When I got this assignment, I had to smile. I remember coming across Billie Meier (a bearded Swiss guy) in my youth via some pictures entitled “Hasenbol, Switzerland, March, 1976”. The photo, depicting a gleaming UFO hovering near the Alps, got a lot of currency in “Mysteries of the Unexplained” style magazines and documentaries in 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. (1)
The man is a hustler for sure but, as far as a concept artists go, the man deserves credit. His forced perspective imagery and the composition of some of his images took UFO forgery to a new level. As did his use of a rubbish bin cover (the infamous wedding cake UFO), and children’s books for dinosaurs (Meier traveled back in time apparently). (2) (3)
A personal favorite is his taking pictures of blonde, Plaedian/Plejaren alien babes via technologically advanced communication screens (in reality a television screen depicting Dean Martin show singer/dancers). (4)
Men in Black Planting Information?
Meier adherents explain these frauds away as planted information by “Men in Black” to discredit Meier. Nevertheless, the joke is on the true believers because the Nordic alien angle has some serious credibility issues for starters. Indeed, it stinks of George Adamski style unoriginality (or CIA style manipulation of early contactees – an issue Meier’s disciples and sceptics ignore). (5)
Furthermore, the Meier UFO’s have dated considerably in appearance in comparison to what filmmakers now consider alien type craft. (6)
Meier claims he has been seeing UFO’s and meeting with aliens since he was five years old in the early 40’s. He eventually made the big time with his photos in 1975. Since then, he has expanded his repertoire with a whole list of them and 26,000 pages of wisdom. (7)
He even had Lt Col Wendell Stevens join up in the 70’s (coincidentally while Stargate was still cool) and spend his life promoting Meier and his Plaedian wisdom. The endorsement from a crazy ex-government employee gave Meier a lot of credibility and support. (8) (9)
Indeed, thanks to Stevens’ tireless support and that of people like him, Meier’s affiliate organizations have grown internationally. The Canadian branch describes the FIGU moniker as…
“An acronym for the German words “Freie Interessengemeinschaft für Grenz- und Geisteswissenschaften und Ufologiestudien” which means Free Community of Interests For Border and Spiritual Sciences and Ufological Studies.” (10)
The organization has since come under criticism from Meiers’ son Methi, and his ex–wife Pepi. (11) (12)
Michael Horn Vs. Kal Korff
Michael Horn became a fan of Meier’s stories in 1979. Since then, he has been at the forefront of selling and promoting everything Meier. Horn ignores and evades pertinent questions from critics like Steve Broadbent. He harasses people via e-mail and then publishes their angered replies.
No one has been at odds with Billie Meier and Horn more than Kal Korff has. Korff’s assessment of Meier was a fair appraisal and lauded by Stanton Friedman. (13) However, Korff is a character every bit as controversial as the man he despises. Indeed, it is an old scrap I have no interest in refereeing.
Because of TSW’s neutral approach to the ET equation, people expect us to be critical of Meier. Thus, this article and my endorsement of skeptic Derek Bartholomaus’s humorous site dedicated to Meier will likely fall on deaf ears to a believer. (14) Therefore, it is to the “UFO’s piloted by ET’s” sector I will head for a final word.
After all, Meier decorated their patch with his groovy UFO artworks. Stanton Freidman, and Whitley Streiber line up with more hard edge figures like Don Ecker, Kevin Randle, Barry Greenwood and Bob Hastings who reject Meier.
However, I do not think anyone, skeptic or believer, will refute Billy’s aforementioned artistic skill and invention. He should have done SFX for 60’s 70’s era “Doctor Who”.
References & Image Credits:
(1) Fortune City
(2) Billy Meier UFO Case
(3) Billy Meier UFO Case: Dinosaur
(4) Billy Meier UFO Case: Deconstruction
(5) Philip Coppens
(7) They Fly Blog
(8) UFO Hypotheses
(13) The Anomalies Channel
(14) Billy Meier UFO Case
(15) Billy Meier UFO