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    Are we alone? UFOs the topic By Dan Nailen The Salt Lake Tribune In 1952, Navy officer Delbert Newhouse was driving cross-country with his family, a trip that
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      Are we alone? UFOs the topic
      By Dan Nailen
      The Salt Lake Tribune

      In 1952, Navy officer Delbert Newhouse was driving
      cross-country with his family, a trip that took them
      through northern Utah the morning of July 2.

      Around 11 a.m., Newhouse's wife reportedly noticed
      odd figures in the sky a few miles outside Tremonton.
      Grabbing his movie camera, Newhouse ended up with
      some striking images of the unidentified flying objects -
      images that persuaded the U.S. Air Force, Navy and
      the Central Intelligence Agency to investigate.

      The government eventually concluded the "Tremonton
      tapes" simply showed some seagulls in flight.

      Of course, what would you expect the government to say?
      The Tremonton episode is one story in a long line of
      alleged extraterrestrial activity in Utah. It's one reason
      independent UFO researcher and lecturer Robert Hastings
      will make his fourth trip to the state Wednesday for a
      lecture at the University of Utah.

      Of the Tremonton tapes, Hastings said: "If one looks,
      using modern, computer-based visual-enhancement
      technologies, those seagulls essentially were saucer-
      shaped. They were round, oval-shaped or disc-shaped,
      so clearly they weren't seagulls.

      "That's one example of countless ones where the PR
      guys at the Pentagon have tried to explain away UFOs."

      UFOs, extraterrestrials and all manner of unexplained
      phenomena are always the subject of uneasy debate
      between believers and nonbelievers, government
      agents and private citizens. And UFOs are fodder for
      pop-culture fantasies, whether through sci-fi flicks of the
      1950s or "The X-Files," a TV show in the '90s that
      rekindled talk that "The Truth Is Out There."

      The 56-year-old Hastings has dedicated much of his
      life to formulating counterarguments to official dismissals
      of all things UFO-related, digging through once-classified
      documents, filing Freedom of Information Act requests,
      and interviewing people with firsthand knowledge of
      UFO sightings and the government's efforts to ignore
      them. He's delivered his findings in lectures at more
      than 500 colleges and universities.

      Most of his study involves the preponderance of

      UFO activity near America's nuclear weapons, and he
      has studied intently cases in Wyoming, New Mexico
      and Montana.

      "There are FBI, CIA and Air Force documents going
      back to as early as December 1948 confirming that
      what the documents themselves refer to as 'flying discs'
      or 'flying saucers' have demonstrated an ongoing interest
      in our nuclear weapons sites," Hastings said, noting
      that since 2001, the release of sensitive, UFO-related
      documents by the government has slowed to a trickle.
      Much of his lecture Wednesday, "UFOs: The Hidden
      History," will involve the history and potential risks of
      alien life forms' interest in U.S. nuclear weapons.

      Stephen Nielson, the 23-year-old speakers board
      chairman for the Associated Students of the University
      of Utah, booked Hastings' lecture at the U. Nielson
      said he believes in extraterrestrial life, but "I don't
      necessarily know if they've been to Earth."

      "UFOs, everybody has some fascination with them,
      " Nielson said. " 'The X-Files' made them extremely
      popular during the '90s, so the generation that's now
      in college kind of has that mentality."

      Regards Diane Harrison

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