Val Valerian, or Valdamar Valerian, was a pseudoname used by John Grace, a researcher of alien phenomena since 1969. Valerian has a degree both in Civil Engineering and Psychology and had significant input into Nippon Television investigations on alien activities, the research that stimulated the production of the 1989 KLAS award-winning program entitled ’UFO’S: THE BEST EVIDENCE’.

Grace spent 18 months in Southeast Asia from 1970-71 as a combat photographer, where he saw much UFO activity. After spending four years in England from 1980 to 1984 he gathered as much top research at his disposal and released what became known as ’The Krll Papers,’ forerunner of the 381-page book, ’The Matrix’, published in 1987.

Grace began networking with researchers worldwide and started an organization known as Nevada Aerial Research Group (NAR). In 1988 NAR began issuing a small newsletter detailing research findings. Between 1988 and 1989 Grace functioned as Nevada State Section Director for MUFON. In 1990 Grace was appointed interim Associate Director for UFO Contact Center International and was a member of the Aerial Phenomena Research Organization (APRO). By 1990, the NAR newsletter became known as ’The Leading Edge’ and has grown to a monthly 100-page publication. The massive 581 page work entitled MATRIX II was released in 1990. In April of 1991, NAR moved to Washington State and was renamed as ’Leading Edge Research Group’.


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