Atlantic City’s Trump Plaza was the site of the Atlantic Coast UFO Conference over the weekend of February 15th, 16th, and 17th. I had the great pleasure of attending. On Friday night there was a cocktail party which most of the presenters attended. During that event George Filer of Filer’s Files was honored with a lifetime achievement award. You can access Filer’s Files at http://www.ufoinfo.com/filer/index.shtml. The award was presented by Peter Robbins and Jackie Perkins.
In an earlier post I wrote about a wonderful book, Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience written by Kathleen Marden, the niece of Betty Hill, and Stanton Friedman. I was fortunate enough to chat with Kathy Marden at the cocktail party.
All Saturday and Sunday were filled with very interesting lectures by experts in the field. Don Ledger spoke of a UFO sighting in Nova Scotia. He wrote Dark Object with Chris Styles and Whitley Strieber. Paola Harris, author of Connecting the Dots talked about Exopolitics and focused on her experiences with Colonel Corso.
Kathleen Marden discussed interesting newly revealed aspects of Betty and Barney Hill’s UFO experience. Dr. Lynne Kitei showed her award winning Phoenix Lights documentary and spoke at length about her personal experiences in the paranormal. She also favored the audience with a beautiful song at the end of her presentation.
Peter Davenport is an extremely well spoken representative and director (since 1994) of NUFORC, the National UFO Reporting Center. He spoke about some very interesting sightings he investigated in the Northeast. Sam Maranto is a regional director of the Mutual UFO Network. He showed many slides of sightings that he investigated in the Ohio region. They are both clearly very thorough researchers. Steve Bassett is a UFO investigator and political activist. He is the executive director of the Paradigm Research Group dedicated to looking into the relationship of UFOs and extraterrestrials to the government and trying to get the truth about them from the government. I’d say he’s really got his work cut out for him.
Tom Carey co-wrote Witness to Roswell: Unmasking the 60-Year Cover-Up and he presented compelling evidence about the crash in 1947. He emphasized the fact that the original witnesses are dying off at a prodigious pace and a number of them have made deathbed confessions as to what happened there. Peter Robbins also co-wrote a book, Left at East Gate, with a former military man who was a witness to the Rendlesham Forest UFO encounter. I had heard about this incident before but never in such breathtaking detail. Farah Yurdozu is from Turkey but now resides in the US. She spoke about possible connections between extraterrestrials and the deities of ancient mythologies, particularly Turkish mythology.
Richard Dolan really impressed me with the intense research he has done and is doing on the history of UFOs and how this subject pertains to national security. This is the first time I have truly understood why and how the government would cover-up evidence of UFO sightings. He lays this out plainly in his first volume, UFOs and the National Security State, An Unclassified History, Volume One: 1941-1973. I can’t wait for Volume Two! While most of the presenters impressed me with their acumen and credibility, Mr. Dolan really blew me away.
Finally I must thank Jackie Perkins, without whose tireless efforts this conference would never have come to be. I enjoyed myself immensely while receiving some great insights. I am so glad I attended.