- Talk about mixed messages.
- I first heard of Billy Meier in 1977, when I was 28 years
old. Lt. Col. Wendelle Stevens (USAF Ret.) and Jim Lorenzen, founder and
director of APRO (Aerial Phenomena Research Organization), visited me to
discuss testing UFO pictures taken by a Swiss man named Billy Meier. I
had been in the music business both as a performer and producer, and my
day job at that time was producing rock and roll tours for Alice Cooper
and other big acts. Because of my job, I knew about the latest digital
tools in both audio and digital image processing. I had an inclination
of how to approach the project.
- The UFO photos were the first I had ever seen. They amazed
me. To this day, even, theyíre some of the most amazing photos of
UFOs Iíve ever seen. The whole story of Billy Meier was, to me,
something really important, a matter that needed to be approached with
utmost diligence and care. A woman from the constellation Pleiades actually
had posed with her spacecraft so that Billy Meier could take pictures of
her. If we just told the world about it, I thought, the world would become
a totally different place. Looking back, I was totally naive.
- Billy Meier (from www.billymeier.com)
- Billy Meier lives in Switzerland, a politically neutral,
democratic, panoramic, and beautiful country. This Swiss countryside was
a great backdrop for the 500-plus photographs Billy Meier had taken. What
a picturesque place it was for a date with a beautiful space woman, whose
sports car could travel at the speed of light. Even better, she had taken
Meier for a ride in one of the Pleiadians' four types of spacecraft, traveled
in time, and retrieved samples of their metals. At the time I couldnít
help but think, "Yeah! Switzerland is where itís at!"
- In the U.S., things were a little different. Trying to
locate equipment and experts in image processing, to assist in testing
UFO pictures, was a little frustrating. In 1978, computers were mainframes
and workstations. State-of-the-art image-processing equipment had 64K of
Ram and a 5MB hard drive ñ and the cost was $100,000. Desktop scanners
cost $50,000 and up. Even worse, most of the equipment we needed resided
in labs owned by or was contracted by the U.S. government and defense agencies.
Wendelle Stevens and I made the rounds of trade shows (like the Society
of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers), NASA labs, Americaís
finest companies (like IBM and Northrup), and organizations such as the
U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Navy. It was like "Mission Impossible."
Penetrating labs like Sandia and the Jet Propulion Laboratory required
special credentials, and sometimes even a masquerade in order to get people
to assist us.
- Some said the case was a hoax, but lab results differed
- We persevered, though, and eventually had found many
professionals, who under secrecy and non-disclosure agreements tested these
UFO pictures. The secrecy was critical. These labs were not generally authorized
to perform personal projects, like testing UFO pictures. So when other
UFO researchers, hell bent on getting into the case, made inquiries into
some of the places we had been, they would, as agreed, deny any involvement
on their part in testing the Billy Meier UFO photographs. Although not
one lab found the pictures to be a hoax, UFO clubs like APRO and the Mutual
UFO Network (MUFON) were claiming that it was a hoax, and debunker Kal
Korff the natural champion.
- The curiosity for me was why people claiming the Billy
Meier story was a hoax would display so much passion. We discovered lies
and deception from debunkers ñ conspiracy and deception that would
continue to the present day. And like all the major cases, there was a
major effort to discredit everyone from Meier and his family to the investigators
on the case ñ including me, the guy behind the investigation.
- A UFO photo Meier took in Fuchsb¸el am Hofhalden,
Switzerland, on 9 July 1975
- Even though we found no evidence of a hoax, I still can
see how the whole story sounds a little fishy. After hearing telepathic
whispering, Meier, a one-armed farmer, rides his moped out into the woods
to rendezvous with Semjase, a 400-year-old Pleiadian sage. The Pleiades
form the "seven sisters" constellation venerated by the Greeks,
Mohammed, the ancient Egyptians (whose Temple of Hathor is oriented toward
the constellation), and the Japanese (who call that constellation Subaru).
The Dogon tribe of Africa, the Lakota-Sioux, and the Ojibiwa each have
had contact with people from that constellation. But not a simple farmer.
Billy Meier claimed to have over 100 face-to-face contacts with Semjase.
In time, these contacts would continue.
- Soon, I would be testing metal samples, and would be
purchasing my own image-processing computer. There was even talk of some
Pleiades books and a documentary film. I had to juggle work on UFO research
with a busy schedule of rock and roll tour promotion.
- Getting down to business
- We decided to go somewhere to perform testing ñ
somewhere like NASA-JPL. I would do the research, get some names, call
Wendelle Stevens, talk about it in our own code, and go.
- From the front gate onward, we faced little obstruction.
We had credentials and access materials that literally gave us the run
of the place. Although every building was available to us, we always met
our confederate in the cafeteria or the ERC (employee recreation center).
We took the photos in their picture form, and showed them to our contact
over a hot dog or chipped beef, then proceeded to the confines of a NORAD
looking room, where the latest in image-processing equipment could be found.
We just had at it ñ the image-processing experts sat with us in
a secure facility at the Deep Space Network, looking at pictures of UFOs.
Things seemed too convenient, indeed.
