“The Roswell Incident remains one of the world’s most intriguing mysteries,” says UFO researcher and conference organizer Noe Torres, who co-authored the highly-acclaimed "Ultimate Guide to the Roswell UFO Crash." “Each year in July, thousands of truth seekers come to Roswell searching for information on this most unusual of events. It is because of the UFO incident that Roswell has been included in the New York Times bestselling book '1,000 Places to See Before You Die.'”
According to Torres, 2012 not only marks the 65th anniversary of the Roswell UFO crash, but is also a year that has long been associated with ancient prophecies, mysticism, and the paranormal. “Various groups around the world expect some kind of life transforming or world altering events to occur in the latter part of 2012,” Torres said. “We expect that the convergence of the year 2012 and the 65th anniversary of the UFO crash will draw more visitors to Roswell during this year’s UFO festival.”
Regarding the Roswell Incident, Torres said that more than 100 persons who lived in the Roswell area in 1947 have testified that they either witnessed or were directly involved in the retrieval of extraterrestrial wreckage and bodies from the desert north of town. Shortly after the alleged crash, soldiers from the Roswell Army Air Field are said to have recovered the UFO, and the base public information officer issued a press release, carried by the media worldwide, stating that Army had “captured”
“Realizing that visitors to Roswell want as much information as possible about the world’s most famous UFO case, we are delighted to offer this free conference made possible by the wonderful support of the Roswell Museum and Art Center,” Torres said. “We express our appreciation to museum director Laurie Rufe, her staff, the museum’s board, and the city of Roswell for allowing us to hold this important conference at the beautiful Bassett Auditorium.”
Torres and his co-author, E. J. Wilson, will present four lectures during the conference, including a “virtual field trip,” using photos and video clips, to the Foster Ranch UFO debris field, located in Lincoln County, over 100 miles northwest of Roswell. They will also speak about three of Torres’ books, "Aliens in the Forest: The Cisco Grove UFO Encounter," "The Other Roswell: UFO Crash on the Texas-Mexico Border," and "Mexico’s Roswell."
Also scheduled to speak at the Roswell 2012 conference is nationally-known UFO expert Dennis Balthaser, who has appeared on many television documentaries. Balthaser, a Roswell resident, was most recently featured on the History Channel’s "Decoded" series. He writes extensively about UFOs and the paranormal, and speaks throughout the U.S. Considered one of the leading authorities on the Roswell UFO Incident, Balthaser will present four lectures: “The 1947 Roswell Incident,” “Scrutinizing Roswell, Area 51, Underground Bases and the Pyramids of Giza,” “A Closer Look at Area 51,” and “Underground Bases.”
Another important Roswell researcher, Dr. Donald Burleson, will also be speaking at the Roswell 2012 Conference. Burleson, a retired college professor, currently serves as state director for the Mutual UFO Network in New Mexico. He has written a number of books about the Roswell Incident and the UFO phenomenon in general. He will present lectures on: “UFOs and the Murder of Marilyn Monroe,” ”The 1964 Socorro, New Mexico UFO Landing,” “Famous UFO Cases I’ve Worked On,” and “UFO Secrecy and the Fall of J. Robert Oppenheimer.”
Also scheduled to appear is historian John LeMay, author of several books about the history of New Mexico. His works include "Images of America: Roswell," "Images of America: Chaves County," and "Images of America: Towns of Lincoln County," all published by Arcadia Publishing of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. LeMay is also an archivist and serves on the board of directors for the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico, located in Roswell. In addition to his history books, John has written two books on the paranormal: "Roswell USA: Towns That Celebrate Aliens, Lake Monsters, Bigfoot, and Other Weirdness" (2010) and "The Real Cowboys & Aliens: UFO Encounters of the Old West" (2011), co-written with Noe Torres. John has appeared on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory, the Jeff Rense Program, the Jerry Pippin show, and has also spoken at many events.
The conference will take place at the Roswell Museum and Art Center, one of the city’s most noteworthy destinations for visitors. The 50,000 square-foot museum, founded in 1935, is sometimes overlooked by tourists during the annual UFO festival due to the focus on the privately-owned Roswell UFO Museum. The Museum and Art Center includes twelve galleries dedicated to the exhibition of art and history, the Patricia Lubben Bassett Art Education Center, and the Robert H. Goddard Planetarium. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Museum and Art Center is southern New Mexico’s preeminent museum, lauded for the quality of its exhibitions, programs, and collections.
Apart from the free lectures at the museum, the Roswell 2012 Conference will also feature narrated van tours by Noe Torres and E. J. Wilson. The authors will take interested persons on a trip back into time, figuratively speaking, revisiting a dozen locations in Roswell that were directly involved in the 1947 UFO incident. Sites include the former base hospital where the so-called “alien autopsy” was allegedly conducted and the aircraft hangar where the wreckage and bodies were supposedly stored for several days. The narrated van tours, which cost $40 per person, feature recorded audio clips of the key Roswell eyewitnesses describing what they saw, as well as special music effects. An onboard narration will disclose the entire Roswell UFO story, and tourists will have photo opportunities at several stops along the way. Torres and Wilson, whose book Ultimate Guide to the Roswell UFO Crash forms the basis for the tours, will travel with the tour groups to provide narration and guidance. Three tours will be offered daily during June 28 – July 1. Transportation for the tours will be provided by Blue Sky Transportation of Roswell, owned by Court Nichols, who hopes to make the narrated van tours a regular feature of the city’s annual UFO festival.
Noe Torres is a state section director for the Mutual UFO Network in Texas and has written or co-written seven books about famous historical UFO cases. He has appeared on the History Channel’s UFO Hunters television series, George Noory’s Coast to Coast AM radio show, the Jeff Rense program, and many other media outlets. He is a frequent lecturer at UFO conferences and has been a featured speaker at five previous Roswell UFO festivals. His Web site is http://www.RoswellBooks.com.
Wilson, who lives in the Roswell area, served as the Roswell UFO Museum's only professional tour guide from 2008 to 2010. Since 2010, Wilson has been offering “UFO walking tours” of the former Roswell Army Air Field. His Web site is http://www.RoswellBooks.com/
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