George Adamski with Alberto Perego (right) in Rome, 16 June 1959. (Image: Archivio Luce)

One of the Italian contacts and co-workers within the Get Acquainted Program 🔗 was Dr Alberto Perego (1903-1981). An Italian diplomat who served as Consul to many countries, he was instrumental in documenting UFO sightings in Italy and around the world in the 1950s and ’60s. Given his association with George Adamski, and because very little has been published about Dr Perego in English, it seemed appropriate to include a page about his work on this website.

Not until the publication in 2007 of Stefano Breccia’s book Contattismi di Massa (Mass Contacts 🔗, 2009) did the world learn about the Amicizia — or Friendship — Case of mass contact with well over a hundred Italians that started in 1956. Alberto Perego, author of four early books about extraterrestrial visitors in Italian, was one of several prominent Italians who was involved in this case. (See chapter 4 in Here to Help – UFOs and the Space Brothers 🔗 for a comprehensive history and the scope of the Friendship Case and some of its branches in South America.)

Photographic reconstruction made by an eyewitness to the event.

Having served as a diplomat under Benito Mussolini’s rule, Alberto Perego was forced to retire after WWII. He settled in Rome where on 6 November 1954 he was among many others who witnessed “at least a hundred” small luminous spheres forming a cross and other formations in the skies over the Vatican, a spectacle that went on for several hours, and again the next day: “I had the feeling that I had witnessed something new and supremely significant.” This sighting triggered his interest in the phenomenon of flying saucers, and his subsequent research and contacts convinced him that it was not of terrestrial origin.

In a letter to Alberto Perego of 20 April 1956, George Adamski explained: “The reason for the numerous maneuvres over Rome, such as those you witnessed on 6 November 1954, must be sought in the intention of raising people’s interest, given that Rome is the seat of the Christian religion. These impressions on the masses will affect the Holy See which will end up proclaiming the existence of these craft. This will lead the world to accept the friendly attitude of these interplanetary visitors. And no longer to consider it hostile and fearful, as it has generally been presented.” (Re-translated from Italian. See also Vatican Visit 🔗.)

His first book, Svelato il mistero dei dischi volanti – Rapporto Sull’ Aviazone Elettromagnetica (‘The mystery of flying saucers revealed – Report on Electromagnetic Aircraft’) was self-published in June 1957 and sent to his contacts who had reserved a copy. In a letter accompanying the printed copies Dr Perego writes: “Very few copies have been made and I believe it will become a rare publication. I will also be grateful to the friends who will want to share details for the next part of my ‘Report’…” In his book Perego shows he understood the profound social, political and religious implications of extraterrestrials visiting Earth, and reproduced several of Adamski’s iconic photographs of a flying saucer and a mothership. In the second, Sono Extraterrestri! (‘They are extraterrestrials!’; 1958), he published eight photographs of the interior of a flying saucer that had landed near Francavilla on the Adriatic Coast, in October 1957.

These spectacular photographs remained virtually unknown outside Italy until they appeared fleetingly in a docu-drama about the Friendship Case in 2010 (see below), and were enlarged and reproduced in Here to Help – UFOs and the Space Brothers (2011).

Alberto Perego’s knowledge of details about underground bases, interventions with respect to international crises, as well as the physical appearance and some characteristics of the morals and ethics of the space visitors that resulted from his involvement with the Friendship Case undoubtedly gave his research a rare ring of authority. That may explain why his work drew the attention of high-ranking officials such as the Italian Minister of the Armed Forces and later Prime Minister Gulio Andreotti, UK Air Chief Marshal Lord Dowding, and NATO General Alfred Gruenther.

George Adamski signing autographs in Rome, 16 June 1959, using Dr Perego’s first book as support. (Image: Archivio Luce)

Perego’s third book, L’aviazione di altri pianeti opera tra noi: rapporto agli italiani: 1943-1963) (‘Aircraft from other planets are among us – Report to Italians’, 1963; also known by the title on the front cover, Rapporto Perego sull’aviazione di altri pianeti) was dedicated to President John F. Kennedy, who also showed an interest in his research and is said to have met with Adamski on several occasions. In this book Consul Perego also published two photographs of an extraterrestrial pilot and announced his plans for another book, titled Dirò tutto (‘Telling all’). It seems he had a change of heart, though, and instead only included a short appendix with this title in his fourth and last book, Gli extraterrestri sono tornati (‘The extraterrestrials have returned’) in 1970, saying: “Either we must transform Ufology into a revolutionary political movement in order to overthrow old establishments, or we acknowledge that we must speak only when necessary, whatever our ideas may be.” This reminds us of Adamski’s space contacts telling him to use his discretion when sharing his experiences and knowledge with others, and it could indicate that Perego was told something similar upon his meeting with extraterrestrials.

After the publication of his third book in 1963 the Italian Foreign Ministry sent Dr Perego to Belo Horizonte as the Italian Consul in Brazil, where he spent his final years in forced isolation, only to come back to Rome a few times in the 1970s to speak at the occasional conference organised by his friend Eufemio del Buono 🔗, where Perego finally enjoyed some unexpected public recognition.

Alberto Perego (third from left) at an Amicizia group reunion (undated).

On 7 November 2010 he was rehabilitated with the launch of his biography, written by journalist Ivan Ceci, in the prestigious Accademia di Romania, and a comprehensive website about his research into the extraterrestrial presence, called Progetto Perego (see the promo 🔗). Unfortunately, the website did not survive for long.

Photo of an extraterrestrial pilot from L’aviazione di altri pianeti opera tra noi (1963).

In confirmation of George Adamski’s information 🔗, Alberto Perego was well aware of some of the ways the space visitors are helping humanity by keeping the planet habitable: “We must be grateful to them for the permanent dredging of our atmosphere, which, without them, would have already been irreparably contaminated by residues of our atomic explosions. We must be grateful to them for having prevented, until now, nuclear war.

“Those who have met these extraterrestrial pilots describe them as fascinating for their intelligence, dignity and sympathy, and especially for their sincere and disinterested friendship which they show and which inspires those who have met them. But what would happen if their photographs were published in our newspapers? It would result in a grotesque carnival, worthy of our stupid malignancy.” (L’aviazione di altri pianeti opera tra noi, pp.533-34)

The Friendship Case docu-drama: (2010)

(Additional source: David Lombardi)

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