From: Kenny Young <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2002 19:33:11 -0700 Fwd Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2002 09:13:28 -0400 Subject: Education Said Goal Of Cincinnati UFO Conference Organizers identify education as goal at 39th UFO Conference By Jon Gambrell The Hamilton (Ohio) News-Journal September 26, 2002 For the JournalNews KINGS MILLS =97 The 39th Annual National UFO Conference is landing this year near Kings Island. The goal of the conference =97 1 p.m. Saturday at the Kings Island Resort & Conference Center =97 is to better educate southern Ohio about UFO phenomena, organizers say. Kenny Young, a member of the Mutual UFO Network and operator of a tri-state UFO hotline, said the conference will address the problem of the Tradesocietal vacancy of curiosity." TradeWe=92re getting together to hear researchers pass along their lifetime of efforts," said Young, a resident of Florence, Ky. TradeWe want to educate the public and trigger curiosity." The conference wasn=92t held last year due to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, but Young feels that this year=92s event will be successful. Thus far, 150 people have confirmed their spot at the conference, some of them coming from as far away as Devon, England. The event will feature discussions, photo exhibits and booths operated by various UFO organizations, like the Chicago-based Center for UFO Studies TradeThe field is really a mixed bag right now," director Mark Rodeghier said. TradeWe are still having sightings, but the crafts have changed from oval to triangular. Also, there isn=92t as much physical evidence as before." Rodeghier said that there are two prevalent attitudes in the field currently: That the space crafts are under intelligent control, or the more Tradeagnostic" view that no one knows what is causing the phenomenon. TradeOver all, the interest is very high in UFOs," he said. TradeFifty percent of Americans believe in UFOs and we want the subject to get serious scientific attention." One person who is striving to get attention for the field is Stephen Bassett. Bassett is campaigning on the extraterrestrial issue as an independent candidate for Congress in Maryland=92s 8th District. TradeWe=92re four months into our campaign," said Bassett, the only registered lobbyist on the issue. TradeWe=92re doing very well. We are on the ballot." Bassett is campaigning to raise public awareness and to encourage the federal government to make a formal acknowledgment of the extraterrestrial presence, according to his campaign Web site, Disclosure2003. Bassett will be delivering a speech at the conference on TradeThe Politics of Disclosure." TradeOur ultimate goal is to end the government information embargo," he said. TradeThe quality of the information released will be a political decision and the public needs to be involved." Conference admission is $15 per adult and $10 for children younger than 12.
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