In June 1920, then 16 year old Albert Coe was on a canoeing vacation in Ontario with his companion Rod. Alone at the time, Coe heard the muffled cry while clambering to the top of an outcropping of rocks in remote and rough terrain on the Mattawa River.
Looking around, Coe could see no one, so he let out a yell. Slightly to his right and ahead came an answer.
Oh help me, I’m down here.
As Coe rescued this person, he began to notice some peculiarities. The stranger was dressed in a silver-gray, jumper type suit. On this suit was an instrument panel with all manner of knobs and panels upon it.
After helping this stranger up from the cliff which he had fallen over, Coe talked the man into allowing him to assist the man in making his way back to the plane the stranger had used to make his way into the woods where Coe had found him.
Coe’s description of the plane is as followed:
A round silver disc, about 20' in diameter, was standing on three legs in the form of a tripod, without propellor, engine, wings or fuselage.
I was musing over its lack of windows and portholes and wondered how he could see out, unless they were over on the other side. Just then, the perimeter edge began to revolve. At first it gave off a low whistling sound, picked up speed mounting to a high-pitched whine, finally going above the audible capabilities of the ear.
With that, the craft flew off.
Coe returned to his normal life for a time. About six months after this encounter, Coe received a note from Xretsim setting up a meeting at the McAlpin Hotel, Ottawa.
These aliens really seem to have an attraction for hotel rooms. Coe had many more meetings with this stranger, who called himself Zret for short, often with Zret driving a very human car. Zret would eventually reveal to Coe that he was a part of a group of extraterrestrials who came from both Mars and Venus. This group of aliens had infiltrated every major nation on the Earth.
Again, according to Zret, they had some sort of mission here that was dependent upon some event they were hoping to stave off.
Coe meet with Zret and others of his kind for many years to come, but seemingly never again saw any more unusual planes.
Although the experiences of Coe date back to 1920 and would unfold over many decades, it was not until the late 1970s that he would fully reveal everything he knew.
A self-published book, The Shocking Truth, would impart a limited version of his encounters in 1969, and he would speak extensively with Dr. Berthold Schwarz in 1977. Widely respected UFO researcher,
?What is interesting, if true, is that Coe’s account would lend a great deal of credence to the Ancient Astronaut Theory, it would all but confirm it.
As he was exploring the rocky terrain along the banks of the Mattawa River in Ontario in June 1920, sixteen year old Coe distinctly heard cries of: Help me! Coming from somewhere below him. He was holidaying with his family, and had decided to do some exploring along the river before meeting up with his family to go canoeing later in the day.
Now he surveyed his surroundings, looking for the origin of the pleas for assistance. He shouted out in an effort for the person to call out again. They did, stating they were below him.
I still couldn’t see anyone, and had walked around 25 yards in the direction of the voic,e when I came to a 5' wide cleft in the base rock that ran diagonally toward the river.
Wedged down this narrow crevice was a young man with his blond head some 30" from the surface!
The stranger appeared to be injured, quite severely in fact.
Coe could see he only had one arm free, but despite his best efforts, he could not pull the man up.
Using his considerable rope, knife and general survival skills, Coe made a lever of sorts and was successful in eventually wedging the man free from tight gap, and up to safety.
Coe could see his legs were badly cut and injured, and he was unable to walk unaided.
The injured man asked Coe if he had any water. He used his hat to scoop some from the river, which the stranger drank appreciatively. Coe also did his best to dress his wounds using his bandana. It was while he was doing this that he began to notice little peculiarities about his new friend.
He was wearing an odd silver-grey, tight jumper-type garment that a sheen of silk to it. It had a leathery feel without a belt or visible fasteners attached, but just under the chest was a small instrument panel!
The panel itself appeared broken, mangled somewhat in the stranger’s fall.
Wondering why this person was alone in the middle of nowhere, dressed in such strange attire, the young Coe pointedly asked him where he was from, and what he was doing.
The Mattawa River where Albert claimed his initial encounter took place in the summer of 1920.
