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Culture Introduction to the UFO Festival

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Galacticon & Sci-fi Film Fest 22 International UFO Museum featured speakers

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Roswell Incident with featured speakers

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Events Schedule of events, including Fourth of July

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History Roswell in 1947

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Thursday, June 29, 2017 Volume 22, Issue 6 Publisher: Barbara Beck Interim Editor: Jeff Tucker Editor: Christina E. Stock Ad Design: Sandra Martinez, Mary Morgan Columnists: Donald Burleson, John LeMay Roswell Daily Record Copy Editors: Misty Choy, Katy Ross, Keilee Templeman Get in touch with us online Facebook: PecosVisionMagazine Twitter: twitter.com/PecosVision Instagram: visioncstock Email: vision@rdrnews.com www: rdrnews.com/category/vision-magazine For advertising information, call 622-7710 Correspondence: Vision Magazine welcomes correspondence, constructive criticism and suggestions for future topics. Mail correspondence to Vision Magazine, P.O. Drawer 1897, Roswell, N.M. 88202-1897 or vision@rdrnews.com

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The crash that echoed around the world The 70th anniversary of the UFO crash draws national and international attention to Roswell By Christina Stock Vision Editor

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o you believe aliens crashed in 1947 outside of Roswell? That is the big question scientists and researchers ask while the U.S. government has been denying the incident ever since. The festival celebrating the mystery has been growing over the years, inviting serious scientists and researchers to share their opinions and knowledge at the International UFO Museum and Research Center. Last year, the Roswell Daily Record joined in with its event, the Roswell Incident, focusing on the journalistic aspects. The Daily Record broke the story on the front page of its edition on July 8, 1947. A different group joining the research aspects is challenging the idea of aliens. The Challenges to ET Conferences at the Roswell Mall has speakers who present different points of view pertaining to UFOs, including alternative

theories of UFO origins and religious aspects. Let us take a step into the past, into the mentality and trustworthiness of those involved in the crash, which is now known as the Roswell incident. Locals usually wouldn’t flinch or wonder if they saw an unidentified flying object zooming over the vast high desert surrounding Roswell in 1947. After all, Roswell city folks and ranchers were used to rockets and strange experimental airplanes ever since Charles Lindbergh advised rocket scientist Robert H. Goddard in 1930 to move to the sleepy town. Without Goddard’s experiments, there wo uld h ave be e n no flight to the moon, making Roswell “the cradle of America’s space exploration.” If you want to know more about Goddard, visit the Roswell Museum and Art Center. Its Robert H.

Goddard Planetarium is going to have out-ofthis-world laser shows throughout the festival. The museum itself has recreated the shop of Goddard with his original tools and rocket displays. The wide-open space, favorable weather conditions and remoteness of Southeast New Mexico was — and still is — ideal for aircraft training and experiments. The U.S. military moved in to build the Roswell Army Airfield and a base in 1941. When its military experiments went haywire, only cacti and startled livestock were disturbed. The airfield turned to one of the most elite U.S. Air Fields whose crews were trained on the Boeing B-29 Superfortress. The crew responsible was the 509th Bombardment group. They were responsible for testing and delivering the atomic bomb. Only the 509th group was trained for this.

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“Alien” visitors at the UFO Festival. As in any small town with an airbase, civilians were working on base, military members were out in the town frequently visiting the clubs and restaurants and forming friendships with the locals, some resulting in marriages. Crashes of those military aircrafts and experiments were a common occurence and there was a protocol in place. Cowboys and ranchers who found debris that could be from an aircraft experiment alerted the local sheriff’s office, who in turn alerted the airbase. Everybody went out to check and recover any debris that belonged to the airfield. When the Roswell Daily Record reported the UFO crash, there was no doubt that something different had happened, after all, the information came from RAAF, under the official authority of its intelligence officer, Maj. J.A. Marcel. The military, police department and locals knew what a crashed military experiment looked like compared to what was found early July 1947. However, govern-

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ment denial followed, including press releases featuring inconsistent explanations. Is the truth out there? The public will have a wide variety of discussions, panels and speakers to choose from and can come to its own conclusion. Adding to the serious aspects of the UFO Festival, Roswell also added a large variety of entertainment for the entire family. A part of downtown Main Street will be closed off for the festival. There will be booths with vendors, family activities and even water slides to cool off. The Alien Pet Costume Contest and live entertainment happens at the Chaves County Courthouse. The 21st annual Alien Chase, a 5K and 10K run and walk, starts July 1 at 7 a.m. at the Roswell Convention & Civic Center. To sign up or for more information, visit active.com. The organization tent on the courthouse lawn has the official passport for visitors. With this passport, festival attendees visit local merchants

to receive stamps and return to the tent with all stamps to get a bag of 2017 UFO Festival goodies and collectibles. The popular Alien Costume Contest for humanoids takes place at the Roswell Convention & Civic Center. An annual favorite is the UFO Light Parade on Saturday evening. There is no entry fee and all aliens and pets from the costume contest can join and ride on the special float. North of town, at the Roswell Mall, the Galacticon & Sci Fi Film Fest invites the public to the world of cosplay, steampunk, comics and science fiction. There will be workshops, panels and the Cosplay Crawl, where cosplayers and steampunkers show off their costumes. The SciFi Film Fest shows international and national short and feature films at Galaxy 8 movie theater, which includes an award ceremony as the highlight. Look out for the guests of honor, which include the sisters from the see

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Continued from Page 4 movie “Frozen,” Blake Foster, who was the youngest Power Ranger; Miko Hughes from “Roswell,” the TV series. Hughes will also have special appearances at the information table at the information table at the Chaves County courthouse; and actor Marty Klebba of the movie series “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Also, the original RV from the New Mexico TV series, “Breaking Bad,” will be at the mall. Local actors will show their talent at the Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Performing Arts Center. The actors are recreating the famous “War of the Worlds” radio show by Orson Wells on Thursday and Saturday evening. Local galleries and shops will compete for having the best alien or patriotic storefront. Check out Phillips Second Street Studio’s display of Space Flamingo’s at 1004 E. Second St. The entries will be displayed June 29-30. On Sunday, a UFO Festival Car Show will be featured at the Sunwest Plaza parking lot. National and international media will be in town covering the events, so put your best alien costumes on. The Pecos Valley Amateur Radio

Club will be broadcasting live from the International UFO Museum and Research Center. To join in, tune in to WSZU, July 1-4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The new American sci-fi entertainment TV channel, Comet, is holding an outdoor screening of the 1980 cult classic, “Flash Gordon.” Touch down in the Visitors Center in the Roswell Convention & Civic Center during the UFO Festival and take an out-of-this-world selfie with our local big-eyed grey extraterrestrials. Then, post your galactic pic with #seeroswellnm, #ufofestival or #ufomuseum to get a mood pencil and memorabilia of Roswell. Located at 912 N. Main St., the Visitors Center can’t wait to meet its fellow earthlings and tell them about all that Roswell has to offer. Of course, as it was in 1947, you will see photographers and reporters from the Roswell Daily Record covering the events. Check out the schedule inside of this edition for details about all of the events.

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Chase Kloetzke, who has been employed with the U.S. Department of Defense. She leads the special assignment team of experienced and specialized investigations in the Mutual UFO Network. In a phone interview with the Vision Magazine, Kloetzke shares her background and origin of her interest in UFOs. “I read a book as a teenager by Erich von Däniken, titled ‘Chariot of the Gods,’” Kloetzke said. “I was immediately hooked on the mystery. It gave me permission to push the status quo, or ask questions out of the box.” “One of the strangest researches I did was a coal mine in Kentucky. I was called by the owners. The miners had sightings of what they called ‘lizard man.’ “After exhausting all of the other options, they called in a UFO/paranormal investigator,” Kloetzke said. While Kloetzke could not find evidence, she did give the mining operators the advice to close that part of the mine for a week. If the sightings continued, she would return with a full team. “I never got that call,” Kloetzke said. Modern technology has changed UFO research in the last decade. “We are using industrial tools,” Kloetzke said. “We are using science laboratories. “I like to use labs that

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Submitted Photo Adventurer, television personality and author Josh Gates, known for the Travel Channel series, “Expedition Unknown,” will make guest appearances at The Roswell Incident. have nothing to do with known as the “real” Fox Asimov books when I the UFO field, that are Mulder. He ran the Brit- was younger. Also, of professionals in what ish government’s UFO course, the great, true they do, such as a DNA project and will analyze classic sci-fi novel like lab. By using people in t h e Ro s w e l l i n ci d e n t H.G. Wells’ ‘War of the our own industry, it’s from the perspective of Worlds’ and ‘The Time like the prosecution try- government in the con- Machine.’ Asked if the radio ing to win a case with text of the Cold War. Pope was interested in s h o w , “ W a r o f t h e only their experts. By u t i l i z i n g t h e s c i e n c e science and science fic- Worlds,” which spread panic throughout the and some of the tools tion at an early age. we have, such as night “I always liked sci- U.S., might have been vision, go-pro cameras, ence fiction,” Pope said. the cause of the Roswell we advance our search “I read a lot of Isaac see Incident on page 26 for what we call admissibility. “I will be talking briefly about some new information that is coming out in a book that we will be presenting at the Roswell Incident,” Kloetzke said. “The Daily Record maintains a prominent place in history that will maintain forever for being the newspaper that picked up the story, and then we had the cover-up. We really credit the newspaper for being smart enough to print and to follow through. It is really a celebration not only of Roswell but the paper Submitted Photo itself,” Kloetzke said. Another speaker who Chase Kloetzke is looking forward to hosting The is returning to Roswell Roswell Incident. is Nick Pope, who is


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The International UFO Museum and Research Center is having top scientists and researchers as speakers for the 70th anniversary of the alleged UFO crash By Christina Stock Vision Editor

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or the 22nd International UFO Festival, a who’s who of scientists and speakers are arriving — ready to share their research about mysterious events, aliens and of course, the alleged UFO crash of 1947 — at the International UFO Museum and Research Center. There would be no UFO Festival without the two famous researchers, Stanton Friedman and Donald Schmitt, who are going to be available for questions during the event at the museum. Both will speak about their experiences and also have a booth at the museum. Additionally, Jesse Marcel III, the grandson of Jesse Marcel, will have a lecture. His grandfather was the information officer at the Roswell Army Airfield in 1947. Another speaker interviewed is Peter Robbins. He had an encounter with UFOs at a young age. In separate phone interviews, Friedman and

Schmitt talked about their experiences. Friedman didn’t start out being interested in UFOs, or to become a lecturer. “When I was getting my degrees from the University of Chicago, I was just looking for a job. I worked my way through five years of college. It was time to make some money,” Friedman said and laughed. “I had a varied background. I was a union waiter at a restaurant in Chicago for three years. I was busboy in the Catskill Mountains through summers. I learned a lot about food, not about physics that way. “I didn’t expect to become a ufologist or Roswell researcher,” nuclear physicist Friedman said. “Somebody heard me on a radio program and asked, ‘How about lecturing to our group?’ “I started lecturing and one thing led to another,” he said. “I was lecturing at the Louisiana State Uni-

versity in Baton Rouge in 1978, and they brought me to the big TV station in town to do three interviews. I did the first two but the third reporter was nowhere to be found. This is before they had cellphones. The station manager is giving me coffee, looking at his watch. Out of the blue he says, ‘You know, the guy you ought to talk to is Jesse Marcel.’ Brilliant investigator that I am, I said, ‘Who is he?’ I didn’t know about Jesse Marcel. His next sentence changed my life. He said, ‘He knows about one of those saucers when he was in the military.’ He wasn’t joking.”  After his interview and lecture, Friedman decided to get in contact with Marcel. “It turned out, Jesse hadn’t told anything (about the UFO incident in Roswell),” Friedman said. “So, he told me his story. He was the intelligence officer for the 509th. He got a call from the sheriff’s office that

