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      Original Subject: UFO_UpDate: Melbourne's First UFO Conference
      Original Date: Fri, 01 Mar 2002 16:41:53 -0500

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      Date: Fri, 1 Mar 2002 13:28:34 +1000
      To: ufoupdates@...
      From: Diane Harrison Director AUFORN <auforn@...>
      Subject: Melbourne¹s First UFO Conference




      Assuming they¹re not abducted by aliens on the way, delegates to
      Melbourne¹s first UFO conference will soon be winging their way
      into the city for a major international conference on the UFO

      The conference aims to provide as much information on this
      perennially popular subject as possible. Local and overseas
      researchers will be presenting evidence ­ including
      world-renowned experts from the United Kingdom and the USA ­ who
      will collectively represent more than 150 years experience in
      their field.

      Conference organizers stress that the purpose is not to "prove
      beyond a shadow of doubt" that UFOs or Alien life exists, but
      simply to show that 'something unusual' has been and is
      happening which needs to be scientifically and openly

      It has been almost 55 years since Kenneth Arnold's famous
      sighting of nine strange flying objects at Mount Rainier,
      Washington, USA in June 1947.

      Shortly after, a newspaper report based on Arnold¹s description
      of the flight characteristics of the objects coined the term
      "flying saucers". And even though UFOs have since been reported
      in all shapes and sizes since, the term stuck. Since that time
      millions of people have reported similar experiences all over
      the world.

      The Melbourne UFO Conference plans to interest, excite and no
      doubt astound with the revelation of material that they claim is
      not reported on T.V., newspapers or radio.

      Interviews with the organizers, and in due course key speakers,
      are now available.

      Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 April 2002
      10am - until 6:30pm each day
      Dallas Brooks Convention & Function Centre
      300 Albert Street, East Melbourne
      $55.00 two days or $38.00 one day


      Jim Marrs ­ United States

      A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Jim earned a Bachelor of Arts
      degree in journalism from the University of North Texas in 1966
      and attended Graduate School at Texas Tech in Lubbock for a
      further two years.

      He has worked for several Texas newspapers, including the Fort
      Worth Star-Telegram; beginning in 1968 he served as a hardheaded
      police reporter. Jim then became a general assignments reporter
      covering stories locally, in Europe and the Middle East. After a
      leave of absence to serve with a Fourth Army intelligence unit
      during the Vietnam War, he became military and aerospace writer
      for the newspaper and an investigative reporter.

      Since 1980, Jim has been a freelance writer and public relations
      consultant. He also published a rural weekly newspaper along
      with a monthly tourism tabloid, a cable television show and
      several videos.

      Since 1976, Jim has taught a course on the assassination of
      President John F. Kennedy at the University of Texas at
      Arlington. In 1989, his book, Crossfire: The Plot That Killed
      Kennedy, was published to critical acclaim and within three
      years had gone into an eighth printing in both hardbound and
      softbound editions. Crossfire reached the New York Times
      Paperback Non-Fiction Best Seller list in mid-February 1992 and
      remained there for more than six weeks. His book later became a
      basis for the Oliver Stone film JFK. Jim served as a chief
      consultant for both the film's screenplay and production.

      Beginning in 1992, Jim spent three years researching and
      completing a non-fiction book on a top-secret government program
      involving the psychic phenomenon known as remote viewing - only
      to have it mysteriously cancelled as it was going to press in
      the summer of 1995. Within two months, the story of
      military-developed remote viewing broke nationally in the
      Washington Post after the CIA held a press conference revealing
      the program but putting their own spin on the psychic studies.
      In 2001, Psi Spies was finally published in a paperback form and
      is available from JimMarrs.com.

      In May 1997, HarperCollins Publishers published Marrs' in-depth
      investigation of UFOs, Alien Agenda. In less than two months,
      Alien Agenda garnered many positive reviews and gone into an
      eighth printing. Jim has been a featured speaker at a number of
      national conferences including the Annual International UFO
      Congress and the Annual Gulf Breeze UFO Conference.

      Publisher's Weekly described Alien Agenda as "the most
      entertaining and complete overview of flying saucers and their
      crew in years." The paperback edition was released in mid-1998
      and has since become the best-selling UFO book ever in the
      United States. Beginning in 2000, he began teaching a course on
      UFOs at the University of Texas at Arlington.

      An award-winning journalist, Mr. Marrs is listed both in Who's
      Who in the World and Who's Who in America. In addition he has
      won several writing and photography awards including the
      Aviation/Aerospace Writer's Association's National Writing Award
      and Newsmaker of the Year Award from the Fort Worth Chapter of
      the Society of Professional Journalists. In 1993, he received
      Freedom Magazine's Human Rights Leadership Award.

      Jim has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, CSPAN, the Discovery,
      Learning and History Channels, This Morning America, Geraldo,
      Montell Williams, Today and The Larry King and Art Bell radio
      programs along with numerous national and regional radio and TV
      shows. He is a former president of the Press Club of Fort Worth
      and a current member of the Society of Professional Journalists,
      Sigma Delta Chi, and the Investigative Reporters and Editors.

      Graham Birdsall - UK

      Graham W. Birdsall is an internationally-recognised UFO
      researcher and the editor of the UK-based monthly UFO Magazine,
      widely regarded as the world's leading newsstand UFO publication
      which began life as a subscription-only journal in 1981, and
      several years prior to that, a newsletter.

      Intrigued by the UFO phenomenon, Graham became an active member
      and then UFO investigator of the Oxford-based UFO organisation,
      Contact I nternational (UK), rising to the status of
      Coordinator. He received their prestigious 'Investigator of the
      Year' award in 1981.