The man replied that he had a plane parked nearby, and had come down to the river to do some fishing. A quick look of the surroundings would reveal to Coe there was indeed a fishing rod and other paraphernalia associated with the pastime. He had slipped when loose rocks revealed the opening into which he fell. Hoping against hope, he cried out so that a passer by might hear him, even describing Coe’s response and assistance as a miracle!
Coe thought perhaps the man had banged his head, finding it hard to imagine how anyone would be able to land a plane, aviation was still in its infancy, on this rocky terrain.
Slowly the man began to regain a certain amount of use of his legs, and began to thank Coe for his assistance but didn’t wish to trouble him further.
Coe protested, and offered to help him to his plane, a proposal that although was politely declined, gave Coe the feeling it made the stranger uncomfortable in some way.
Regardless, it soon became apparent that he could not walk unaided, and he thanked Coe for his offer of help and accepted, as he did so, he asked to Coe to make a promise to him.
He finally gave in, but on condition of a promise, asking for my solemn word that I would not divulge to anyone, not even my partner, anything that had taken place today….or what I might see.
The enigmatic gentleman informed Coe that his father had designed a new type of plane that was still at the experimental stage and highly secret. As he would sometimes help his father with his work, he was allowed to use the aircraft on occasion. He stated that at some point in the future, he would elaborate to Coe more about this work.
Coe helped the stranger to his plane, eventually coming to a clearing along the river bank around seventy to 0' wide.
There, in front of him, stood the apparently top secret vehicle.
A round, silver disk, about 20' in diameter, was standing on three legs in the form of a tripod, without propeller, engine, wings, or fuselage.
The underside of the craft, which was no more than 4' from the ground, was separated into three compartments, which were revealed when the stranger pressed a button which released a short ladder.
Coe assisted him onto the ladder, and when told to do so, give him a push upwards and into the vehicle.
The mysterious gentleman turned and thanked Coe, telling him he would see him again and wouldn’t forget his kindness. He also instructed him to stand well back, so that he would not be hurt when he took off.
This last point is perhaps quite interesting. As trivial as it seems, it is something that many people who claim contact extraterrestrial beings often feel it important enough to add this instruction into their accounts, suggesting it was something that genuinely was stressed to them by whatever being they were communicating.
Coe did as instructed, heading back to a predetermined safe distance away, near a clearing in the trees.
He wrote in his book of the take-off:
I was musing over its lack of windows or portholes, and was wondering how he could see out, unless they were on the other side. Just then, the perimeter edge began to revolve. At first it gave off a low whistling sound, picked up speed mounting to a high pitched whine, finally going above the audible capabilities of the ear.
At that time, I experienced a throbbing sensation that was felt rather than heard. It seemed to compress me within myself. As it lifted a few feet above the ground, it paused with a slight fluttering, the legs folded into the recesses as it swiftly rose with the effortless ease of thistledown caught in an updraft of air, and then it was gone.
Coe would later describe the events as leaving him with the uneasy feeling of witnessing something that doesn’t actually exist.
It would be 6 months before he would see the mysterious stranger again.
Did a race of extraterrestrials called the Norcans leave their dying world in huge carriers 14,000 years ago, heading for Earth?
A note had found its way to Albert around six months later.
It requested a meeting with him at the McAlpine Hotel in Ottawa, and claimed to be from someone going by the name of Xretsim. Intrigued and already wondering if this person was the mysterious pilot he had encounters along the river bank in the summer, Coe willingly went along.
As soon as he walked into the lobby of the McAlpine Hotel, did the stranger himself walk up to him, his hand outstretched and a warm, friendly look on his face. As the two shook hands however, he felt a strange sensation, which was revealed to him to have come from a small device in the man’s hand.
Coe would later explain to Dr. Berthold Schwarz that the device registered Vibrational frequency of his body, the data from which could be shown on a television-like screen elsewhere.
According to Coe, now his frequency was on the database, his every move was monitorable.
He would state:
They did this to make sure I’d keep my promise!
Asking how he should pronounce his name, the stranger replied:
Just call me Zret for now.
Interestingly or not, and weather Coe realized it or not, Xretsim is simply Mister X backwards.
The two men exchanged pleasantries for a while, and genuinely enjoyed the other’s company. Although Coe had millions of questions he wished to ask, he held back for reasons he couldn’t fully explain, other than feeling it wasn’t the correct time.
