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For forty years he has been looking for an answer: are there beings from another planet?

For forty years he has been looking for an answer: are there beings from another planet?

Every time a sign appears that beings from other planets may be in search of contact or taking humans to their ships, there will A. J. Gevaerd be

Luciane Belin

On April 13, one of the most emblematic cases in the history of Paraná for those who accompany the universe of ufology – the episode of the alleged abduction of brothers Jocelino and Roberto Carlos de Mattos.

On that evening, in Maringá, they were allegedly taken inside an extraterrestrial ship, in a story that came to be known as the Jardim Alvorada Case. That date shook up the routine of the Mattos brothers, but changed the life of another Maringá native, at the time with 17 years of age: Ademar José Gevaerd, or A.J. Gevaerd, as he prefers to be called.

From then on, he became one of the leading names in Brazilian ufology. Even though he was interested in the subject since he was a kid, and even held lectures in the city about the theme, it was with the case of the Mattos brothers that he intensified his correspondence with foreign experts, becoming an official source of sorts for information on the episode. “I think that the guys who exchanged letters with me had no idea I was a 17-year-old kid,” he says, amusingly.

The episode made him write his only book, which Gevaerd claims he published unknowingly: “Abductions at Maringá”.

“I had a lot of knowledge to work on that case. Then I did this, under aggressive hypnosis; a doctor would hypnotize me, and I wrote reports, sent it to these friends in the United States in English and redistributed them in Portuguese. And there someone gathered all this material and compiled a book. One day I go to my postal box, open it, and there’s a book with my name on it, published in the United States. And I have no copy of it. I had until a while ago, but I don’t have it anymore,” he remembers.

Gevaerd’s paths ever since have taken him where the alien tracks have led him, marking also the life of the ufologist’s family. His two sons, 36-year-old advertiser Daniel and 14-year-old Pedro, were born from different marriages and live in Campo Grande, where he also lived for 26 years. His daughter, Daniela, who would be 32 years old today, died in a car accident in 2015 and was a huge ufology enthusiast, just like her father, who pays tribute to her in the events he holds to discuss the subject.

An arduous labor

Every time an indication comes up that beings from other planets might be looking for contact, revealing themselves to ordinary people or taking humans inside their ships, there Gevaerd will be. “For instance, if something happens and someone calls me from Campo Mourão and tells me ‘Mr. Gevaerd, a ‘big bowl’ just landed on my cabbage plantation’, I will drop everything and rush there. When it is a case of landing, automobile chase, aeronautical case, a case in which there are physical evidences of abduction, I will drop everything and go there,” he says.

The desire to study traces of an extraterrestrial visit have carried him all over the country. In cases of great projection, such as the Varginha ET, he was there, but this is just one of the examples.

“The moments in which I was most close to these pieces of evidence were my researches in the Amazon, the agroglyphs [large circles drawn in the plantations, in farms all over the world], which we even have cases here at Prudentópolis (PR). In the Amazon, we had Operação Prato (“Operation Dish”), a research made by the Brazilian Air Force for four months in 1977 to determine the origin of light sources that were attacking people. Thousand. Four people died. The Air Force intervened, and began Operation Dish, which took pictures and recorded films,” he remembers.

In order to keep up with his curiosity, until ufology became his profession, Gevaerd used to teach English and Chemistry in preparation courses for university exams, disciplines he learned on his own. “I studied chemistry in several universities (Catholic University of Paraná, State University of Maringá, and Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul), but never graduated. In parallel to the ufology, I had a dream of becoming a scientist in the chemistry area. But ufology spoke louder, and I gave up that career. I moved to Campo Grande 20 years ago, and spent four years there teaching organic chemistry and English, but eventually I abandoned the educational career to dedicate myself solely to the magazine.”

He is referring to UFO magazine, a publication which now occupies his whole time, under whose authority he is organizing events throughout Brazil to discuss aspects such as abduction signs, studies being done in the area, and the defense that not only there is life outside the Earth, but that we have also been constantly visited by these life forms. “In our galaxy, which is only one among billions, there are approximately 200 billion stars. The sun is a star – one that has objects around it, and one of them is a planet with life. If that is a model to be used, we have 200 billion planets with life in them.”

For Gevaerd, the fact that us, Earthlings, have also tried to visit other planets is evidence that other beings, which might have a technology more evolved than man’s, should also have the same ambition.

“Our technology only allows us to hop around the corner, and with a lot of difficulty; in 100 years, we will be going to other planets around the universe, with or without life in them, and we will do the same thing they are doing here,” he says.

Matter of time

The existence of intelligent life outside the Earth may not be a fact publicly confirmed and accepted by the totality of the population, but that, according to Gevaerd, is just a matter of time. “Every time I talk to a ufologist, and ask what is the percentage of people on Earth which have already been abducted, they invariably give the figure of one percent. This is 80 million people! Even if you divide that number by ten several times, there will still be a large number of people who have already been abducted,” he says.

As long as ufology is still seen with distrust by many, he remains in Curitiba, where he has lived for 12 years, accompanying cases and demanding from the Brazilian the full disclosure of archives and registries of past cases in the country which, according to him, have been confirmed but never released to the public.

“The Brazilian government has been investigating flying saucers. If you ask them, they will admit it, but never publicize it. They have been researching it during several periods of history, the 1960s, 1980s, and now there are no more researches being done, but there is a continuous record of ufological occurrences in all cities of Brazil. (…) UFO Magazine did a campaign called “UFOs: freedom of information now”, requesting the government to open their files. It worked, we now have 20 thousand pages of documents free for public access in the national files,” he reveals.