The Contact Has Begun

An Interview With Phillip Krapf
by Tim Miejan

Editor, The EDGE Newspaper

from UFOEvidence Website



Summary: If things go according to plan, Earth could be gearing up for rudimentary interstellar space travel in the early 21st century through a sharing of technology with the Verdants. In any prior decade, Phillip Krapfís story would have been branded science fiction. However, today his matter-of-fact reporting of his abduction and experience aboard an extraterrestrial craft is viewed with more credibility.


If things go according to plan, Earth could be gearing up for rudimentary interstellar space travel in the early 21st century through a sharing of technology with the Verdants.


In any prior decade, Phillip Krapfís story would have been branded science fiction. However, today his matter-of-fact reporting of his abduction and experience aboard an extraterrestrial craft is viewed with more credibility. Itís the í90s and more people believe in the possibility of extraterrestrial life than ever before. There are those who cannot be sold on the idea.


Ironically, Mr. Krapf was one of them. He was a newspaper man, a longtime copy editor with the Los Angeles Times. Now retired, he lives an idyllic life in Southern California. The only thing that really complicates his life is the memory of three days spent with beings known as Verdants.

His book on the experience, The Contact Has Begun (1998, HayHouse), is just over 100 pages, but the soft coverís thinness belies its in-depth information about an incredibly advanced civilization that comes from a planet about two and a half times the size of Earth, located 14 million light-years away. The maximum life span of a Verdant, thanks to technology, is 20,000 Earth years.


Theyíve been studying Earth, to access its preparedness in entering the Intergalactic Federation of Sovereign Planets, for 1,000 years.


Other data Mr. Krapf relates is just as startling, including the number of unidentified humans who have been in contact with the Verdants and have been granted ambassador status to prepare our civilization for formal entrance into the galactic family. If things go according to plan, Earth could be gearing up for rudimentary interstellar space travel in the early 21st century through a sharing of technology with the Verdants.

What was most mind-blowing to Mr. Krapf during his stay aboard the space craft was the Verdant understanding of God:

"You believe in God?" I stammered. "In an immortal soul?"


[Ginaís] face became a canvas of expression. I had broken through. It took a practiced eye, and I would not have seen it only hours before, but I could now read the very, very subtle musculature changes that revealed her emotions. "Believe?" she asked in wonder.


"We donít just believe. We know. Our scientists proved the existence of the soul millennia ago. Our ships have discovered the precise location of Heaven in the universe. We have been there."

In an interview with The EDGE, Mr. Krapf begins by relating an encounter he had with a former colleague at the Los Angeles Times, a person who is believed to be one of the ambassadors with whom greater information about the Human-Verdant relationship has been shared.


Phillip Krapf: I was home one night and the phone rang. It was a person at the Los Angeles Times who I thought also had been a contact. It was late at night and this person, and I canít say if it was a man or woman, but I shall call it a him, wanted to talk with me, but wanted to meet somewhere. I wondered if his cover was blown or if he had to get a message to me. So I met with him.

Tim: Was he aware you had written the book?

Krapf: Yes. He asked me, "So youíve recently met some new friends?" And I knew what he was talking about. I thought he wanted to deliver an important message, but what it amounted to is that he wanted to talk to someone whom he could confide in. He could confide in me because we basically had the same experience. So we met for lunch, but he had nothing pressing to mention. He just brought me up to speed on what was going on in his life and asked about me. He wanted to unload a little bit, because he couldnít talk with anyone else about this.

Tim: Outside of writing your book, do you have the need to talk with other people about your experience?

Krapf: I have basically talked about it by going public. Iím the only one who has gone public so far. The others have not gone public and wonít for some time. My assignment was to go public. Iíve said basically what I have to say in the book. I donít have any real need to unload on anybody. Newspaper men, by nature, are skeptics. I find that my newspaper friends are not too interested in hearing about this. I donít blame them, because I was a skeptic also. I would have done the same thing. The local newspaper here did a little story about my book signing and they had a little fun with me in an editorial. At first I was a little bit chagrined, but I realized I wouldíve done the same thing if I were in their place. I donít have a real need to bare my soul because everything that happened to me was put down in the book. I should have actually been shocked beyond imagination, or as I put in the book, pushed towards the brink of insanity by such an experience.

Tim: So you are more open to the idea of extraterrestrials than you were?

Krapf: Yes, I am. I was a skeptic and didnít believe. Quite frankly, I had never given it much thought. I have never been interested in the new age genre. So after the incident, I thought I should go out and do my homework. I went to new age sections in bookstores and wasnít aware of the movement and how much has been written about it. When I saw all the material that was available, I knew it would take years and years to read it all. And I didnít have any way of knowing what material was of value and what was irrelevant. I didnít want to waste a lot of time reading someoneís conjecture and speculation. People I talk to who are in the new age genre have been in it for years and years, and quite frankly, they lose me on some of it. I just canít follow them. I think itís too late to get an education on it. Thereís not enough time.

