It occurs to me that I have never posted the transcript of the segment of the 2009 Ancient Aliens pilot that attacked me by name. The segment was brief, but the visuals really sold the show's implication that I am the spawn of Satan. Here's the transcript and the screen captures:
“But in spite of the book’s enormous popularity—or perhaps because of it…”
(Here my name inverts from black text on white to an ominous white on deep black. Across my name appear the words—which I did not write—“Erich von Daniken rides on his creaky ‘Chariots’)
“…von Daniken’s theories were scorned by scientists, and jeered at by theologians.”
(Here superimposed over my name are the words—which I did not write—“Arrival of the Gods / Maybe Not” as my article and name turned deep blood red on an ebony background, with full Satanic implications.)
Von Daniken: “Of course it created a storm of controversy. I was completely attacked, especially by the scientific newspapers. They said, ‘Come on, he’s just telling stories, or he’s a liar, or he’s a fraud, or whatever.”
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