UFO Conjecture(s)

Thursday, May 01, 2008

The Amazing Roswell UFO Festival 2008

Miranda Evjen says Hi,

I work with the Amazing Roswell UFO Festival held every year in Roswell, NM. This year’s festival will be held from July 3-6, 2008. I thought your audience might be interested in knowing more about the festival. I’ve including some information about this year’s festivities below. If we can offer you any more information, art or logos, please let us know at media@ufofestivalroswell.com


Media Contact: Alexis Kerschner, Rick Johnson & Company (505) 266-7220, media@ufofestivalroswell.com

ROSWELL, N.M. The City of Roswell invites UFO enthusiasts and skeptics alike to join in the celebration of one of the most debated incidents in history this July 3-6, 2008. The four-day event will feature guest speakers, authors, live entertainment, family-friendly activities and possibly an alien abduction.
The City is expecting more than 50,000 visitors during the festival and guests are encouraged to make travel arrangements early. Links to accommodations, an event schedule and more in depth information can be found at the new festival website

www.ufofestivalroswell.com.

In early July, 1947, a mysterious object crashed on a ranch 30 miles north of Roswell. The Roswell Army Air Field (RAAF) issued a statement claiming to have recovered a crashed “flying disk.” An article ran on the front page of the Roswell Daily Record and the next day, RAAF changed its statement to say that the object was a weather balloon, not a flying disk as they previously reported. This revised statement sparked immediate controversy and has continued to be a topic of debate more than 60 years later.

During The Amazing Roswell UFO Festival, guests can visit alien attractions, attend lectures, book signings and help uncover the truth about one of the most infamous cover-ups in history. Media passes are available now. Contact Alexis Kerschner at media@ufofestivalroswell.com to get your passes. For more information about the festival, visit www.ufofestivalroswell.com

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

What is old is new again: UFO Magazines

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We have hundreds of UFO magazines going back to 1947 (Fate et al.)…..

What’s interesting is that the magazines are fraught with interesting conjecture and photos, by persons long dead and many still involved with the UFO phenomenon.

It’s somewhat enlightening to see what stories and positions were once taken by writers such as Jerome Clark, Kevin Randle, and debunker James Oberg, among others.

What surprises, somewhat, is how imaginative the UFO articles were. Nothing like them appears in current magazines (the few that exist) or in the plethora of UFO blogs extant.

UFOs and flying saucers once excited writers and readers, whereas nowadays there is palpable malaise about UFOs, with feigned excitement taking the place of actual excitement in the good ol’ days.

John Keel appears, as do Wendelle Stevens, Timothy Beckley, Lloyd Mallan, Ray Fowler, Richard Hall, and even the great Donald Keyhoe, to name a few.

While we eschew seeking the UFO answer from past UFO episodes, we do think that a cursory glance at previous flying saucer tales and conjectures would be entertaining, and perhaps a spur to refreshing the UFO dialogue and investigation.

If you have need of or seek a particular flying saucer tale or writer from the past, let us know, and if we have the material, we’ll scan it for you.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

The Missing UFOs

UFOs seem to have appeared to early man, as portrayed in cave paintings and other petroglyphs, and a UFO presence is palpable in Sumerian and Biblical accounts about 10,000 B.C.

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Sporadic UFO accounts may be found in Biblical literature right up into the time of Jesus/Christ and for a period shortly thereafter.

Constantine’s UFO observation of 312 A.D. appears to be the last significant recorded sighting until the Nuremberg UFO “battle” of 1561.

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UFOs remained rather quiescent until about 1890; that is, nothing blatantly unidentified is reported for the lacunae between 312 and 1561 and 1561 until 1890.

Our concern here is the dearth of UFO-like accounts in psychiatric circles for the period between 1890 and 1963, when psychoanalysts and other practitioners of the mental arts, including Freud and Jung, among others, were treating patients for hallucinations and perception anomalies, even dreams where one would think a few abduction-like anecdotes would have surfaced.

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But no persons seeking psychiatric help recounts a UFO experience or anything resembling an abduction event.

Scouring the extant psychological literature for the period mentioned, we found no references, not one, that resembles the early UFO accounts in the Bible and none mimic the classic accounts from the modern era of UFOs.

It wasn’t until Betty and Barney Hill’s scenario was outed by their psychiatrist, and taken up as a template by hypnotists and pseudo-psychologists thereafter that UFOs got the on-the-couch treatment.

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UFOs were not visible or recorded for those long periods we cite above, but during the heyday of psychoanalysis, 1890 to the early 1960s, flying saucers were prominent in he public/media mind.

Yet, no one under treatment for mental aberrations or emotional problems presented flying disks or UFOs as the progenitor of their plight.

After the Hill episode, however, one can a raft of UFO accounts that seem ideal for psychiatric scrutiny, many brought forth by amateur and professional hypnotists, seriously and haphazardly.

Where were UFOs during the open-spaces from during the Dark Ages and after the Renaissance?

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And where were UFOs in the psychiatric arena when they were prominent is the public psyche, especially after 1947?

Something doesn’t add up. But it never does where UFOs are concerned.

That’s one reason why science and/or media won’t deal with UFOs seriously.