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' ...Explorations Into The ET Question'

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates@home.com>
Date: Fri, 02 Nov 2001 07:50:00 -0500
Fwd Date: Fri, 02 Nov 2001 07:50:00 -0500
Subject: ' ...Explorations Into The ET Question' 


AACC hosts conference on UFOs
By Noi Mahoney, Staff Writer

Annapolis resident Anthony Chesto and his brother, Larry both
sat entranced.

Larry, who says he knows a thing or two about conspiracy
theories, drove from Connecticut to Arnold to join his brother
and about 40 other people at Anne Arundel Community College for
"A 2001 Space Odyssey: Explorations into the ET Question."

What drew him to the conference to discuss subjects like the
"Face on Mars" and abduction by aliens?

"Because I'm crazy," joked Larry, a retired typewriter
repairman. "I'm very interested in telepathic communication. If
you listen to a lot of the alien abduction stories ... the
aliens always communicate non-verbally."

For Anthony, an electronics engineer who wrote a research paper
in college on UFOs, the conference Saturday was a chance to see
people speaking on subjects he's followed most of his life.

"I've seen a lot of pictures of Mars. I've worked on satellites
... I was interested in hearing what people had to say," Anthony

Organized by Arnold psychologist Peter Resta, the conference
featured a series of lectures on "Artificial Surface Features on
Mars" and "1952: ETs Over D.C.?"

"What motivates me is the kind of information that is being
disseminated," Mr. Resta said. "There are things going on that
are worthy of scientific study."

But not always worth being associated with publicly.

"Oh no, I can't give my name. I don't want anyone to know I'm
here," said a retired engineer from Crofton. "I've followed it
all my life. I don't believe everything I hear ... but you can't
just dismiss everything."

The first lecture of the day, "Artificial Surface Features on
Mars," could have made even hardened skeptics wonder.

Thomas Van Flandern, a NASA consultant specializing in celestial
mechanics, showed the latest satellite images from the Mars
Surveyor now in orbit around the Red Planet.

Mr. Van Flandern showed picture after picture of possible
artificially constructed structures, canals and faces on Mars.

"There's no possible scientific expla-nation for many of the
things we're seeing on Mars," Mr. Flandern said. "Like triangles
-- a triangle shape very rarely occurs in nature. It is just
impossible for wind or gravity to construct triangles ... yet on
Mars we're getting back dozens and dozens of perfect triangle
shapes on the surface."

Another lecturer talked about the second most famous UFO case in
history (behind Roswell, N.M.) called the "Washington

In 1952, unexplained lights appeared over Washington for several
days, reported by radar operators and Air Force fighters who
chased the lights over restricted air space near National

"The government's official explanation was temperature
inversion," said Robert P. Swiatek, a physics patent examiner
and secretary-treasurer of the Fund for UFO Research.

Mr. Resta had his first local UFO conference three years ago at
the Arnold campus, and hopes to have another one in a few years.

"The fact that we could not be alone is pretty doggone
important," Mr. Resta said.

If the youngest conference attendee had his way, there would be
a UFO conference every year.

"This is my first real conference and I love it. I hope for a
lot more," said Adam Clark, 16, who drove from Northern Virginia
with his parents.

"I love talking about UFOs and aliens. You never know what
you're going to get."


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