Yup, I think he thinks it is real.
Do aliens exist? I don't know, I haven't seen anything flying around that I could not explain. When I saw something unusual I ask others, especially those that worked at the air base that was here. They had some weird looking craft around here sometimes and the pilots I knew just said it was one of theirs when I explained it. They would not tell me what it was though, I suppose it was classified. Some guys I know saw something over the mine when they were working back in the sixties, it hovered over the mine and sort of looked like an alien craft. The one guy said many guys saw it and decided it was one of our governments secret craft so they did not blab about what they saw except to close friends and relatives. It got around the mine pretty much but not too much out into public on the media. The media back then would not post things like that either, it might jeopardize our base here which really was good for our economy.
I doubt if there are aliens from outside of this solar system if they exist. They are probably from earth. An advanced race of beings that are based here on earth is much more possible. They could cloak an area so we couldn't see their city easily, in fact our government is close to discovering how to do this now. If they had even a hundred years more advancement, can you immagine what they could do. Our government also has stuff invented that we are not allowed to know about, what technology they release is older technology that they feel they are able to trust us with. I could invent a lot of stuff but thinking of how someone could misuse or weaponize it makes me want to ignore inventing things. I am going to try to make some energy creating technology, but won't release the technology to anyone. It does not need to get into the hands of many yoopers, they will try to increase the power and then it becomes dangerous or bad on the environment. Robbing a little energy from the magnetic field won't bother much or taking a little energy off a few trees to light the yard won't hurt them. But I know many people who will go nuts and kill all the trees.