Monday, September 28, 2015

Some Photos from the 2015 MUFON Symposium

MUFON, the largest UFO group in the US, held its 2015 International Symposium in Irvine (Orange County), California, September 24-27.  I won't write up a detailed account of the proceedings here - that I will save for my next column in The Skeptical Inquirer (which assuming I make the next column deadline, will be the January issue. That semi-monthly publication schedule seems glacial by the standards of the internet!).

Discussing UFOs with Alejandro Rojas of Open Minds, and Marc D'Antonio, MUFON's chief photo and video analyst. Marc is quite skeptical about that Puerto Rico Infrared UFO video, that I haven't written about yet but is being cited by some analysts as the best evidence ever. (More will come on that subject.)

Paul Hellyer, former Canadian defense minister, who believes every crazy UFO book he reads, and spits it back as if it were solid fact (Day After Roswell, Serpo, 9-11 Conspiracies). With Paola Harris, big-time UFO promoter.

"UFO Witness Theater," a dramatization of reported UFO sightings. With John Ventre (second from left), Lee Speigel (#5), Erica Lukes (#6), Dwight Equitz, (#7), Stanton Friedman (standing).

Me and my good friend, Dwight Equitz of Hangar 1. I told him I had to write some critical stuff about him on my BADUFOS blog, like about the Nazi saucer base in Antarctica. He was cool with that. It's like, I just read the lines they give me.

Equitz on Hangar 1 (credit: Yvan DeFoy).

MUFON announces the recent death of its founder, Walt Andrus, at age 94.

Celebrated "UFO Abductee" Travis Walton, with Debra Harris.
Jaime Maussan, Mexican UFO promoter, stood firm in his defense of the "Roswell Slides." It's not a mummy - it's still a mystery! But Maussan admits that the de-blurring of the placard is correct: it does read "Mummified Body of Two Year Old Boy". Why the "alien" was put on public display, and why does the placard say it's a mummy? No explanation.

A panel on "Making UFOlogy Respectable" - Maussan was actually on this panel (he had to leave early), and nobody even suggested that the best way to accomplish that would be to give the boot to Maussan, Hangar 1, Steven Greer, Billy Meier, Lina Moulton Howe, etc. - the list might get rather long. From left, John Greenewald, Dr. Robert Wood, Stanton Friedman, Lee Speigel, Cheryl Jones, Marc D'Antonio.


  1. You mention Paul Hellyer, a former Canadian Defence Minister. When exactly was this, and was he a UFO believer at the time, or has this belief gradually emerged since then? Does he believe Canada, like the US, is still holding UFO secrets?

    1. Chris, he was gradually converted to UFO belief by people sending him things, and watching the Peter Jennings UFO Special. In fact, I believe he said it was Pierre Dubreil from Quebec who started sending him material. (Pierre has been sending me occasional material mostly about the loopy Raelians.)

  2. Travis Walton....the man who made a career out of a rather elaborate excuse for why his job was running's rather sad actually. Greer is also still alive and well, though I agree kicking him out of UFOlogy would make it far far more respectable. There is a way to investigate and look that is acceptable. We know there is some sort of liquid on Mars, SETI is a long shot but a scientific one, and keep those videos and photographs coming (there are a lot more cameras out there and use experts to rip apart the photoshop messes).

  3. "Paul Hellyer, former Canadian defense minister, who believes every crazy UFO book he reads, and spits it back as if it were solid fact... "

    Nice non-work if you can get it.

  4. Invasion UFOs in Moscow: alien drones are preparing an invasion of Moscow

  5. It's too easy to make cheap comments about having Maussan on a panel about making UFOlogy respectable so I won't go there. But when MUFON itself seems more interested in sensationalizing Hanger 1, when Ventre gives awards to Jacobs, and the panel itself was billed as including discussion about what was right about the Slides - well, the answer is obvious. Maybe if a certain Mr. Sheaffer was included on the panel they could have made one step towards respectability. In the meantime, they are left with the slides, MJ-12, and the latest abduction story until the next smoking gun is proclaimed.


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