"This is a real treat for everyone who is able to attend in person," said conference organizer Noe Torres, "But if you can't be here in body, you can still enjoy all our lectures live on the Internet, courtesy of our good friend Jerry Pippin and the Inception Radio Network."
For those able to attend, the “Out of This World” Conference & Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Central time) at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance, 118 Paseo del Prado. Sponsored by the Edinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library, and Edinburg Arts. Admission starts at $15 per person. For more information, visit EdinburgUFO.com or call 1-800-800-7214.
For the thousands of listeners expected to tune in from all over the world, the conference can be heard live at http://www.jerrypippin.com, beginning at 9 a.m. Central time on March 15. Also, Pippin and the Inception Radio Network plan to re-broadcast the conference during the early morning hours of March 16.
"Because this is World Contact Day, and there is so much interest in the UFO phenomenon right now, we expect this to be a very popular live event," Torres said. "We really wanted to give UFO fans all over the world something special they can tune into to commemorate the 60th anniversary of World Contact Day. We appreciate Jerry Pippin and Inception Radio for offering a free broadcast of our whole conference to the entire planet!"
The first World Contact Day was March 15, 1953, organized by a group calling itself the "International Flying Saucer Bureau," founded by eccentric Connecticut UFO enthusiast Alfred K. Bender. He asked all members of his group and others to focus their thoughts and "project" a "telepathic message" to the flying saucer occupants on March 15. The message began with, "Calling occupants of interstellar craft that have been observing our planet Earth." While deep in meditation, Bender experienced an "out of body" experience and felt that he received a telepathic message from the extraterrestrials. For more information about World Contact Day, visit http://www.worldcontactday.com.
"Out of This World" Conference speaker Stanton Friedman, a nuclear physicist currently residing in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, is an internationally-
Travis Walton’s UFO encounter is the world’s best-documented alien abduction story. On November 5, 1975, in plain sight of six other men, Walton was blasted by a beam of blue-green light that emanated from a large UFO that hovered directly overhead. He then disappeared for five days. A lie detector test of Walton’s companions established that they had indeed seen a UFO prior to Walton’s disappearance. Suspecting foul play, police conducted a massive manhunt in the woods where Walton vanished but failed to locate his body. Five days later, Walton suddenly re-appeared, telling an amazing tale of having been taken aboard a UFO, where he saw extraterrestrial beings. His story became the basis for the successful Hollywood movie Fire in the Sky, released by Paramount Studios in 1993. At the Edinburg “Out of This World” event, the motion picture will be shown in its entirety at 4:30 p.m., followed by Mr. Walton’s keynote lecture at 7:30 p.m.
The conference also features a lecture by South Texas UFO researcher Noe Torres, author of Mexico’s Roswell, Aliens in the Forest, The Real Cowboys & Aliens, Ultimate Guide to the Roswell UFO Crash, Fallen Angel, and four other books. Born and raised in Edinburg, Torres has maintained a life-long interest in UFOs that was inspired, in part, by a strange encounter his mother had in Mission in the 1940s. Torres appeared on the History Channel’s “UFO Hunters” television series, and the “Mexico’s Roswell” case was also featured on the History Channel’s “UFO Files” and “UFOs of the 1970s.” He has spoken at numerous UFO events, including the annual Roswell UFO Conference, the Border Zone UFO Festival, the Laredo UFO Conference, the Las Vegas Crash Retrieval Conference, and others.
Also speaking at the conference is Ismael Cuellar, director of the Laredo Paranormal Research Society (LPRS), who will discuss “UFOs Over South Texas,” a review of the group’s latest, amazing research into UFO sightings in Laredo and other parts of South Texas, as well as their research into other paranormal phenomenon. "South Texas is definitely a hot spot right now," Cuellar said. "Maybe we're the new Roswell."
Also scheduled to appear is veteran UFO investigator Dr. Robert Gross, speaking on “Science and the Paranormal”. Dr. Gross became involved in UFO research in 1985, at which time he joined the Pennsylvania Association for the Study of the Unexplained (PASU), a group committed to the scientific study of paranormal phenomena. Four years later, UFO research suddenly became extremely personal to him, as he experienced his very own close encounter of the first kind (visual sighting of a UFO). Dr. Gross has more than 25 years’ experience as a researcher with a variety of paranormal investigation groups, including PASU, the Las Cruces Paranormal Investigators (LCPI), and the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), of which he is currently a member.
Also speaking at the “Out of This World” event is McAllen resident Stephen Andrasko, who will give a presentation titled “The South Texas X-Files.” A well-known local librarian and public speaker, Andrasko will discuss fascinating UFO encounters that have taken place in the Rio Grande Valley and surrounding areas, including Laredo and Corpus Christi.
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