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It Came From Outer Space Says Man

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2007 13:44:56 -0400
Archived: Fri, 26 Oct 2007 13:44:56 -0400
Subject: It Came From Outer Space Says Man

Source: The Oregonian -


Thursday, October 25, 2007

It Came From Outer Space, Says Man

Aliens - For Keith Rowell, tracking UFOs in Oregon requires both
skepticism and belief

Mike Cade
Special to The Oregonian

Unidentified flying objects. Little green men. Flying saucers.

Would you believe all of these things have a local connection?

West Linn's Keith Rowell is the assistant state director for the
Mutual UFO Network. That means he spends a lot of his free time
investigating UFO claims, cattle mutilations and other bizarre
phenomena dubbed "paranormal."

He can effortlessly rattle off factoids about Project Blue Book
- the Air Force's official investigation of UFOs in the 1950s
and '60s - and just as easily dissect the findings of John Mack,
the late Harvard psychiatry professor who said he was an alien

Plus, Rowell's basement boasts shelves and shelves of books
about aliens, UFOs and flying saucers. His office computer is
full of images and sound files that document strange aerial
activity from Vancouver to southern Oregon.

Rowell is cognizant of the fact that UFO buffs are often
regarded as credulous and naive. He approaches ufology as any
scholar or scientist might - through a skeptical lens.

"Being skeptical is a necessary part," he says. "But extreme
skepticism, I think, is counterproductive."

Knowing that debunkers lie in wait, Rowell chooses his words
carefully. But the self-described Navy brat still comes off as
passionate and enthusiastic when speaking about ufology.

A technical writer - "I wrote the computer manuals that nobody
likes to read," he quips - he is an engaging conversationalist
who touches on topics from the consciousness-altering drug DMT
to transpersonal psychology to old-fashioned, by-the-book
astronomy. Rowell says potential MUFON members are required to
pass a basic science test - with a score of 80 percent.

He says he's had a UFO encounter on his back deck - he describes
seeing an object about 500 to 1,000 feet away that was bathed in
suffused light and traveling in a rotary motion.


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