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, they're some of the most amazing photos of UFOs I’ve 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 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 couldn’t help but think, "Yeah! Switzerland is where it’s 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 -- 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, Americas 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 -- 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 -- including me, the guy behind the investigation.
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 testingsomewhere 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 -- 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" -- 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.
I 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. We’d propose, I thought, to call the tour -- and album -- 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, we’d 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 -- 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 couldn’t 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 couldn’t 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 wouldn’t be long, however, before some of the samples started to disappear.
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 be no information released to them. This was far too important for amateurs.
All would be revealed they said. In a book. This made sense: Security was going to control the leak of information by publishing a book.
Lee Elders's book UFO Contact From The Pleiades came out in 1979. All hell broke loose. Everyone from Shirley Maclaine to Alan Klein (the Beatles' 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 didn’t 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. Wasn’t 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 herPtaah, 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 -- humans -- 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 -- 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 the world.
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