By Sean Casteel
UFO contactee Paul Villa produced a plethora of credible photos of UFOs/flying saucers that are just as vital today as they were when they were taken decades ago. Villa’s wonderful full color pictures of hovering alien spacecraft have never been successfully debunked even after the passage of more than 50 years. Not that the skeptics haven’t tried. Those who know a bit about the photo process have to admit these are much better, and more authentic looking, than those of Billy Meier.
Publisher Timothy Green Beckley has recently made available a book called “The Secret UFO Contacts of Paul Villa” and spared no expense with the printing costs. While many similar books offer only grainy, blurry, black and white smears called “authentic” photos, Villa’s photos here are sharp, clear and in living color. Some, Beckley boasts, have never been published before!
Beckley first became aware of Villa when the publisher received a box of postcards in the mail from UFO aficionado Gabriel Green, who was also a publisher, convention sponsor and promoter. (Both the postcard and the original photo are included in the new book.) Green had carved out a niche for himself as the chief supporter of the New Age branch of the flying saucer movement, meaning he believed the UFO occupants were a benevolent race whose goal was to rescue mankind from the doom it seemed so inevitably to be heading toward.
The postcards featured the photo of a flying saucer that Beckley described as “almost too realistic looking to be legitimate. Many of the serious-type UFOlogists took it as a hoax, but they did not have the opportunity to see the full array of pictures taken by this gentleman, whom everyone said was almost a recluse, hiding out in his trailer before the Men-In-Black – or some other sinister group – attempted to burn his living quarters to the ground.”
According to Beckley, probably a hundred thousand of the Paul Villa postcards were distributed.
“For a long while,” Beckley writes, “this was the most frequently published picture of a UFO, gracing many a newspaper and periodical. Gabe was going to see that the postcard was distributed far and wide because he had a great interest in what Paul Villa had to say about his contacts with extraterrestrials from Coma Berenices.”
Along with UFO abductee and channeler Diane Tessman, Beckley visited Gabe Green at his home, where some of Villa’s photos adorned the walls.
“There are some who thought that Mr. Green was overly passionate,” Beckley writes, “in putting his faith into what Villa and the other contactees had to say, so strange were the descriptions of their ongoing encounters and contacts, which included claiming to meet highly advanced beings from the other side of the cosmos and in some cases actually going for rides in their craft from the stars.”
Beckley provides even more background on Gabriel Green, who became a regular attendee and speaker at popular saucer events and organized his own group, the Amalgamated Flying Saucer Clubs of America (AFSCA). Green also taught others how they too could make psychic contacts with far-distant beings. Green ran for president in 1960, against Richard Nixon and John Kennedy. He put together a complete campaign platform, covering a range of economic and social policies based on information received from the Space People. Despite some early enthusiasm for his campaign, Green withdrew from the race in October and endorsed Kennedy.
Green died in 2001 in Yucca Valley, near Giant Rock, the original nexus of the Saucerian Movement, where he had continued his work as a medium, relaying messages from the Space People and the Ashtar Command to their true believers. Prior to Green’s passing, Beckley bought the rights to a book UFO researcher Col. Wendelle Stevens had compiled on Paul Villa, originally published as “UFO Contact from Coma Berenices.”
Wendelle Stevens was a leading UFOlogist for more than 50 years and the creator of one of the largest private UFO photo archives known. He became interested in the UFO phenomenon while he served in the Air Force after World War II and encountered mysterious radio transmissions while working on a classified project to photograph and map the Arctic wastes using new technology. In 1979, after retiring from the Air Force, he published the four-volume “UFO Contact from the Pleiades,” which detailed the alien encounters of Edouard “Billy” Meier, who also had taken impressive-looking photos of UFOs near his home in Switzerland. Stevens was the Director of Investigations for the now defunct Aerial Phenomena Research Organization (APRO) and a founder of the International UFO Congress. He died in 2010.
Stevens became aware of Villa when Gabriel Green published some of Villa’s photos in his “UFO International” publication in October of 1965. Beckley reprints a portion of Green’s original newsletter, which Beckley called “the journalistic voice of the contactees, who spoke of friendly aliens.”
