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UFO Enthusiasts Set To Converge On Alberta Town

From: Stig_Agermose@online.pol.dk (Stig Agermose)
Date: Thu, 9 Jul 1998 02:38:02 +0200
Fwd Date: Thu, 09 Jul 1998 01:03:39 -0400
Subject: UFO Enthusiasts Set To Converge On Alberta Town

>From the Vancouver Sun.

Stig


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Last updated: Wednesday 8 July 1998

NATIONAL NEWS


UFO enthusiasts set to converge on Alberta town


ST. PAUL, Alta. (CP) - The truth is out there and John Trefanenko hopes
UFO buffs, crop circle theorists and cattle mutilation investigators
look for it in St. Paul.

Trefanenko, mayor of the northern Alberta town of 5,000, believes a
conference this weekend dedicated to aliens will draw plenty of earthly
visitors.

"We feel this annual conference, besides having a bit of a
tourist-economic spinoff . . . will probably give us some answers as
well," said Trefanenko.

Stanton Friedman - a nuclear physicist who investigated the purported
crash of a spaceship near Roswell, N.M., in 1947 - is the keynote
speaker for the two-day conference starting Friday.

"I donít expect any UFO to show up for my lectures," Friedman said at a
Wednesday news conference in Edmonton. "It would be great - that would
be real news."

Friedman expects the conference will draw the curious rather than the
kooky.

"I guess the kooks have their conferences, too, but I have been to a
lot of conferences in the last several years, partly because of
Roswell, and what it is mostly is the healthy agnostics," said
Friedman, an American who now lives in Fredericton.

"Iím not trying to reach the UFO buffs; thatís preaching to the
converted. I want to reach the world, the general public.

"Youíre never going to get 100 per cent of the people to agree with
you. Five per cent of the American public doesnít believe weíve been to
the moon."

Other conference highlights include a controversial film of an alleged
alien autopsy, a psychologistís session with an alien abduction victim
and a local cattle mutilation investigator who is bringing his slide
show.

"Iím quite positive it is not the coyotes and the wolves doing this,"
said Fern Belzil, who sells purebred cattle in St. Paul and has
investigated three recent deaths in the area. "Some people think it is
predators, others think it is satanic cults, but there are a few
ranchers convinced it is aliens doing this."

St. Paul, about 200 kilometres northeast of Edmonton, already has an
affection for extraterrestrials. The town built a circular UFO landing
pad as a centennial project in 1967 and made headlines in 1995 by
starting a toll-free hotline (1-888-SEE-UFOS) to record sightings of
alien craft.

"It was started as a publicity stunt, we make no bones by that,"
conference organizer Paul Pelletier said of the hotline, which is
bankrolled by an anonymous patron in Las Vegas.

"At the same time, we almost immediately started getting a tremendous
amount of calls, serious UFO reports, which kind of took us off-guard a
little.

"We quickly adapted and realized very early in the game that we were
providing a very necessary service. It was a safe place for people to
call without fear of ridicule."

About 500 earthlings are expected this weekend. The town, Pelletier
says, is ready to greet them - and believe them.

"The general public in St. Paul, as a whole, is very supportive of the
UFO conference and really feel that this is something St. Paul was
destined to do."