Eduard “Billy” Meier claimed that his first otherworldly contact occurred when he was but a wee lad of five, at which time he said he learned to communicate with the saucer-drivers telepathically. In 1944, when he was all of seven, Meier met “Sfath,” an elder spaceman who took him under his celestial wings and on a trip to the stars.
After running away from home a few times, and joining the French Foreign Legion for a while, the space brothers (and sisters) encouraged Billy to travel about and gain some life experience. In 1964, he ended up in India and gave an interview to the New Delhi Statesman, claiming he had taken hundreds of UFO photos, but that he couldn’t share them quite yet because they were under the jurisdiction of the space brothers who weren’t yet ready for the big reveal.
In 1965, Meier was the victim of a bus accident in Turkey in which he lost most of his left arm. After recovering, he moved to Greece and eloped with a 17-year old named Kaliope Zafirerou. They somehow ended up in Pakistan and had a daughter named Gilgamesha. A son followed in 1969, christened Atlantis-Socrates.
With Gilgamesha and Atlantis-Socrates in tow, the pair moved back to Meier’s homeland where he set up a metaphysical discussion group in 1974. The event which changed the rest of his life (as if the adventures up to this point hadn’t made an impression) came on January 28, 1975, when Billy said a disc-shaped craft landed on his farm in Switzerland and out stepped a sexy blonde haired broad named Semjase, the leader of a crack expedition of space people that came here all the way from the Pleiades.
Even though Semjase looked no older than a twenty-something California beach girl, she was actually 350-years-old and had spent the previous decade in the DAL Universe (a twin universe parallel to Earth for those of you keeping score at home.)
With Semjase’s encouragement, Billy got busy snapping photos at a fevered pace of Pleiadeans (who Meier called Plejarens) and the beamships they rode in on, which at first amazed many a saucer enthusiast, only to have some Debbie-downer skeptic types call bullshit. There was even a blurry Semjase photo making the rounds that was eventually outed as a television screenshot of actress Darleen Carr during an appearance as one of Ding-a-ling Sisters on The Dean Martin Show of the 1960s.
In many ways, Meier seemed a throwback to the old school UFO contactees of the 1950s reborn anew into a 1970s sensibility informed by Close Encounters of the Third Kind and In Search Of. To this end, Meier was a new, improved George Adamski, but this time on steroids, using much the same method of mixing pseudo-religious mumbo jumbo into a stew of spurious saucer photos from which a cottage industry was crafted and continues to flourish to this day. But much like Adamski, no matter how much evidence was brought forward to demonstrate that Meier, in all likelihood, was selling phony saucers, new followers continued to flock to his farm to commune with this mighty one-armed intergalactic ambassador.
But where Adamski’s message mimicked the common tenets of a universal religion in step with New Agey niceties, Meier presented a heretical cosmology based on an alternate religious history of mankind derived from a mysterious text called The Talmud of Immanuel. Immanuel, in this instance, was Jesus Christ, and if you read deeply enough between the lines, Jesus, in turn, was or is Billy, or that certainly seems to be the wink-wink hint you get from the material.
Not only was Billy able to travel interstellar-wise with the help of his otherworldly pals, but he was offered the use of their beamships to travel to different dimensions, and was even transported into the past where, with his trusty camera, he was able to photograph a dinosaur. One of Meier’s so-called “beamship” photos achieved immortality when the producers of The X Files used the image on the “I WANT TO BELIEVE” poster that adorns the wall of Fox Mulder’s messy office.
Spreading the Pleiadean message, however, proved to be no walk in the park, as Meier claimed he’d been the target of no less than 22 separate assassination attempts courtesy of the Men in Black, who Meier claims came all the way from the Sirius star system to try to teach him a lesson. Billy was informed: “The men in black were rounded up and taken into custody through forces of their home world after their last evil attacks against you. They also do not pose a threat anymore.”
Perhaps the first book to lift the veil on some of Meier’s seeming flagrant flim-flammery of the third kind was Kal Korff’s The Billy Meier Story: Spaceships From The Pleiades. In this action packed yarn, Korff recounts how under an assumed identity he covertly crashed Meiers’ Swiss compound and spirited away a bundle of documents of other evidence, including photos Kal surreptitiously snapped (of a supposed Meier saucer landing site) that he later used for analysis to debunk the one armed wizard of Switzerland. All in all, Spaceships From The Pleiades is a rollicking read, documenting a time period several years before Mr. Korff apparently lost his mind, which is another story entirely.
In October 1977, Col. Wendelle Stevens gained some measure of ufological notoriety (otherwise known as “UFO Famous”) becoming the first American UFO researcher to visit Meier at his saucer infested farm in Switzerland. Meier impressed Stevens with his stories and handed over a batch of photos to haul back to his home in Arizona. Afterwards, Stevens formed Genesis III Productions Ltd. to showcase and exploit the Meier photos. The first book in the series, a large-format affair, entitled UFO…Contact From The Pleiades Vol. 1, featured beautifully printed reproductions of some of the most impressive photos and descriptions of the supposedly exhaustive scientific scrutiny that had been applied to Meier’s claims and images.
By the time Vol. 4 of this book series rolled around, the photos had become increasingly outlandish, such as one of an intergalactic gal named Alena allegedly taken on July 6, 1977. Alena, as the story goes, was a member of the Plejaran delegation from the Lyra Star constellation, and the supposed reason we only see a portion of her face in the photo was on account of strict Pleiadean regulations that forbade anyone from taking a photo of a full Plejaran face basically as a security measure to protect Alena’s identity while visiting Earth. Rules is rules.
Here’s an example of some typical Wendelle Stevens drivel regarding other aspects of the infamous Alena photo: “But just as intriguing was our search for a gold nylar jacket that might look like the one Alena is wearing in the picture with her arm holding the gun. We looked in all the clothing stores, all the sporting goods stores, and checked even the uniform supply stores for such a jacket, or even such gold material as might be necessary to make such a jacket, like the arm of the one worn by Alena as she holds the pistol for Meier’s photographs. We never found anything like it.”
All of this was certainly some weak sauce from Stevens, as it became evident that Meier took the photo of himself and a toy gun (and his one good arm) with his long hair flowing to supposedly give the impression that he was a she, which was a pretty goofy thing to do.
As for this supposed space gun (from another planet!) Royce Meyer at ufowatchdog.com reports that “This ‘laser gun’ was found on EBay. Notice the barrel is exactly the same as the Pleidean gun, right down to the plastic sight. So, either the Pleideans bought their gun on EBay and modified it for their own purposes, or they are in the habit of selling their surplus guns on EBay to raise a little earth cash.”
A recent convert to the Billy Meier circus is Cheryl Costa, co-author of UFO Sightings Desk Reference, a book analyzing trends in UFO data. Costa has tagged Meier’s photos as her “smoking gun” proof of an alien presence because she observed flash frames in the Meier film footage that she claims matches a similar flash in STS mission 48 footage of a strange “beam” that shot past the space shuttle. This “flash” is also what is observed when a rotating film camera shutter has not yet reached the proper speed and overexposes a few frames. American Meier supporter Michael Horn has made the observation that some of the “mistakes” in Meier’s footage are created by the Plejaren themselves in order to give skeptics an “out” because “it would be too threatening to their belief systems.” Alrighty then.
This entry was the product of the combined brain-forces of Greg Bishop and Adam Gorightly. An alternate version of this Billy Meier missive can be found in their book “A” is for Adamski along with a lot of other glorious tales from the bygone days of the UFO contactees. Get you copy while supplies last!