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a rancher came in with some pieces of strange wreckage. And there was an agreement between the sheriff’s office and the base — this is the 509th — the most elite military group in the world. I say that because they dropped the first two atom bombs and then two more a couple of years later. Nobody else in the world had atom bombs, but they did. They were high security special people. The sheriff called Jesse and Jesse checked out the wreckage, and the story goes on from there,” Friedman said. “That’s how I got started. Sometimes you get lucky, that’s all I can say.” Friedman contacted the Roswell Daily Record and asked to speak with the editor and publisher from 1947, but they were not available. “After talking to Jesse, Bill Moore and I went out to find people connected to the crash,” Friedman said. “I didn’t even know that the base had been closed when I called. The base publication officer, a guy called Walter Haut … and before I could finish the sentence, the newspaper gal on the phone said, ‘Oh, his wife works here.’ Totally unexpected. Walter, turns out had been at the base as public information officer and also World War II bombardier who went on

20 missions overseas. He and his wife liked Roswell, so they settled and raised their family there. He was a great help to me. “Walter was quite a guy. He was also a darn good bombardier when tests were done on Operation Crossroads (the military cover name of the nuclear tests). Walter was chosen to drop the instrument package for the nuclear test. Without the instruments, it’s a wasted test. They didn’t have atomic bombs to waste at that time. That is a sign of the respect of which he was held,” Friedman said. As of today, Friedman

has lectured in 19 countries, 10 provinces and all 50 states. Asked about the changes in UFO research, Donald Schmitt said in a phone interview, “We have had six archeological digs at the crash sight, more accurately the debris field sight. We are able to go in with more and more sophisticated equipment, such as ground permeating radar and even determining the biological nature of the soil of the terrain itself. If there are any changes, we have been able to demonstrate via satellite imagery that the see

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area is different. The site itself shows a different signature, a different fingerprint, so to speak. And therein, the technology now affords us greater and greater advantag-

Submitted Photo Donald Schmitt continues to look for evidence.

es in determining that something beyond our grasp, our understanding, did indeed happen out there. That these are aftereffects that a balloon could never have established. “We continue to look for physical evidence, continue to look for a piece of hardware, a fragment, something that could be demonstrated within a laboratory to be off the planet,” Schmitt said. “We take advantage of the new technology in such analysis. We are still very optimistic, very positive that we will find something. Whether through the scientific search, such as the archeological work or a witness, a family member finally stepping forward to say, ‘I found this in the attic, I found this in the basement. And it was in my father’s, grandfather’s old Army lockbox. That is the wonderful thing about Roswell.

“When we started our own investigation into the events of 1947, I was a sceptic,” Schmitt said. “I thought that we make a single trip down to New Mexico and wrap this up in a weekend. “Presently, we are up to 600 witnesses that we have interviewed, either directly or indirectly involved. We traveled all over the world and observed that Roswell truly has become a household name. “We still remain very committed in solving this now 70-year-old mystery. “All the other UFO cases involve eyewitness testimony and nothing more. All which can be faked. Regarding Roswell, if we find a piece from the original incident and it indeed proves to be something of a non-earthly origin, we’ll have the biggest story of the millenium. In Roswell, we can say that we are actually searching for

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the holy grail. “I have another book coming out called, ‘Cover-up at Roswell,’ with the focus on exactly what the government did to the witnesses, even more alarming, the press; That the First Amendment rights from the media were totally shut down. They were threatened with the loss of their licenses, they had the offices ransacked. Everything contrary to the balloon explanation was confiscated. Wire recordings of the witnesses were confiscated. People were abducted to silence them. It was a sad day in the history of this country in that all of the rights were thrown asunder, and we were led to believe it was merely over the recovery of a weather balloon. One of the papers that we will be presenting is titled, ‘The best evidence.’ In other words, what if this were our day in court, what evidentiary

talking about Roswell. To us, it seemed like a normal thing. We would be watching science fiction shows like Star Trek. “We spent our summers down in Louisiana visiting our grandparents,” Marcel said. “My grandsee

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father was an avid fisherman. We would always go fishing by his house in the bayou. We talked about Roswell and a lot of things. He’d always turn around and wink at me and say, ‘There is so much more, but I can’t tell you,’” Marcel said. “A lot of people don’t understand who my grandfather was,” Marcel said. “They think he was made as a scapegoat for Roswell. People don’t realize that it was a badge of honor for him. He felt that this was something that will change history forever. I remember him literally weeping on the couch about World War II and his involvement about the atomic bomb. The people who lost their lives, that’s the thing that got to the guy, not Roswell. Roswell is a positive thing. Peter Robbins has history with Roswell for the past 10 years.  “Roswell is a very special corner of America and the world,” Robbins said in a phone interview. “I have a great fondness, and I am lucky enough to have some history with Roswell and many friends there. I am UFO Festival Speakers: Donald Burleson Donald Burleson is a professional mathematician and widely published author. He serves as the New Mexico state director for the Mutual UFO Network. He was also a consultant at the late Lloyd Pye’s Starchild Skull DNA recovery project. Burleson is the author of 24 books. He is on the editorial board of the journal, “The American Rationalist,” and has been writing his UFO-related newspaper column, Looking Up, in the Roswell Daily Record’s Vision Magazine since 1999. Burleson and his wife Mollie have lived in Roswell since 1996. Thomas Carey Thomas Carey holds degrees from Temple University and received his master’s in anthropology from the California State University, Sacramento. He attended the University of Toronto’s Ph.D. program in anthropology. An Air Force veteran, Carey held a top secret/crypto clearance. He has been a Mutual UFO Network state section director for Southeastern Pennsylvania, a

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special investigator for the J. Allen Hynek Center For UFO Studies and a member of the CUFOS board of directors. Carey began investigating aspects of the Roswell incident in 1991 for the Roswell investigative team of Kevin Randle and Don Schmitt. Carey has authored or co-authored more than 40 published articles and books about the Roswell events of 1947, and has contributed and has appeared in numerous radio and TV shows throughout the country. James Clarkson James Clarkson is an investigator who has stood in two worlds for many years — a career professional investigator in the criminal justice field and as a lifelong researcher of the UFO mystery. In 1986 he joined the Mutual UFO Network. Clarkson serves as the Washington State director of MUFON and the special assignments team for MUFON. Stanton Friedman Nuclear physicist, author and lecturer, Stanton T. Friedman, received his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees in physics from the Univer-

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looking forward seeing them during the week that I am there. “I love that fact that the Daily Record is sponsoring a conference, as well as the museum and the others. There is so much room for so much dialogue on this. Nobody has more of a right to be part of the story,” Robbins said. Robbins had repressed a traumatic encounter with a UFO when he was 14 years old. “One particular late morning in June (Robbins was 14 years old), my sister Helen and I were just playing around in the front yard, as kids do. It was a beautiful day as they say, not a cloud in the sky. “ He saw five UFOs flying in formation. His sister observed Robbins being struck by a beam and going down, hitting the sidewalk. Helen herself was transported slowly up into one of the UFOs where she had to endure medical tests, which she told to her brother at a much later time. Her brother blanked out, either from the beam or from the shock. When he came to, his sister was back in her room. Robbins went on to have a career in the arts in New York City, when in 1975 something triggered his sity of Chicago in 1955 and 1956. He was employed for 14 years as a nuclear physicist by such companies as GE, GM, Westinghouse Astronuclear Laboratory, TRW Systems, Aerojet General Nucleonics and McDonnell-Douglas Astronautics working in programs as nuclear aircraft, fission and fusion rockets and various compact nuclear power plants for space and terrestrial applications. He has published more than 100 UFO papers and has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV programs and many documentaries. He has spoken at more MUFON Symposia than anyone else. Larry Holcombe After watching Keyhoe debate an Air Force officer on the old Armstrong Circle Theater and seeing Keyhoe being censored when he deviated from the prepared script the Air Force forced on the show’s producers, Holcombe was convinced the Air Force was covering up knowledge of UFOs. Those events started a 50-plus year avocation into the study and research of the UFO phe-

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nomenon. Holcombe has done 32 radio interviews and lectured in six states. He has lectured at the International UFO Festival since 2011. Frank Kimbler Frank Kimbler is an assistant professor of earth science at the New Mexico Military Institute and a xenoarchaeologist. He has worked as a professional geologist for almost 30 years, and has taught for almost half of that time. He has worked as an oceanographer for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and as a mining engineer for the state of Arizona. His research has resulted in the discovery of a number of physical artifacts from the Roswell UFO debris field area. Tom Kirkbride Tom Kirkbride grew up in Southern California, where he was a lifeguard on the beaches of LaJolla, thus his Gamadin saga begins. His fivebook series — soon to be six — is a thrill-packed, character-driven adventure about a couple surfers saving the galaxy. This is the eighth year in a row for Kirkbride to speak at the Roswell UFO Festival.

memories. He contacted his sister, who told him about her experiences — she had never forgotten her abduction. Robbins started researching the UFO phenomenon. His sister, however, started a different career. “She was known as Helen Wheels,” Robbins said. “A wordplay on hell on wheels, which she was.” She joined the group The Blue Öyster Cult, Robbins is looking forward to coming to the festival this year. “I think it has to be one of the most serious issues facing humanity in this millenium,” Robbins said. “Everything we do to help people go through that first door is an asset. All the sensationalism, all the silliness, the fun that this subject generates — no more than in Roswell, New Mexico — really needs to be balanced with credible accounts, with credible people.”   The 22nd International UFO Festival takes place from June 30 to July 2, with the speakers having their booths and holding their lectures at the UFO Museum and Research Center, 114 N. Main St. For more information on the speaker and event, visit ufofestivalroswell.com or roswellufomuseum.com. Jesse Marcel III Jesse Marcel III is a freelance writer, author and film producer. He was indoctrinated early into his grandfather’s legacy, not only as his namesake, but as his protégé. Kathleen Marden Kathleen Marden is a best-selling author and award-winning scientifically trained UFO researcher and lecturer. Her educational background in the social sciences has shaped her interest in scientific ufology. She has lectured nationally and internationally and is a frequent guest on radio and TV shows. She is associated with the Mutual UFO Network, as director of experiencer research, and the Edgar Mitchell Foundation for Research into Extraterrestrial Encounters, as a member of its board of directors and consultant to its research subcommittee. She is the niece of Betty and Barney Hill. Thomas Reed The historic UFO case of the Reed Family — which included Thomas Reed’s grandmother, Marian Burrows, his mother, Nancy Reed

and his brother, Matthew Reed — was assigned a Vallee classification of CE4 — close encounter of the fourth kind — with a case category of three (physical evidence). Ron Regehr Ron Regehr has been a UFO researcher for more than 50 years. Regehr is a retired aerospace engineer with 36 years experience at Douglas Aircraft and Aerojet ElectroSystems working in space and Earth surveillance systems. He is Mutual UFO Network’s director of documentation and a MUFON research specialist in space satellite technology. Peter Robbins Peter Robbins is an investigative writer, author and lecturer best known for his books, columns, articles, radio commentaries, interviews and conference talks about alien encounters and abductions. Donald Schmitt Donald Schmitt is the former co-director of the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO studies in Chicago where he served as director of special investigations for 10 years. He was see

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Christina Stock Photo Jeremy Howe, Robert H. Goddard Planetarium’s coordinator, stands in the center of the planetarium. Everything is ready to show the multitude of laser shows during the UFO Festival.

