My wife and I jumped off the plane from NY to
It was at the entrance of the conference where I registered that I received my first shock. Usually MUFON has many tables with various books and DVDS. For many of those out there who don’t go to conferences but love the UFO topic, there is a great wealth of history in those DVDs and especially those books. Some are collectors’ items and have already doubled in price. Some of those grand investigators will disappear into the ether’ their DVDs and published books along with them. I do some collecting of old UFO pioneers books and DVDs. What do you would think would happen to their value if ETs made contact?
Everything was smaller. When I walked into our first presentation I was saddened. MUFON had booked a smaller room with only one viewing screen. Normally there are two. Many of the seats were empty, even in that small room. But what struck me again is when John Greenewald asked for a show of hands for first timers, there were only a few, Most of the audience were old members. Those who follow MUON know Robert Bigelow has donated money for MUFON to set up 24 hour UFO strike teams. But that money, remember, is exclusive to that project. That doesn’t mean that MUFON is in great shape.
Not many young People.
The problem with young people at the UFO conferences and MUFON is their lack of vision and probably money I think. It is almost as if they want the modern young to conform to their lackluster method of presenting the evidence. Does it have to be soooo dry.
There have been many UFO investigative bodies. All except two have folded. MUFON, and NARCAP which investigates sightings related to UFO, UAPs and Planes.
Now, on to James Carrion, the international director of UFOs. He gave his first MUFON presentation at the conference on “New Research Avenues for Ufology”. He pointed out the infighting among the various UFO groups and how it actually hurts the progress of the Ufology. Now that sounded all well and good: a man who wants to change things, maybe bring some people together. But that is not what he did. He really went after
Now, here is the funny part. There was a panel discussion, and, God love him, Stanton Friedman(76) was there, of course. He was doing that little nodding thing we all do when we burn the candle at both ends, when a questionnaire ask James Carrion about his new “Pet” Roswell theory. As Mr. Carrion starting replying to the man about his new investigation and how it could be applied to
The presenter I enjoyed the most was John Greenewald’s(The Black Vault) “Project Preserve History. This was project was spearheaded by Carrion. It will be a great service to the UFO community when it is done. The idea is to protect for all time the written history of UFO sightings and related subject matter. This information will be available to everyone in a searchable, data mining form .I give him a lot of credit for what he is trying to do . Greenewald, brings a vibrancy to the whole place that is somehow lost among some of the other older presenters.
I came away from that symposium wondering if MUFON will make it to it’s 50th anniversary. Without offspring, a species will die out. Unless MUFON finds some way to attract a new breed of researchers and supporters it may wind up going itself going Extinct.
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