Part One of Two
[March 6, 1995] -- In 1974, Charles Silva was a successful Hollywood film studio representative. But in June of that year, while on a business trip to Peru to promote the South American distribution of the hit film "The Sting," Charles Silva met an alien from the Pleiades, and his life suddenly got complicated.
"I had an apartment in Beverly Hills, a sports car...that, and anything that wore a skirt, was my main preoccupation," he says. "I had no reason to search for UFOs or spirituality or anything like that." Little did he know what lay ahead.
The name Charles Silva first came to my attention in 1991 when a friend gave me a book called "Date with the Gods," by Charles Silva. I glanced at the table of contents, then set the book aside. I hardly thought about it again until late 1994, when a woman named Linda called me to say that a man named Charles Silva was in trouble and needed help. This man, she said, had had contact with extraterrestrials, knew some potentially important information, and was about to be deported. I told Linda, truthfully, that there was not very much I could do about that, but I was certainly interested to learn more about the case.
Recently, I learned that Charles Silva had indeed been deported. Since then, however, he and Linda have gotten married. Though he is not a U.S. citizen, she is; and they are hopeful that he will now be allowed to stay in the United States. I was invited to meet him at the home of a mutual friend near Los Angeles. Our meeting took place on Sunday, March 5.
How did he meet extraterrestrials? It began, he said, during his 1974 business trip to Peru, when he decided to take a sight-seeing drive up the Lima-Huancayo highway. At the very top, elevation 15,806 feet, Silva saw a billboard that reads (in Spanish), "Flying Saucers do Exist. UFO Contact. Greetings to you and the world." On the other side, the sign says, "Let us Prepare to Save the Human Race. UFO Contact." Silva thought this sign must be a prank. He later learned that it had been put there by a police officer, just one of many people who claimed to have seen UFOs in that area.
The next day, Silva says, he decided to ride a motorcycle into the same mountains. Stopping at a spa known for its mineral water, he noticed a very pretty, petite young woman on a huge Harley Davidson motorcyle. To his amazement, the Harley had the insignia of the Los Angeles Police Department. Silva approached the woman. "I thought she had to be either Peace Corps or maybe CIA," he says. But the woman denied such connections. When he asked how she had gotten such a motorcycle into Peru, she said, "You wouldn't believe me if I told you."
And then, Silva says, he saw a UFO overhead -- actually, a formation of three. They moved slowly into view, then left at tremendous speed a few moments later. "It was 3:00 in the afternoon, a clear day, and I was plenty sober," he says. "I know the difference between a helicopter or a plane and these UFOs." But the young woman apparently wasn't phased. Silva became more than curious. She told him she knew a lot about UFOs. He was inclined to brush her off, but couldn't resist the possiblity that this might be real. She invited him to meet her again the next day, and he agreed, having no idea what to expect.
When they met again, the woman told Silva that she herself was an extraterrestrial named Rama, from the Pleiades. She was on a mission to Earth from her nearby outpost on the Jovian moon Ganymede. If Silva was willing, she said, she would impart to him a great deal of important information.
Not surprisingly, Silva thought all of this sounded crazy. But the woman had an unusual quality he could not ignore -- and there were also the UFOs to consider. Against all common sense, he continued meeting and conversing with her for four years, until she finally disappeared in 1978. "She returned to Ganymede," he says. By that time, he was a very changed man. He told his story in a book called "Date with the Gods," first published in 1977 and republished (Living Waters Press) in 1986.
Shortly after publishing "Date With the Gods," Silva tried to contact renowned actress Shirley MacLaine for help in promoting his book. He had met her several times in the past and was, after all, a Hollywood studio agent. "I hoped she would help get me on Phil Donahue," he says. At the time, MacLaine was working on a show in Washington, DC. But the day Silva tried to contact her in person, she was unavailable. So he left a copy of his book and a note, hoping she would call.
A week later, she did call. She had just finished reading his book. As Silva tells it, MacLaine said to him, "You bastard. You beat me to it. I've been working on something like this for five years. We have to talk." And so, at her invitation, Silva flew to New York to meet her. "We talked for about twelve hours that first day," Silva says. "At the end, she told me she wanted to go to Peru with me." This was the beginning of a five year period during which, Silva says, he and MacLaine were together most of the time. "We lived together in Malibu, Las Vegas, Seattle, South America. We traveled all over the place," he says.
The result, in 1983, was the publication of MacLaine's acclaimed book, "Out on a Limb." In that book, MacLaine describes a character named David as her mentor and as her best friend. She also says that David was actually a composite character, not a real person. Not so, says Charles Silva. David and Charles Silva are one and the same.
"The original version of 'Out on a Limb' contained a lot of information about UFOs, apocalyptical doom, the plan of the Trilateralists to take over the world, and so forth," Silva says. "But Shirley's friends, including Mario Cuomo, Bella Abzug and David Rockefeller, as well as her own editor, all felt that this was too much. So they made her change it. And she divorced herself completely from me, didn't want my name attached to her at all."
Silva says he had agreed, at MacLaine's urging, to stop promoting his own book. MacLaine had said she would see to it that the message got out through "Out on a Limb." But now Silva felt betrayed. And his troubles were far from over.
In Part Two: a lawsuit establishes that Silva is "David." Silva is deported after being charged with child molestation. Based on telepathic contact with Rama, Silva says geological catastrophes, economic collapse and mass landings are imminent.
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