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Considering Aliens

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Source: The Daily Vanguard - Portland State University, Oregon, USA

http://tinyurl.com/29jelr

5/9/07


Considering Aliens
UFO adventures past and present
Joanna Hofer

May 11 marks the anniversary of one of the most famous UFO
sightings in U.S. history. In 1950 in McMinnville, Ore., farmer
Paul Trent and his wife Evelyn were doing their evening chores
when they saw "a large, metallic-looking, disc-shaped object
hovering silently in the sky." Mr. Trent ran to his house and
grabbed his camera. The two photographs he was able to take were
published in Life magazine in June of that year. Air Force
investigators, FBI agents, and later the Condon Committee all
scrutinized Trent's photos, but no one could ever prove them to
be a hoax. For many years afterward, the national news media
referred to McMinnville as "Saucerville."

UFOs in history

UFOs have been reported since before the time of Christ. What
these objects actually are continues to be debated. Highly
popularized educated guesses include: angels, weather balloons,
secret government projects and, the most popular conclusion,
aliens from outer space.

The Book of Ezekiel (circa 593 B.C.), and in particular the
passage (1:16) describing "Ezekiel's wheel," is believed by some
to depict a UFO encounter. In Central Asia in 329 B.C.,
Alexander the Great is reported to have seen "two great silver
shields" flying in the sky. On April 14, 1561, a woodcut by Hans
Glaser records what some believe was a UFO battle over
Nuremberg, Germany. As reported by The Nuremberg Gazette, there
was a "dreadful apparition" with "cylindrical shapes from which
emerged black, red, orange and blue-white spheres that darted
about." Five years later, another woodcut, this time from Basel,
Switzerland, shows the town's sky covered with dark flying orbs.
Even Christopher Columbus is said to have recorded a UFO
sighting in his diaries on his voyage to the New World.

There are various websites that chronicle UFO sightings by year
and location. If you believe these sites, the human population
seems forever plagued by alien fly-bys. Whatever your opinion
may be, it's interesting to examine the pictures and drawings of
the sightings for similarities and differences.

As with humans, aliens seem to be concerned with vehicle style.
While human automobile and aeronautical designs have changed
radically over the past hundred years, aliens seem content to
stick with three basic vehicular models: the sphere, the saucer
and the cigar. Sometimes they fly in formation. Sometimes they
have red lights. Sometimes they have green lights. Sometimes
orange. All in all, UFO sightings are remarkably similar given
that they are reported from all over the world. Still, seeing is
believing. Without seeing a UFO for oneself, it is nearly
impossible to believe.

Becoming a UFO investigator

Want to do something that sets you apart? Not content to let
others decide the UFO mystery for you? Want to have something
different to tell people at parties or merely an excuse to get
someone you like out in the dark? Become a MUFON field
investigator.

It's sort of like ghost busters but for aliens. Regardless of
the unfortunate and clunky acronym, there might still be some
glamour in this occupation. Think about how it would sound: "I
investigate the existence of extra-terrestrial life--in my spare
time." Perhaps weird, definitely different, and intriguing if
you could manage some pictures you took in the field. Perhaps as
you rise in status in the organization, you could get them to
change their acronym into something, well, cooler.

All joking aside, becoming a MUFON field investigator is serious
business. MUFON is a nonprofit organization founded in 1969 to
resolve the mysteries of UFOs. At the MUFON branch right here in
Portland, you can complete the requisite steps. First, you have
to join MUFON. In exchange for $45 a year, both a monthly
subscription to MUFON UFO Journal and a membership in MUFON can
be yours. You will also receive a MUFON membership card
displaying your photo (also good at parties). Don't despair if
people ask you if you made this yourself.

Next you'll need to purchase a copy of the MUFON field
investigator's manual ($28.50 for members and $38.50 for non-
members). The manual contains information on everything from
interviewing witnesses to dealing with the press. Attend a
training class offered by your local MUFON chapter, take the
open book test and you're almost done.

To become a MUFON field investigator, you must score at least 80
percent on the exam, providing correct answers to questions
involving: "light and optics; sound; electromagnetic properties;
measurements; physical traces; photography; radio and radar;
celestial objects; atmosphere and weather; conventional
vehicles; witness reactions; and the recent history of UFO
experiences." Particular attention must be paid to
"investigative ethics, interviewing methods, collateral contacts
and technical background." Finally, it is recommended that you
accompany a MUFON field investigator on at least one live field
investigation.

If you do see a UFO

If you do happen across a UFO, you're not alone. There are
dozens of organizations that would like to hear from you and
take your report. MUFON advises above all to stay calm. Enjoy
what may be the experience of a lifetime. If possible, record
the event with a camera or a camcorder. Write down your
observations as soon as possible.

Or, better yet, run like hell.

Eighth Annual UFO Festival (May 18-19)

The Eighth Annual UFO Festival will be held in McMinnville, Ore.
on the weekend of May 18-19. The director of the International
Center for Abduction Research (ICAR), Dr. David Jacobs, will
present his views on how "ufology" has changed since the 1947
Roswell incident. The director of the National UFO Reporting
Center, Peter Robbins, will also speak. Along with a panel
discussion and presentations, there will be live music, an alien
pet costume contest and an alien costume ball.

For more information

Eighth Annual McMinnville UFO Fest, ufofest.com

National Institute for Discovery Sciences, nidsci.org

ICAR, International Center for Abduction Research,
ufoabduction.com

National UFO Reporting Center, nuforc.org

UFO Museum and Research Center, roswellufomuseum.com

Mutual UFO Network, mufon.com

UFO Evidence, ufoevidence.org

Become a MUFON field investigator:

http://www.mufon.com/how-to-become-a-ufo-field-investigator.htm




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