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Conference Brings Out Dedicated UFO Hunters

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2007 09:36:01 -0400
Archived: Tue, 24 Jul 2007 09:36:01 -0400
Subject: Conference Brings Out Dedicated UFO Hunters

Source: The Denver Post - Colorado, USA



Conference Brings Out Dedicated UFO Hunters
By Vimal Patel
Denver Post Staff Writer

Chuck Zukowski said he is used to skeptics deriding his belief
in UFOs as silly escapism, but that's OK.

"There's more physical evidence that UFOs exist than there's
physical evidence that Jesus Christ existed," the Colorado
Springs resident and reserve sheriff's deputy said.

Zukowski was one of about 70 people, ranging from college
students to retired professionals, who flocked to the Tivoli
Student Center at the Auraria Campus on Saturday to talk about
evidence of unidentified flying objects and convince skeptics.

No bug-eyed costumes with dangling Slinkys were in sight at the
annual Colorado UFO Briefing. It was serious business.

"The evidence is simply overwhelming," said James Carrion,
international director of the Mutual UFO Network, a national
group that studies sightings.

Carrion used to flip through his mom's National Enquirer
magazines when he was 11, sparking his interest in the topic. At
that time, the tabloid actually used to hire real investigators
to dig for information, he said.

The 38-year-old network is the world's largest UFO investigative
group, with 2,500 members and 800 field investigators, Carrion
said. Devouring thick books and attending seminars is a
requirement to become a certified investigator.

Jefferson County resident Rick Nelson said he once saw three
barrel-shaped objects fluttering in the sky over Arvada. One of
the shimmering gold and copper things was about one-quarter mile
away before it shot to the sky and out of sight, he said.

"Anyone who spends time researching it can't dismiss it," he

Colorado has a disproportionately high number of UFO sightings -
 about 5 to 12 a month out of a national 150, according to the
Bellvue-based group.

It's unclear why, said Alejandro Rojas, the group's education

"We have a lot of cutting-edge (air) defense going on here," he
said, explaining part of the sightings spike.

An annual UFO conference is set for Aug. 10-12 at the Denver
Tech Center Marriott, where the negatives of McMinnville, Ore.,
UFO photos - pictures declared authentic by a group of
University of Colorado scientists - will be shown to the public
for the first time, Carrion said.

[Thanks to 'The Norm' for the lead]

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