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Velez On 'Alien' Symbols

From: John Velez <jvelez49.nul>
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2011 19:50:37 -0400
Archived: Sat, 23 Apr 2011 06:49:13 -0400
Subject: Velez On 'Alien' Symbols


Hello All,

A little 'disclaimer' up front if I may...

This missive is not a response or a rebuttal of any previous
iterations of this thread/subject. It has been fifteen years
since this subject was openly discussed on this List and I think
that because of the amount of time that has passed, a little
historical recap is called for. I write this for the benefit of
those for whom the subject of alleged 'alien' writing samples is
a new one. Allow me, as someone who contributed to the data and
who worked very closely with Budd Hopkins for almost a decade.
to add some of my own recollections of him and my time with him,
into the mix.

I'd also like to apologize for the length of this post and one
more which will follow shortly. As long as this one is, it's
only part one! LOL

Consider yourselves properly warned. We're off...

'How _I_ got involved.'

In 1995, during a hypnosis session with Budd, I told him that I
was seeing what looked like 'writing' that was stamped or
embossed onto a wall onboard a craft. Budd asked me to make a
mental note of what I was seeing and that I would be able to
remember it after the session. Immediately upon waking up, Budd
placed a yellow legal pad and a pencil in my lap and asked me if
I could reproduce whatever it was I saw on that wall. I told
him, no problem - I being a graphic artist - and the symbols
were pretty simple and straight forward in terms of line and
overall structural/thematic construction. The symbols have
internal stylistic integrity. I carefully jotted down for him as
accurately as I could, about 8 or 10 of the symbols/ glyphs.

A little personal observation here...

It's not often that you get to witness the blood draining out of
a mans face, it's a pretty dramatic thing to see. But that's
exactly what happened to Budd when he looked at what I had
drawn. He went chalky-white right before my eyes. It was more
than a little startling to see it. Budd stood right up and asked
me to rest a moment and he'd be right back. There was something
he wanted me to see.

Those who know Budd personally also know that he walks with a
pronounced limp due to a childhood illness. Judging by the pace
and the clip-clop sound of his uneven footsteps disappearing
down the long hallway, Budd must have been _running_ back to the
office to fetch whatever it was he wanted me to see.

He returned quickly and near breathless. He was clutching a
purple, plastic file folder to his chest with both hands. He
deposited the folder on the couch in front of me and as he sat
down to observe my reaction, he gently opened it up without
saying a word. When I looked at what was inside, I swear, I
didn't know whether to s**t or go blind.

Sorry, it's the only way I can best describe my initial
reaction. Excuse my French, I'm a native New Yorker along with
all the rough-edges it implies. But I digress...

Inside the folder were about a dozen or more - at the time -
pieces of paper, random, different kinds of paper, some torn
from notebooks, as if gathered from many different people who
had simply used whatever was on-hand at the time. The pages
contained hand-written names and dates at the top of each one.
Some even had the signature of the person who wrote it. But what
absolutely floored me immediately was the fact that all of them
had one or more of the very symbols I had just drawn. And many
others that I had never seen but which _fittted_ stylistically
with all the other symbols.

The dates at the top of the pages scattered their acquisition by
Budd over an approximately fifteen year time-line. Mine, now
becoming the most recent addition to 'the purple file folder'.

I asked Budd; How is this possible? How could we have all drawn
the exact same characters/symbols, we didn't know each other.
There was simply no way we could have 'contaminated' each other.
And scattered over such a long period of time to boot.

Budd didn't respond to my inquiry. He opted to let me figure it
out for myself. Which was the best/wisest thing. Let me work it
out and arrive at my own conclusions. It was this kind of
treatment that I received consistently from him that allowed me
to feel some confidence and trust in, Budd. He _earned_ my trust
over 9 years of close association.

To be honest, even left to my own filters and devices, I wasn't
left with many palatable options. This symbol business was
either; evidence of some kind of psychic phenomena between the
contributors, or maybe even evidence of a 'collective
consciousness', with ourselves manifesting primal, archaic
patterns or constructs from deep within our subconscious.

Or...

it was evidence that we had all seen and accurately recorded the
same thing(s). It would also imply that we all saw the symbols
precisely where and under the exact conditions that we were
reporting. We all simply and honestly reported that; we saw the
same thing under very similar conditions. During an abduction
event.

That one terrible possibility now existed as a reality. When
taken in conjunction with other equally consistent bits of
evidence, the alien abduction scenario as a reality, as an
explanation, can become quite compelling.

I signed and dated the page I had written the symbols on and I
watched Budd add it to the purple folder. I'm not sure if he was
having me on and mimicking, Richard Dryfus in Close Encounters
or if the phrase simply fit, but as he closed the folder, he
tapped it with his finger and said; "This is important!"

Part 2 (For whoever can stand it,) will follow along shortly.

Regards,

John



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