AUTHORS TO SPEAK ON UFO ENCOUNTERS OF THE WILD WEST
Costa Mesa, CA — Imagine John Wayne riding his trusty steed over a rocky ridge and finding, littered across the desert in front of him, a crashed extraterrestrial spacecraft and the bodies of its non-human occupants. This scenario of the Wild West hosting visitors from outer space may not be as far-fetched as some people think, according to Noe Torres and Ruben Uriarte, who will speak on the topic in Costa Mesa, California, on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 7 p.m. Pacific time. Torres was the author and Uriarte a researcher for the book The Real Cowboys & Aliens: UFO Encounters of the Old West, published in 2011 by RoswellBooks.com.
Sponsored by the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) of Orange County, this special presentation will be held at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Center, 1845 Park Avenue. General admission is $15 for the general public. Admission is $10 for members of MUFON Orange County and students with ID. For more information, visit http://www.mufonoc.org.
“After the Steven Spielberg movie Cowboys & Aliens was announced in 2010, we thought it would be interesting to look at actual UFO cases from the 1800s,” Torres said. “While the movie is an enjoyable work of fiction, clearly it has little or no basis in reality, and we wanted our book to present actual, documented cases of UFOs in the Old West.”
Torres and Uriarte emphasized that people in the Old West really did see strange flying ships streaking across the sky. Hundreds of UFO sightings were reported throughout North America in the 19th century, as documented in numerous newspaper articles and books of that time period. Farmers, cowboys, ranchers, and others reported seeing strange signs and wonders in the sky, and occasionally, they also claimed to meet beings that were clearly not human.
The book was praised by critics and a review in the Albuquerque Journal proclaimed, “Hey, Hollywood. If you’re going to make a big-budget movie about extraterrestrial contact with Wild West cowpunchers, can’t you at least try to get it right? … Of course spacemen explored our planet in the days of saddle-sore lawmen and swinging saloon doors. But it wasn’t the cartoonish picture of evil planetary invaders, complete with hideous teeth and slimy hands emanating from their reptilian bellies that is portrayed in this Hollywood blockbuster…. The Real Cowboys & Aliens: UFO Encounters of the Old West, sets the record straight, using information gathered from yellowed newspaper clippings from the 1800s to tell of numerous close encounters between farmers and cowboys on the range and mysterious visitors in flight.” (Albuquerque Journal, Aug. 18, 2011, Page A1).
Uriarte, who is the MUFON state director for Northern California, said, “It seems likely that UFOs were quite common in the 1800s, We have found hundreds of newspaper and magazine accounts about people seeing strange objects and lights in the sky. We have also found articles that mention face-to-face encounters with creatures that seemed human but were clearly not.”
Uriarte added, “What is especially interesting about these historic UFO sightings is that they took place before airplanes were invented and before flight of any kind was common. Although hot air balloons had been around since the 1700s, it was closer to 1900 before balloon airships became widely known.”
Torres and Uriarte have written several books about historic UFO cases. They speak frequently at UFO conferences and have appeared separately and together on a number of TV and radio shows on the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, Coast to Coast AM, and more.
In their presentation, Torres and Uriarte will discuss many UFO sightings from 1800s, including the most interesting cases from the book. Torres said, “We’ll be presenting many bizarre stories, such as the one about a being from outer space whose spaceship crashed in North Texas and whose body was buried in a lonely Texas cemetery where it may still remain today. We will also tell the tale of a flying monster shot by two cowboys outside of Tombstone, Arizona. We’ll discuss an underwater UFO that came up to the surface and nearly electrocuted two men and much more.”
For more information about the July 15 presentation in Costa Mesa, please visit http://www.mufonoc.org.
TORRES & URIARTE TO SPEAK ON AREA 51’S HISTORY AND UFO CONNECTIONS
LAS VEGAS — Shortly before Area 51, the world’s most secure military base, was built in 1955, Lockheed Skunk Works aircraft designer Clarence “Kelly” Johnson filed a report with the U.S. Air Force about two UFO sightings he personally had. “For at least five years, I have definitely believed in the possibility that flying saucers exist. Having seen this particular object on December 16, I am now more firmly convinced than ever.” The strange relationship between Area 51 and UFOs will be explored in a special lecture by researchers Noe Torres and Ruben Uriarte on Saturday, July 18, at 7 p.m. Pacific Time at the National Atomic Testing Museum, 755 East Flamingo Road, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The presentation, titled “Exploring Dreamland: A History of Area 51,” is part of the museum’s “Area 51 Special Lecture Series.” Admission is $30 for the general public, $20 for museum members, and $10 for students with valid ID card. In addition to the lecture, the Smithsonian-affiliated museum offers a unique exhibit called “Area 51: Myth or Reality,” which opened in March 2012 and remains incredibly popular with Las Vegas tourists. To RSVP or for more information, visit http://www.nationalatomictestingmuseum.org.
Torres and Uriarte, are authors of Aliens in the Forest, The Coyame Incident, Fallen Angel, UFOs Over Mexico, and other books about famous UFO cases.They have appeared separately and together on a number of television shows, including UFO Hunters, UFO Files, Monster Hunters, Ancient Aliens, and UFOs Over Earth. Their research is featured in an upcoming film by Patrick Connelly titled They Rode the Flying Saucers. They also appear frequently on Coast to Coast AM and speak at numerous UFO conferences each year. Uriarte is director of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) in Northern California, and Torres is a former MUFON state section director from Texas.
In discussing the history of Area 51 based on declassified documents, newspaper accounts, and eyewitness testimony, the authors will also explore how the mysterious base first became associated with UFOs. Accompanying their talk, a multimedia presentation will feature video clips and still photographs of the base throughout its history, as well as recent developments at the base and including all the known “black projects” that have been tested there.
“This lecture is excellent for those with minimal knowledge about Area 51, as well as persons who are already familiar with its fascinating history,” Uriarte said. “It’s such an expansive topic that I doubt we will cover all the material we have collected in our research, but we will try. We have 90 slides with numerous still photos, video clips, and audio clips. I think the audience will be amazed at some of this information.” Among the material they will present are recently declassified documents about Area 51 founder Clarence “Kelly” Johnson’s UFO sighting in 1951, after which Johnson drew detailed sketches of a streamlined, boomerang-shaped metallic aircraft. Torres and Uriarte suggest that Johnson’s UFO encounter may have influenced his later designs of several key stealth aircraft for the U.S. military.
The lecture will be preceded by a Meet & Greet at 6 p.m. Seating for the event is limited. To reserve a spot, please RSVP at 702-794-5144. For more information about the lectures and the museum, please visit http://www.nationalatomictestingmuseum.org.
Our UFO Festivals Featured in Prominent Texas Magazine
Our UFO conferences were featured in the June 2014 edition of the prestigious Texas Observer magazine, in an article by Patrick Michels titled “Aliens Without Borders.” The article refers to author Noe Torres, the conference planner and organizer, as the “godfather” of Texas UFO festivals. To read the entire article online, visit http://www.texasobserver.org/aliens-without-borders-exploring-the-del-rio-ufo-festival/. Our upcoming conferences are in Del Rio, Texas, on Jan. 23 & 24, 2015, and in Edinburg, Texas, on Aug. 14 & 15, 2015. See you there!
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