Man Claims To Be From the Year 2749, Makes Alarming Prediction
| LAST UPDATE 03/22/2022
When Al Bielek saw The Philadelphia Experiment, it unlocked memories from his past that had long been suppressed. But with his memory restored, he felt he had to speak his truth - no matter the cost.
Where It All Began
As long as Al Bielek could remember, he stood out from whatever crowd he was in. Born in 1927, he spent his childhood years like other kids his age, surrounded by family and friends. However, something was off.
For example, Al had peculiar memories from his infancy. He recalled a moment as a baby when he sat in a room full of adults. Despite his young age, he clearly understood what they were talking about - something unheard of for his age. But other memories weren't as clear...
But for everyone around him, Al's memory was like no other. In fact, it was so powerful that he gained a second name at school: "walking encyclopedia." To Bielek, it was just his memory - it would take decades more for him to understand just how powerful his mind was.
When Al was almost 60, he and his family went to the theatres to watch The Philadelphia Experiment upon its release. The plot felt all too familiar for Al: it told the story of real-life events that people struggled to believe due to their out-of-this-world nature.
The Military Plan
Specifically, The Philadelphia Experiment loosely retold the events of a highly classified government initiative that dated back to the Second World War - 1943 to be precise. Researchers, Pentagon staff, and high-ranking military officials all teamed up to try and make Navy ships untraceable to the enemy eye.
The whole experiment hung on the success of this one device that would block ships from being detected by radar transmissions. But when the crew of scientists finally flipped the switch and turned the device on, it worked in a way that no one could have predicted.
Not Just a Hollywood Plot
But this wasn't a fictional blockbuster - as mentioned earlier, the movie was loosely based on events that did happen! The tests occurred on the USS Eldridge, but due to their classified nature, not many people knew about it at the time. And the device was finally put to use on October 28th, 1943.
But just like in the film, the group of people overseeing the experiment was shocked by the events that followed. According to witnesses, the enormous ship quickly became enwrapped by a "strange, green-tinged fog." It was safe to say that was not the intended outcome of the experiment.
Gone in a Flash
As if the ominous fog wasn't enough, what came next shocked bystanders to their core. In what seemed like a second, there was a bright flash of blue light, and when it dissipated, onlookers were shocked to find the enormous ship had seemingly vanished.
Sure, the government had wanted to make USS Eldridge invisible to the enemy's eye, but through radar manipulation - not whatever had just seemingly happened! The ship eventually emerged once more, but something truly shocking had taken place during those moments of mystery.
At first, there was a wave of relief upon the bystanders seeing the ship return seemingly in the same condition before the bizarre disappearance. But that quickly washed away as the people who were aboard the Eldridge started sharing their unexplainable symptoms. Confusion, dizziness, and psychosis were just the start.
The Philadelphia Experiment showed this all, in addition to the bizarre occurrence of one ship member finding himself fused to the ship's metal frame. Those in the theatre couldn't believe what they were witnessing, but Al didn't seem to flinch. He felt the whole plot was familiar - was it a distant memory?
What Al thought would be a fun blockbuster family outing ended up turning his reality upside down. He left the theatre with the unflappable feeling like the science fiction film he'd just watched was somehow connected to his life. It was safe to say that he felt completely consumed by his thoughts.
His concerns only strengthened when he started to see flashes of vivid memories. These were not snippets of dreams - they were crystal clear in Bielek's mind. But the contents of these memories were unexplainable to him, and he began to question himself on more than one occasion. What was the meaning of this all?
Making Sense of It All
Bielek continued to grapple with these all-consuming thoughts, desperate for clarity. Having accepted that they weren't going anywhere, he became determined to understand their origin and overall purpose. Were they real? And why was he only remembering them now?
From shrinks to neuro experts, Bielek exhausted every field of expertise in his quest to understand his flashbacks - even seeking memory retrieval therapy. And to his surprise, he was seeing progress. He was closer than ever to understanding the big picture. But his final realization wouldn't be an easy pill to swallow.
His Big Revelation
So here it was: Bielek came to the understanding that his flashbacks truly were unlocked memories. And they were the key that opened his eyes to his true identity. That's right, Al Bielek wasn't Al Bielek at all - or at least, that's what his big epiphany revealed to him.
Rather, he understood that his name was Edward Cameron, born in 1916. So why did he grow up under the name Al Bielek? That would all be due to the American government, who sent him to live with his childhood family as part of a highly classified mission. But this was just the beginning...
Speaking His Truth
Having uncovered these epiphanies, there was no looking back. He spoke of his memories at the Mutual UFO Network Conference in Texas back in 1990. While his memories didn't have anything to do with outer space, per se, he enthusiastically told the crowd his gripping story and the alleged cover-up.
As Bielek remembered it, he and his brother Duncan Cameron enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1939. He spoke of the leaders in government research at the time - names like John Hutchinson, John von Neumann, Nikola Tesla, and others. And four years after enlisting, Al and his brother were instructed to board the fateful ship.
