Jeremy Corbell didn’t set out to become a professional “UFO enthusiast,” as multiple media outlets have labeled him. Raised in 1980s and early 1990s Los Angeles, he initially trained as a martial artist, eventually becoming a jiu-jitsu expert and teacher. He’s also an artist and fashion designer, whose mixed media art exhibitions have attracted attention and occasionally controversy, including one that honored murdered actress Sharon Tate.
By his own admission, Corbell has been interested in extraterrestrials and what the Pentagon officially calls UAP (“unidentified aerial phenomena”) his entire life. Over the years, he’s released a collection of images and videos that appear to show UFOs, some of which have been verified as authentic by the U.S. government. The 45-year-old has also produced a series of documentary films on the subject, including the popular 2018 Netflix special “Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers.”
Today, Corbell is probably best known for his multiple appearances on Joe Rogan’s podcast to discuss otherworldly aerial visitors, and he’s also provided commentary to CNN, Fox News and a variety of other media outlets on the subject. So it’s perhaps not surprising that the ufologist and his longtime wife Katrina have chosen to settle in the peacefully remote community of Ojai, located about 80 miles northwest of Los Angeles in Ventura County and the backdrop for Frank Capra’s classic 1937 film “Lost Horizons,” about a group of plane-crash survivors who encounter mythical Shangri-La.
While the Corbells have owned a Japanese-inspired midcentury modern Ojai home since 2017, they shelled out again last year, dropping $1.8 million — $300,000 over the asking price! — on a property that the listing describes as both “brimming with charm and character” and “unique … with a decidedly Ojai vibe.” Indeed, and the hippy-dippy compound looks right at home in the allegedly enchanted forest that surrounds it.
And after all, should UFOs suddenly swarm into a particular Southern California town, Ojai — with its fabled electromagnetic activity — probably has a better chance than most of being ground zero.