Tim: Do you have a sense of why you were selected?

Krapf: I asked them that question. In fact, I have a chapter called "Why Pick on Me?" It came down to the need for someone to write a "white paper," as they called it. And the person from the Los Angeles Times had already been recruited and my name came up along with many others. They were looking for a person who could write a decent sentence, not someone who was the best writer in the world but someone who could compile a journal. I also am retired and I had the time to put in on it. It might have just been the luck of the draw. There were many qualified candidates. It just came down to a selection process, and with the personal referral from the person at the Times, they just picked someone they felt could do the job.

Tim: Are there any experiences you had while you were aboard that you keep thinking about? Wasnít it about a year ago that it happened?

Krapf: Itíll be a year in June, June 11 to 13. I was very impressed in the observation dome of the wonder of it all. I think about all the people, or beings, and civilizations out there where life is going on. Itís just fascinating to think about. Weíre not alone. There are other beings going on with their everyday lives. How fascinating it would be to go among them and see what their lives are like. I think about that. Itís probably unimaginable to really get a good handle on the reality of it. You just have to be there. Of course, the fact that they have a spiritual base really did surprise me. I was an agnostic before the experience. I havenít had any spiritual revelations or born again experiences, but I accept their scientific data in the area of religion, whereas most people I am aware of believe on the basis of faith rather than solid evidence. Itís not a matter of faith for me, itís a matter of being informed and knowledgeable about what they have discovered. All those involved are drawing up projected plans of how they are going to carry out their assignments.

Tim: Would you say that you now believe in the immortality of the soul?

Krapf: I believe them. They said they have proven it.

Tim: A long time ago.

Krapf: Yes. It would be presumptuous of me to doubt them or to scoff at that, because they are so advanced. Iím more open to the idea based on what they have discovered than on what some proselytizer who comes to the door tells me. When he tells me the world is 5,000 years old, there is evidence out there, just by looking at the Grand Canyon, that the world is certainly more than 5,000 years old. So people who come to my door are sincere, but they are simply abiding by some religious training and donít have any evidence. Iím more impressed by evidence. I donít have evidence either, but I take the Verdantsí word that they have the evidence. I think about those things. I havenít become a religious zealot or anything. I donít try to spread the message. Itís just something that has given me some comfort. That surprised me, quite frankly.

Tim: The experience must have shaken you in terms of upsetting your belief system about how the universe works?

Krapf: I donít know if the word "shaken" is the right word. I should have actually been shocked beyond imagination, or as I put in the book, pushed towards the brink of insanity by such an experience. But thereís something else going on that neutralizes those natural reactions that you would expect. I was surprised by my own equanimity. Why am I not reacting hysterically? Iíve accepted it much more readily than you would think is normal. But I think they have some control over that. Itís like when I went in for minor surgery, for kidney stones or something. I donít like hospitals and I was really nervous and anxious, and my stomach was upset before I went to the hospital. I got there and they started leading me into the operating room, and I thought, "You know, this is just minor surgery. Itís not going to bother me. This is just routine stuff." I was completely at ease. And then I realized they had me on an I.V. of valium. I was in a natural state of calm in a situation in which you shouldnít be calm. So it was that sort of thing with the Verdants.

Tim: When and how did you tell your wife about your experience?

Krapf: I kind of worked into it over a couple of days rather than blurting it out. Weíre very close and sheís very trusting of me and Iím trusting of her. When I finally explained what happened, it still came as a surprise. But it was not a sudden one, like getting a phone call telling you that your best friend is dead. So I told her what had happened and she just sort of accepted it and said, "Well, OK." She doesnít talk about it much. I think itís because she lives in a comfortable world and doesnít see any place in that for space alien contact. I think that if she had her preference, sheíd have life go on as it is, without having to deal with the subject.

Tim: Do you have a sense of the time frame when we will actually have a meeting with the Verdants?

Krapf: I was unsure of that. I came away with a very vague idea, but I do cover that in the addendum. I talked to the person from The Times about that, and he had an idea of a very definite time frame.

Tim: And his status in contact with the Verdants was ambassador?

Krapf: Yes.

Tim: So he was given more information related to our eventual contact than you were.

Krapf: Absolutely. He has a much greater role to play in the news coverage of the event. He indicated that around 2002 things would begin happening. In the meantime, all those involved are drawing up projected plans of how they are going to carry out their assignments. Those plans have to be reviewed and the groundwork firmly laid before anything really starts happening. Then around 2002 and for the rest of the decade things will begin, and then around the end of that decade, presumably if everything goes according to plan, we will join the Intergalactic Federation of Sovereign Planets. So itís still a few years, but things are humming, from what I understand. He said also that the Verdants are in contact with the various ambassadors. He asked me if I had been in contact with them, and I have not. I suppose thatís because my job is done. Their job is still ongoing.

Tim: Do you have a prevailing message that you want to tell people?