Fact, Not Fiction
While they at first may have been expecting to hear about UFO theories, Bielek had his conference audience at the edge of their seats. He explained that The Philadelphia Experiment was real: a government cover-up that he had been a victim of. The U.S. had planned to create technology to bypass enemy ships without detection!
The mission itself had frightened the crew members aboard to their core. But rather than panic, Al and his brother hurled themselves off the ship - except they didn't escape to the sea's icy refuge. They found themselves locked in time and space. And then, everything went dark...
Eventually, Bielek came to, and he found himself in strange surroundings. He awoke in a patient bed in an unfamiliar hospital. Nothing was recognizable to Al - except for one familiar face: His brother's. But the relief quickly turned to worry when he noticed the radiation burns that covered both of their bodies.
But not only was the location unfamiliar, so was the date: They weren't in 1943 anymore. "We arrived in [the year] 2137 in pretty bad shape," the unsuspecting time traveler recalled. "We wound up in hospitals for around a month." It took some questioning, but Al eventually pieced together what had happened.
Putting the Pieces Together
Getting accustomed to his bizarre surroundings was no small feat. After all, the last thing that Bielek remembered was jumping into the sea. And somehow, he and his brother jumped ahead nearly two centuries in time. How could something of that nature occur? Luckily, the doctors and nurses provided some answers.
Doubting his own sanity, Al had the hospital staff confirm it was indeed 2137. Not only were they able to do so, but they also revealed the changes that had happened since 1943. According to Bielek, the medical staff "told us about various events and showed [him] some maps of the altered United States."
Doctors and nurses patiently explained that not only had the United States changed socially since Bielek last knew it in 1943, but it changed physically as well. It wasn't the sprawling country that Al had once known, and he quickly understood just how much had happened in the 194 years he'd somehow managed to skip.
California, Oregan, and Washington were no more. And neither was Florida. These coastal states had long been washed away by rising sea levels. In fact, Atlanta, Georgia, was now neighboring the Atlantic ocean! It was a lot for Bielek to wrap his head around - but just a month and a half later, he jumped through time once again.
612 Years Later
Just as he was getting his bearings in 2137, Al soon found himself catapulted to the year 2749. He awoke with just as much confusion as he had the first time around. But luckily he at least knew that time-traveling had taken place. However, that was the only ounce of familiarity. He couldn't believe what he was seeing!
He awoke once more in a hospital. However, this one was far more developed in terms of state-of-the-art technology. There, he received "vibrational and light treatment therapies" by professionals employing "advanced surgical material" to cope with the side-effects of two rounds of time travel.
Taking It All in
While confined to his hospital quarters, Al was still able to clock some serious changes around him. For example, while watching the television in his room, he made a unique observation. "I don't recall there was a single soap opera on the air," he recalled, rather, it was news and history shows. What else had changed?
It took some time, but Bielek soon came to recognize the new medical technology that surrounded him in the hospital. But, confined to the medical facility, he couldn't help but wonder how much had changed beyond the hospital's four walls. But even his wildest guesses weren't close to wait awaited him.
Living in the Future
The first time Bielek jumped forward to 2137, he grappled with all the advancements compared to his simple life in 1943. But 2749? It was a whole different ball game. Nearly every aspect of daily life was unrecognizable. But Al claimed he spent two years in the far away future, giving him time to adapt.
One thing that really helped him get acquainted with his new normal was his job as a tour guide. There, he became familiar with life in 2749. For example, Al learned that planet Earth was governed by a "synthetic computer system" that allowed people to communicate with their minds. But that was just the start...
However, the changes weren't all good. Bielek learned that the majority of the advancements he saw were due to two catastrophic wars. According to Al, one of them was fought "between the Russians and the Chinese," and the other saw America and all of Europe go head-to-head.
The consequences of these battles shook Bielek to his core. Of the 7.7 billion people that once lived on planet Earth, in 2749, only 300 million remained. And the majority of those still around were living under strict army regulations. And the United States was no exception.
Money in 2749
Billions of lives lost, countries that were no more: it was all a lot for Bielek to wrap his head around. But what shocked him the most was how much finances changed compared to 1943. In subsequent speeches, he told crowds about how coins and bills were a notion of the past in 2749. There was a totally new notion of currency.
Rather than carrying funds around in person, Al described how the people of the future participated in a form of trading system - where people could exchange items with one another. Plus, humans had also developed an anti-gravity machine! The developments were endless, Bielek explained to the masses.
Cities in the Sky
These were no moon boots or rocket packs. Bielek explained that by "controlling the laws of gravity," a large portion of society actually lived in the air. In fact, entire cities floated at incredible heights – some reaching up to two miles in the sky!
And life in the clouds had far fewer restrictions. These cities were able to roam freely thanks to the central computer system that programmed life on planet Earth. But while these futuristic cities in the air experienced life without borders, lower-class citizens remained with their feet firmly rooted on the ground.
