Date: Wed Aug 18 1993 10:58:00 To: All Subj: Surprise, They're Here UFO - (Emphasis added
Date: Wed Aug 18 1993 10:58:00
From: Sheppard Gordon
Subj: Surprise, They're Here
(Emphasis added by Mr. Gordon)
UFO Believers Gather and Reveal That-Surprise-Aliens Are Here
THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
Did you arrive on this planet without a set of instructions?
If so, perhaps you had the good fortune to stop by UFO Expo West
last weekend at the Hyatt Hotel at LAX, where a "cosmic instruction
manual" was on sale, offering solutions to this and other pressing
problems experienced by extraterrestrials.
More than 800 UFO buffs made the pilgrimage to the two-day
gathering, paying $19 to $26 each for general admission, and an
additional $21 to $29 for each of the three dozen featured
workshops they attended.
Between workshops, they could stop in the corridor and have
their auras read ($10), their psyches explored ($20 for 20
minutes), or buy model flying saucers ($5 to $300, the latter a
special-order item with blinking lights to help viewers get their
psyches in tune).
Inside the workshops, there were several recurring themes: UFOs
are for real; aliens are among us, and the U.S. government and the
media are conspiring to cover it all up.
Featured speakers included JOHN LEAR, son of the inventor of the
Lear jet and a near-legend among UFO buffs. Surrounded by half a
dozen black-vested bodyguards (necessary, it is explained, because
THE GOVERNMENT IS TRYING TO SILENCE HIM), Lear informed his
standing-room audience that:
No less than 40 flying saucers have been recovered by the U.S.
military, several subsequently reconstructed and flown by the Navy.
Mars is populated by an advanced underground civilization of
beings who resemble us.
More than 70 alien species are already visiting Earth, among
them a reptilian race.
The government is holding an alien at a secret site in Nevada.
Dramatically delivered, the presentation got a rousing reception
from the faithful, who heartily applauded Lear's blasts at the
media for conspiring to withhold his findings.
But even at this gathering, not everyone was buying it. Two
fellow UFOlogists (as they call themselves)-Canadian physicist
STANTON FRIEDMAN and author BUDD HOPKINS-suggested that Lear's
perceptions were colored by what they called his embattled outlook.
After Lear's speech, when a reporter attempted to question him
about his findings, he broke off the interview in less than a
minute and retreated behind his security guards.
Other speakers included GEORGE GREEN, investment banker by trade
and UFO buff, who said that 18 months ago he was contacted via
shortwave radio by beings from the Pleiades, a cluster of stars in
the constellation Taurus.
THE PLEIADIANS TOLD HIM THAT ALIENS HAVE ALREADY LANDED ON
EARTH. They take human form, but can be differentiated because they
lack human energy levels and their "replicate" face masks tatter
after a long period of exertion.
Among those whose masks have visibly tattered: THE REPLICATE
GEORGE BUSH. NEXT TIME THE REPLICATE BUSH GIVES A TV SPEECH, URGED
GREEN, WATCH HIS FACE AT THE END FOR SIGNS OF HIS TATTERING MASK.
The faithful absorbed this announcement with respectful silence.
And there was a San Jose attorney with the pen name of William
Bramley, whose $23.95 "The Gods of Eden" has sold nearly 10,000
copies, a best-seller for the UFO genre.
Bramley's research indicates that aliens first arrived several
thousand years ago to mine Earth of its riches. Discovering the
work to be more arduous than anticipated, however, the aliens
genetically re-engineered a native species-early Homo sapiens-into
a slave race.
Were humans ever to learn of the true nature of the alien
presence, however, we would revolt against them. To distract us
from this knowledge, the aliens have encouraged our international
In an interview afterward, Bramley explained that, unlike other
authors who use pen names as a marketing device, he cannot reveal
his true identity. If he did, colleagues might laugh and his
credibility before judges might be diminished, putting his clients'
welfare in jeopardy.
And yet, amid the dozens of speakers with outlandish ,questionable
claims, a few presented less easily dismissed evidence that, just
maybe, something else is up there.
Navy physicist Dr. BRUCE MACCABEE, who has been investigating
UFOs for 20 years, screened photos taken in the Florida resort of
Gulf Breeze, where, within the past several months, UFO sightings
have been frequent.
Maccabee explained that to be considered credible, each sighting
has to be vouched for by at least one other observer independent of
the photographer. Maccabee said he has developed a new technique
designed to more credibly capture UFOs on film.
Through stereo photography, in which a single camera simultaneously
takes a pair of photos from slightly different angles, Maccabee said he
has been able to calculate that the photographed UFOs have come to
within a few hundred feet of earth, and are themselves hundreds of
STANTON FRIEDMAN, a Canadian nuclear physicist who said he has
been investigating UFOs for 31 years, likewise said he believes
that UFOs are indisputably flying over us.
Two of them once collided during a thunderstorm over Roswell,
N.M., he said, presenting a photocopy of the Roswell Daily Record's
front page of July 8, 1947. The headline on the leading story read:
"RAAF (Roswell Army Air Field) Captures Flying Saucer on Ranch in
Military officials subsequently said that what people saw was a
weather balloon carrying a tin-foil target. However, allegations
persist among area witnesses of at least one UFO crash-landing on
Friedman said he was certain that UFOs are real. He said the
government needs to quit denying the evidence or hiding it and
should declassify its extensive UFO files for the public.
As evidence that the media is starting to move in this
direction, Friedman cited an hourlong CBS special scheduled for
Friday at 8 p.m., focusing on alleged UFO abductions of humans for
In these abductions, humans are allegedly levitated in a bright
beam of light, and are examined on board for several hours by
aliens before being levitated back to their homes, their memories
of the abduction erased. The abductees subsequently remember the
incident through hypnosis.
A CBS spokeswoman confirmed that the coming special, narrated by
James Earl Jones, features three abductees whose stories will be
offered on camera.
"The producers premised the show on the belief that there is
something here, or they wouldn't have done it," said the
spokeswoman. However, she said, the show was produced independently
of CBS News, and has not been vouched for by the network's news
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