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Even the stars could not be brighter A laser show extravaganza awaits the public at the Robert H. Goddard Planetarium By Christina Stock Vision Editor he UFO Festival laser shows are held in the Robert H. Goddard Planetarium located on the north side of the Roswell Museum and Art Center at 100 W. 11th St. The public can enter and exit through the museum to access the planetarium until the museum closes at 5 p.m. The planetarium will be open during the festival from 11 a.m. through the last laser show each day. The organizers suggest to arrive early for best seating. Tickets can be purchased only at the planetarium, starting June 29. Cost for tickets are $5 for adults, children ages 4-10 years get in for $3 and children under the ages of 3 get in for free. There was a switch in ownership of the company that produces the laser show and it is a change for the better, according to planetarium coordinator Jeremy Howe. “We had just a few shows last year and had to send some people away because the seats were completely filled,” Howe said. “This way we are offering 13 different shows. It will be the same price, but fewer audience

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members, which will help with the ticketing. “Not only that, but for Friday night and Saturday night, we will be offering a 9 p.m. show for the night owls.” The names of the laser shows are Electropop, Tribute, X, Vinyl, Genesis, U2, Zeppelin, Country, Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon, Hypnotica, Metallica, Floyd: The Wall, Retro, Electrolaze, Beatles, Rock and Laseropolis. Each show transports the audience into a different time and space, from modern pop music such as Lady Gaga and Daft Punk to classic’s from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. All the audience has to do is sit back in the air-conditioned planetarium and let the amazing laser show do the work, one song at a time. For more information about the laser shows and times, check this edition’s schedule pages or visit ufofestivalroswell.com/shows/planetarium-laser-shows.

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A controversial UFO conference The Challenges to ET Conference puts a different angle to aliens and abduction stories

By Christina Stock Vision Editor t the Challenges to ET Conference that takes place at the Roswell Mall, a different group of experts and truth seekers are going to talk about their research that may surprise avid believers in the alleged UFO crash outside of Roswell in 1947. While all speakers at the Challenges to ET Conference certainly agree that there is a wide range of actual unidentified phenomena to be studied, they feel that genuine extraterrestrial life forms is the least likely explanation for the reported phenomena. These experts come to the conclusion that there is no single explanation — alien or earthly — that explains all of the documented reports. The conference intends to give a fair hearing to many lesser-known views, which do, in fact, offer sometimes strong documentation to argue for their validity. Michael Heiser is one of the speakers who was available for a phone interview. Asked how he got into the field of ufology, he said, “I had a casual interest in UFO things since I was a kid. It really changed for me during the 50th anniversary of the Roswell incident — which I don’t think has to do with aliens, personally. I listened to the CNN press conference during the 50th anniversary. There were some things there that were absurd for me. I had read enough about the case that things just struck me as odd. That sort of took me from a casual interest into more seriousness.” Heiser took a year off from his biblical studies and wrote a novel combining his knowledge

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of UFOs with ancient text and biblical languages. He appeared on radio shows sharing his research before finishing his studies. Heiser was frustrated in people who did not care about primary sources and false translations. “I can’t understand the motives, it’s either ignorance or laziness or people just wanting to make stuff up I can’t really tell and it is not my job to accuse anybody or know that, he said. “People making outlandish claims about ancient material with the knowledge that nobody is really going to check up on it, nobody is going back to the primary sources, but I do,” Heiser said. “I just don’t like people being taught badly or poorly about this sort of material. “In a bigger sense, I think the subject matter is important. The whole question, could there be extraterrestrials? I think it is an important question. Who are we? How did we get here? Questions about God. So I think it is important, but the ancient astronaut textual stuff is pretty much all nonsense,” Heiser said. “I would encourage people to turn out for the talks, the lectures, the sections. I would encourage them to think about this sort of thing, but again, be honest about it. Go back to primary sources, don’t take people’s word for granted. They need to be more careful and evaluate what they hear. “It is a real problem in this world of fake and real news,” Heiser said. In a phone interview, Nick Redfern talked about how he got interested in ufology. “A lot of people get into the subject because they have their own sort of life-changing encounter. I actually never had that, rather ironically,” Redfern said and laughed. “How and why I got involved in UFOs is because my father was in the British Royal Air Force. He was a radar mechanic; his name is Frank Redfern. In the 1950s, in the height of the Cold War, he was involved in several UFO incidents in the military base he was stationed at, which was called RAF Meatishead, which was on the east coast of England and is closed down. “The incidents he was involved in revolved around these strange objects, the UFOs, approaching the English coastline from Skandinavia, so we are talking Norway, Denmark and Sweden. Their first thought was that it must be the Russians launching either an attack or just trying to penetrate their defenses and see how prepared or not prepared they were. “When the pilots, who were sent up to intercept these things, saw them, they described them as classic flying saucers. This went on through the course of three nights. After those three nights everybody was told, ‘You won’t talk about this. You are in the military and what’s in the military, stays in the military.’ “My dad didn’t tell anybody until I was 11 or 12 years old. That’s really what got me interested. Not just because it was my own father but because he was trained on radar in the military. “When I finished school, I began working on an entertainment magazine back in England called Zero. That got me into the field of journalism. I thought, why not try and combine my background in the magazine and the newspaper work with things

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Submitted Photo Nick Redfern got involved in UFOs because of his father. like UFOs and the paranormal, and that’s pretty much what I have done since then.” Redfern is also a specialist for cryptozoology, which is the study of unknown animals. “I enjoy the whole concept of expeditions and road trips, as well as hopefully one day finding these animals. It is exciting and fun to go on these expeditions. If you want to find Bigfoot, you really got to get out there,” Redfern said. “The biggest challenge of all is the one that has always been there and that is the actual effort to try and find hard facts. There is nothing wrong with having a belief system, and to a degree, we all have a belief system in various different ways. But a belief system isn’t the same as facts or evidence. It is an opinion or a theory, so for me, the goal is to find hard evidence.” Challenges to ET speakers: Greg Bishop In 1991, Greg Bishop co-founded the magazine, “The Excluded Middle,” which was a journal of UFOs, conspiracy research, psychedelia and new science. Bishop has written several books about the creation of the modern UFO myth, including his newest book, “UFOs: Reframing the Debate,” which is a call to break away from established ideas. Jack Brewer Jack Brewer is a published nonfiction author. He explores the ways deception, sensationalism and questionable ethics distort public perception of the UFO phenomenon. His research interests include social dynamics surrounding reported UFO sightings, alleged alien abduction, and the overlapping of the UFO and intelligence communities. Michael Heiser Michael Heiser is an expert is ancient languages, texts and religions, particularly the Hebrew Bible and the ancient Near East. Heiser earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and Semitic languages at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004. Before attending see challenges on page

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Date/Time Event

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Thursday, June 29 Beginning of the 22nd annual UFO Festival, Challenges to ET Conference, Galacticon & Sci-fi Film Fest and the Roswell Daily Record’s Roswell Incident 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Galacticon — Load-in for vendor’s show Roswell Mall Vendor booths are open. Downtown / Chaves County Courthouse Noon - 10 p.m. 10:30 a.m. - Noon Guy Malone — Roswell 1947: What really happened? Roswell Mall Eryn Bent Main stage / Chaves County Courthouse Noon - 1:15 p.m. Noon - 12:50 p.m. Matt Palmer Reischman Park stage 12:30 - 2 p.m. Greg Bishop — Alternative theories of UFO origins Roswell Mall Jay Klein Reischman Park stage 1 - 1:50 p.m. 1 - 1:45 p.m. Laser Show: Electropop Goddard Planetarium/ Museum & Art Center 1:30 - 2:20 p.m. Sean Costanza Main stage / Chaves County Courthouse 2 - 2:50 p.m. Ila Perry Reischman Park stage UFO Jazz Band Main stage / Chaves County Courthouse 2:30 - 4 p.m. 3 - 3:45 p.m. Laser Show: Laser Tribute Goddard Planetarium/ Museum & Art Center 3 - 4:30 p.m. Eryn Bent Reischman Park stage 3:30 - 5 p.m. Nick Redfern — Exposed: U.S. government’s Roswell Mall secret findings on demonic UFOs. Gleewood Main stage / Chaves County Courthouse 4:15 - 5:45 p.m. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Brandon Bailey Johnson Reischman Park stage 5 - 5:45 p.m. Laser Show: Laser X Goddard Planetarium/ Museum & Art Center 5:30 - 7 p.m. Jack Brewer — The greys have been framed: Roswell Mall Exploitation in ufology and the intersection of intelligence and UFO communities 6 - 7:30 p.m. Hang Loose Main stage / Chaves County Courthouse 7 - 8:15 p.m. Way Way Off-Broadway Theatre’s Eastern New Mexico Univ. reading of 1938’s “War of the Worlds” Roswell Performing Arts Center 7 - 7:45 p.m. Laser Show: Laser Vinyl Goddard Planetarium/ Museum & Art Center 7:30 - 9 p.m. Michael Heiser — Evaluating the claims Roswell Mall and works of Zechariah Sitchin 7 - 9:30 p.m. Galacticon cosplay crawl & steampunk karaoke Roswell Mall and before heading to Tia Juana’s patio Tia Juana’s Mexican Grille & Cantina 7:45 - 9:15 p.m. Gleewood Main stage / Chaves County Courthouse 9:30 - 11 p.m. Tularosa Basin Main stage / Chaves County Courthouse 9:30 p.m. - Closing Galacticon after-party at the Oasis Bar & Grill Holiday Inn, Oasis Bar

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Friday, June 30 8 - 11 a.m. Registration for Roswell Daily Record’s Sally Port Inn, Roswell Incident behind K-Bob’s Steakhouse Special day pass or weekend pass available 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Vendor booths are open Downtown / Chaves County Courthouse Yvonne Smith — Changes coming: Convention Center 10 - 11 a.m. Urgency and abductees’ civil rights (exhibit hall) 10 - 11 a.m. Don Burleson — Roswell alien DNA: Convention Center Some reasonable conjectures (Nancy Lopez/Robert Goddard Room) 10 -11 a.m. Stanton Friedman — Astronomy and ufology UFO Museum, north library 10 - 11 a.m. Thomas Carey and Donald Schmitt — UFO Museum, The misadventures of two Roswell investigators video room Galacticon vendor booths are open Roswell Mall 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (center of the main hall) Sci-fi Film Fest begins as part of Galacticon Galaxy 8 movie theater, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. showing of juried sci-fi and fantasy films Roswell Mall 10 a.m. “New York 2150,” short (19 min.) Galaxy 8 movie theater Galacticon workshops and panels begin Roswell Mall 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Cosplay, steampunk and film themes incl. photo op with Dr. Who’s TARDIS Dylan Jones Main stage / Chaves County Courthouse 10 - 10:50 a.m. 10 - 10:50 a.m. Julia Cosby Reischman Park stage 10:24 a.m. “Faery Tale,” short (9 min.) Galaxy 8 movie theater 10:30 a.m. - Noon Derrel Sims Workshop — Alien contact UFO Museum, leaves evidence. How to find evidence upstairs meeting room by yourself, $10. 10:30 a.m.- Noon Nick Redfern —Body snatchers and the Roswell Mall horrible truth of the Roswell incident. 10:38 a.m. “Olfactory,” short (26 min. + 15 min. Q&A) Galaxy 8 movie theater 11 a.m. Galacticon — Film workshop, Session 1, Roswell Mall breaking into the industry by Tina Presley-Barek 11 - 11:50 a.m. Delaney Davis Main stage / Chaves County Courthouse 11 - 11:45 a.m Jay Klein Reischman Park stage 11 - 11:30 a.m. Opening and introduction of Sally Port Inn Roswell Daily Record’s Roswell Incident behind K-Bob’s Steakhouse with Chase Kloetzke Special day pass or weekend pass available 11:19 a.m. “Yesterday Last Year,” feature Galaxy 8 movie theater (1:17 hrs + 15 min. Q&A)

