On the evening of March 16, 1957, a spacecraft landed in rural northern Virginia, witnessed by an astonished policeman. The pilot of this craft, known as the Victor One, was Valiant Thor, a resident of Venus and a representative of the High Council. After telepathically communicating the urgency of his mission to the startled policeman, an escort was arranged to deliver the alien to Washington D.C. for an urgent meeting with President Dwight Eisenhower. 

Upon his arrival at the Pentagon, Val (Valiant Thor), expressed to Ike and Vice President Nixon the dire concern of the galactic community regarding mankind’s recent development of atomic weapons. Further, Val offered to provide mankind with the technology to make hunger, sickness, and even aging obsolete, if only Earth would pledge to forego its nuclear weapons programs. President Eisenhower listened but politely refused the alien’s assistance, citing that such massive leaps forward would have a negative effect on humanity. His theory was along the lines of the “teach a man to fish” philosophy, in which such profound gifts would only result in an idle and lethargic population, incapable of providing for itself. He did, however, invite Val and his crew to stay, providing them with an apartment at the Pentagon where they remained for three years, offering their sage star wisdom to our government, military, and elite scientists. 

That is, if you believe the account of Rev. Frank E. Strangges, as documented in his 1967 book Stranger at the Pentagon. While not entirely without proof or corroborating witnesses, the whole story smacks of the plot to The Day the Earth Stood Still. Efforts to debunk the story would be pointless as Rev. Strangges ridiculous narrative accomplishes as much on its own. One of his more outlandish assertations was that Valiant Thor, and the planetary collective he represented, were all Christians. In fact, it was Earth’s devotion to Christ that attracted alien attention in the first place. Strangges toured the country visiting UFO conventions, holding sermons, and preaching Space Jesus until his death in 2008. 

Personally, I like to believe that even the most outrageous myths and legends can trace their origins back to some nugget of truth. Case in point, there is a similar and more credible belief that Eisenhower did in fact meet with extraterrestrial beings. Note, my use of the word “credible” is relative to the fairytale of Reverend Strangges. I won’t attempt to debunk or confirm all of these stories about Eisenhower, as we don’t have the time for that here. 

In this version of events, Ike met with two races of Aliens, those known as the Greys and another referred to as Nordic, presumably for their more human appearance. Three meetings took place over several months in 1954, two at Holloman Airforce Base in New Mexico and one at Edwards Airforce Base in California. The reason for the visitations were very similar to Strangges’ account, brought on by the sudden proliferation of nuclear weapons. The negotiations here, however, carried darker connotations. 

Depending on the source, there are varying degrees of moral alignment regarding the Greys. By all accounts, nuclear disarmament was a requirement, though some point to an ulterior motive behind the request. Regardless, Eisenhower declined to disarm. Conversely, the Nordic aliens offered their assistance dealing with the Greys, implying some interplanetary conflict. Ultimately, a treaty was agreed upon, which is still honored today. The agreement included shared technology, denial and concealment of the alien’s existence, and, more comically, the right to abduct and experiment on human subjects. A caveat to the abduction clause was that they must all be returned unharmed and their names were all to be provided to the government, more specifically, Majestic 12. 

One can quickly fall down a rabbit hole chasing evidence and scrutinizing sources, but there is a nugget of truth here one can build on. 

On the evening of February 20-21, 1954, the night of the alleged first alien meeting, President Eisenhower disappeared while on vacation in Palm Springs. After missing a scheduled dinner, a near panic erupted and rumors began to fly. Aids for the president interceded just short of the story reaching the AP, claiming that the President dislodged a filling and had to make an emergency trip to the dentist. Certainly, an innocuous and believable excuse. Strangely, there is more evidence to support meeting an alien ambassador than a dentist appointment.  

While almost every hour of his Palm Springs trip can be accounted for, there is nothing, not even a note in his medical file, to support him ever visiting a dentist while in California. So, where was he that night?