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Original Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2001 11:09:00 -0800
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UFO conference explores realms beyond
By GARRY MITCHELL
The Associated Press
11/9/01 1:19 AM
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- Look! Up in the air! It's a ... well, it could be
a UFO. A flying saucer maybe.
A three-day conference on UFOs in Mobile brings together experts in
the field of unknown realms and the unexplained, including Harvard
psychiatrist John Mack who will speak on events relating to the
Paul Anderson of Vancouver, Canada, said people mostly attend UFO
conferences out of curiosity. Anderson planned to discuss crop circle
phenomena. He said the large crop circles have shown up in more than
30 countries and defy explanation.
"I don't find any evidence of human involvement," Anderson said, a
future studies researcher representing the Canadian Crop Circle
Pat Crumbley and husband George "Buddy" Crumbley of Spanish Fort have
held the UFO conference annually since 1993. Mr. Crumbley said it
started with about 500 people, but their mailing list has grown to
On Thursday, photos and newspaper accounts of UFO sightings were
already displayed at the Adams Mark Hotel, site of the Journeys Beyond
conference that ends Sunday.
Vendors hawked T-shirts featuring space creatures and related
material. "We're Not Alone," a bumper sticker reads, and, "Prepare for
UFO book dealer Bob Reid, an Air Force retiree from Niceville, Fla.,
said he's been keenly interested in extraterrestrials since age 10.
That was in 1947, he said, when he and his brother spotted a UFO while
lying in the yard in Lawrenceburg, Tenn.
"I'm convinced there's a conspiracy to discourage a wide understanding
of what's going on," said Reid, joined by wife Betsy Clark at the book
Although the conference began as a focus on UFOs, it has expanded to
include discussions of near death experiences and other phenomena, the
Dannion Brinkley was scheduled to talk about his brush with death
after being hit by a bolt of lightning.
In 1975 a lightning bolt threw Brinkley across a room. He claimed he
awoke in a morgue, a story contained in his 1995 book, "Saved by the
Brinkley has since become involved in hospice work, teaching how to
banish fears about death and dying.
Canadian nuclear physicist Stanton Friedman planned to lecture on
Among other events, there's a workshop Sunday afternoon on exploring
the afterlife with author Bruce Moen.
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