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11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. David Marler Sally Port Inn Roswell Daily Record’s Roswell Incident behind K-Bob’s Steakhouse Special day pass or weekend pass available Noon Galacticon — Film workshop, session 2, Roswell Mall Working in the industry in New Mexico by John Henry Noon - 12:50 p.m. Sean Costanza Main stage / Chaves County Courthouse Noon - 12:50 p.m. Shelby Texas Duo Reischman Park stage Kathleen Marden — An insider’s view UFO Museum Noon - 1 p.m. of the Betty and Barney Hill UFO experience north library Noon - 6 p.m. Galacticon — RageFire Chasm: Roswell Mall Free gaming and tournaments 12:30 - 2 p.m. Joe Jordan — Unholy communion: Roswell Mall The unwanted piece of the UFO puzzle “The Onlookers,” short (11 min.) Galaxy 8 movie theater 12:50 p.m. 1 p.m. Galacticon — Film workshop, session 3, Roswell Mall working in film, panel discussion with guests; open to the public 1 p.m. Unidentified Fabulous Orchestrations Children’s entertainment section/ Making of drums with the Chaves County Courthouse Revolutionary Snake Ensemble band 1 - 1:50 p.m. Robin Scott Trio Main stage / Chaves County Courthouse 1 - 1:50 p.m. Dylan Jones Reischman Park stage 1 - 1:45 p.m. Laser Show: Laser Genesis Goddard Planetarium/ Museum & Art Center 1 - 2 p.m. Travis Walton — Fire in the sky, Convention Center an evolving understanding (exhibit hall) 1 - 2 p.m. Frank Kimbler — Roswell crash site: Convention Center The quest for physical evidence (Nancy Lopez/Robert Goddard Room) 1 - 2 p.m. Tom Kirkbride — Roswell, aliens, UFOs, UFO Museum, video room Antarctica, the moon and the Gamadin book series 1:06 p.m. “Zoey and The Wind-up Boy,” short (30 min.) Galaxy 8 movie theater 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Actor Miko Hughes (TV series “Roswell”) Information tent at the meet & greet Chaves County Courthouse 1:41 p.m. “Without Gravity, Chocolate Falls,” Galaxy 8 movie theater short (9 min. + 15 min. Q&A) 2 p.m. Galacticon — Con safe weaponry Roswell Mall 2 - 2:50 p.m. Tularosa Basin Main stage / Chaves County Courthouse 2 - 2:50 p.m. Matt Palmer Reischman Park stage 2 - 3 p.m. Derrel Sims — Human/animal mutes UFO Museum (deaths of high strangeness) north library 2:04 p.m. “Perfect Worlds,” short (35 min.) Galaxy 8 movie theater

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2:30 - 4 p.m. Courtney Brown Sally Port Inn Roswell Daily Record’s Roswell Incident behind K-Bob’s Steakhouse Special day pass or weekend pass available “Happy Birthday,” short (6 min.) Galaxy 8 movie theater 2:44 p.m. 2:55 p.m. “Beacon,” short (12 min. + 15 min. Q&A) Galaxy 8 movie theater Galacticon — Steampunk 101 Roswell Mall 3 p.m. 3 - 3:50 p.m. Roswell Collective Main stage / Chaves County Courthouse 3 - 3:50 p.m. Jay Klein Reischman Park stage Laser Show: Laser U2 Goddard Planetarium/ 3 - 3:45 p.m. Museum & Art Center 3 - 4 p.m. Thomas Reed — How the Reed family’s Convention Center UFO incident became first case to get (exhibit hall) inducted into state record as historically significant and true 3 - 4 p.m. Ron Regehr — A forensic analysis of the Convention Center (Nancy Lopez/Robert Goddard Room) Ramey office photographs, incl. the Ramey memo. 3 - 4 p.m. James Clarkson — Finding June Crain: UFO Museum, video room A key witness linking Wright-Patterson AFB to the Roswell cover-up. “Welcome to Willits,” feature Galaxy 8 movie theater 3:22 p.m. (1:23 hrs + 15 min. Q&A) 3:30 - 5 p.m. Guy Malone — Are aliens demons? Roswell Mall Evidence that suggests, yes. 4 p.m. Galacticon — Hosting fun events Roswell Mall 4 p.m. Galacticon — Belly dancing, open for the public Roswell Mall 4 - 4:50 p.m. Marie Manning and The Escape Main stage / Chaves County Courthouse 4 - 4:50 p.m. The Triad Reischman Park stage 4 - 5 p.m. Jesse Marcel III — “I know what I saw,” UFO Museum, north library words immortalized by our father and his physical contact with the debris of the Roswell UFO 4 - 6 p.m. Galacticon — official vendors hall preview Roswell Mall 4:15 - 6 p.m. Roswell: Crash at Corona, movie, part 1 Sally Port Inn Roswell Daily Record’s Roswell Incident behind K-Bob’s Steakhouse Special day pass or weekend pass available 5 p.m. “UFO Diary,” short (16 min.) Galaxy 8 movie theater 5 p.m. Galacticon — Steampunk tea dueling, $5, Roswell Mall incl. tea cup and prizes. Limited to 20 competitors; spectators welcome

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5 - 5:45 p.m. Laser Show: Laser Zeppelin Goddard Planetarium/ Museum & Art Center 5 - 5:50 p.m. Retro Fit Main stage / Chaves County Courthouse 5:21 p.m. “Beyond the Window,” short (10 min.) Galaxy 8 movie theater 5:30 - 7 p.m. Michael Heiser — How Ancient Aliens Roswell Mall harms UFO research 5:36 p.m. “FTL,” short (17 min. + 15 min. Q&A) Galaxy 8 movie theater Roswell Sci-fi Film Fest Awards Galaxy 8 movie theater 6 p.m. featuring five category winners and showing of best film, open to the public 6 - 8 p.m. Free concert by the US Air National Pearson Auditorium Guard Band of the Southwest 6 - 6:50 p.m. Fabulous Pacers Main stage/Chaves County Courthouse 6 - 8 p.m. Abduction panel: Convention Center Hosted by Derrel Sims with (exhibit hall) Kathleen Marden, Thomas Reed, Peter Robbins, Yvonne Smith and Travis Walton Revolutionary Snake Ensemble Main stage / 7 - 8:50 p.m. Chaves County Courthouse 7 -7:45 p.m. Laser Show: Laser Country Goddard Planetarium/ Museum & Art Center Michael Heiser — Why defending UFOs Roswell Mall 7:30 - 9 p.m. with the Bible is a bad idea. 7:30 - 9 p.m. Roswell: Crash at Corona, movie, part 2 Sally Port Inn Roswell Daily Record’s Roswell Incident behind K-Bob’s Steakhouse Special day pass or weekend pass available 8 - 10:30 p.m. Comet TV, the new science fiction Spring River Park and Zoo channel, hosts the free movie classic, 1306 E. College Blvd. “Flash Gordon” (1980). Organizers suggest to bring folding chairs, blankets, bug spray and snacks 9 - 9:45 p.m. Laser Show: Laser Floyd — Dark Side Goddard Planetarium/ of the Moon Museum & Art Center Shelby Texas Main stage, Chaves County Courthouse 9 - 11 p.m. Saturday, July 1 8 - 9 a.m. Registration for Roswell Daily Record’s Sally Port Inn Roswell Incident behind K-Bob’s Steakhouse Special day pass or weekend pass available By 9 a.m. Registration deadline for the pet contest Information tent, Chaves County Courthouse 9 - 10:30 a.m. Debbie Ziegelmeyer and Chuck Zukowski Sally Port Inn Roswell Daily Record’s Roswell Incident behind K-Bob’s Steakhouse Special day pass or weekend pass available

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10:45 a.m. - Noon Marc D’Antonio Sally Port Inn Roswell Daily Record’s Roswell Incident behind K-Bob’s Steakhouse Special day pass or weekend pass available 10:50 a.m. “Beacon,” short (12 min. + 15 min. Q&A) Galaxy 8 movie theater Dylan Jones Reischman Park stage 11 - 11:50 a.m. 11:17 a.m. “Yesterday Last Year,” feature Galaxy 8 movie theater (1:17 hrs + 15 min. Q&A) 11:30 a.m. - Radio song contest winner performances Main stage, 12:30 p.m. Chaves County Courthouse By Noon

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1 - 1:45 p.m. Laser Show: Laser Country Goddard Planetarium/ Museum & Art Center 1 - 1:50 p.m. Jim Dixon Reischman Park stage 1 - 2 p.m. Thomas Reed — How the Reed family’s UFO Convention Center incident became first case to get inducted into (exhibit hall) state record as historically significant and true 1 - 2 p.m. James Clarkson — Finding June Crain: A key Convention Center witness linking Wright-Patterson AFB (Nancy Lopez/ to the Roswell cover-up. Robert Goddard Room) Kathleen Marden — Evidence of the UFO UFO Museum, north library 1 - 2 p.m. cover-up by government agencies 1 - 2 p.m. Tom Kirkbride — Roswell, aliens, UFOs, UFO Museum, video room Antarctica, the moon and the Gamadin book series 1:10 p.m. “Beyond The Window,” short (10 min.) Galaxy 8 movie theater “FTL,” short (17 min. + 15 min. Q&A) Galaxy 8 movie theater 1:24 p.m. 1:30 - 2:45 p.m. Alejandro Rojas Sally Port Inn Roswell Daily Record’s Roswell Incident behind K-Bob’s Steakhouse Special day pass or weekend pass available 1:56 p.m. “New York 2150,” short (20 min.) Galaxy 8 movie theater 2 p.m. Galacticon — Film workshop, Session 4, Roswell Mall aerial drone presentation for film makers by Mike Lanfor 2 - 2:50 p.m. Robin Scott Trio Main stage, Chaves County Courthouse

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2 - 2:50 p.m. Marie Manning and The Escape Reischman Park stage “Faery Tale,” short (9 min.) Galaxy 8 movie theater 2:21 p.m. 2:35 p.m. “Olfactory,” short (26 min. + 15 min. Q&A Galaxy 8 movie theater 3 p.m. Galacticon — Gaming panel for trends and Roswell Mall products 3 - 3:50 p.m. High Desert Pipes & Drums Main stage, Chaves County Courthouse Vintage Brew Reischman Park stage 3 - 4:15 p.m. 3 - 3:30 p.m. Chase Kloetzke — Interlude Sally Port Inn Roswell Daily Record’s Roswell Incident behind K-Bob’s Steakhouse Special day pass or weekend pass available 3 - 4 p.m. Don Burleson — The Ramey memo: Convention Center The Rosetta Stone of the Roswell incident (exhibit hall) 3 - 3:45 p.m. Laser Show: Hypnotica Goddard Planetarium/ Museum & Art Center Ron Regehr — A forensic analysis of the Ramey Convention Center 3 - 4 p.m. office photographs, incl. the Ramey memo (Nancy Lopez/ Robert Goddard Room) 3 - 4 p.m. Thomas Carey & Donald Schmitt — Witness U FO Museum, north library to Roswell: The best evidence Frank Kimbler — Roswell crash site: UFO Museum, video room 3 - 4 p.m. The quest for physical evidence 3 - 5 p.m. Alien costume and cosplay contest with Pearson Auditorium award ceremony 3:15 p.m. “Welcome to Willits,” feature (1:23 hrs + Galaxy 8 movie theater 15 min. Q&A)

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3:30 - 5 p.m. Nick Pope Sally Port Inn Roswell Daily Record’s Roswell Incident behind K-Bob’s Steakhouse Special day pass or weekend pass available 3:30 - 5 p.m. Jack Brewer — The greys have been framed: Roswell Mall Exploitation in ufology & the intersection of intelligence and UFO communities 4 - 4:50 p.m. Retro Fit Main stage, Chaves County Courthouse Drive on Mak Reischman Park stage 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. 4:53 p.m. “The Onlookers,” short (11 Min.) Galaxy 8 movie theater Laser Show: Laser Metallica Goddard Planetarium/ 5 - 5:45 p.m. Museum & Art Center 5 - 5:50 p.m. Jones & Miles Main stage, Chaves County Courthouse Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, free concert Pearson Auditorium 5 - 6 p.m. 5:09 p.m. “Zoey And The Wind-up Boy,” short (30 min.) Galaxy 8 movie theater 5:15 - 6:45 p.m. Linda Moulton Howe Sally Port Inn Roswell Daily Record’s Roswell Incident behind K-Bob’s Steakhous Special day pass or weekend pass available Michael Heiser — Evaluating the extraterrestrial Roswell Mall 5:30 - 8 p.m. hypothesis; plus extended Q&A 5:44 p.m. “Without Gravity, Chocolat Falls,” short Galaxy 8 movie theater (8 min. + 15 min. Q&A) 6 - 6:50 p.m. Shelby Texas Main stage, Chaves County Courthouse

