Aliens, Bigfoot and UFOs! To be talked about if not seen at a normal gathering on the paranormal
Seattle Times staff reporter
Alien implants. Conspiracies. Bigfoot. An unexplained fireball across the Seattle sky. ... It's all familiar subject matter for fans of that cult TV show, but for those involved in this weekend's conference - the first of what's hoped to become an annual event - it's not just the stuff of fanciful television.
"It's very intriguing," says organizer Charlette LeFevre, founder of the Seattle Chat Club (formerly the Seattle Art Bell Chat Club), with a core membership of about 30 who meet regularly to discuss the kind of far-out and unexplained phenomena featured on Bell's popular overnight radio show. "When you have the objective information and you realize there are thousands of (UFO) sightings, it breaks your bubble of reality.
"There's some things I want to find answers on," LeFevre said. "This conference is about our origins, it's about our history, it's challenging our beliefs but also standing up for what you believe in."
Like alien abductions of people. This weekend's conference is modeled after others held around the country, such as the International UFO Congress, held in March in Laughlin, Nev., or the annual Rocky Mountain UFO Conference in Laramie, Wyo. But LeFevre said this one won't have workshops or "private abductee sharings."
Many of the UFO/Paranormal Conference's guests have appeared on Bell's show (Bell isn't expected to attend.) and have spoken before the Chat Club. Peter Davenport was a frequent Bell guest who operates the National UFO Reporting Center out of a University District apartment.
Davenport said he'll speak tonight "about some of the more dramatic UFO events that have occurred recently," focusing on a strange "fireball" that a number of witnesses reported moving erratically March 13 over Puget Sound.
Here are some of the conference's other highlights:
• Alien implants. Dr. Roger Leir (a podiatrist), author of "The Aliens and the Scalpel: Scientific Proof of Extraterrestrial Implants in Humans."
• Bigfoot: Researcher Lloyd Pye, author of "Everything You Know Is Wrong," will discuss hominids, show a replica of his curious "starchild" skull and make a case that humans can't have evolved on Earth according to current Darwinian theories.
• Lawsuits: "UFO lawyer" Peter Gersten.
• Suppressed history: "Forbidden Archaeology" author Michael Cremo will show evidence of the world's "extreme antiquity" and of the "societal gatekeepers" who don't want you to know about it.
• Local UFOs: Conspiracy writer and publisher Kenn Thomas will recount a 1947 UFO incident near Vashon Island.
• Go toward the light: Dr. Melvin Morse will talk about the near-death experiences (known as NDEs) of children.
• "Intergalactic Diva": Jazz singer Pamela Stonebrooke - whose CD features a tune called "Heart of the Grey Matter" - will perform and talk about her sexual experiences with a reptilian alien. She may or may not explain if that would make said alien a lounge lizard.
Mark Rahner, 206-464-8259, firstname.lastname@example.org.