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UFO Exhibit At Syracuse's Museum Of Science And

From: Stig_Agermose@online.pol.dk (Stig Agermose)
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998 03:37:07 +0200
Fwd Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998 07:02:36 -0400
Subject: UFO Exhibit At Syracuse's Museum Of Science And

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It's out of this world

What's a UFO exhibit doing at the MOST?

Published June 09, 1998, in The Post-Standard.

By Jim Reilly, Staff Writer

Don't let the black drapes, spooky sounds and flashing lights fool you:
"The UFO Phenomena" exhibit at Syracuse's Museum of Science &
Technology is pretty tame - even lame - stuff.

The aliens and flying saucers are so obviously fake, it's unlikely even
a jittery 5-year-old will be scared.

But kids of a certain age are sure to think parts of the exhibit, such
as the eerie "Alien Examination" room, the big lighted model of the
Roswell saucer crash and the bog "close encounter" (with smoke and
lights and a vibrating bridge) are pretty cool.

Those determined to believe will find evidence in dozens of
declassified formerly "secret" UFO documents on display.

Even the most skeptical will find photos of intricate crop circles
intriguing. Taped cockpit conversations of pilot encounters with UFOs
are fun to listen to, as are tapes of alleged sightings by average
folks and the continually replayed recording of the Mercury Theater's
1938 Halloween hoax that scared a nation - "The War of the Worlds."
When all the tapes are talking at once, the exhibit becomes sort of a
hall of babble. Which, in a way, is wryly appropriate somehow.

Some of the most interesting stuff is the exhibit on hoaxes, ranging
from tin plates to a photo of a button superimposed on streets and
trees, and photos of physical phenomena that have been mistaken for
alien spaceships, from deflating weather balloons to saucer-shaped
lenticular clouds.

The exhibit claims to be the largest of its kind and to have cost $1.1
million to assemble. Despite the strobe lights, resident aliens and
other special effects, its cheesier aspects - misspelled, clumsily
worded text; an alien "power source" that looks like three plastic
light fixture globes; a toy saucer that creaks out on a track, pauses,
then wobbles back into the dark - reveal it for what it is: a mostly
handmade UFO sideshow whipped up by a couple of guys from Long Island.

The two questions likely to pop into people's minds before and after
visiting "The UFO Phenomena" are: Why do we have to pay $2.50 extra to
see it, and what is an exhibit on UFOs doing in a legit science museum
like the MOST?

It costs extra because most of that money goes to the owners of the
traveling exhibit, not to the MOST. The arrangement enabled the MOST to
bring the exhibit here cheaply. And, MOST staffers are quick to point
out, members do not pay extra for the UFO show, an incentive for
visiting families to become member families.

Anticipating the second question, Executive Director Steve Karon
focuses on the practical side of UFOs in the current MOST newsletter:
"UFOs are not alien spaceships. UFOs simply are Unidentified Flying
Objects - something you see in the sky that you can not identify. ...
In fact, more than 99 percent of all unusual sightings are eventually
identified as ordinary objects or natural phenomena."

Besides, it gives the MOST an excuse to sell neat stuff in its science
store and from a display case outside the UFO exhibit: Alien Orbiters
($10.75), Ben D. Aliens ($2.25), Alien Glasses ($10.75) and
pocket-sized plastic aliens whose eyes glow in the dark ($1).

If nothing else, adults who bring kids to the exhibit can impress
teen-agers later by explaining where the pop band Foo-Fighters got its
name: Foo-fighters are fiery balls of light seen by military pilots
since World War II. Explanations range from pops of static electricity
to light reflecting off ice crystals.

But don't push it. If you want to retain your cool status, don't go on
to explain that the name originally derived from the old "Smokey
Stover" comic strip. Smokey was fond of saying "Where there's foo,
there's fire." Go figure.

If you go

What: "The UFO Phenomena," an exhibit of UFOs, aliens, hoaxes,
explanations and the unexplained.

Where: Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology, 500 S.
Franklin St., Syracuse.

When: Now through Oct. 31.

How Much: $2.50 per person, in addition to $4.75 or $3.75 (children 2
to 11) museum admission. Members get in free.

What Else: The MOST, in Armory Square, features the Bristol
Omnitheater, New York's only domed IMAX theater; the Silverman
Planetarium; and permanent and traveling exhibitions, many of them
hands-on. It is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, and Fridays
until 9 p.m.

Phone: (315) 425-9068.

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