Krapf: Keep the faith. In this age of people going onto school grounds and shooting up kids with assault rifles, the news is filled with things that get you down after a while. I guess my message is not to let things get you down. There is hope.

Tim: If events occur as the Verdants suggest, it would be one of the most transforming events in the history of the Earth.

Krapf: I donít think anything would ever compare with it, quite frankly. Itís going to change the destiny of mankind.

Tim: Do you have a sense of anticipation about this?

Krapf: I do, but Iím not sitting here chewing my nails every day. Iím just laid back and take the attitude of what will be, will be. When it comes, it comes. Iím not in a lather or dither or anything. I had the impression that things were going to start happening right away, but the person with The Times put me straight about that: No, not yet. Itíll be a while.

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An Interview with Phillip Krapf
by Richard Boylan, Phd

from TheChallengeOfContact Website

Phillip Krapf is a no-nonsense, middle-aged, hard-bitten, big city daily newspaper editor who does not mince words.


A self-described previous agnostic and inveterate skeptic, Krapf kept his audience focused during the six hours of his workshop on what he learned from his second visit aboard a Star Nation ("Verdant") spaceship.

Krapf synopsized what he had presented in his first book, The Contact Has Begun and his latest book, The Challenge of Contact. Both bear careful reading, and I invite the reader to peruse both books. I will only summarize here a few points not covered explicitly in either book. Krapf clarified that in his first book, the chapter where he wrote about being taken to a physical heaven should be understood as an allegory, and not a literal journey to heaven. He felt that the Verdant space people showed him "heaven" because he was an atheist, and they wanted to show him a wider reality.

In response to my question for more physical details about the Verdants, he described them as 5í2" to 5'5" tall, with no hair, a negligible nose with essentially two nostril holes, and a thin almost lipless mouth. He said that their eyes were dark, and of slit-eyed construction with almond shape. His prime contact, a Verdant female, was slightly built with very petite breasts.


The ears are proportional to the head, as are the eyes. The Verdants are a very homogenous-looking race, and it took Phil some time and practice to distinguish his main contacts from the others. Thus, the beings look somewhat like, but are distinguished from the persons from the Zeta Reticuli system.

Krapf described a major meeting aboard the Verdant main spacecraft in position behind the Moon. This spacecraft was lenticular in shape. At this meeting were 12 of the human Ambassadors (selected future prominent witness and spokespersons for Verdant contact), as well as Krapf, who sees himself in the subordinate Deputy Envoy position.


The discussion included how well humans in general were prepared for formal acknowledgment of ET contact/presence. The Ambassadors also discussed how well Krapf was doing his assignment of getting the word out of Space Visitor contact.

Krapf also related the Star Wars weapon systems are designed to shoot at UFO spacecraft. He viewed this as an appalling possibility. He reiterated that the Verdants have estimated that 20% of the Earthís population are holding back human advancement and public disclosure.


These 20% are comprised of geoplutocrats who run world policy organizations trying to preserve the economic status quo, general sociopaths, and others not likely to change in the face of public announcement of contact by the Verdants.

Krapf related an interesting personal note: that since April (2001) he has eaten no meat, and has limited his intake to 500 calories per day. He mostly eats fruit. He attributes this diet to his last visit aboard the Verdant ship. He has lost 40 pounds and appears in trim and fit condition (by the way, Krapf says that the Verdants base all the food on a plant staple grown hydroponicly.)


I traded stories with him about how encounters with Star People have caused me unconsciously to give up eating meat, going vegetarian, avoiding as much as possible chocolate, caffeine, any drugs, free sugar, and increasing my intake of water noticeably. Phil nodded, familiar with these strivings.

As far as a near-future timetable is concerned, Krapf had this to say. Supposedly in 2002 some world-renown Ambassadors will start speaking out on UFO/Star Visitor reality. There are 880 of these world-famous celebrities who will be verifying UFO/ET contact. Phil demurred when asked if he was going to be global spokesperson for the Verdants when they openly manifest to the public. He felt that one of the Ambassadors connected with the media would be the likely main spokesperson.

I left the Workshop more convinced of Phillip Krapfís mental soundness and ethical integrity and honesty. He remains a modest key witness and a widely-published "reluctant" experiencer. He also has moved from atheism to a gentle openness to the possibility of the divine/transcendent.


Perhaps this remarkable inner transformation is the chief authenticator of Mr. Krapfís detailed accounts of contact with Verdants from the stars.

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"The Contact Has Begun"

Reviewed by K. Wilson
by Phillip Krapf
Review by K. Wilson
Numbers in brackets refer to the page number(s) where the information first appeared.

from AlienJigSaw Website


Ms. K. Wilson is the author of The Alien Jigsaw, its companion Researcherís Supplement, and Project Open Mind: Are Some íAliení Abductions Government Mind Control Experiments? She has been studying and reporting about the abduction phenomenon for 10 years.



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