      Shortly after, Graham established the Yorkshire UFO Society
      which, in 1989, was renamed Quest International to cater for
      national and worldwide interest. That same year Quest
      Publications International Ltd was formed. This ultimately led
      to the appearance of Britain's first national UFO newsstand
      publication - UFO Magazine - in the summer of 1994.

      Over many years, Graham has either contributed to or been
      referenced or credited in numerous UFO-related book titles.
      Graham has featured in a wide number of leading UK and
      international newspaper titles over the years, including: The
      Sunday Times, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, Mail on
      Sunday, TV & Radio Times, Just Seventeen, Maxim, Sun, Daily
      Mirror, Sunday Mirror, Who Weekly, The Western Australian, to
      name but a few.

      Christopher Martin - UK

      For the past six years, Christopher Martin has been filming some
      of the clearest video footage of unidentified flying objects
      flying over the busy air corridors above London ever seen.

      His footage has been shown on the BBC, Channel 4/5, MTV, Live
      TV, LWT, Carlton as well as numerous countries around the world.
      He is also convinced that, not only are these objects
      extra-terrestrial in origin but that this extra-terrestrial
      intelligence is attempting to communicate with him.

      In his book: Intruders in the Night, he chronicles the events
      that have led him to endorse this startling conclusion. His
      testimony is startling but yet painfully honest. His evidence is
      compelling and will no doubt challenge the sternest sceptic.

      The accompanying VHS video documentary - UFOs - The Evidence -
      features exclusive video footage of anomalous spheres darting in
      and around the skies above London, performing the most
      incredible manoeuvres and also includes new never-before seen

      Bill Chalker ­ New South Wales

      Educated at the University of New England, graduating with an
      Honours Science Degree (B.Sc. Hons.) with majors in Chemistry
      and Mathematics. One of Australia's leading UFO researchers and
      has written extensively on the subject. He is a contributing
      editor for the International UFO Reporter and coordinates the
      NSW UFO INVESTIGATION CENTRE (UFOIC). Australian representative
      for the Aerial Phenomena Research Organisation (APRO) from 1978
      to 1986 and NSW state representative for the Mutual UFO Network
      (MUFON) from 1976 to 1993.

      Bill Chalker has undertaken extensive research and published
      major papers on many topics including Australian physical
      evidence, historical Australian reports (pre 1947), the Royal
      Australian Air Force (RAAF) and UFOs, Australian "missing time"
      events and UFO abduction experiences. In 1996 his book on t he
      Australia UFO experience, "The OZ Files: the Australian UFO
      story", was published.

      George Simpson ­ Victoria

      George Simpson has been interested in UFO's since he was child.
      "I read a ufo book titled 'Flying Saucers over Australia' by
      Richard Tambling in the late 60s".

      He has had several distant sightings of things that behave in
      ways that our most sophisticated craft cannot. George has been
      actively involved in UFO research for over 14 years, and is the
      director of the Victorian Branch of the Australian UFO Research
      Network. With AUFORN he has investigated many good sighting
      reports over the last two years. Some of these investigations
      are still current. George conducts quarterly meetings for the
      AUFORN Victorian branch.

      Brenda Butler - Victoria

      Brenda is the convenor of a group called UFO Experiences Support
      Group has been running for 8 years emphasising of people¹s
      personal experiences with UFO¹s and abductions. Brenda will be
      presenting the latest investigations into the ŒAbduction¹

      Harry Mason ­ Western Australia

      Harry Mason's investigations into the intriguing and mysterious
      "fireball" events in Australia have by no means ended with the
      conclusion of his series in NEXUS.

      Rather than being rare anomalous phenomena, these events seem to
      have increased in number and frequency in recent years. They
      have been reported with increasing frequency around the world.

      Harry Mason, BSc, MSc, MAIMM, MIMM, FGS, is a UK-born geologist
      and geophysicist, now resident in Perth, Western Australia. His
      30-year career in mineral exploration has had him stationed all
      over the world, including Alaska, India, Norway, Mexico,
      Morocco, Sudan and UK.

      He has extensive field experience in geo-recce, geological
      mapping, geophysics/ geochemistry, prospecting,
      remote-sensing/computer imaging technologies, and seismic and
      electromagnetic studies. He specialises in the geology and
      resource exploration of WA's Eastern Goldfields. Lately he has
      been devoting his private time and expertise to researching
      mysterious Australian outback phenomena of possibly natural
      and/or man-made origins.

      Mike Farrell - NSW

      Mike Farrell was born in 1951 and raised in Northern California
      and has been involved with UFO Research Organisations both in
      America and Australia for over 20 years.

      His particular passion has been to gather and share all kinds of
      UFO and related video material. His video library includes
      amateur UFO videos, television programs and news reports,
      specials and documentaries, lectures and UFO video art from all
      parts of the world, including videos in English, Spanish,
      German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Scandinavian, Mexican and
      Hebrew languages.

      During the 1980', he travelled coast to coast across America
      investigating UFO hotspots and attending various UFO events and
      conferences. Mike then immigrated to Australia in 1991 and
      become actively involved with the UFO Research Group of Sydney,

      In 1997, he moved to Port Macquarie, NSW, got a personal
      computer and began a project to establish a global email network
      of fellow UFO video enthusiasts who regularly volunteer their
      time and resources to exchange UFO videotapes with each other.

      The goal of this ongoing global project ­ UFO-VAC ­ "UFO-Video
      Action Coalition" is to more quickly pass on the latest and most
      important UFO video evidence and reports to serious UFO
      researchers and groups around the world with. This UFO video
      evidence is then analysed and the results are shared with all.


      Craig McDonough, Organiser of the
      Melbourne U.F.O. Conference, on +61 403
      (Australian mobile) 72 66 58.


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      Diane Harrison

      National Director
      The Australian UFO Research Network
      and UFO Hotline.
      Australian Skywatch Director

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