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6 - 8 p.m. Roswell Panel, part 1 — Moderated by Convention Center Peter Robbins with Don Burleson, Thomas Carey, (exhibit hall) James Clarkson, Stanton Friedman, Frank Kimbler, Jesse Marcel III, Ron Regehr and Donald Schmitt 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Actor Miko Hughes (TV series “Roswell”) Information tent at the meet & greet Chaves County Courthouse 7 - 7:45 p.m. Laser Show: Laser Floyd: The Wall Goddard Planetarium/ Museum & Art Center 7 - 8:15 p.m. High Desert Pipes & Drums Main stage, Chaves County Courthouse 7 - 8:15 p.m. Way Way Off-Broadway Theatre’s reading Eastern New Mexico Univ. of 1938’s “War of the Worlds” Roswell Performing Arts Center 8:30 - 9 p.m. Jay McKittrick comedy Main stage, Chaves County Courthouse Galacticon Steampunk Ball, Peppers Grill & Bar 9 - 11 p.m. with music by The Marquis of 500 N. Main St., entry at Vaudeville, cash bar with kitchen open Main and Sixth streets until 10 p.m. 9 - 9:45 p.m. Laser Show: Laser Retro Goddard Planetarium/ Museum & Art Center 9 - 10 p.m. Electric Light Parade Downtown Main Street 9:30 - 11 p.m. Revolutionary Snake Ensemble Main stage, Chaves County Courthouse Sunday, July 2 8 - 9 a.m. 9 - 10:30 a.m. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 10 - 10:50 a.m. 10 - 10:50 a.m. 10 - 11 a.m. 10 - 11 a.m. 10 - 11 a.m. 10 - 11 a.m. 10:30 a.m. - Noon 10:30 a.m. - Noon 10.45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. 11 - 11:50 a.m. 11 - 11:50 a.m. Noon - 12:50 p.m. Noon - 12:50 p.m. Noon - 3 p.m. 12:30 - 2 p.m. 1 p.m.

Registration for Roswell Daily Record’s Sally Port Inn Roswell Incident behind K-Bob’s Steakhouse Richard M. Dolan Sally Port Inn Roswell Daily Record’s Roswell Incident behind K-Bob’s Steakhouse Special day pass or weekend pass available Vendor booths are open Downtown / Chaves County Courthouse Jamie O’Hara Main stage, Chaves County Courthouse Matt Palmer Reischman Park stage Peter Robbins — Roswell, little green men Convention Center and the origins of the UFO ridicule factor (exhibit hall) Frank Kimbler — Roswell crash site: Convention Center The quest for physical evidence (Nancy Lopez/Robert Goddard Room) Thomas Carey & Donald Schmitt — UFO Museum, north library Cover-up at Roswell: Silencing the witnesses Larry Holcombe — The Roswell incident: UFO Museum, video room New voices and unknown stories Derrel Sims workshop ($10) — Handwriting UFO Museum, analysis upstairs meeting room Nick Redfern — Body snatchers and the Roswell Mall horrible truth of the Roswell incident Full speaker panel with audience participation Sally Port Inn Roswell Daily Record’s Roswell Incident behind K-Bob’s Steakhouse Special day pass or weekend pass available Jim Dixon Main stage, Chaves County Courthouse Javier Martinez Reischman Park stage Shelby Texas Main stage, Chaves County Courthouse Ila Perry Reischman Park stage UFO Festival Car Show 600 N. Main St. Nick Redfern — Exposed: U.S. government’s Roswell Mall secret findings on demonic UFOs Awards Session of the Roswell Daily Record’s Sally Port Inn Roswell Incident behind K-Bob’s Steakhouse followed by Chase Kloetzke — Close conference with speakers, photo ops and autograph sessions

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1 - 1:50 p.m. Vintage Brew Main stage, Chaves County Courthouse 1 - 1:50 p.m. Jamie O’Hara Reischman Park stage 1 - 1:45 p.m. Laser Show: Electrolaze Goddard Planetarium/ Museum & Art Center 1 - 2 p.m. Yvonne Smith — Changes coming: Convention Center Urgency and abductees’ civil rights (exhibit hall) 1 - 2 p.m. Ron Regehr — A forensic analysis of the Ramey Convention Center (Nancy Lopez/ office photographs, incl. the Ramey memo Robert Goddard Room) Thomas Reed — How the Reed family’s UFO Museum, north library 1 - 2 p.m. UFO incident became first case to get inducted into state record as historically significant and true 1 - 2 p.m. James Clarkson — What is UFO reality? UFO Museum, video room 2 - 2:50 p.m. Jukebox band Main stage, Chaves County Courthouse Drive on Mak Reischman Park stage 2 - 2:50 p.m. Jones & Miles Main stage, Chaves County Courthouse 3 - 5 p.m. 3 - 4 p.m. The Triad Reischman Park stage 3 - 4 p.m. Jesse Marcel III — Passing of the torch: Convention Center As the grandchildren of Roswell, (exhibit hall) where do we go from here? 3 - 3:45 p.m. Laser Show: Laser Beatles Goddard Planetarium/ Museum & Art Center Yvonne Smith — Experiencer’s session Convention Center 3 - 4 p.m. (no photography/video) (Nancy Lopez/Robert Goddard Room) 3 - 4 p.m. Derrel Sims — Mysterious disappearances UFO Museum, north library of people and abductees 3:30 - 5 p.m. Michael Heier — Science Fiction: Roswell Mall Evangelism for E.T. religion 5 - 5:45 p.m. Laser Show: Laser Rock Goddard Planetarium/ Museum & Art Center 5 - 6:30 p.m. Roswell Panel, part 2 — Moderated by UFO Museum, north library Peter Robbins with Don Burleson, Thomas Carey, James Clarkson, Stanton Friedman, Frank Kimbler, Jesse Marcel III, Ron Regehr and Donald Schmitt 5:30 - 7 p.m. Jack Brewer — MK Ultra to Gitmo: Roswell Mall Correlations between state-sponsored involuntary human experimentation, hypnosis and the UFO community 7 - 7:45 p.m. Laser Show: Laseropolis Goddard Planetarium/ Museum & Art Center *** End of the UFO festivities *** HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY Tuesday, July 4 Free barbecue for veterans and their families Elks Lodge No. 969 4 - 7 p.m. 1720 N. Montana Ave. Celebrations begin and vendor booths are open Cielo Grande 6 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Los Lonely Boys Cielo Grande main stage 9:15 p.m. Roswell’s Sertoma Club Mike Satterfield Cielo Grande Memorial Fireworks Extravaganza starts

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Local theater community celebrates outer space Way Way Off-Broadway Theater Company joins the UFO Festival with recreating the 1938 radio show, “War of the Worlds”

By Christina Stock Vision Editor special event calls for a special performance. If you, the reader, live in Roswell, chances are you have already enjoyed the amazing talent that Roswell’s theater family offers. If you are a visitor, prepare to be amazed. Rumors say it might be the water out of the Pecos Valley artesian wells that causes the talents of the natives; oth-

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ers say, it is because of alien radiation. Those who are down-to-earth know, it is because of the encouragement and art classes local children can choose from. Many are taught by nonprofit organizations who stepped up, when public school funds in the arts were cut. Roswell people have always been independent and passionate about literature and the arts since the first pio-

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Continued from Page 12 the UW-Madison, Heiser received his master’s degree in ancient history from the University of Pennsylvania where his major fields were ancient Israel and egyptology. Heiser has 20 years of teaching experience in the classroom and online. He is currently Scholar-in-Residence at Logos Bible Software. Heiser has had a lifelong interest in the paranormal, especially ancient astronauts and UFOs. He is also a published author and known for his critique of ancient astronaut theory and his linguistic testing of the Majestic documents. In 2005, Heiser was named by FATE Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in ufology. He currently co-hosts the Peeranormal podcast, which discusses peer-reviewed research on a wide range of paranormal topics. Joseph Jordan Joseph Jordan is the president and co-founder of the CE4 research group, an alien abduction investigation and research team, which was originally based out of Cocoa, Florida. Following work for NASA’s Kennedy Space Center as a safety specialist, he currently works in South Korea, contracting as a safety professional supporting the Department of Defense. Jordan has been a Mutual UFO Network field investigator since 1992, and is currently the MUFON national director for South Korea. In 2016, Jordan was appointed to the MUFON STAR Team and its rapid response special unit.

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neers settled. The theater group Way Way Off-Broadway Theatre Company is a prime example that this love for the arts is still alive and well. WWOB specializes in professional Broadway productions. For the 70th anniversary of the alleged UFO crash and the festival, WWOB is bringing the infamous radio show, “War of the Worlds,” back. In the role of

Orson Welles, local thespian, Boyd Barret is cast. Other actors are Hugh Taylor, Steven Huebner, Bryan Hunley, Michael Sweeney, Steve Muhr and Brady Crump. The radio show is based on the science-fiction novel of H.G. Wells. Howard E. Koch, the co-writer of the classic film, “Casablanca,” adapted the script for radio. On Halloween 1938, Orson Welles, who later became known for his role in the movie, “Citizen Kane,” directed and narrated this episode; one that made him famous overnight. After only a short introduction, mentioning the origin, Welles dove into the story and, with his talent for drama, convinced the listeners that a reporter was talking see

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He has shared his research findings from his alien abduction investigations through many radio shows, newspaper and magazine articles, DVDs and lectures. His research findings on alien abductions have been used in 26 different authored books over the past two decades. He has spoken during six Roswell UFO Festivals, including the 60th anniversary conference in 2007. Jordan and the CE4 research group also hosted the Roswell UFO Festival conference for the city of Roswell in 2008. The findings of CE4 research, tagged as the unwanted piece of the UFO/alien abduction puzzle, are without a doubt the most powerful and controversial evidence of the true nature of the alien abduction phenomenon to ever be presented. Guy Malone Guy Malone is best known as a published author regarding the UFO phenomenon and the Bible and as co-founder of AlienResistance.org. In 1999, he moved to Roswell as a missionary attempting to reach those whose beliefs might be leading them into UFO cults, such as Heaven’s Gate, the Raelian Religion, Scientology and Urantia. In 2003, he organized his first of seven “Ancient of Days” conferences, bringing speakers of different beliefs and backgrounds together in Roswell to discuss UFOs and alien abductions and learn from one another. In 2007, he was asked by Roswell city officials to join Mayor Sam LaGrone’s 60th Anniversary UFO Festival Committee to serve as conference organizer, and then as the UFO Festival director. While in Roswell from 1999-2010, Malone traveled, ministered, networked and did outreach at annual UFO conferences around the country. Aside from numerous FM radio and internet-based interviews,

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Submitted Photo Local actor, Boyd Barret, recreates Orson Welles’ 1938 radio show, “War of the Worlds.” Malone has been featured in print publications of Christian magazines and and also appeared on TV shows. After a five-year absence, Malone moved back to Roswell, producing the Challenges to ET Conference as his first major work since his return. Nick Redfern Nick Redfern is the author of 40 books on UFOs, lake monsters, the alleged Roswell UFO crash, zombies, Hollywood scandals, women and men in black, the chupacabra, Bigfoot and close encounters with aliens. Since 2005, Redfern is known as ufologists’ public enemy No. 1. Redfern has appeared on a multitude of American and British TV news shows sharing his research. The conference will take place from June 29 to July 2, starting daily at 10:30 a.m., at the Roswell Mall, 4501 N. Main St. and will also be available live over the website. For more information and details, visit roswellufofestival.com.


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Roswell’s Galacticon & Sci-fi Film Fest

The Roswell Galacticon & Sci-fi Film Fest promises stars, cosplayers and entertainment for big and small By Christina Stock Vision Editor

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he seventh annual Galacticon is held at the Roswell Mall and features ‘Con’ staples such as vendor booths, comic book collectibles, artists, cosplay, gaming, workshops and panels. Workshops include themes such as lighting costumes for cosplayers 101, belly dancing and up-cycling: costuming for the thrifty, to mention just a few.

