If an alien civilization ever decided to contact the people of Earth, how would they do it?
Would they park their flying saucer out on the White House lawn? Would they skip the pleasantries and hover their destroyers over the world’s major cities? Or, perhaps, would they send a message hidden in the returned signal of an old television broadcast?
On November 26, 1977, someone decided to share their “extraterrestrial” message by overriding the ITN News in southern Britain.
It was early in the evening, and a strange buzzing noise interrupted newscaster Ivor Mills. But only the audio was affected.
As Mills continued to read the day’s news, unknowingly, the people at home received a message from someone who claimed to be a representative of the Ashtar Galactic Command.
As Lights in the Sky
Interpretations of what was said that night vary. Some transcripts, like in the 1977 issue of Fortean Times (according to Wikipedia), report that the individual referred to himself as Asteron, of the Intergalactic Mission.
Others say it was Gillon, or Bramaha, or something inaudible.
However, the consensus these days is that the person speaking on the Southern ITV station that November called himself Vrillon.
The entire broadcast interruption lasted about five and a half minutes. In those minutes, the distorted voice spoke of “lights in the skies” and a disaster that threatens our world. It told of a “New Age,” and explained that all of our “weapons of evil” should be destroyed.
The following video is a recreation of the broadcast (the video is not accurate to how it actually appeared, but it’s interesting, nonetheless):
Viewers were understandably confused. When the “transmission” came to an end, the audio returned as if nothing had happened, and the pulsing, buzzing noises faded into the quirky sounds of a Looney Toons cartoon.
Later, it would be deemed a hoax, performed by someone with considerable technical skill. A total of five transmitters had been taken over. And, like the Max Headroom imposter, he would never be caught.
Of course, there’s always the possibility that Vrillon was an extraterrestrial.
There’s more to the Ashtar Galactic Command’s story than this single incident, after all.
Transcript Courtesy Curt Rowlett
“This is the voice of Vrillon, a representative of the Ashtar Galactic Command, speaking to you.
For many years you have seen us as lights in the skies. We speak to you now in peace and wisdom as we have done to your brothers and sisters all over this, your planet Earth.
We come to warn you of the destiny of your race and your world so that you may communicate to your fellow beings the course you must take to avoid the disaster which threatens your world, and the beings on our worlds around you.
This is in order that you may share in the great awakening, as the planet passes into the New Age of Aquarius. The New Age can be a time of great peace and evolution for your race, but only if your rulers are made aware of the evil forces that can overshadow their judgments.
Be still now and listen, for your chance may not come again.
All your weapons of evil must be removed. The time for conflict is now past and the race of which you are a part may proceed to the higher stages of its evolution if you show yourselves worthy to do this. You have but a short time to learn to live together in peace and goodwill.
Small groups all over the planet are learning this, and exist to pass on the light of the dawning New Age to you all. You are free to accept or reject their teachings, but only those who learn to live in peace will pass to the higher realms of spiritual evolution.
Hear now the voice of Vrillon, a representative of the Ashtar Galactic Command, speaking to you. Be aware also that there are many false prophets and guides operating in your world. They will suck your energy from you – the energy you call money and will put it to evil ends and give you worthless dross in return.
Your inner divine self will protect you from this. You must learn to be sensitive to the voice within that can tell you what is truth, and what is confusion, chaos and untruth. Learn to listen to the voice of truth which is within you and you will lead yourselves onto the path of evolution.
This is our message to our dear friends. We have watched you growing for many years as you too have watched our lights in your skies. You know now that we are here, and that there are more beings on and around your Earth than your scientists admit.
We are deeply concerned about you and your path towards the light and will do all we can to help you. Have no fear, seek only to know yourselves, and live in harmony with the ways of your planet Earth. We of the Ashtar Galactic Command thank you for your attention. We are now leaving the plane of your existence. May you be blessed by the supreme love and truth of the cosmos.”