|UFOs: It Has Begun
The Existence of UFOs and Extraterrestrial Beings
A documentary exploring the existence of UFOs and extra-terrestrial
beings. This documentary came out in 1979 and features Dr. Jacques Vallee,
presented by Rod Serling and written by Robert Emenegger. Yes, its the
same person who was pretty close to uncovering the reality behind the
alleged reports about the landing of a UFO at Holloman Air-force Base.
Spun from the work of famed UFO researcher Jacques Vallée, this
absorbing film chronicles various mysteries surrounding the phenomenon
of UFOs (unidentified flying objects).
Compelling proof is offered that
UFOs do exist, and testimony is offered by many who have encountered
them. Narrated by The Twilight Zone's Rod Serling (and co- hosted by
TZ regular Burgess Meredith), UFOs: It Has Begun remains compelling
over three decades after its making.
Fabrice Vallée is a French-born venture capitalist, computer scientist,
author, ufologist and former astronomer. In May 1955, Vallée first
sighted an unidentified flying object over his Pontoise home.
Six years later in 1961, while working on the staff of the French Space
Committee, Vallée witnessed the destruction of the tracking tapes of an
unknown object orbiting the earth. The particular object was a
retrograde satellite - that is, a satellite orbiting the earth in the
At the time he observed this, there were no rockets powerful enough to
launch such a satellite, so the team was quite excited as they assumed
that the Earth's gravity had captured a natural satellite (asteroid). A superior came and erased the tape.
These events contributed to Vallée's long-standing interest in the UFO
phenomenon. In the mid-1960s, like many other UFO researchers, Vallée
initially attempted to validate the popular Extraterrestrial Hypothesis
UFO researcher Jerome Clark argues that Vallée's first two UFO books
were among the most scientifically sophisticated defenses of the ETH
However, by 1969, Vallée's conclusions had changed, and he publicly
stated that the ETH was too narrow and ignored too much data. Vallée
began exploring the commonalities between UFOs, cults, religious
movements, demons, angels, ghosts, cryptid sightings, and psychic
about these potential links were first detailed in Vallée's third UFO
book, Passport to Magonia: From Folklore to Flying Saucers. As an
alternative to the extraterrestrial visitation hypothesis, Vallée has
suggested a multidimensional visitation hypothesis.
represents an extension of the ETH where the alleged extraterrestrials
could be potentially from anywhere. The entities could be
multidimensional beyond space-time, and thus could coexist with humans,
yet remain undetected.
Amazing UFO Landings
opposition to the popular ETH hypothesis was not well received by
prominent U.S. ufologists, hence he was viewed as something of an
outcast. Indeed, Vallée refers to himself as a "heretic among heretics".
Vallée's opposition to the ETH theory is summarised in his paper, "Five
Arguments Against the Extraterrestrial Origin of Unidentified Flying
Objects", Journal of Scientific Exploration, 1990: Scientific opinion
has generally followed public opinion in the belief that unidentified
flying objects either do not exist (the "natural phenomena hypothesis")
or, if they do, must represent evidence of a visitation by some advanced
race of space travellers (the extraterrestrial hypothesis or "ETH").
It is the view of the author that research on UFOs need not be
restricted to these two alternatives. On the contrary, the accumulated
data base exhibits several patterns tending to indicate that UFOs are
real, represent a previously unrecognized phenomenon, and that the facts
do not support the common concept of "space visitors."
Vallée has contributed to the investigation of the
Miracle at Fatima and Marian apparitions. His work has been used to
support the Fatima UFO Hypothesis. Vallée is one of the first people to
speculate about the possibility that the Miracle at Fatima was a UFO.
This wasn't initially recognized as such due to lack of knowledge about
UFOs at that time.
It is believed by many that if they were aware of the UFO phenomenon
that they would have initially assumed it was a UFO instead of a
miracle. Vallée has also speculated about the possibility that other
religious apparitions may have been the result of UFO activity including
the Miracle of Lourdes and the revelations to Joseph Smith.
Vallée and other researchers have advocated further study of unusual
phenomena in the academic community. They don't believe that this should
be handled solely by theologians.