University of Lake Berryessa History

The Secret History of a History of Secrets

I’ve been fortunate to have been allowed to document some of the activities of the University of Lake Berryessa (ULB) over the last few years. ULB is a secretive institution of advanced research. Its history mirrors that of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) with which it has been associated since its founding.

The creation of DARPA was authorized by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958, the same year Monticello Dam was completed and Lake Berryessa began to fill. DARPA's purpose is creating and executing research and development projects to expand the frontiers of technology and science.

The University of Lake Berryessa is an important member of this stealth innovation ecosystem and is often referred to as "Area 52" in classified government documents.

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A consortium was formed early on between the Defense Advanced Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Berryessa Underground Research Program in Action (BURPA) to be designated DABURPA (with apologies to Chicago’s DABEARS superfans.)

The ULB campus encompasses several stories of underground classrooms, research laboratories, and engineering development test sites below the surface of Lake Berryessa’s Big Island. The Below the University of Lake Berryessa facilities, often referred to as the BULB by staff, itself has a very secret area, designated the "Light BULB", where the most advanced research is performed.

Clandestine construction of the top secret ULB facilities began at the same time as Monticello Dam - using the dam’s need for building materials to hide the large amount of construction debris produced and delivered to the dam site. The remainder was used to construct Goat Island

Since that time very little information about ULB’s activities have been made public. Previous confidential benefactors have included Albert Einstein, David Blaine, Steve Jobs, and recently Elon Musk, the Technoking of Tesla.

The Lake Berryessa News is grateful to the ULB staff, especially Chancellor I. Kamin Furst, for the access it has provided. Out of a sense of irony or subtle absurdity, most of the information released to the Lake Berryessa News has coincided with the April 1st holiday every year.  

2021 is the 63rd anniversary of the founding of the University of Lake Berryessa. In keeping with the university’s eclectic sense of satirical humor, this year’s anniversary has no particular significance. To honor that signicance, the University is dedicating this year to fantasy artist and engineeronaut M.C. Escher. 

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Escher building
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Maurits Cornelis Escher, "Ascending and Descending," 1960. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)


ULB, Elon Musk, Tesla: Future Thinking on Steroids

When the Techno-King of Tesla starts talking, the Quantum-Nerds of Berryessa start listening. Napa County has not yet released the names of the bidders on the Lake Berryessa resorts so it is unknown whether Musk is a financial backer in any of the bids. But now that Musk has become a prime benefactor of ULB, there may be some greater interest from him for the  region. 

ULB has been a partner in the development of some unique projects as listed above, but they have also been involved in some radical technologies such as:

Plant-eating robots: The Energy Autonomous Tactical Robot program creates robots that  feed off plants just as animals do.

Sensor plants: To control the physiology of plants in order to detect chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats. 

But that's the past. What's the future?

Solar City is a Tesla company (now part of Tesla Energy) dedicated to lowering the cost of solar energy to the normal consumer. Local solar installations are aleready replacing PG&E power around California. What if a wave of cheap solar farms and solar roofs could sweep across the Lake Berryessa region and all of Napa County? Could Musk, with the support of ULB, make Lake Berryessa a test project to take on the task of eliminating  power-caused fires in our area?

Although the Boring Company may sound like a few parties you've been to, it is very real and a tribute to the  very dry humor of Elon Musk. It constructs safe, fast-to-dig, and low-cost transportation tunnels. 

One of the problems with remote rural recreation areas such as Lake Berryessa is how to get there and back without causing heavy traffic. New roads are prohibitively expensive. But what about a series of Boring Company high speed tunnels below ground and under water to create a network among the new resorts and a regional transportation system with no impact on surface traffic?

OpenAI is an artificial intelligence research laboratory founded by Elon Musk which seeks to build a machine with human intelligence while prioritizing transparency and safety. Tesla also has a division that is developing electric boats using Tesla automotive drive train and batteries. Can you imagine a fleet of Tesla electric boats controlled by OpenAI software with Tesla Energy solar panels providing the power? You would not have to go to pick up your rental boats, they would come to you and go back to the rental agency on their own - with no gas required!



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The University of Lake Berryessa (ULB) Wins Prestigious International Award For Recreation Innovation

One of the most elite educational institutions of which you have never heard was thrown into the international spotlight on April 1, 20121 when it was acknowledged for it’s cutting edge research and design of  new recreational products - not your ho-hum zip lines or lures to trick dumb fish.

ULB is located in several state-of-the-art underground facilities below Big Island. The Below the Universtity of Lake Berryessa facilities, often refered to as the BULB by staff, itelf has a very secret area, designated the "Light BULB", where the most blue sky (blue water in this case) reseach is performed.

Over the years ULB has allowed the Lake Berryessa News access to review and publish its research. The following projects were first reported  by the Lake Berryessa News and indicate the broad range of innovation which allowed ULB to beat other competitors such as Hogwarts.

Alligators in Lake Berryessa

Bird Goes Over the Glory Hole Waterfall Without A Barrel

Floating Golf Course

Floating Indian Casino

Glory Hole: Awesome, Frightening, But Dangerous?

Glory Hole: Black Hole, Wormhole - Or Both?

Grass-Fed People to Replace Grass-Fed Beef

Indoor Ski Hill

iResorts® at the Lake

Meat Grapes & Steak Potatoes

Miniature Game Fishing

People Becoming REALLY Green to Help Our Planet

Raise the Dam, Raise the Hole, Lower the Hole, Cork the Hole?

Slower Than the Speed of Light - The Physics of Slow Glass

Solano County Water Agency CORKs Glory Hole

Tesla’s Quantum Tachyon Mirror

Triploid Trout - Big & Smart

USB Wine Delivery Is Here

Vermigen: Composting with BIG Worms

Weather Radar & Fish Finder

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