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Group Welcomes All UFO Enthusiasts

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Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2007 12:22:40 -0500
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Subject: Group Welcomes All UFO Enthusiasts

Source: The Gazette - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA


January 21, 2007


Group Welcomes All UFO Enthusiasts

By Bill Radford
The Gazette

Steven Alexander believes the truth is still out there =97 and
he=92s back looking for it.

In the early 1990s, TV=92s =93The X-Files=94 rekindled Alexander=92s
long-held interest in UFOs. He founded the UFO Institute in
Colorado Springs, a group devoted to investigating and
documenting UFO sightings, in 1993.

=93We=92re out to find answers,=94 he told The Gazette then.

The group sought those answers for years, but faded away at the
end of the decade. Now Alexander, 53, is forming another group =97
a Springs chapter of the newly formed UFO Institute
International. He met with fellow UFO enthusiasts recently in
Las Vegas to help set up the organization.

=93I think in six months we=92ll have up to eight active chapters,
from New Orleans to Amarillo to Albuquerque,=94 he says.

Monthly meetings will provide local members the chance to share
their experiences and sightings, and special presentations will
cover topics such as alien abductions and the 1947 Roswell
incident. The group, as before, also will investigate sightings.

The club is for anyone interested in UFOs, Alexander says, from
scientific types to believers in the more metaphysical. =93We just
ask that they come in with an open mind.=94

Members will adhere to a code of etiquette, he said, and be
respectful even if they find someone=92s tale outlandish. That
understanding attitude was sometimes stretched to the limit with
the old club.

=93We would get offers like, =91I can make the aliens come and meet
me at the Wal-Mart parking lot on Platte Avenue at 10 o=92clock.=92
A couple of us would show up out there and the person was like,
=91Can you see them?=92 Well, no.=94

Alexander knows some people might regard the group as =93those UFO
nuts,=94 but he said that attitude is becoming less prevalent.

A 2005 survey commissioned by the National Geographic Channel
found 60 percent of Americans believe life exists on other
planets. Alexander, of course, is among those believers.

=93I look out at space and can=92t imagine God would build such a
universe and put all of his eggs in this one little basket
called Earth.=94

He doesn=92t claim to have encountered a visitor from another
planet, but he has seen something he can=92t explain.

In 1977, while driving from Leadville to Colorado Springs, he
saw =93a peculiar-looking light.=94

=93It was just green and it was moving this way and that way, and
a little bit up and down, not like a steady airplane thing.=94

He assumed it was an Army helicopter.

But 30 years later and with experience in the military =97 he=92s a
lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve =97 he=92s confident it was
no helicopter.

=93What it might have been, I=92m not sure.=94




The Colorado Springs chapter of UFO Institute International will
hold an organizational meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Penrose
Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. Subsequent meetings will be 7 p.m.
the third Tuesday of each month at the Police Operations Center,
705 S. Nevada Ave. For more information, e-mail
ufoinstituteinternational .nul

One of the roles of the UFO Institute International will be to
evaluate and document UFO sightings. The Colorado Mutual UFO
Network also investigates sightings in the state. For more
information, go to www.comufon.org.

[Thanks to Stuart Miller of http://uforeview.net/]

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