The truth about aliens might not be as “out there” as “The X-Files'” slogan would suggest.
For one weekend, at least, the “truth” about unidentified flying objects, visitors from other worlds and our leaders’ knowledge of both will be on display in one place: Eureka Springs.
The 19th annual Ozark UFO Conference will be held today through Sunday at the Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center. Nine writers and documentarians will give lectures and host panel discussions on topics ranging from crop circles to government cover-ups.
The event draws an eclectic audience of believers and skeptics from all over the United States, says conference organizer Lou Farish.
“I’m amazed by the people who come from Ohio, from New York, from Wisconsin and California, all to Eureka Springs. We get people who’ve seen things and know something’s going on, as well as folks who are just drawn out of an intellectual curiosity,” Farish says.
Farish, a retiree from Plumerville, attended the first conference in 1988. He eventually took the reins from founder Bill Pitts and built the conference into a weekend-long event that draws as many as 400 visitors.
Speakers will include:
* Writer Richard Dolan. Dolan’s “UFOs and the National Security State” explores the role of governments in researching and containing UFO reports.
* British researcher Timothy Good. Good’s latest book, “Need to Know: UFOs, the Military and Intelligence,” examines the U.S. government’s interest in UFOs.
* Writer Terry Hansen. Hansen will discuss press coverage of UFOs as documented in his book, “The Missing Times.”
* Writer Joe Lewels. Lewels will explore themes set forth in his latest book, “Rulers of the Earth.”
* Documentary producer Linda Moulton Howe. Howe, the author of “Mysterious Lights and Crop Circles,” will give an update on various kinds of unexplained phenomena.
* Writer Jim Sparks. Sparks, author of “The Keepers,” claims to have encountered two types of extraterrestrial beings.
* Retired Air Force Lt. Colonel Wendelle Stevens. Stevens will present cases from various countries of claimed contact with extraterrestrial beings.
* Researcher Nancy Talbott. Talbott, who specializes in the examination of physical evidence, will report on strange phenomena taking place in Poland, Holland and elsewhere.
Farish also expects visitors to talk about recent UFO sightings at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago and Fort Chaffee, near Fort Smith.
The Ozark UFO Conference begins at 1 p.m. today and will conclude at noon Sunday. Registration begins at 8 a.m. today and costs $50 at the door. Vendors will be on hand at the Inn of the Ozarks to sell literature and videos.
A full schedule of conference events is available at www.ozarkufo.com. The Morning News