Questioning the System
Coming from his former life back in 1943, Bielek couldn't fathom how much society had changed. How had technology grown to be an authoritative figure before these people's very eyes? Al asked his futuristic peers for an explanation, but the confusion was mutual.
As it turned out, prior to Al's line of questioning, the people of 2749 weren't asking themselves how they ended up with a technology-controlled life. To them, it was the "new norm" due to the extreme power of AI. But there was nothing normal about it to Bielek - he was very distraught.
Jumping Back Centuries
Lucky for Bielek, the future wasn't his forever home. He and his brother traveled once again through time - this time, they traveled backward, landing in the year 1983. They were greeted by government officials who were conspiring about what the brothers had seen in their time travels.
Al and his brother were sworn to secrecy by the feds. And on top of it, they were informed they were to be deployed once again to time travel on behalf of the U.S. government. However, as it turned out, the government scheme proved to be flawed. Bielek grew concerned...
Schemes Upon Schemes
With Al and his brother's mission at a standstill, the U.S. agents began to doubt Bielek's ability to keep his mouth shut. Would he spill his findings to the world and expose this top-secret mission? It wasn't something the government could risk. And so a new plan was hatched...
A now seasoned time traveler, Bielek wasn't daunted by the idea of another mission. "There is a slight feeling when you are going through space-time. The first trip you make can be quite nauseating, and after that, you sort of get used to it," he reflected. However, this next mission wouldn't be like the others...
A New Identity
The agents lied to Al, telling him that his next mission would be in the future. But instead, Bielek was catapulted back decades - and it had a price. The further back he went, his identity "regressed out of existence." And when he awoke in his birth year of 1927, he was no longer Edward Cameron. He was Al Bielek.
Not only did he lose his identity, but he lost his brother and co-space traveler as well. His brother was throttled to the future and was never seen again. On top of it all, all of Al's past memories - the mission, the experiment, his brother - were wiped from his brain. At least, that was the government's aim...
Recovering the Truth
The objective of the U.S. government was clear: wipe all memory of Edward Cameron, in addition to his secret time-traveling activity in order to ensure details of their highly classified mission never saw the light of day. But, it backfired - Bielek eventually recalled everything and was ready to talk.
It wasn't easy, but eventually, Al had pieced together the story and started sharing it with crowds. He felt it was his duty to warn society of the future - the violence, destruction, and most importantly, the fact that artificial intelligence posed a huge threat to society. But he was interrupted by a tragic incident...
A Sudden Passing
Having devoted decades to educating the masses about his experiences, the world felt a profound loss when Al passed away in 2007. To this day, he remains the most prolific alleged time-traveler of modern times. His stories inspired the research and development of countless conspiracy theories.
But, while hoards of people took every word Al spoke as the truth, he had some skeptics as well - mainly in the public eye. The U.S. government, esteemed historians, and researchers alike have all made their cases to debunk Bielek's claims. But his story lives on - especially in pop culture.
Ties to 'Stranger Things'
While The Philadelphia Experiment may not be familiar to all, chances are that Stranger Things has appeared on one's Netflix homepage. It first made waves in 2016 and has since become an international phenomenon. But to the surprise of many, this shows too was vaguely based on a reported government experiment gone awry.
Creators of the show, Matt and Ross Duffer, broke it down: "We wanted the supernatural element to be grounded in science in some way," they said. And it was - the show's original name was set to be Montauk - based on the infamous gossip and rumors surrounding the Montauk Project.
The CIA Experiment
The story goes like this: it's widely believed by many that back in the 1980s, the government was involved in highly classified experiments. And the test samples? People - just like Al. However, due to the memory wiping Bielek experienced, he had no recollection.
A film, The Montauk Project, sought to tell the story. As the creators put it: "experiments... were conducted on nearly 100,000 people over the course of about 10 years. Kidnappings... time travel, mind control, and extraterrestrial contact are all said to have occurred at Camp Hero."
Al vs. Eleven
Just like as Al recalled, the character Eleven in Netflix's Stranger Things was nothing but a prop used by U.S. officials for their secret experiments. And they both were victims of memory wiping. While Al was meant to forget his part in the Philadelphia Experiment, Eleven was meant to forget details of her involvement too…
Many who believed in the Montauk Project saw connections in the thriller show that had captured America's attention. For example, it was rumored that a number of children had been kidnapped for testing back in the 1980s. Hence Eleven's name, hinting that there were ten other kids just like her... at least...
Will History Repeat Itself?
As we know, it took Bielek decades to recover his memories. And it was all thanks to a decision to watch The Philadelphia Experiment as a family. Thanks to the movie, he was able to look back and recall vital details about his time spent in the future and share the information with the world.
And if a movie was all it took, could that mean that Netflix's Stranger Things could have the same impact on a different unsuspecting viewer? Could there be another memory-wiped CIA experiment victim binging the show at this very moment? Only time will tell...