In his preface to his book, Wendelle Stevens writes, “Very little has ever been written about Apolinar (Paul) Villa and his remarkable long-term ongoing UFO contacts with alien extraterrestrial human beings and his several remarkable series of photographs of the posed alien ships. His contacts began, like most others, with sightings, then an awareness of their presence when they were here. This eventually developed into face-to-face contact and personal interaction with them, the extraterrestrials.
“When they invited him to bring his camera,” Stevens continues, “a simple Japanese 120 box version, they flew their ships slowly, hovered, and posed the craft for good pictures, which he did get in series and sequence. Handicapped by a slow shutter speed and a simple low resolution lens, he nevertheless managed to get a number of excellent color photographs.”
Beckley says one of the most fascinating elements of several of the photos consists of several “ball bearing-like” smaller craft which can be seen to circle the much larger disc. “I do not understand how they could be kept aloft if the larger UFO had been tossed into the air. It’s like they defy gravity . . .”
THE MAN HIMSELF
Paul Villa was born on September 24, 1916, in Albuquerque, of NativeAmerican/Spanish descent. While he did not complete the tenth grade, he had a good working knowledge of mathematics, physics, electricity and mechanics and was particularly gifted at detecting defects in engines and generators. His wife, Eunis, was a “war bride” from Germany; the couple met when Villa was serving as a sergeant in the U.S. Army occupational forces after the war. He brought Eunis back from Europe, and they settled in Southern California.
COMING TO KNOW THE SPACEMEN
Villa said he first spoke with spacemen in 1953 when he worked for the Department of Water and Power in Los Angeles. While on the job one day in Long Beach, he had a strong urge to go down to the beach, a feeling he did not then understand. There he met a man about seven feet tall. Villa’s first impulse was to run away, but the man called him by name and told him many personal things about himself.
“He knew everything I had in my mind,” Villa said, “and he told me many things that had taken place in my life. He then told me to look out beyond the reef. I saw a metallic-looking, disc-shaped object that seemed to be floating on the water. Then the spaceman asked me if I would like to go aboard the craft and look around. I went with him.”
For Villa, the aliens were entirely human-looking, though more uniformly attractive than Earth people and definitely more refined in face and form. They took Villa on a tour of the saucer and confided in him that the whole galaxy to which Earth belongs is a grain of sand on a huge beach compared to the unfathomable number of inhabited bodies in the entire universe.
They said their craft are constantly active over our planet and that they are here on a friendly mission to help Earth people.
THE PHOTOS BEGIN
The extraterrestrials spoke to Villa in his native Spanish but also spoke English fluently with him as well. They told him they had been observing the development of our “dubious civilization” from observation platforms on our Moon, Mars and Venus.
Initially, Villa’s photos were greeted with some suspicion, even within the UFO community. Coral Lorenzen, who co-founded, along with her husband, Jim, the aforementioned Aerial Phenomena Research Organization, visited Villa at his home and asked him pointblank how he had faked the photos.
Villa responded, sarcastically, “Well, my dear lady, you just make yourself a model and toss it in the air and photograph it.”
Stevens later wrote that such a deception is not easily carried out. In fact, he tried doing it himself and, by the third photo, his model was ruined. It was also impossible to get the model in the correct attitude and angle simply by tossing it up in front of the camera.
The photos Villa took are breathtaking to look at and do appear to show actual flying saucers set against lovely desert scenery. There are different types of ships from photo to photo, which is consistent with UFO witness accounts since the 1940s and has led some analysts to think we are being visited by several different alien races and civilizations. That theory accounts for the many types of occupants reported, from the grays to the reptilians to the blonde, human-looking Nordics.
AN UNHAPPY CASE OF FAME
The notoriety that came with being “chosen” to take the photos did not make life easy for Villa, however. He suffered many instances of harassment, including an incident that happened when he stopped off at a local tavern on his way home from work. As Villa was sipping his beer, a complete stranger walked up to him and said, “So you’re the nut that said he is talking to spacemen?” The stranger next punched Villa in the nose, drawing blood.
