Besides being the German
word for "place
", this is the name of an "alternative community
" in Illinois
, about 2 hours south of Chicago
. Founded at the end of the 1960s
, and originally based on the philosophy
expressed in the book The Ultimate Frontier
, it has since become just another alternative
community, trying embarrassedly to forget its roots.
Originally, many inhabitants of Stelle believed that a poleshift
would occur on May 5, 2000
due to the alignment of the planets
. This number dwindled faster and faster as the date approached.
The author of The Ultimate Frontier was one Richard Kienenger
, who used the pen name Eklal Kueshana
. He was discredited in the mid-1970s
, probably primarily due to problems with abusing the power
inhererent in his status as the spiritual
founder of Stelle, concretely abusing it to get sex
. He moved off to found a sister
, in Texas
, which never took off as well as Stelle.
It was probably this early loss of the founder's prestige
that prevented Stelle from having the sociological
traits of a cult
, including, for example, an end-of-the-world mass suicide
ritual. However, even if Kienenger had retained his prestige and been the mass-suicide sort, he would not have been acting in accord with his own group's philosophy: the general plan was to take off in airships
) somewhat before the expected catastrophe
, and remain in the air several weeks until the dust settled.
I almost ended up living in Stelle from age 5 to age 18. My father
has lived there and nearby for 15 years; I lived nearby for 1 year.
(This expanded node
replaces the original two nodes for this subject, which read "Harmless
" and "Mostly Harmless