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Guest of honor: Martin Klebba from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series Klebba has acted in various productions, most notably the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series as Marty, one of Captain Jack Sparrow’s Black Pearl crew, in films one through three and five. In 2003, he played the ring announcer in the movie “Cradle 2 the Grave.” In 2009, Klebba played the

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role of Count Le Petite in “All’s Faire in Love,” a romantic comedy set at a Renaissance fair. He has numerous stunt credits as well, including “Hancock,” “Zombieland,” “Bedtime Stories,” “Evan Almighty,” “Meet the Spartans,” “Epic Movie” and “Van Helsing.” Wearing motion capture pajamas, Marty stood in for the Dimorphodon who grapples with Chris Pratt in “Jurassic World.”

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Miko Hughes from the “Roswell” TV series Hughes started his acting career in a public service announcement when he was 22 months old and followed that up by appearing in his first feature film at 27 months old. Since that early start, Hughes has consistently been one of the busiest young actors in Hollywood. Hughes is best known on film for his dramatic portrayal of an autistic boy opposite Bruce Willis in the 1998 blockbuster hit, “Mercury Rising.” In addition, Hughes has also starred on film in “Spawn,” “Zeus and Roxanne,” “Apollo 13,” “Kindergarten Cop” and “Pet Cemetery.” In addition, Hughes has also appeared in numerous television movies. Hughes received an Emmy certificate for his participation as the voice of Tommy in the No. 1 rated Fox animated TV series, “Life with Louie.” His other voiceover credits include the voice of Sly and Witt, twin babies in the feature film “Baby Geniuses.” Hughes played the

Submitted Photo The Frozen Sisters, renowned cosplayers, will be at the Roswell Galacticon & Sci-fi Film Fest. Skins leader, Nicholas, Tom Bloom at age 4 and in the TV series, “Ros- received his black belt well.” His acting skills in 1996. He is perhaps i n t h i s e p i s o d e w a s best known for his role described as a high- as Justin Stewart, the light of the season by Blue Turbo Ranger in the series’ fans. Hughes the fifth season of Power played a 14-year-old Rangers, “Power Rangers Turbo.” super villain. “I have never been Blake Anthony Foster from the “Power Rang- to Roswell,” Foster said in a phone interview. “I ers Turbo” Blake Anthony Foster am looking forward to it, was the Huggies baby at meeting all my fans out the age of 16 months in there. “I was honored to be 1986. He began training in American Tang Soo a Power Ranger when I Do style karate under was a kid,” Foster said. ninth-degree black belt “I was 12 years old and the only kid (that was not a teenager) in the Power Ranger history. That makes my character unique and diverse from all the other teenage rangers. “I have been a child actor my whole life,” Foster said. “I have been doing the comicons for the past four years, which gives me the ability to go out and meet my fans, sign autographs. I really enjoy the fact that being the only kid-Power Ranger brings my character up a lot. However, there are a lot of people that like Submitted Photo my character as well. Nowadays the franchise Guest of honor is actor Martin Klebba from the see Con on page 24 “Pirates of the Caribbean” series.


Fabien and Laura Castro Photo Pictured from left to right: Geneva Arena, Toby Lawhon, Noah Falls and Bryan Geddie of the Marquis of Vaudeville band.

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What’s a festival without music? A wide variety of music for all ages and tastes accompanies this year’s UFO Festival. By Christina Stock Vision Editor

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ach year the International UFO Festival has been growing, with new additions this year, such as the Galacticon & Sci Fi Film Fest with its cosplayers and steampunks, the planetarium laser shows, the Roswell Incident and the Challenges to ET Conference, the entertainment expanded as well. Best of all, most of the entertainment is

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free of charge. Musical acts will perform at Reischman Park and on the main stage at the Chaves County Courthouse throughout the festival. Some of the businesses are also joining in, such as Stellar Coffee Company, which is hosting Stellar UFO Music After Hours. The coffee shop is located at 315 N. Main St. From jazz, contem-

Continued from Page 20 about an extraterrestrial takeover that was taking place in New Jersey. The show even included interviews, commentators, crowds, police and eyewitnesses of the attacks. Although the scale of the panic is disputed, local police stations were called, newspapers throughout the nation were contacted. Even the New York City Department of Health called The New York Daily News. The department wanted to know what assistance it could lend to the maimed and dying. Scores of motorists traveling through Jersey heard the broadcast and immediately detoured so as not to pass through the supposedly doomed region.

porary pop, tejano to country and even Scottish music, there will be a wide variety to choose from. The music acts start on June 29 from noon to 11 p.m., June 30-July 1 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on July 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Friday evening, the public can enjoy the free performance of the Air National Guard Band of the Southwest at the

Pearson Auditorium on the New Mexico Military Institute grounds on North Main Street. While the concert is free, it is advisable to get tickets to guarantee a spot. Tickets are available at the information tent close to the main stage. For more information or ticket reservations, call 575-914-8018 or 575624-8442. A special treat is the performance by the steampunk band, The Marquis of Vaudeville, who will perform at Peppers Grill & Bar at the Steampunk Ball on Saturday night. The following is a glimpse into the variety of music acts: The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble Led by saxophonist Ken Field, Revolutionary Snake Ensemble is a costumed funk/street bea t i m p r ov i sa ti on a l brass band, performing a unique blend of original and traditional music that breathes New Orleans style jazz. Labeled “explosive” by The Boston Globe, two-time New England Music Award nominees RSE’s most recent CD, “I Want That Sound!” has received extensive critical acclaim and entered the CMJ jazz radio top 10 chart just two weeks after its release. This year is the third time that RSE performs

at the festival. “We are looking forward to coming back,” Field said in a phone interview. “I am always really thrilled to be seeing all my friends in Roswell. Something to look forward to for me. “I really think it’s (UFO Festival) getting better and better, I have to say. I know way back when it first started, it was big and then it got a little more sedate. I think it’s on the upswing now. “They are moving the main stage to the courthouse, which I think is a really smart thing. It’s not in the middle of the street in the sun and has more shade,” Field said. “We will be performing some new songs. Ch arle s Go rdo n , th e trumpet player, is going to join us and maybe others as well. I heard th e r e i s g o i n g to b e some family members in town who play music. We are thinking that might be fun to ask them to sit in with us,” Field said. “The band is pretty constant, but a few members here and there can’t do certain gigs. For this gig, I have a really great band lined up. It’s going to be wonderful.” “We are going to be in town from Thursday through Sunday. We are playing Friday night and Saturday night.” “We’ll be helping out

at a kids workshop to make percussion instruments. We are going to invite them to join us on Saturday, to march in the parade,” Field said. “He is so into it and it shows through his music and his band members.” Jeremy Howe said about Field, whom he met last year. “He is very exuberant about the whole event and so good with kids.” Howe is the Robert H. Goddard Planetarium coordinator in charge of the laser shows during the festival. Marquis de Vaudeville Having the ambitious wish to propel the entire world into a melodic vortex, Marquis of Vaudeville emits an extraordinary sound that spirals listeners on an utterly imaginative, musical merrygo-round. One never knows what mood-swing journey they’ll embark upon once these musical highwaymen hijack their consciousness. The group is known the world over for their progressive, carnival-esque punk cabaret stylings, fusing timeworn elements of the old world with newfangled innovation, and due to the music’s mysterious, yet playful nature, they have befittingly dubbed the style “melodic mischief.” see

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WWOB is recreating this radio-show reading of “The War of the Worlds,” on June 29 and July 1. The reading will be each day at 7 p.m. at the Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Performing Arts Center, 64 University Blvd. (close to the airport). Tickets for the “War of the Worlds” are $5. Tickets can be purchased at the UFO Festival information booth or at the door of the ENMU–Roswell Performing Arts Center.

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Submitted Photo Blake Anthony Foster, all grown up, was the youngest Power Ranger in the history of the Power Ranger series.

has grown tremendously to where Power Rangers is liked by everyone and everybody knows my character now. They see my character through Netflix and they still show Power Rangers on TV. With the new movie coming out, it will make a big impact on the franchise because it makes us relevant again. “We have been in talks to bring my character back, because my character has never been brought back to the show as a cameo appearance,” Foster said. “I have been in constant communication. I would love to revive the role. Keep in mind that my character was a kid. Nowadays, the fans would be able to see a grown-up Justin, which would be pretty cool.” The Galacticon also features the established Sci-fi Film Fest with feature and short films in the sci-fi genre, shown in the Galaxy 8 movie theater, which is also located at the mall. Asked about the trend in the admitted movies, organizer Alan Trever said, “We had a really good mixture of both, sci-fi and fantasy. Altogether, we got 42 films and those films are from all over the world. Lots from England, New Zealand and Australia, a couple from Canada, we had one from Alaska, and the rest were mostly U.S. “Out of the 42, we narrowed it down

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to 14 movies that will be shown on Friday and Saturday, Trever said. “Those are shorts and feature films.” Several of the directors, actors and crew are planning to attend the screening and award ceremony. “The filmmakers present will have time for question and answers,” Trever said. “Everything is blocked in with four to five blocks a day, with groupings of films and breaks in between each block for filmmakers to answer questions from the audience. “This film fest is sponsored by the media arts program at the college (Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell, media arts department),” Trever said. “The students that are in the film program are the ones that are organizing the program. Twenty-five students were in the film program. This summer, we got 10 finishing filmmakers. Most of the other ones graduated in spring.” Film industry notables will present panels and instruction with attendees. Tina Presley-Barek of Presley Talent Agency will be covering a panel about how to get started in films. John Henry of the IATSE Local 480 Film Technicians Union and president of New Mexico Federation of Labor will talk about working in the film industry. Mike Lanfor, of AirPlay Media and Adventur Services will give an aerial drone presentation for indie filmmakers and talk about legality and camera systems. The Roswell-based company

specializes in small unmanned aerial systems, also known as drones. Galacticon has a large steampunk presence and will feature the Steampunk Ball at Peppers Grill and Bar on Saturday evening. Guests don’t need to be dressed as cosplayers or steampunks to enter, but it is highly encouraged. Entertainment will be provided by one of the premier steampunk bands, the Marquis of Vaudeville (details about the band is listed under “Music” in this Vision edition). The Roswell UFO Festival Costume Contest at the Roswell Convention & Civic Center will combine with the Galacticon cosplay organizers to create a huge event on July 1 with no entry fee and a chance to win in numerous categories from amateurs to professionals. Jessie Arntz is one of the featured cosplayers present this year. For gamers, there will be workshops, free play and tournaments. The Roswell Galacticon has kept its mission to provide fun, family entertainment at a low cost and just one more thing to do during the Roswell UFO Festival weekend. For more information about the event, tickets and lanyards, visit roswellfilmcon or take a look at this edition’s schedule pages.  

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The band members are Geneva Arena, Noah Falls, Bryan Geddie and Toby Lawhon. Asked how the band became known in the steampunk community, Lawhon said, “We started writing what appealed to us. We wanted to convey our own emotions, we wanted to convey our thoughts. We started writing in a specific style that I feel lends itself to the steampunk scene. We have a lot of songs that have that old world feel to it, some of the instrumentation, the orchestration we put in our songs. It kind of gives the songs an old world feel but at the same time, we are a modern rock band,” Lawhon said. “That is what steampunk is, fusing the histo-

ry of the old world with modern and futuristic themes. I think that’s what drew people to our music in the steampunk scene. Bryan and I were familiar with steampunk from our role-playing days, when we played Dungeons and Dragons,” Lawhon said. “We didn’t necessarily set out to be a band in the steampunk scene, but we became a band in the steampunk scene because of the songs we were writing fit perfectly with that scene.” Arena is one of the newest members. “I was in another band that played with the Marquis of Vaudeville and I loved them from the moment I heard their music,” she said. “Then, a few years later, I ended up being in the band. “I was not really in the steampunk before the Marquis of Vaudeville,”

Arena said. The band has a new album coming out in October, “Tragic Valentine.” “We are going to play a lot of songs off of the new album, in fact there is a song that we have written for one of our friends that is in the steampunk community,” Lawhon said. “We are going to perform that live for the very first time. It’s called, ‘The Enigma Men.’” For more information, check out the schedule in the center of this edition, or visit roswellfilmcon.com, or ufofestivalroswell.com

Submitted Photo From left to right: Blake Newman, Jerry Sabatini, Tom Hall, Ken Field, Phil Neighbors and Dave Harris of the band Revolutionary Snake Ensemble. This year is the third time that RSE perform in Roswell.

