Blink 182 Member Writes Ufo Book
Posted 07 May 2016 - 01:44 PM
The atmosphere is laid back at the headquarters of Delonge's To the Stars transmedia company. The store sells all manner of merchandise related to the UFO theme. Delonge's sister Kari is the product manager and keeps the former Blink 182 front man somewhat in line.
“That's the seat where I sit and say, ‘I've got an idea.’ And, she goes, ‘Get out of my office,’” he said.
Flying saucer imagery is everywhere in the building. Delonge's office is packed with mementos from fans and spacy keepsakes. He lived the life of a rock star and admits he's said and done some crazy stuff, but is serious about efforts to pierce the veil of UFO secrecy.
“Why it's been kept secret? When we bring that out, people are going to step back and go, ‘Whoa. Holy cow. Now, we understand,’” he said.
Delonge has made his own pilgrimages to Nevada's UFO Mecca, Area 51 – camping out so he could record images of whatever is flying around out there.
The plot of his first book, Sekret Machines, culminates around the Groom Lake facility. But, he learned much more by introducing himself to a few music fans who happened to work for a defense contractor with a long history at Area 51. That conversation led to NASA, the military and a shadowy group of about a dozen “deep throat” insiders who now give Delonge information.
“Not only do I know for a fact that there are groups, high level groups, within the DOD and national security divisions of our country; not only do I know it is real, you know, I am starting to get a clear picture of why it is kept secret,” he said.
That reason is global security. The U.S. government has been all over the map on UFOs. In classified documents written before public records laws existed, the topic was a legitimate concern.
Since then, the military has officially ridiculed flying saucers and denies having any ongoing interest. The interest is very real, Delonge says, and ongoing. He offered his advisors a chance to tell their story through him, a bit at a time. So, what have they told him?
“He says, ‘We found a life form,’” Delonge said. “’We found a life form,’ and then that conversation changed my life.”
“I was told there were crashes. We took that, probably got pretty freaked out, pretty scared. We scurried it away; created what they call a pickup game of counterintelligence to keep people away from asking hard questions we didn’t know the answers to; and we created a crash program, much bigger than the Manhattan Project, to figure out how this stuff worked and how to build our own defense system against it should there be more,” he said.
Delonge says he was told there was a plan to release the information over time, but the trigger was never pulled. Decades passed. Disinformation was sewn to defuse public interest.
The Nevada desert really is a place where ultra-exotic technology has been tested, but he was told there are other locations like Area 51, places unknown to the public, some in Nevada.
So, why him? He has a platform with young people, and because the time seems right.
“One of the reasons why it works is, like you said, they have been backed into a corner and need a way for this to get out,” he said.ain drag of an idyllic California beach town, nestled beside an organic café, sits an unpretentious storefront with an intriguing name: To the Stars. Visitors to the breezy shop often run into the proprietor.
“One of the cool things about this space was being able to have a retail store. We have people that travel across the world and want to immerse themselves in what we do,” Delonge said.
What he is doing these days is reinventing, not only himself, but also the discombobulated world of UFO research. The business face of that effort is an ever-changing lineup of merchandise: space-themed T-shirts, for instance, but also books.
Sekret Machines is the first of six books already in the works, and there are hints of more grandiose ambitions – a full-length animated film, for instance. The overall theme is something akin to rock and roll meets the men in black.
Delonge made a fortune as co-founder and front man for Blink-182, the irreverent punk band that sold millions of records and is still touring, but without Delonge. He left last year to pursue, of all things, UFOs.
“I didn't walk off my last show. There was 100,000 people. I didn't walk off that stage, so I could go chase a monster down a rabbit hole and look like a fool. I'm not an idiot. I'm dealing with something that is much bigger than me and more complex, and is frankly maybe the most important thing I've done in my life, even if it sounds like tinfoil hat, little green men, conspiracy theory,” he said.
Delonge is still writing and producing music with his band Angels and Airwaves, but digital albums are just one part of a multimedia assault that includes films, documentaries and books – all focused on a central theme.
"The theme is there's a lot of flying saucers in this place," he said.
He's invested in state-of-the-art production equipment, hired a string of best-selling authors and has been meeting behind the scenes with the biggest names in Hollywood. Delonge wants his company to become the Disney of UFOs.
“The biggest works of art are when an artist really takes a risk to do something,” he said. “This entire operation is a big gamble. We've never published books before, never made films before.”
“This is a quest, an absolute quest. I haven't made any money off this. Right now, it's so new,” he said.
Parallel to the business venture, he's launched a cloak and dagger effort to pierce the smoke and mirrors surrounding UFOs, using his celebrity status as an entry point to speak directly to the keepers of the secret.
He started with defense contractors who have operated for decades at Nevada's Area 51 military base. Later, he met with high ranking military officials. Delonge says they have opened up about the otherwise off-limits subject of UFOs.
“I think they really want us to know. I really do think they do. I feel at this point it's going to be a tough thing to swallow for people, and I think there are elements about it that people are not ready for,” he said.
Hard as it is to believe, Ddelonge really has been meeting with this group of deep-throat type advisors in sensitive positions. He has given the I-Team sort of a front row seat to the story as it has unfolded, including some of the eye-popping things they have passed along to him for the purpose of disseminating it to the public.
Posted 04 June 2016 - 09:23 PM
Posted 04 June 2016 - 10:22 PM
I'm not convinced one way or the other, but I'll follow along. Currently reading Jacques Vallee's Dimension
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