Here are a few brief bios on some of the "players" in the Ancient Astronaut / Alien (AAA) Theory movement:
Erich von Däniken
Born on April 14th, 1935, in Zofingen, Switzerland, Erich von Däniken was educated at the College St-Michel in Fribourg, where already as a student he occupied his time with the study of the ancient holy writings. While managing director of a Swiss 5-Star Hotel, he wrote his first book, Chariots of the Gods, which was an immediate bestseller in the United States, Germany, and later in 38 other countries.
In the United States, Erich von Däniken won instant fame as a result of the television special "In Search of Ancient Astronauts," based upon his first book. In 1993, the German television station SAT-1 started a twenty-five part TV series with and by Erich von Däniken, entitled "Auf den Spuren der All-Mächtigen" (Pathways of the Gods). In 1996, the American TV company ABC/Kane produced a one-hour special, filmed all over the world, entitled Chariots of the Gods - The Mysteries Continue. This film was broadcast on the ABC network on September 26th 1996. In 1996/97 ABC/Kane produced another documentary with Erich von Däniken (seen on the Discovery Channel). In Germany, the biggest TV network, RTL, showed the film on November 26th, 1996. 7,7 million viewers in Germany alone watched the program. Today, Erich von Däniken continues his filming with ABC and RTL.
Erich von Däniken's latest book just translated and now published is The Gods Were Astronauts: Evidence of the True Identities of the Old 'Gods". In this book Erich von Däniken investigates a mystery that has fascinated humankind for millennia: who, or what, were the Gods described in ancient stories? Von Däniken has exhaustively researched and analyzed the great world religions, their myths and belief structures, in an effort to find an answer to this question. His extraordinary conclusion? The Gods were not metaphysical beings born of humanity's overactive imagination, but extraterrestrials who left traces of their presence everywhere on Earth.
Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
Giorgio A. Tsoukalos is the star and Consulting Producer of ANCIENT ALIENS - THE SERIES (2010) and publisher of Legendary Times Magazine, the only Ancient Astronaut publication in the world. Giorgio is the real-life Indiana Jones and he is changing the way the world thinks about the Ancient Astronaut Theory.
For over 12 years, Giorgio A. Tsoukalos has been the Director of Erich von Daniken's Center for Ancient Astronaut Research(A.A.S. R.A. - Archaeology, Astronautics and SETI Research Association). He is also the publisher of Legendary Times Magazine, the world's only and definitive Ancient Astronaut research journal.
As the world's leading Ancient Astronaut expert, Giorgio has starred in and appeared on The History Channel, the Travel Channel, the National Geographic Channel, the Sci-Fi Channel,Coast to Coast AM, and many other international television and radio programs such as UFO HUNTERS and ANCIENT ALIENS reporting about the latest discoveries in the Ancient Astronaut field.
In 2010, Tsoukalos starred in and was the Consulting Producer for The History Channel's very successful 6-episode ANCIENT ALIENS: THE SERIES which was produced by Prometheus Entertainment.ANCIENT ALIENS is the best and most compelling Ancient Astronaut documentary ever made next to when CHARIOTS OF THE GODS came out as a movie in 1972. ANCIENT ALIENS features the world's top Ancient Astronaut experts such as Erich von Daniken, Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, David H. Childress, Buzz Aldrin, Robert Bauval, Graham Hancock, Bill Birnes, Christopher Dunn, Michael Cremo, Dr. Robert Schoch, Dr. Steven Greer, Linda Moulton-Howe, George Noory, Peter Fiebag, Dr. Algund Eenboom, Philip Coppens, Nick Pope, Dr. Luis Navia, Rev. Barry Downing, Dr. Uwe Apel, Rodney Dale, and many others.
Tsoukalos has traveled the world extensively (54 countries ...and counting). Today, he is one of a few people who have actually visited and explored nearly all the mysterious places our planet has to offer.