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Tales of Abduction - IF Conference - A Press

From: Jeff Westover <frequentflier66@yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 12:59:18 -0700 (PDT)
Fwd Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 18:14:53 -0400
Subject: Tales of Abduction - IF Conference - A Press


http://www.wired.com:80/news/news/culture/story/19058.html

Tales of Abduction
by Theta Pavis

3:00 a.m.  12.Apr.99.PDT

NEW YORK -- Attending the 1999 UFO Abduction Conference was a
lot likewatching a year's worth of The X-Files, crammed nonstop
into one day. There were theories of alien-human hybridization,
metallic implants shoved deep into human craniums, plans for
world domination, and government cover-ups. The only thing
missing was the spooky set. The conference took place in a
Chelsea community center where fresh flowers adorned the
registration table.
 A calm collection of people bought a lot of books and a few
glow-in-the-dark t-shirts as they chatted about physics,
near-death experiences, cancer cures, what aliens might be up
to, and the location of the nearest coffee shop.

"I've sort of come to Mecca here," said Richard Sitts, a retired
electrical engineer          who used to work for General
Electric. "All the big names are here, and it's nice to rub
elbows with them."

----

Cosmic cable access: A two-man crew from New York cable-access
television grabbed several UFO luminaries for live interviews in
the lobby.

On camera, Peter Robbins, a member of the Intruders Foundation
staff and the author of a book about a famous UFO case in
Britain, was asked why aliens might be interested in human
reproduction.

"There are no reports of sexual organs on them," he said,
speculating that the aliens may have moved into such a highly
developed state that they've lost the knack for reproduction.

"Maybe it's a thinning of the gene pool," he said. "Their heads
are so big and their bodies so small... and that's not healthy."

----

Easy listening: During one break, the soundman filled the
auditorium with background music as attendees shuffled out for
lunch. His choice of melody? The song "Calling Occupants of
Interplanetary Craft Earth," a Carpenters cover of a mid-70s
tune.

----

Self-promotion in the Space Age: One thing the speakers at the
conference all shared was a sense of humor, poking fun at
themselves and their detractors.

During a slide show, nuclear physicist and author Stanton
Friedman snuck in a shot of himself holding some of his books,
pausing to let the audience laugh.

Some of his videos, including "Flying Saucers Are Real" were on
sale at his table. Friedman said the government's cover-up of
aliens amounts to a "cosmic Watergate."

----

Regression on the high seas: Flyers for a Paranormal Cruise
hosted by the Carnival cruise line were stacked up on tables at
the conference. The cruise features Deloris Cannon, a past life
regressionist and hypnotherapist, lectures and seminars with
other "spirit communicators," plus "all the food you can eat 24
hours a day." A deluxe interior cabin for the cruise to Cozumel
goes for US$899.


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