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Continued from Page 6 cover-up, Pope said, “Yes, there might be something to that and also the fact in 1947 people in Roswell had just gone through the horrors of World War II and were living in the new age of knowing about the Holocaust. “Knowing that we were all living under the shadow of the atom bomb,” Pope said. “I think, yes, there might have been a feeling that this might be just too much for people. ‘Let’s sit on it and figure out what we are doing with it.’ The government always likes to show that they are the source of all knowledge and power. “I think it would be a deeply scary thing to suddenly find out that we are not top of the food chain after all,” Pope said. “That there is something, and we really don’t know what it is. Far safer maybe, just to bury the secret and study it until you understand it.” Pope got into the subject of UFOs and UFO research for the British government quite by accident. “When you join the Ministry of Defense, you just Roswell Incident special guests: Josh Gates Josh Gates is in town covering the UFO Festival for the Travel Channel’s Expedition Unknown.” He will have special guest appearances at the Roswell Incident. Gates has unique brand of humor and deep-rooted passion for off-the-map excursions, including the quest for King Arthur in the U.K., Blackbeard’s missing gold in the Caribbean and answers to D.B. Cooper’s infamous plane hijacking in the U.S. Race Hobbs KGRA, the Global Radio Alliance will be broadcasting this year’s Roswell Incident. KGRA’s head of operations, Race Hobbs will host this year’s speaker panel and it will be broadcast live on KGRAdb worldwide radio. KGRA combines professionalism and the best broadcast audio quality with compelling, provocative and timely alternative talk-radio programming.

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get assigned to a particular job, and they move you around every three or four years, hopefully with promotions. It’s like musical chairs,” Pope said and laughed. “Sometimes, you just sit down when the music stops. I didn’t ask for that job, I didn’t seek it out, it just fell into my lap, and yes, I had mixed feelings. I knew it would be interesting. I wasn’t sure it would be the best post I could be in terms of being ambitious and wanting to climb up the ladder. I was a bit worried that this would be something of an end,” Pope said. Pope said that he doesn’t think that the mystery will ever be solved by researchers or people in the UFO community. “I think if anyone can solve it, it would be the people of Roswell themselves,” Pope said. “I would urge people to go up to their attics, to go through the old boxes of military documents, photos and memorabilia from mothers, fathers, grandfathers, grandmothers, aunts and uncles who may have been serving in Roswell in 1947. “On a personal level, this will be my

In addition to the live speaker panel, Hobbs will also host the Roswell Daily Record and KGRA awards presentation on Sunday, which will honor the lifetime work of the speakers in their field of research. Roswell Incident speakers: Richard M. Dolan Richard M. Dolan belongs among the leading UFO researchers, historians and publishers in the world. He has written four groundbreaking books, which provides a fresh insight into the subject. Dolan has appeared on television, has lectured around the world, and he is a frequent guest on radio shows such as “Coast-to-Coast AM.” Currently, he is the writer and host of the series, “False Flags,” which appears on Gaia TV. Dolan also hosts two radio shows, “The Richard Dolan Show” on KGRA and “The Effed Files.” He is the publisher of Richard Dolan Press, which features the work of many leading thinkers explor-

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ing alternative realities in our world. Linda Moulton Howe Linda Moulton Howe is a graduate of Stanford University with a master’s degree in communication. She has devoted her documentary film, television, radio, writing and reporting career to productions concerning science, medicine and the environment. Moulton Howe has received local, national and international awards, including three regional Emmys, a national Emmy nomination and a WCVB Boston Station Peabody Award for medical and science programming. As Director of Special Projects at the KMGH-TV station in Denver, Colorado, she received the Aviation & Space Writers Association Award for Writing Excellence in Television; a Chicago Film Festival Golden Plaque for A Radioactive Water; and Colorado’s Florence Sabin Award for “outstanding contribution to public health.” Moulton Howe received in 2016 the Lifetime Achievement

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third time in Roswell this summer,” Pope said. “I am very much looking forward to coming back and I think Roswell is always interesting, and with it happening over the holiday weekend is fun. I am just very much looking forward personally on coming back to meet some of the local people and hearing their story and seeing something they find in their boxes that will solve the greatest mystery of them all.” If you are among the vast numbers of people who are filled with curiosity and questions, who embrace discussion, who strive for knowledge and who are seekers of the truth surrounding the enduring mystery of 1947, when something fell out of the sky near Roswell, you won’t want to miss this special event. The Roswell Incident takes place at the Sally Port Inn, from June 30 to July 2. Entrance to the conference room is behind K-Bob’s. Check out the schedule inside of this edition for times. For more information and tickets, visit roswellincident.com. Award by the Conscious Life Expo and The History Channel’s “Ancient Aliens” TV program, one of the channel’s most popular series. As an investigative reporter, Moulton Howe has been asked to speak at national and international conferences and symposiums, including NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Nick Pope Nick Pope investigated UFOs and other mysteries for the British government and is known by the media as the “real” Fox Mulder. Although now retired from the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense, he’s been the public face of an ongoing program to declassify and release the entire archive of the British government’s UFO files. Pope now lives in the U.S., where he’s consulted on and helped promote various alien-themed movies, TV shows and video games. He’s recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on UFOs and on the scientific search for extraterrestrial

Submitted Photo The “real” Fox Mulder, Nick Pope, is returning to Roswell for the third time.

life and has written about these subjects for numerous mainstream media outlets, including The New York Times, the BBC News website and NBC’s technology and science site. Chase Kloetzke Chase Kloetzke was employed with the Department of Defense where she earned her master trainer and master instructor title. Armed with a bio-mechanical engineer accreditation, she was responsible for designing specialized programs and the supervision of complete success regarding Force Readiness, unique mission responsibilities and Elite Force Protection. This was achieved by understanding the goals and requirements placed on physical and mental strength assignments that are demanded and expected for today’s active duty members and civilian anti-terrorist units. This includes assignments with Homeland Security and Private Sector Security Forces. ​S he joined the Mutu-

al UFO Network in 1996 and was selected as the Star team manager and deputy director of investigations through 2011. Kloetzke is an active investigator, responding to reports and international cases, including her forensic contributions to the “Star Child” skull. Her focus is on UFO evidence. Chuck Zukowski Zukowski has more than 30 years of experience as a microchip designer and eight years of experience in law enforcement as a former reserve deputy sheriff. Since the early ‘80s, Zukowski has been involved with researching and field investigating many different categories of the paranormal, including UFOs, alien sightings, ghost investigations, Bigfoot and animal mutilations. Zukowski approaches every investigation from a skeptical point of view looking for any known possibility before claiming otherwise. Zukowski also see

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hile teenagers and adults went wild for the books about sparkly vampires, hairy wolves and other shapeshifters, a new style of literature has found a fan base among the huge community of avid readers around the world. The sub-genre is science-fiction romance, in short, SciFiRom. Over the last several years, more and more fans found their way to the books that were harder to find than the proverbial needle in a haystack. The few good authors specializing in

SciFiRom were haphazardly categorized by the media into science fiction, others in fantasy or the broad category of romance. Readers had to hunt for new authors that were not easily found on the large websites specializing in book sales for ebooks or hardcopies. This has changed in the last year. While those websites still do not list the subcategory of SciFiRom, the search engines have been updated and will list the books that are a hybrid of romance and science fiction.

The authors and fans are meeting now all over the world at specialized cons and — typical for the times — they are avid social media users. These authors bond ed, became friends and started to work together in Facebook groups where they are highly interactive with their fans. Just as in any other genre, there are big differences between the authors, depending on interests, such as hard science fiction, dystopian, steampunk, contemporary and fantasy. One of the first of

those pioneers in SciFiRom is Susan Grant. The New York Times best-selling and RITA award-winning author could easily be a heroine in one of her own books. Grant is a former U.S. Air Force pilot who had fought her way into the Air Force at a time when no females were permitted. Today she is a commercial jumbo-jet pilot with more than 18,000 hours of flight time under her belt. Grant’s first book, “Contact,” is about a commercial pilot whose 747 jet is snatched from the sky by a UFO. “Contact” was published in 1999. Grant’s female heroes are no damsels in distress. They are (of course) airline pilots, Air Force fighter pilots or other strong women working in a male-dominated field. When they encounter the hero and

love-to-be, equals meet to save planets, worlds and societies. In a recent interview by Emerian Rich of Search Magazine, Grant had sage advice for anybody who faces adversity. “Learn to let a lot of things roll off,” she said. “Stand up for yourself when you need to, but know you’re going to be viewed as a female first, because you are. Try not to let someone’s attitude make you give up your dreams. Be strong. That goes for men, women and people of all skin colors and orientations. There will always be those who try to throw up a tall wall in front of you or slam the door in your face. You can give up, or you can wedge a hand or foot in that door, dust yourself off and try again. I have a saying, ‘Don’t listen to the naysayers and don’t take

the first no, or even the second or third one for an answer.’ “If I had listened to the naysayers or listened every time I was told no, I never would’ve made it as far as I did,” Grant said. Grant is working together with several other authors on a joint book project, “Pets in Space 2.” that will be available in October for a limited time. The first book, “Pets in Space 1,” came out earlier this year and was a huge success. It was also a limited edition, the book itself is no longer available, but the stories in it are getting released individually in ebook format. As the name says, “Pets in Space” includes pets who play a big role in bringing the female and male heroes together, or making it more see Books on page 30

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Continued from Page 26 implements new and innovative field experiments from time to time to enhance his investigations looking for new evidence. His investigations have been featured on many television shows since 2002. Debbie Ziegelmeyer Debbie Ziegelmeyer joined MUFON in 2000. She has investigated over 1000 sighting reports including 700plus MUFON cases. As a scuba diving instructor, Ziegelmeyer is also an expert for underwater UFO/USO search and recovery. She became a 1947 Roswell crash investigator in 2001, participating in archeological on site digs in 2002 and 2006. In the past 16 years, she has appeared as a conference speaker on the subject of Roswell and

Missouri UFO-sighting reports. She has also appeared as an on-air expert on The Discovery Channel’s “Close Encounters” and T h e T r av e l Ch an n e l ’ s “Mysteries at the National Parks.” David Marler David Marler received his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Southern Illinois University and his certification in hypnotherapy from Mottin and Johnson Institute of Hypnosis in St. Louis, Missouri. Marler has had a lifelong interest in the UFO subject. He joined The Mutual UFO Network in 1990 as a field investigator trainee. Since then, he has served as field investigator, state section director, as well as Illinois state director. He has discussed the subject of UFOs on several radio and television news programs and lectured on the subject to

numerous school and adult audiences over the years. Marler acknowledges the need for a skeptical approach when examining each individual UFO report. However, he recognizes what appears to be a core phenomenon beneath it all. Marler was the recipient of the 2016 Lucius O. Farish Award for Excellence in UFO-related research and education. Marc D’Antonio Marc D’Antonio has a degree in astronomy and is the Mutual UFO Network’s chief photo/video analyst. He has done extensive work in the film and television arena appearing regularly on a number of networks. His efforts creating UFOTOG 2, a remote UFO detection system with Douglas Trumbull, promises to bring ufology into the 21st century. D’Antonio has appeared on a number

of networks, performing on-camera work in his role as a UFO investigator, scientific principle presenter and photo/ video analyst. Recently D’Antonio continued his work after seasons 1-2 on “NASA’s Unexplained Files” seen on Discovery Channel. Prior to that, he did seasons 1 and 2 of a new flagship series called “What On Earth,” seeking answers to perplexing Earth mysteries brought to us via Earth-orbiting satellites. Courtney Brown Courtney Brown is the director and founder of The Farsight Institute, a nonprofit research and educational organization dedicated to the study of the phenomenon of non local consciousness known as remote viewing. He has published peer-reviewed research on this subject in premier scientific outlets and has spoken internationally at a host of prestigious ven-

ues, including various universities, as well as at respected gatherings of physicists. He is a published author on the subject of remote viewing. His book is the only one of its kind where the science of remote viewing is developed with respect to highly structured data-collection methodologies of the kind utilized by the U.S. military. In this book, he analyzes data and develops a new theory that explains the remote-viewing phenomenon as a consequence of superposition formation on the quantum level. Alejandro Rojas Alejandro Rojas is director of operations at Open Minds Production, the host for Open Minds UFO Radio, editor and contributing writer for OpenMinds.tv, and emcee for the International UFO Congress. He is also a contributor for The Huffington Post. For several years, Rojas

was the official spokesperson for the Mutual UFO Network as the director of public education. As a UFO and paranormal researcher and journalist, Rojas has spent many hours in the field investigating anomalous phenomena up close and personal. Rojas has been interviewed by media organizations around the world, including the largest cable and network news agencies. He has been featured on the Travel Channel, Syfy, National Geographic, E!, and has had regular appearances on Coast to Coast AM.

