- Around 1967, I began to receive strange
telephone calls from individuals who termed themselves 'non-Terrans,'
a basically benevolent group of extraterrestrials, who had been living
among us for about 8,000 years. When, around 5,000 years ago, they realized
that we, their Terran cousins, were at that time simply too barbaric and
primitive to receive any kind of meaningful instruction, they retreated
to bases underground or at the bottoms of the oceans. Since then, they
emerge from time to time to chart our basic progress, and they asked me
to consider all the many legends that tell of gods and enchanted creatures
rising up out of the sea to communicate moral lessons, religious principles,
economic truths, or technological insights to astonished human beings.
On occasion, one of these alleged non-Terrans would introduce himself or
herself to me after one of my lectures or seminars. The only physically
distinguishing characteristics that I noted among these individuals were
peculiarly large and slightly almond-shaped eyes, most frequently blue-green
in color; a very thin body build; mostly reddish or blondish hair; and
while the males were around medium height, the females appeared generally
taller and somewhat masculine in appearance.
In 1969, when I was living in Chicago, I received a telephone call from
an executive in a large advertising agency who asked me to be a consultant
at a meeting of an executive from a major airline, some investment counselors,
a psychologist, some pilots, and a group of people who claimed to be
extraterrestrials or non-Terrans. The non-Terrans claimed that they were
now willing to share a number of things that we Terrans could use: A powder
that transformed common tap water into smokeless, nonpollutant, no-knock
fuel, and a liquid that would totally fireproof any surface upon which
it had been sprayed. The advertising executive wanted me to advise him
and his friends just who the hell these "people" were.
For the first meeting I asked my friend Glenn, a former private detective,
to accompany me--along with a hidden tape recorder. We met in a private
home not far from O'Hare Airfield. There were three principals: Ray, the
advertising executive whom I had met before, was a former jet pilot who
had chased UFOs in Korea and had been on their trail ever since. Bill,
an executive with a major airline, who was dedicated to solving the UFO
enigma and able to travel anywhere at a moment's notice to investigate
any UFO report firsthand. And there was 'Salvatore' --a non-Terran, a UFO
navigator who appeared to be in his late 50s in terms of Earth-years,
who had been chosen to negotiate with us Terrans for the fuel base and
the fireproofing solution.
The evening went fast and was extremely confusing. From the outset, one
of the non-Terrans, a tall redheaded woman with very strange, staring eyes,
was hostile to me, complaining that in one of my books I had said that
some UFO's may not have the most friendly of intentions. And I was never
really introduced to a number of other individuals who, apparently, were
the investment counselors, the psychologist, the pilots, and other assorted
non-Terrans. To make matters more confusing, in spite of his practiced
efforts to get crucial information on tape, Glenn's hidden recorder later
reproduced only some unintelligible voices that sounded like Donald Duck
singing in the shower.
In subsequent meetings with Salvatore, however, we soon determined that
he was not really a non-Terran, but a good old Terran just like us. However,
he had been trained by a German scientist who had worked closely with
the non-Terrans. And this was the best part of the story: Toward the end
of World War I, Dr. Rhinelander (as we shall call him) was contacted by
a group of non-Terrans and told that he would be given the plans and assistance
to build marvelous aerial craft that would run on a propulsion system
totally unknown to the earth science of the day. If he wished to receive
this information, he must form a group of scientific disciples and immigrate
to a certain coal-mining community in the Midwest, U.S.A. Dr. Rhinelander
agreed, and as soon as possible after the signing of the Armistice, the
Germans immigrated to the designated area. It was important to be near
these nearly played-out mines, Dr. Rhinelander was told, because the fuel
he would need for the crafts would be made from a by-product of coal.
Dr. Rhinelander and his fellow scientists established themselves in the
community, beginning their day when the last whistle sounded in the mines.
While the other miners trudged for the bars, home, supper, and bed, the
scientists entered their laboratories and set about to fulfill the time
schedule that had been set for them by their mysterious benefactors. Eventually,
through the apparently unlimited funds provided by the non-Terrans, Dr.
