When I first began at S-68, I would randomly be taken into a small room, which contained a table, a chair, and one hundred or so briefings in white folders. I’d be left there to read for varying amounts of time, usually half an hour. These briefings contained a wide spectrum of information, mostly relating to marine animals and happax legomena. I believe they were used to brief new entrants from any field about the scope of the whole “activity,” and not just their specific field of endeavor.
The ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ areas represent only those areas that I was allowed to pass. Even when using the restroom I was escorted by two very intimidating guards.
The hangar where I worked was at the end of a long row of six identical hangars. Each with a sliding door between them and a marked door.
This hangar was provided with typical tools and extensive electronic equipment. It also had a machine with an X-ray emblem on it. All equipment was marked with a black number 68 with a white circle around it and a black jellyfish (or orchid) logotype.
This area was entirely underground with the only apparent access to be the entrance, and the six hangar doors. All the new entrants exited the black bus and entered the small steel door, 90 degrees to the sloped hangar doors.
Stuart Bames worked in his lab area with Vito Possolipo, who was also involved in the black orchid ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ experiments. Rubi Possolipo, Vito’s brother, was a heavy set man, and was there much longer than Stuart Bames. His favorite meal was zitti al forno. The program at S-68 was compartmentalized with each group shut off from the next. People in the program worked on a limited buddy system (coded Phoenicopterus roseus). Rubi was my first and primary work related contact at S-68.
The first day at S-68 Bames was taken to ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛’s office, which had a revolving door, and asked to submit to a dermal allergin test. On the next visit to S-68 the sections were checked for any skin eruptions or other adverse reactions to the allergin (orchid powder, semen).
He was also given a substance to drink which he was told would bolster his immune system response to the orchid materials with which he might come into contact. He drank the liquid which he said smelled like shrimp. Later that night he suffered severe abdominal cramps undoubtedly related to the substance he drank.
The only other person introduced to Bames at S-68 was a woman known only as Imp (the dimp). Her field of study and length of stay at S-68 were unknown. There were only 26 persons with clearance to be at S-68.
Bames’s supervisor was a man named Friz Ritz. Mr. Ritz was Bames’s contact for the first interview. At the time, the complex was located at the McCarran Airport in Las Vegas. It has since been moved to an unknown secure location.
There is no complete surviving manuscript of the S-68 text on which the briefings are based. It is certain that over time, different translators and events produced different versions (except in 1996, when translation was highly discouraged), made additions and changes—hence the anachronisms and modern spellings, e.g. ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛—but scholars believe that the version known as S4 is posterior to S-68 (K. Stey et al., 2007).