From: Stig Agermose <email@example.com> Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2002 01:50:23 +0200 Fwd Date: Sun, 09 Jun 2002 22:46:34 -0400 Subject: Davenport On Kreskin Source: KATU TV News Washington http://www.katu.com/news/story.asp?ID=47157 Stig *** June 7, 2002 Lack of UFOs means $50,000 for charity ** KENT, WA - Thousands of UFO believers watched the skies Thursday night, waiting to see if a bold prediction by one of the world most famous psychics came true. According to a world famous showman called The Amazing Kreskin, UFO's were coming the night of June 6. He was predicting the largest UFO sighting in recorded history in the Nevada desert outside of Las Vegas. And if it didn't come true, the self-described 'mentalist' says he would give $50,000 to charity. "The type of prediction that has been made by Kreskin recently is exactly what makes life difficult for serious minded investigators," said Peter Davenport, the head of the Seattle- based National UFO Reporting Center. Davenport's Web site and hotline take hundreds of UFO reports a day from around the world. Davenport can only call Thursday night's prediction a publicity stunt. "It makes life difficult for the rest us because a rational person would probably reject this claim out of hand." While many eyes were focused on the Desert Southwest, the Northwest gave birth to the UFO movement. It started back in 1947, when the pilot of a small plane reported seeing nine shiny objects traveling at incredible speeds near Mount Rainier. "And the nine objects were flipping and flashing in the sun is the way he described them," said Greg Long, the author of a book on the pilot, Ken Arnold. UFO sightings continue to this day. The National UFO Center says in just the last month, strange flying objects have been reported over Stevens Pass, Seattle, and Spokane. But the most famous sighting came five years ago as mysterious lights moved over Phoenix in the shape of a perfect triangle. Thousands of people saw them. One man said it was "150 feet over our house" and they were moving extremely fast. But they never showed up on radar. The government later explained them away as stray military flares. But Davenport doesn't by that explanation, and he didn't buy Kreskin's prediction for June 6 either "because so far as I am aware he is not able to predict events perhaps he knows something that I don't." Other doubters of The Amazing Kreskin point to a missile test launch that just happened to be scheduled for around 1 a.m. the morning of June 7. ** This site contains copyrighted material of Fisher Communications, Inc. (KATU TV) which may not be copied, distributed or re-used in any way without KATU TV's prior written consent. KATU TV trademarks are also subject to legal protection and may not be used without KATU TV's prior written consent. KATU TV is not responsible for the content of third party material provided to or linked with this site. Some of the material on this site contributed by the Associated Press.
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