Rhinelander was able to buy up old mines to convert into spacious laboratories
and to employ large numbers of the indigenous community.
Salvatore told us that those who wished to work for Dr. Rhinelander had
first to pass a rigorous physical examination and a tortuous, maddening
psychological examination. If one were accepted, he was given a special
diet and was required to submit to a regular testing of his blood, "to
see if it stayed right."
Salvatore served his apprenticeship as a "checker"--a very simple
job. One had only to receive a name and an address and go to that place
and "check" to see if that person was doing what he was supposed
to be doing. For example, the computer might say that a certain man was
supposed to be living in Orlando, Florida, and was supposed to be a research
chemist. A checker would then be dispatched to Orlando to see if that
fellow was employed as a research chemist or if he had "erred"
and pursued another walk of life. Salvatore admitted that I was on the
checkers' lists and that they had been checking on me since I was a child
to see if I were following the program that had been established for me.
Naturally, as one who believes in free will, I did not receive such an
allegation with enthusiasm.
After a few years as a "checker," Salvatore was allowed to enter
the laboratories where Dr. Rhinelander and his crew were assembling the
first aerial craft, which to Salvatore's unsophisticated eye appeared
as impractically shaped as upside-down saucers. But soon the diligent
Salvatore was working closely with Dr. Rhinelander and falling in love
with the scientist's lovely and brilliant daughter. Dr. Rhinelander had
such confidence in his daughter's ability that he permitted her to captain
the maiden flight of the aerial craft that had been designed according
to their tutors' specifications. That was when tragedy first struck.
Although the takeoff was accomplished without incident, the craft was no
sooner free of the Earth's atmosphere when a similar but larger vehicle
appeared and literally "caught" the ship piloted by Ms. Rhinelander
within its metallic structure.
The alarmed and confused German scientists were then informed that another
group of non-Terrans had objected to the intervention of Dr. Rhinelander's
benefactors. They were not eager for Homo sapiens to have the secrets of
interstellar travel. In fact, they would seek to delay humankind's leap
to other worlds as long as possible.
In spite of this interference by a hostile extraterrestrial group, Dr.
Rhinelander became determined to master space travel and to negotiate for
the return of his daughter. According to Salvatore, two more vehicles
were lost to the opposing factor of non-Terrans before the Germans perfected
a means of avoiding capture. Dr. Rhinelander's daughter and the other
crew members were never returned, although the Terrans were assured that
these people were being well cared for on another world.
Dr. Rhinelander finally accomplished space travel in the 1930's, but it
seemed to matter little. He grieved over the loss of his daughter and became
diverted from his work. Concurrently, the unlimited financial funding
that they had enjoyed seemed to be curtailed. Chaos began to permeate
their once splendid structure of efficient order. At the time of Dr. Rhinelander's
death, the group was approaching poverty, and even though they were still
in close contact with the non-Terrans in their underwater bases, the scientists
had little inclination to attempt more than an occasional foray into the
night skies with their two surviving craft.
And now the nervous Salvatore, a small, plump, perpetually talking man,
wished to sell the formulas to the nonpollutant fuel--which, he pointed
out, Earth certainly needed now--and the fireproofer, which humankind
always needed in their combustionable society.
But was he authorized to sell these formulas? Salvatore always answered
yes, but in each of our various meetings he had the disconcerting habit
of always looking over his shoulder--or ours--as if someone lurked unseen
in the shadows. He explained that the group was now poor, and the few survivors
had authorized him to seek a high bidder for their scientific breakthroughs.
Did the fuel work? Yes, Ray said. He had used it in his lawnmower all summer
with good results. An attorney used it in his Lincoln Continental for
several months, and he had been told by mechanics that the motor was in
A jarful was mixed and handed around the room. There seemed to be little
odor. Glenn dipped in a finger and touched it to his tongue. Little taste--maybe
a bit like kerosene. We poured a bit out and touched a match to it. Instantly
it poofed into smokeless flame.
