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X (Commander)

An anonymous writer of UFO conspiracies, UFO crashes, abductions and hollow earth theories and other wacky stories, who claims to be an "ex-military intelligence operative" but seems more to be an imaginative weirdo. He reuses many old crackpot stories of alien underground bases and worldwide subterranean tunnel system allegedly built by the Atlanteans and Lemurians, in books titled "The Ultimate Deception" (1990), "Underground Alien Bases" (1990), "Nikola Tesla: Free Energy and the White Dove" (1992), "The Controllers: The Hidden Rulers of Earth Identified" (1994). Some ufologists have suggested that "Commander X" is actually the American ufologist Timothy Green Beckley.

X (doctor)

Doctor X is said to be a French dentist who wants to maintain absolute anonymity. It is said that on November 2, 1968 in the night, he woke up because his 14 month baby was crying. He got out of bed and went to his son's room. Three days earlier, he had wounded himself while chopping wood, severing an artery resulting in a haematoma that was causing considerable pain. When he reached his son's room, Dr X found the child standing up in his bed and pointing towards the window. Through the closed shutters, Dr X saw flashes of lightning, and assumed that the thunderstorm must have woken the boy, but he realized that there was no thunder although it was raining very hard. On his way back to bed, he heard the sound of a shutter banging in an upstairs room, went to check and on opening the window he two luminous objects hovering in the distance, each with a red light on its base, a vertical antenna on top and a horizontal antenna extending from the side. The objects moved together slowly across the rolling landscape, projecting cylindrical beams of light on to the ground. The light beams pulsed in one-second intervals as electrical discharges flashed between the objects, via their antennae. Approaching the house, the object merged into a single object, which then flipped up on end and turned on its horizontal axis, until it appeared as a shining circle. A beam was aimed directly at the window at which Dr X was standing, bathing him in light. This was followed by a sudden loud bang and the object vanished, leaving behind a white glow that gradually dissipated. A single shaft of light then shot up to the sky, and there was a final explosion high in the air. Astonished at what he had just witnessed, Dr X made detailed notes and sketches of his experience, and then woke up his wife and told her about it. She was unsure whether her husband had simply dreamt the whole encounter, until she noticed that the swelling on his leg had completely disappeared. When she pointed this out to him, Dr X realized that the pain, too, had vanished. They then went back to bed, and the wife heard him speak in his sleep about "contact" that "will be re-established by falling down the stairs on 2 November." The next morning, he had no memory of what had occurred the previous night and when his wife showed him the sketches and notes he had made, he was deeply alarmed. Later that afternoon, he tripped and fell down the stairs in the living room, bumping his head. At that moment, his memories of the objects returned. Dr. X had been injured 10 years earlier in the Algerian war: the left hemisphere of his brain had been damaged, resulting in severe weakness down the right side of his body. After his encounter with the objects, this weakness also disappeared. On 8 November, he was visited by his friend the French ufologist Aimé Michel, who was concerned to find him tired and depressed. X showed him a red rash in the shape of a triangle on his stomach. A dermatologist was called in to examine the rash, which he found so intriguing that he asked Dr X if he might present the case to the French Academy of Medicine. Dr X, however, said he was afraid that his UFO encounter might inadvertently become publicly known, and refused. The rash would return again and again in the following years. Dr X and his wife also experienced a profound alteration in their attitudes to the world, becoming more spiritually orientated and appreciative of "the sublime harmony of the Universe." In addition, according to ufologist Jacques Vallée, their home became the focus for poltergeist activity, and Dr X is even said to have been transported instantly to the other end of France on one occasion.

The story makes the delight of those who argue that UFOs are not extraterrestrial visitors but "paranormal" phenomena of some sort. However, the story is largely unverified, and it seems nobody took any care of checking how the ancient paraplegia and nervous shocks of his war experience, added to medication for his more recent wound, could have created the nocturnal experience in Dr. X's mind, and how some trauma simply cure with time and belief in the supernatural.


Developed under USAF Project MX-1226, three X-15s were built and together made 199 flights during a research program which lasted from 1959 to 1968, exceeding all speed and altitude goals set. The X-15 was designed to fly at speeds of Mach 6 and altitudes up to 250,000 feet. The aircraft went on to reach a maximum speed of Mach 6.7 and a maximum altitude of 354,200 feet. Mach 6 is about one mile per second and flight above 265,000 feet qualifies an Air Force pilot as an astronaut.

On May 11, 1962 NASA pilot Joseph Walker allegedly said that one of his tasks was to detect UFOs during his X-15 flights. He had filmed five or six UFOs during his record breaking fifty-mile-high flight in April, 1962.



A science fiction TV series by Chris Carter, formerly a Walt Disney producer, first aired in 1993. X files' themes are inspired by Fortean mysteries, ghosts, vampires, telepathic serial killers, poltergeists, satanic cults, and loosely reused UFO events, with the background notion that some people in the US government know the "truth out there", that is, alien presence. The success of the show was tremendous, up to the point that the media started to "X file" their headline of any UFO news, and many "UFO-skeptics" indulged in promoting the notion that the series made people see UFO in the sky and "believe" in a government conspiracy to hide some terrible secret related to aliens.

The theme is not very original: "Fox Mulder", FBI agent, played by David Duchovny, is in charge of investigating unsolved mysteries. He is the "believer", convinced that otherworldly phenomena explain these. His partner "Dana Scully", played by Gillian Anderson, stands as the "scientific mind", i.e. she is the "skeptic" who maintains stubbornly that there is a "rational explanation" to everything, rational explanation meaning that nothing out of the ordinary ever happens. Episode after episode during 9 seasons, this quite naive duality is at work.

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