- We actually thought we were getting away with something,
as we were granted free access of this place, using expensive equipment,
and getting opinions from leading folks in the space program. As time went
on, though, I increasingly suspected that someone knew our every move and
was opening doors, if not outright sanctioning the caper. Test results
were always "positive" ñ no evidence of a hoax. But the
situation was a lot deeper than that. These people were as amazed as we
were at the quality of the pictures. This led to many ancillary discussions
about the other evidence, the metal samples, the landing tracks and most
importantly, the actual contacts. It seemed to us that we were actually
giving briefings at a very high level.
- And nobody could talk about it, let alone videotape it.
- Pasadena's Jet Propulsion LaboratoryI had an idea. The
Voyager Spacecraft fly-by of Jupiter was coming up. We were working on
the world tour of legendary rock band The Moody Blues. Weíd propose,
I thought, to call the tour ñ and album ñ Voyager, get photos
and video from JPL during the fly-by, and use them in the tour. NASA loved
it, and so did the Moodies. At the same time, Junichi (Jim) Yaoi from Nippon
TV hired us to acquire images from JPL and get them to Japan. Cameras were
the key: We had a second reason to be on site. Soon, weíd be heading
to every lab with a video camera. Not only were we given full-access press
passes, we were given one off the press suites in Von Karman ñ the
media-relations center at NASA. National Geographic and Ted Koppel had
to walk through our suite to get to their desks.
- Eventually, we got all of the video we needed. But we
still couldnít talk about our experiences.
- When Stevens and Welch showed up with a box of rocks,
things really started to get strange. First things first: Do an inventory.
In an aircraft hangar at the Scottsdale, Arizona airport, we carefully
placed each specimen on a black dropcloth that was the size of a basketball
court; the rock specimens covered the entire dropcloth. The chart of potential
scientists to conduct the tests was almost as large. In the end, we selected
Marcel Vogel of IBM. Not only had he developed colored TV phosphors and
magnetic emulsion for floppy disks, he had been working in paranormal research
with astronaut Edgar Mitchell and his Institute of Noetic Sciences. This
was the right guy: He was credible, open-minded, and best of all, he had
an incredibly advanced lab with the latest in scanning electron microscopes.
- Vogel was skeptical at first. But I had convinced him
at least to take a look at what we had on our hands. He was as amazed about
the findings as we could have ever imagined: Atomic elements 1 through
59 all were present in the same substance; organic materials were cold
fused and micromachined. Vogel couldnít imagine how it could be
made. Although he had agreed to absolute secrecy, we discovered he had
shared the findings with Richard Haines of NASA-Ames and Dr. James Hurtak
(Keys of Enoch). We had a box weighing more than 30 pounds filled with
these. The metal samples are the single most compelling evidence in the
case. It wouldnít be long, however, before some of the samples started
- Word spread quickly
- Like the photolabs experience, nobody could talk about
it. Nobody could talk about the fact that compelling evidence was available.
Here is the stuff that these flying machines are made of in order to travel
through time and space. What a breakthrough for physics and the whole of
the aerospace community. Not only was here the atomic soup, but Billy Meier
explaining how the materials are made, and how the ship flies. Unfortunately
when it did leak out it was blasted as a scam. And no one listened.
- Security was tight. Lee Elders and Tom Welch were ordained
to keep the evidence intact, and keep the researchers quiet. My job was
to find the labs, deliver the evidence, and take the debriefings. An invisible
college was beginning to form. The scientists who we were visiting with
the evidence were ravenous for more stuff. The UFO clubs were also ravenous
that it was a hoax. Security was holding ground. No matter what the debunkers
said, there would no information released to them. This was far too important
- All would be revealed they said. In a book. This made
sense: Security was going to control the leak of information by publishing
- Lee Eldersís book UFO Contact From The Pleiades
came out in 1979. All hell broke loose. Everyone from Shirley Maclaine
to Alan Klein (the Beatlesí partner in ABKCO) wanted in on the scene.
Pleiades was about to become a household word. We had meetings in the executive
board room at Universal Studios with the all of the executive firepower
that Universal had. There were Pleiadian books and music tapes galore.
The Pleiadians were in. Barbara Marchiniak would now channel the Pleiadians.
And MUFON was pissed, because we didnít involve them in any of this.
- But after all was said and done, the objective of the
testing was getting lost in the shuffle. Was the goal to have evidence
in hand to "prove the existence" of extraterrestrials? I thought
that the purpose was to validate the case so that the face to face contact
could be studied. Wasnít the most important thing what the Pleiadians
had to say? Where were they from? How did they think? What did they say?
- Semjase had met Billy Meier face to face more than 135
times. She had brought other ETs with her ñ Ptah, Asket, and Quetzel.
They all looked human. They had been coming to Earth for a long time. They
gave Billy Meier amazing information about everything from science to philosophy.
They were concerned about us ñ humans ñ their little brothers.
We were, and still are, destroying ourselves and our planet. Nuclear-weapons
proliferation, famine, disease, and pointless religions that miss the goals
of spiritual evolution were the key topics of their message.
- The messages ring true for me. There is something invigorating
about the words of a woman from outerspace. You feel that the words are
for you to do something about the human condition. The more robust the
attacks from the debunkers became, the more relevant the Pleiadian message
became. The books came out; a movie was made; the Pleiadians were upon
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