He received his undergraduate degree in chemistry at Aurora College, where he studied from 1945 to 1948.
He then studied medicine at University of Illinois School of Medicine, graduating in 1952.
His master's degree was in chemistry.
Marriage and Children
He worked as a radio engineer from 1937 to 1945.
In 1952 he moved to Old Orchard Beach to practice medicine.
On 4/11/1956, he treated Shirley Ferron Miles at Notre Dame hospital for a concussion following a car accident.
According to his nephew, he was known for his skills as an allergist and also did early work on multiple sclerosis.
In the 1970s, he may have run a "psychic church".
In 1985, he retired to Lake Placid, Florida.
He became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in nearby Sebring, Florida.
He died on 4/1/2005.
He was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Lake Placid, Florida on 4/5/2005.
September 1976 Incident
Hopkins was the subject of an extraterrestrial visitation story in 1976. According the tale, he received a phone call from someone acting as the director of a New Jersey UFO research organization one night in September of 1976. The tale goes on to tell of a visit immediately after the phone call by a peculiar individual who threatened Hopkins regarding his recent hypnosis work on the David Stephens abduction case. Many UFO folklorists cite the visit when referring to men-in-black cases.
- Tampa Bay Times. 4/5/2005. Published online on Legacy.com Accessed 7/25/2002. https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/tampabaytimes/obituary.aspx?n=herbert-hopkins&pid=3376162
- Dennett, Craig and Pate Funeral Homes: In Memoriam: Frank Hopkins. Saco, Maine. Accessed on 7/25/2020. http://dcpatememorials.com/1059/Frank-Hopkins-Memorial
- Dark Bits: The Truth About a Man in Black. Howard Lance Hopkins. 1/13/2008. Accessed on 7/25/2020. http://howardhopkins.blogspot.com/2008/01/truth-about-man-in-black.html Archived on 5/24/2008. https://web.archive.org/web/20080524015603/http://howardhopkins.blogspot.com/2008/01/truth-about-man-in-black.html
- Welcome to the world of western author Howard Hopkins. http://howardhopkins.com/. Accessed 7/25/2020. http://howardhopkins.com
- Biddeford Daily Journal. 4/11/1956.
- Genlookups.com. Maine Obituary and Death Notice Archive. 2/12/2014. Accessed 7/25/2020. http://www.genlookups.com/me/webbbs_config.pl/noframes/read/112
- Huffpost: ‘Men In Black’ Inspired By Scary Stories Of People Who’ve Seen UFOs. Lee Speigel. 05/23/2012. Accessed on 7/25/2020. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/men-in-black-inspired-ufos-government-agents_n_1536996 Archived on 4/4/2019. https://web.archive.org/web/20190404154918/https://www.huffpost.com/entry/men-in-black-inspired-ufos-government-agents_n_1536996
- National Investigations Committee On Aerial Phenomena: Intrusions at Loring AFB - 1975. 5/30/2007. Larry Fawcett, Barry Greenwood. Accessed on 7/25/2020. http://www.nicap.org/articles/CI-Loring.htm Archived on 8/18/2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160818215414/http://nicap.org/articles/CI-Loring.htm