In my last two blogs, American publicist Dan Harary talked about his life, his PR company, his flirting with the famous and about sex, his rock drummer background and three of his four new books. That was in the last two encounters I had with him. This is, as it were, a close encounter of the third kind…
JOHN: So, your fourth new book… After They Came – out next Spring – aliens… Surely a movie?
DAN: Absolutely! It’s the best thing I’ve ever written.
DAN: In 2017, my dad passed away. He was my hero. He worked for the US Government for about 50 years. He invented missiles and radars and drones and satellite stuff. He always said he helped the US win the Cold War.
I’ve been studying UFO research for about 25 years. I absolutely believe there are others out there and they know all about us and the major governments in the world know all about them.
After my dad passed, I asked my mother: “Do you think dad knew about aliens and UFOs?”
My mother told me: “When he first got the job at Fort Monmouth in New Jersey, in the very earliest days, they took him into the vaults and they showed him something and he came home and he was white.”
My mother asked him: “What’s wrong?” and he goes: “I saw something remarkable. I can’t tell you what it is.”
But my mother said he was scared. He was frightened and he never spoke about it to anyone ever.
There’s no way to know what he saw. But I’m pretty sure my dad knew.
Everything he did flew. My dad invented things for the US Government that flew; they all spied on Russia, North Korea, North Vietnam I know, Cuba… That’s what he did for 50 years.
So my dad passed. I went to a diner by myself to mourn my dad and thought: Right, I love UFOs, my dad passed away. What if my dad knew about UFOs?
So I’m at the diner waiting for my sandwich and on the paper napkin on the table I started writing ideas down… and I came up with ATC.
I’m thinking like: ATC?… After They Came?… ATC. After They Came. Yeah! I like that! That was the birth of it.
The storyline is a man turns 60 years old. He hates his life. He hates his job. His children don’t speak to him anymore. He’s depressed. He commits suicide on his 60th birthday.
He swims out to sea and drowns because he doesn’t wanna live anymore.
As he’s drowning, an enormous UFO comes out of the ocean and then, right above him, beams him up into the ship and revives him. There’s two benevolent aliens on board who we learn, through reading the book, have history with this guy’s dead father.
They save the guy’s life and they present him to the world at the Dodgers’ Stadium in Los Angeles.
The UFO goes to the Dodgers’ Stadium; they beam themselves down. All the media, the cops, sirens, the ambulances are there. It’s a tribute – a cousin – to The Day The Earth Stood Still.
They basically say: People of Earth, we’re here to help you. We wanna help solve your problems. We’re benevolent. We saved this man. If you have ideas on how we can help mankind, he’s the conduit to us. We have a relationship with this guy.
So they leave; he remains behind.
Now, he just tried to kill himself…
He’s taken to the President of the United States who, in my book, is based on Oprah Winfrey. You remember a few years ago, they said Oprah was going to run for President? In my book, she’s Tameka Winfield, an African American.
She says: “Who are you? How do you know aliens? How did this happen?”
He says: “I have no idea. I haven’t the slightest idea. I don’t know.”
But she sets him up with an office at the UN.
The aliens come once every month to meet with him and they say: “How can we help mankind?”
And he’s like: Climate change… Guns… Mental illness… Disease… Water shortages… Famine… Over-population.
Every month he presents a problem and the aliens, with their technology, help to solve them.
That’s the basic premise. I don’t want to give away what happens.
JOHN: That’s a film.
DAN: It’s Close Encounters meets It’s a Wonderful Life meets The Day The Earth Stood Still and the book is coming out next March…