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Re: Are The X-Files More Fact Than Fiction?

From: Stig_Agermose@online.pol.dk (Stig Agermose)
Date: Sun, 14 Jun 1998 12:38:01 +0200
Fwd Date: Sun, 14 Jun 1998 07:53:11 -0400
Subject: Re: Are The X-Files More Fact Than Fiction?

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Saturday 13 June 1998

Are X-Files more fact than fiction?

Daryl-Lynn Carlson, Calgary Herald

What if the X-Files movie is not mere fiction, but part of a grand
conspiracy to prepare us for The Truth?

No, seriously.

Some UFO buffs in Calgary believe The X-Files is the flagship of an
armada of alien shows and movies being produced to prepare us for an
inevitable close encounter.

The movie -- based on the popular sci-fi/fantasy TV series starring
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson-- lands in Calgary theatres June
19. About 142,000 Calgarians tune in weekly.

"We know for a fact that there's been a lot of information that's been
planted to steer people away. But in no way in the world are we the
only beings in the universe," David Fisher said.

Fisher, a Calgary musician and photographer studies the UFO phenomenon
in his spare time.

"I think it's just a question now of the public being prepared."

Fisher is part of a small contingent of buffs, or ufologists, in
Western Canada whose examination of extraterrestrials resembles that of
the so-called Lone Gunmen, a trio of computer mavericks on The X-Files
who advise FBI special agent Fox Mulder (played by David Duchovny) on
UFO occurrences.

Mulder's partner on the show, Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), is the
skeptical referee between science and conjecture, who increasingly
believes in the incredible.

Michael Green, a Calgary playwright rehearsing his latest production,
called Martian, said that simply by researching the topic can attract
trouble. "I believe there are definitely groups of people who seem to
have the interest or the finances to control certain information,"
Green said.

"Fortunately for me, the men in black are not tapping my phone or
following my kid home from school. But when I started this, I didn't
know if they would."

Green has interviewed people who claim they have been abducted for a
dramatic play he produced in 1995, called Alien Bait. He commended The
X-Files for basing its stories on facts, including "very effectively
captivating the kind of paranoia that is very much a part of ufology."

But he hopes the movie offers some fresh insights. "The whole alien
abduction thing has been squeezed dry," he said. "These days, a lot of
people are having their implants removed. The real work in the field is
focused on Mars."

The truth is, The X-Files is real to thousands of people.

In Alberta, the town of St. Paul -- which built a spacecraft landing
pad as its centennial project in 1967 -- expects as many as 1,000
people worldwide to visit Western Canada's first UFO conference there
July 10 and 11.

Although Alberta is not considered a UFO hot spot, the latest news on
sightings, crop rings, cattle mutilations and alien abductions will be
examined at the conference. So will the theories about conspiracies to
control public information.

To some people who follow UFOs seriously, The X-Files is more than
night-time entertainment.

"There are theories about attempts to prepare the population . . . and
it's well-known that governments have been very much involved in
disinformation and in leaking information," William Wynn, a professor
of para-psychology at the University of Regina, said of the world's
"inevitable" meeting with extraterrestrials.

Semi-retired, Wynn has extensively studied UFOs and interviewed people
who believe they were abducted and probed by aliens -- a phenomenon
addressed frequently in The X-Files.

Aside from the show's occasional story lines about sewer monsters and
ghosts, Wynn said The X-Files smacks of truth.

"It works with some themes that are legitimate, and it doesn't always
make the aliens out to be bad guys."

While their ideas might appear to be "out there," ufologists say they
are just seeking answers to strange happenings that science has failed
to explain. Some hope their work, maybe even aliens, will help save

"Human kind is in a very desperate kind of situation right now. We're
right at the edge of a cliff," Wynn said. "If we don't make some
changes very fast, change is just going to happen and it won't be

Calgary Herald New Media 1998

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