Zret would end the meeting by telling Coe he would not see or hear from him for the next several months, however, following that, he wished to take his new friend on a fishing trip where they could talk more.
It was a promise he would keep, and several months later in May 1921, the two men began a series of meetings that would span five decades, and result in one of the most fascinating tales of the 20th century, and eventually, the details of Zret’s mission would be fully revealed to Coe.
Zret was part of a small group of extraterrestrial beings who were essentially monitoring Earth’s advances. While here, he doubled as an electronic engineering student. Although his people’s presence went back thousands of years, this particular mission began in 1904, when 100 people such as himself, infiltrated every major nation of the planet, as small groups of technicians, to observe and evaluate each step of humanity’s advancement.
According to Zret, the conversion of inventive genius to ever more greater devices of destruction, would result in weapons used for mass slaughter, and it was this that had influenced the latest mission.
More specifically, human beings were on the verge of discovering the secrets of the atom, which if not controlled, would be disastrous.
Further meetings and conversations between the two men would result in ever more detailed accounts. He would state his civilization came from a planet named Norca, which orbited Tau Ceti, a star around eleven light from our Sun and, interestingly or not, very similar to our own.
Around 14,000 years ago, the planet began to experience a dehydration ultimately making life there impossible. They located our Sun and established it was similar to theirs, and sent a small team to explore the planets.
Interestingly, according to Coe, Zret would state that brief contact was made with Cro-Magnon humans during this visit, and that bases were also established on Venus and Mars.
Following their return from the trial mission, the evacuation began. A total of 62 huge carrier ships would take a total of 243,000 Norcans to their new home. However the journey would prove disastrous, with all but one of the carrier vessels being drawn into the Sun, while the remaining sole surviving craft crash landed on Mars, killing almost 1500 of 5000 plus on board.
They would spend, as a race, almost 1000 years on Mars, managing to survive the harsh environment.
According to the account told to Coe:
Successive generations of Norcans progressed to the point of being able to send two huge carriers to more welcoming terrain. One would go to Venus to study its peculiar atmosphere, while the other, carrying the vast majority of their people, would settle on Earth.
Furthermore, their people would interbreed with indigenous Earth people, who, according to Coe’s information, were all dark haired and dark eyed. Only when the interbreeding between the two races occurred did blond hair, blue or green eyes and particularly fairer complexions begin to appear.
Interestingly, the locations offered to their settlements and the alleged point in time it occurred would lead some people to draw connections to this apparent mystery civilization and the legends of Atlantis.
Zret, according to Coe, stated that there is still a Norcan base on Venus, and that they still regularly conduct experiments on Mars due to its thin atmosphere which make it an ideal laboratory.
While humans, with the aid of protective suits and internally sealed living space, essentially a base, would be able to survive the otherwise hostile environment of Mars, it is hard to imagine us, or any lifeform similar to us, as Zret and Norcans appear to be, being able to overcome the intense heat, thick atmosphere and vastly greater internal pressure of Venus.
However, it is routinely mentioned by people with alleged contact with extraterrestrials.
It is perhaps worth noting of some of the highland territory on the planet, as well as the fact that most agree, Venus, like Mars, was likely at one stage in history, very Earth like. Given the obviously advanced technology that a civilization who can travel the stars must have, that the environment on Venus, particularly on the highlands where it shouldn’t be as severe, could be overcome with such technology?
It is an interesting notion, as is the account relayed by Albert Coe.
He never did breathe a word of his meetings with Zret until the late 1950s, when he was given permission to inform his wife of his lifelong friendship and the stories behind it. She would find it hard to take in at first.
As the 1960s progressed, still regularly meeting with Zret, Coe was asked to detail some of his experiences on talk radio and in the form of the self published book, and would eventually give his 90 minute definitive interview to the aforementioned Schwarz in 1977.
What should we make of the account? While it is certainly possible to be a hoax, it is hard to see what he had to gain from such wild claims. There were no large book contracts, he self published his book, a lot trickier then than now. And while his name is known in UFO circles, he certainly didn’t achieve any type of fame or notoriety.