Did the fireproofer work? We were informed that a demonstration had been
arranged at a nearby airfield. A mixture of oil and gasoline consuming
an old fuselage had been extinguished within seconds with but one squirt
from a fire extinguisher filled with the substance.
Ray felt he could get backers to raise the money the group was asking for
the formulas. But in my opinion, he was about to enter some of the most
maddening squares on the Reality Game. "I doubt if it will ever happen,"
I warned him. "Should you get the backers, I doubt you'll ever get
together with Salvatore. And I hope you're secure in your job. In the
past people who have tried to join forces with these characters have often
ended up discredited. Scientists have been promised the Nobel prize and
have been awarded nothing but the humiliation of being bounced out of
the university with their tenure torn to shreds."
I went along on a midnight meeting in some seedy bar where we were to rendezvous
with Salvatore. It rained so hard that night that it must have kept even
UFO's out of the sky, because Salvatore did not show to deliver the formulas.
I turned down the opportunity to come along for the next "for sure"
transfer, and I was hardly surprised when Ray told me that Salvatore had
not shown on that occasion, either.
In my opinion, a mischievous "whoever" was playing the old keepaway
game. It became increasingly obvious to me that even though Salvatore
may have been present at some decidedly remarkable happenings, he was
no more authorized to sell those ostensibly fabulous formulas than he
was to sell a piece of the moon. Salvatore was, in my opinion, a nervous
little automaton, a puppet that jumped when an undisclosed someone pulled
Speaking of the moon, it was not long before Ray found himself confronted
by attractive young women who claimed they were non-Terrans who had gone
to school on Earth s satellite. Ray telephoned me and appealed for help.
He said that the women could answer any technological question that he,
a former Air Force jet pilot, could throw at them without hesitation.
I reminded him that I had already announced my decision to "pass"
this aspect of the Reality Game, but since Ray was a good friend, it was
difficult to deny his pleas. I met him for lunch in a downtown restaurant
when I was doing a guest shot on local ABC television's Chicago Show.
An excited Ray told me that he had taken one of the Moon Maids for dinner
a couple of nights before in an attempt to ply her with enough alcoholic
beverages to loosen her tongue. She had put away a dozen double martinis
without slurring a syllable, without contradicting any previously disclosed
aspect of her story, and without once excusing herself to go to the ladies'
The Moon Maid's invulnerability to the effects of strong alcoholic drink
reminded me of a confidential disclosure made to me by another UFO researcher
who said that a non-Terran had entered his apartment one night and drank
a bottle of bleach kept under the sink as proof that such chemicals did
not affect their internal systems. Ray kept in touch for quite some time,
and he proved to possess a rare degree of determination. He told me of
a number of midnight meetings, which the other parties never kept. On
occasion, he was "tailed" by three dark men in dark automobiles,
who proved to be unshakable. But he never managed to track down those
I remained on the non-Terrans alleged "check list." I do not
really know if these non-Terrans who have contacted me from time to time
are precisely who they claim to be or whether they are some very real
Terran jokesters. Some of them, like Salvatore, seem to be the manipulated
subjects of some invisible puppeteer. I suspect that our opponents in
the Reality Game occasionally employ conditioned members of our own species
to pull off their distracting pranks, and then, later, some normal Homo
sapiens imitate these Trickster devices through hoaxes--thereby royally
confusing the whole issue. This is one of the real paradoxes of the whole
UFO mystery. The attitude of the UFOnauts, the Visitors, the Other, toward
us seems ambivalent at best. I have learned that it is best to play their
game with extreme caution and to attempt to remain as centered, focused,
and balanced as possible. To enter their dimension, is to enter a version
of our world where nothing is as it seems.
The above account has been adapted from my Mysteries of Time and Space
in which I describe many more encounters with the Tricksters, the Men
in Black, and other assorted cosmic opponents who challenge us to play
what I have come to call, The Reality Game. If we can once apprehend the
true significance of the preposterous clues, if we can but master the proper
moves, we may obtain a clearer picture of our true role in the cosmic
scheme of things. The rules of the Reality Game are confusing, extremely
flexible, and difficult to define, but play we must--for it is the only
game in the Universe.