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hile residents of San Patricio and the Hondo Valley were celebrating St. John’s Day on June 24, 1947, pilot Kenneth Arnold witnessed several discshaped crafts fly over Mt. Rainer in Washington. From this incident, the term “flying saucer” was born, and more sightings of the discs occurred all across the U.S. — including Roswell, where Dan Wilmot saw one on July 2. Just days later, future astronaut Edgar D. Mitchell (then attending his senior year of high school in Artesia) remembers seeing the Roswell Daily Record issue reporting the UFO crash on July 7.   Apart from a brief week of UFO mania in July, what else of note went on relating to Roswell in 1947? Quite a bit in fact. Though the No. 1 song on Billboard’s Top 10 at the time was “Chi Baba, Chi Baba” by Perry Como, at No. 7 on Your Hit Parade was a song by a Roswell band,

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Louise Massey and the Westerners’ “My Adobe Hacienda.” Also, semi famous country singer Lefty Frizzell — he wrote, “If You’ve Got the Money, I’ve Got The Time” while in a Chaves County jail — had his own show on radio station KGFL. As many will recall, KGFL would play a role in the Roswell Incident via Frank Joyce, who interviewed people like Mack Brazel on air regarding the mysterious incident. Another guest was Wanda Fey. On another musical note, Roy Rogers got remarried to Dale Evans. Roger’s first wife, Arlene Wilkins, was a Roswell girl whom he had married here, but she died giving birth to his son Roy Rogers Jr. Locally well-known Roswell couple Jack and Suzie Chew, future owner of Chew’s Restaurant, were married that year, as well.  The year 1947 sadly marked the deaths of two prominent Roswellites before their time. On Oct. 16, Elizabeth Garrett, blind daugh-

Photo courtesy of the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico Archives. The original Roswell Post Office and Federal building at 300 N. Richardson Ave. Date unknown, ca. 1930s or early 1940s. ter of Sheriff Pat Garrett and renowned musician (she wrote “O’ Fair New Mexico” the state song), was walking home with h er se eing-eye dog when a blackout occurred in Roswell. She was found dead sometime later by her

friends. It was speculated that she had tripped on the pavement and the blow to her head from the fall killed her. On Oct. 20, Bob Crosby, a three-time world-champion cowboy, was killed in a jeep

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Continued from Page 27 difficult for them until the happy ending. The pets are earthly creatures, cyber, robotic or alien creatures. “Part of the first month’s sales of Pets in Space 2 go to a great charity, Hero Dogs, which you should totally check out,” said author Carol Van Natta. Another author who was part of the project from the start is SE Smith. Smith climbed The New York Times and USA Today best-seller list with her series, “Dragon Lord Of Valdier.” Her heroes are alien dragon shifters who encounter feisty and outspoken female earthlings. Smith’s writing style is fast-paced, adventurous and written with a wicked sense of humor. She also writes for young adults and children, enjoying writing a wide variety of genres that pull her readers into a world that takes them away. In an interview with Vision Magazine, Smith shares her first adventure visiting Roswell. “It is amazing when one can actually say, ‘I’ve been there,’ when you hear of a famous place,” Smith said. “I can do that with Roswell, New Mexico. It was one of those days that stands out in your memory, not so much for the aliens — though we did see a few — but because of a broken car A/C in the middle of summer and a desperate need to be cool. “Yes, I did say we saw aliens,” Smith said and laughed. “It would be impossible not to go through Roswell and miss them, after all, Roswell is famous for their alien encounters. Whether aliens have visited Roswell or not, I do believe there is a possibility that we may have been visited on some level. I can only hope that the incident in 1947 was real. I know that thousands of amateur astronomers are searching the galaxy for evidence. In the end, I’m just glad I can say that I experienced Roswell in person.” “Now, as a Florida girl, I’m used to heat, but not that kind. I’m used to walking through walls of water, this heat was a suck-you-dry-leave-you-mummifiedboiling-sun type of heat that none of us were used to. By the time we walked back, all I could dream about was getting back to the car and collapsing in the nice icy air conditioning. You can imagine my horror when all that came out of the vents was fire-breathing, alien breath hot enough to toast a marshmallow. Rolling down the windows didn’t help, but at that point, I was ready to ride on the roof of the car with my tongue hanging out — not a pretty sight if you are a 50-plus-year-old woman. The next morning, we made a beeline for Carlsbad, dropped off our RV and headed to Roswell — beautiful, magnificent, Roswell with its aliens and Honda dealership. It was interesting seeing a city that you had grown up hearing stories about. I truly expected to see little, or big green aliens walking down the streets waving at us. We did see the occasional blow-up one bouncing near a doorway or waving to us from a window. The city is a beautiful, modern oasis with fun shops, amazing dining and a magnificent alien disguised as a service tech who repaired our air conditioner and sent us happily on our way in our chilly car. Author Laurie A. Green lives in Edgewood, New Mexico. She talked about her involvement in the “Pets in Space” anthology on its blog. Asked about what she loved about writing science fiction, she said, “I love having the freedom to write (and read) stories that are unbound by place or time or dimension; to explore landscapes that only exist in the imagination. It’s probably no surprise

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Does the UFO question really matter? Yes, it does!

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ost of us by necessity live fairly earthbound lives, going through our routines day after day to earn a living, pay the bills and raise our families. We take care of basic practicalities without a lot of time or energy left over to muse about more cosmic issues. Unless you make your way in the world by being an astronomer, you may well have little opportunity to spend time pondering the stars. In particular, while the subject of unidentified flying objects occupies a certain amount of the limelight in popular

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a special investigator for the late Dr. J. Allen Hynek and the art director for the International UFO Reporter. Schmitt graduated from Milwaukee Area Technical College with a degree in commercial art and graduated cum laude from Concordia University with a degree in liberal arts. He is author of hundreds of articles about UFOs, as well as the co-author of five best-selling books about the Roswell incident, UFOs and area 51. Schmitt has led and organized the four official archaeological dig projects at the actual Roswell crash/debris field. The second effort became the central theme of the highest rated show up to that time in the history of the Sci Fi Channel, “The Roswell Crash: Startling

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movies, it’s probably fair to say that most people spend relatively little time thinking about them. That might make it tempting to conclude that they’re not terribly important, or that the whole UFO question doesn’t really matter, but that would be an illogical inference. Many people get to spend little time reading Shakespeare, listening to classical music, looking at paintings by Van Gogh, or studying theoretical physics, but that scarcely means those things don’t matter. Like literature, music, art and science, UFOs

can teach us a great deal. For one thing, despite government silence about them, they really exist, as an abundance of reliable evidence can attest. So it’s a real phenomenon we’re learning from, not some mythological delusion. But what can we learn from them? Well, for one thing, they can teach us a lot about ourselves and our position in the scheme of things. In our daily lives we may have to keep our gaze lowered and our noses to the proverbial grindstone, but that doesn’t change the fact that there’s a very large

and very old universe out there. And with strange airborne objects so often appearing in our skies, we have a constant reminder that it’s pretty ridiculous for us to have the arrogance to imagine we’re the only intelligent life in the galaxy. Earth-like “exoplanets” (planets orbiting stars other than our sun) have been discovered, in temperature zones favorable to the presence of liquid water and thus to the evolution of life. This ought to strongly suggest that we’re not alone, especially considering that we’re being visited by

UFOs that exhibit astonishing technological sophistication. Numerous visual sightings and radar tracks confirm this. There are more practical reasons why we humans and our governments should take the UFO question seriously. When UFOs come gliding across our skies, they don’t file flight plans, they don’t carry transponders, and they don’t in any way fit into the behavior patterns of conventional aircrafts. From the standpoint of restricted air space, they are unannounced visitors at best, intruders at worst. We need

to know and understand — however tall an order that may be — what’s flying around over our cities. In a world where political tensions run high, we even have the unsettling possibility of an accidental war caused by insufficiently understood flying objects. I’ve said this before, any government not paying attention to UFOs isn’t doing its job. But make no mistake, they’re secretly quite aware of the problem.

New Evidence.” He has been interviewed and consulted on a multitude of TV and radio programs. He was an on-set consultant at Paramount Studios on one episode of the TV series “Roswell.” The basis of his research and consultation has been the theme of many documentaries. Presently, he and Stanton Friedman serve as advisors to the International UFO Museum and Research Center board of directors. He and Friedman will also be portrayed in the motion picture, “Majic Men,” produced by Stellar Productions. Schmitt is also an associate producer of the 2015 feature docu-drama “Film 701,” which is being scripted by Peabody Award-winning writer, Tracy Torme.

alien investigation for more than 35 years. At the heart of Sims’ work is a proactive search for physical evidence and its forensic analysis. A private investigator, he treats abduction cases like crime scenes. By the early ‘80s, he’d begun assembling his groundbreaking collection of alleged alien implants. Sims’ scientific and academic dream team of consultants includes two cardiovascular surgeons, a brain surgeon, four medical doctors, a criminal forensic scientist from a major university and an ultra-tech specialist, currently conducting a two-year study on Sims’ implant samples.

vice and Alien Abductions.” In the last 24 years, Smith has lectured at national and international conferences, various universities and co-lectured with her mentor, Budd Hopkins, John Mack and David Jacobs. Smith has appeared on many television shows as well as countless radio shows. In 1992, Smith founded the Close Encounters Research Organization, a support group for abductees and in January 2013, Smith launched CERO International, whose mission is to investigate, educate and support, and to recognize and preserve abductees’ civil rights. Smith is currently working to organize training sessions for established therapists in order to collaborate and offer support to individuals who have experienced contact with alien beings. Her goal is to establish a qualified abduction therapist in all

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reappeared, disoriented and initially unable to tell the whole story of his terrifying encounter. In “Fire in the Sky,” Walton relates in his own words the best documented account of alien abduction yet recorded, the story of his own harrowing ordeal at the hands of silent captors, his return to a disbelieving world of hostile interrogators, exploitive press and debunkers. Walton recounts the struggle to get a fair hearing and confronts his detractors with a stinging rebuttal.

Derrel Sims Derrel Sims, also known as the “alien hunter,” has been at the forefront of

Yvonne Smith Yvonne Smith is the author of “CHOSEN: Recollections of UFO Abductions Through Hypnotherapy” and her latest book, “Coronado: The President, The Secret Ser-

Travis Walton Travis Walton is the subject of the Paramount Studios movie, “Fire in the Sky,” based on his book of the same name. On Nov. 5, 1975, a group of loggers in the mountains of northeastern Arizona observed a strange, unusually bright light in the sky. One of the men, Walton, recklessly left the safety of their truck to take a closer look. Suddenly, as he walked toward the light, Walton was blasted back by a bolt of mysterious energy. His companions fled in fear. When they reported an encounter with a UFO — something they would have considered impossible if they had not witnessed it themselves — the men were suspected of murder. For five days, authorities mounted a massive manhunt in search of Walton, or his body. Then, Walton

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