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USUFOIRC Conference

From: Stig Agermose <stig.agermose@privat.dk>
Date: Sun, 23 Jun 2002 09:26:12 +0200
Fwd Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2002 09:31:03 -0400
Subject: USUFOIRC Conference

Source: Times News Online - Tennessee & Southwest Virginia




June 22, 2002

UFO society holds conference on Roan Mountain



ROAN MOUNTAIN - Call it intuition, but Stacey Allen McGee
believes the Southern Appalachians are in store for some very
unusual happenings this summer.

"We may see some extraterrestrial activity in the area," he

An amateur astronomer for 20 years, McGee is the founder of the
United States UFO Information and Research Center that held a
conference at Roan Mountain State Park this weekend.

The conference featured guest speakers, a chance to observe the
sun through a reflecting telescope and tour Roan Mountain's
rhododendron gardens.

In fact, McGee said, some strange occurrences took place Friday
night as conference attendees camped out at the park.

Not only did McGee and another person see a glowing white
yellowish object fall from the sky behind a mountaintop, but
campers in three tents felt certain someone was rustling about
outside, but no one was located.

However, hanging out on mountaintops looking for lights in the
sky isn't the ultimate goal of the group. Joann Dollberg,
USUFOIRC's national secretary/treasurer, said the group wants
everyone to recognize that they have had similar experiences.

"Everyone can remember seeing something in the sky," she said.

According to the group's Web site, the mission of the USUFOIRC
is to collect and analyze data on UFO and paranormal phenomena
in an attempt to ascertain a stronger identity of who and what
humanity is and represents.

Based in Unicoi, the USUFOIRC started in 1994 and has members
around the globe. Attendees to this weekend's conference came
from Florida, North Carolina and other southeastern locales.

While the conference has been held in other locations, like the
Davy Crockett birthplace in Limestone, Dollberg said Roan
Mountain is an ideal location because of its unique "energy."

"There have been a lot of sightings in the area here," she said.

Alan Caviness who is heading up USUFOIRC's field investigation
and training program said he finds people all over the country
who have sighted unusual things in the sky.

"I've found I can walk around in daily life and talk to people
who've had these experiences. I knew phenomena were pretty
common but not this much," he said.

Caviness said plenty of legitimate sightings go unreported, so
the USUFOIRC was trying to form a proactive network of
investigators to research the events.

"There's a tremendous disparity between what's reported and
what's not," he said, adding that he had 40 to 50 cases that
occurred near his central North Carolina hometown to

"The level of activity is much higher than we understand," he

Caviness said any location in the United States can produce
reports of UFO sightings, and "hot spots" likely didn't exist
any longer.

"This is something for the average lay person," he said of the
investigative network.

Along with the network, the USUFOIRC also wants to construct a
facility to house a UFO museum, planetarium, IMAX theater and
other related materials.

On the net: www.usufoirc.org.

(Image:) Alan Caviness says the hole in this shirt was made by
the taking of a skin sample during an alien abduction. Ned
Jilton II photo.


Published June 22, 2002



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