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UFO Welcome Center

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Thu, 01 Nov 2007 11:20:13 -0400
Archived: Thu, 01 Nov 2007 11:20:13 -0400
Subject: UFO Welcome Center




Source: WCBD-TV - Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, USA

http://tinyurl.com/3853k2

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2007


UFO Welcome Center
By Meryl Conant

It has attracted nearly 3,000 tourists to a small town just off
Interstate 26. And its owner says it may attract some from outer
space.

In the slightly more than one square mile that is Bowman, South
Carolina, there is one blinking light, one restaurant and at
least 16 churches. Nearly 1,200 people call Bowman home.

"There is not much here. Sunday afternoon you can ride around in
your car, that's about the most excitement around here. All
except for the spaceship," said Jody Pendarvis.

In the shadow of the town's only gas station sits what you could
call Pendarvis' cosmic condo. Decades of work and love have
turned wood and aluminum into a 42-foot wide planted saucer. He
calls it the UFO Welcome Center.

"I guess some people have a destiny and my destiny must have
been to build this."

In 1994, Pendarvis started piecing together wood from his
grandfather's house to build his own. But anything square was
too square for him.

Pendarvis is known as the alien ambassador.

"Seriously, I am here to welcome the aliens from out of space."

Inside, you find 4 stories filled with Christmas lights, space-
related videos, a mess Pendarvis claims the aliens left behind
and some of his 13 cats.

Pendarvis cannot explain why he pours so much time and already
more than $20,000 into his hobby.

"Some people think I ought to turn it into a ghost house for
Halloween," he said.

But the UFO man is not out to make a profit or to gain
acceptance.

But, he is looking for the communityís support.

"Since this is the only attraction in Bowman, I think Iíll run
for mayor and maybe Iíll get it."

This unofficial mascot of Bowman wants to make it official.

"They want a friendly town and right now friendly is the main
word I want to go for," he explained.

It is a campaign platform based the way he lives his life:
welcoming strangers into the town he keeps an extra-eye on from
up above.

Pendarvis is running for mayor against Zelda Pelzer, who has
held the post for 7 years. She says she is basing her campaign
on improving the quality of life and the economy of Bowman. The
election is November 6th.

The welcome center is located at 4004 Homestead Road in Bowman.
Hours vary so call 803-829-2311 to check if Pendarvis is
accepting visitors.



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