Villa never forgot that moment of genuine violence. He was often forced to move his wife and household to new locations after such incidents, which included neighbors attacking his mobile home and even some very frightening visits from the dreaded Men-In-Black. People who found him in Albuquerque, where he had relocated his family from Los Angeles after the photos appeared in the “UFO International Journal,” took things from around his home for souvenirs.
The thoughtless interlopers infuriated him and the incidents necessitated another move, this time to an obscure small town in the remote desert south of Albuquerque.
Tim R. Swartz, a writer, Emmy Award-winning producer and Tim Beckley’s co-host on the podcast “Exploring the Bizarre” on the KCOR internet radio network, provides some further insight into this aspect of Villa’s story in the book “The Secret UFO Contacts of Paul Villa.” “From all accounts, it seems that Villa was very much a reluctant contactee,” Swartz writes. “His encounters are almost textbook examples of the ‘typical contactee meeting.’ In his interviews, Villa talks of friendly space people who are beautiful, almost angelic, in appearance, offering up explanations on how the universe works and what role Planet Earth plays within it.
But Villa didn’t hit the UFO conference circuit to promote his experiences or sell photos. He pretty much stayed quiet about the whole affair unless he was asked first.
“Thanks to Gabriel Green and his ‘International UFO Journal,’” Swartz continues, “Villa’s photographs became widely publicized, yet, at the time, almost nothing was known about the man who took them. Col. Wendelle Stevens, the primary author of this book, actually took the time to visit Villa at his home and listen to his story without passing immediate judgment.”
Swartz writes further that Villa, for the most part, shunned publicity, refusing to talk to the press or even to UFO researchers.
“He claimed that his life had been threatened,” Swartz goes on, “and once someone even took a shot at him while he was in his pickup truck. Those who did talk with him found him credible. The late Bill Sherwood, who was an optical physicist and a senior project development engineer for the Eastman-Kodak company said that, ‘Villa never tried to use his personal experiences for monetary gain. To me, he always seemed humble and sincere; unimpressed by the attention he received from the Secretary-General of the United Nations, U Thant, who called him at his workshop to discuss his experiences with the extraterrestrials.”
Villa shared his beliefs with well-known UFO researcher and author Timothy Good, telling him that there were three distinct groups of aliens visiting Earth, including “certainly one that is good.” Villa stated that the space people had hundreds of bases within our solar system on Earth, Mars and the Moon. The group Villa belonged to worked with about 70 contactees in the U.S. and about 300 worldwide.
“Unfortunately,” Swartz writes, “there is still a lot of information about Villa’s contacts that will never be known. Like many other contact cases, we are left to ponder the strange circumstances of the reluctant contactee Paul Villa and his mysterious friends from beyond.”
Villa died of stomach cancer in 1980 at age 64 and was buried in Santa Fe. Some of his photos were never made public, including a series that was reportedly taken on another planet. Wendelle Stevens writes that he had lost touch with Villla’s widow, Eunis Villa, and appealed to readers of “The Secret Life of Paul Villa” for any information they had that would enable him to contact her and get a look at those rumored, long lost photos. We may never know everything the UFO occupants revealed to Villa, but the idea that there is further photographic evidence to be seen is certainly a tantalizing one.
“The Secret UFO Contacts of Paul Villa” also touches on the 1963 photos of miniature UFOs photographed by Christian Lynggaard in Aalborg, Denmark. The book includes two of Christian’s photos. There is also a brief account of Harold Trudel, who photographed two tiny, silvery, metallic, disc-shaped flying objects in July 1966 at Woonsocket, Rhode Island.
The book has an added bonus feature, a chapter on the Italian “Friendship Case” from 1956, illustrated with a photo from 1976 of an alleged alien over 8 foot tall who seems to dwarf the trees in the background. In the interest of disclosure, I wrote the “Friendship” chapter and another chapter that provides a basic overview of Villa’s personal history.
But the real beauty of “The Secret UFO Contacts of Paul Villa” is, of course, Villa’s photos. This new full color and expanded edition is more than worth the cover price for its faithful rendering of some of the best, most believable and historic UFO photos ever captured on film. You will turn the pages in wonder and awe as the reality of the alien presence penetrates your consciousness through the medium of Villa’s photos.
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