"In 1995, a leading pioneer in the study of human consciousness, American physician/scientist, Dr. Andrija Puharich, died at his home in North Carolina, USA. He was a man shrouded in mystery and controversy. Dr. Puharich researched and tested psychedelics long before Timothy Leary. His first book The Sacred Mushroom (pub. 1959) was a catalyst for many to enter this field of research, and was followed in 1962 by Beyond Telepathy.
"On December 31st, 1952, through an Indian teacher who was visiting the USA, Dr. Puharich first made contact with The Nine, a group of high beings who have had a long and direct involvement with humanity's evolution. After that gifted medium, Dr. Vinod, died, Puharich was saddened and disappointed that his connection with The Nine was over. But he continued to research mediums in hopes that someday he would make contact again.
"In the early 70's, Dr. Puharich met and worked with the Israeli, Uri Geller, famous world-wide for his spoon bending demonstrations. He soon recognized the possible influence of The Nine in Uri's work and insights, and Dr. Puharich published a book on Geller in 1974. There would be, soon afterward, further contact with The Nine.
"In early 1974, Phyllis V. Schlemmer, a prominent Florida psychic, asked him for his help with a distressed client, and it was while she was in a trance that she brought through beings whom Andrija immediately recognized as The Nine. This contact flowered into a twenty-year research project which resulted in the publication of one of the most significant and revelatory books of our time, The Only Planet of Choice.
"The Only Planet of Choice has enjoyed extraordinary popularity in the book market world-wide. It is the outcome of regular dialogues conducted by a specially-formed investigative group. The core of that group was Phyllis V. Schlemmer, Dr. Andrija Puharich, and from Britain, Sir John Whitmore, a pioneer of British New Age education." 
Resources and articles
- Sir Val Duncan
- Round Table Foundation (1948-58) - Eileen Garrett, Peter Hurkos, D.G. Vinod
- Count Pino Turolla 
- Joshua Reynolds III
- Essentia Research Associates
- Hugh Harleston, Jr. 
- Barclay Milne
- Orb Foundation - Diana Adkins
- Solveig Clark
- Harold E. Puthoff, Ph.D., and Russell Targ
- Joyce Petschek
- Dr. Andrija Puharich and The Only Planet of Choice, organizational web page, accessed April 15, 2012.