2017 Edinburg “Out of This World” UFO Conference & Festival

2017 Edinburg

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The Sekula Memorial Library and Edinburg Arts invites believers and non-believers to join in the 6th Annual UFO Conference & Festival. Don’t miss your chance to participate in the festivities on Friday, March 31, 2017 and then hear some of the nation’s top UFO experts speak at the UFO Conference at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance on Saturday, April 1. Tickets are $25 (all general admission) and are now available from EventBrite.com.

Featured Speaker: Retired Aerospace Engineer Ken Johnston Reveals NASA’s Secrets about ETs and UFOs

Ken JohnstonDr. Ken Johnston was one of four civilian astronaut consultant pilots for the Apollo moon program and is a retired aerospace engineer, former active duty US Marine, and “NASA Whistle Blower.” He refused to strictly follow orders and destroy photographs from the Apollo program after he discovered that NASA technicians were secretly “altering” the photos to remove unexplained objects and features discovered by the astronauts on the moon.

Johnston was hired by Grumman Aircraft Corp. because of his training as a pilot with an avionics background for the Apollo Lunar Module testing. His duty was to assist with cockpit and instrument development and Astronaut training at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. He later worked at the Lunar Receiving Laboratory, where all the moon rocks were stored, cataloged and in some cases, distributed to scientists from around the world. As the Director of the Data and Photo Control Department he had access to all the original lunar pictures, film and slides.

Ken Apollo MissionsWhen the lunar sample distribution wound down, he was instructed to destroy what remained of the photo archive, but Johnston kept one set as a personal collection for a work portfolio. This personal portfolio became known as “Ken’s Archive” and has been used by researchers from around the world to help them discover evidence of ET presence, past and present on the Moon.

Jim Marrs, NY Times Bestselling Author & UFO Expert

jim_marrs_bio_imageA native of Fort Worth, Texas, Mr. Marrs was an award winning reporter for several Texas newspapers, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. During the Vietnam War, he served with Army intelligence before becoming an investigative reporter for the Fort Worth newspaper.

For over 30 years, Mr. Marrs taught a course at UT-Arlington on the JFK assassination. His book Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy was a New York Times bestseller and became a basis for the Oliver Stone film JFK. Mr. Marrs served as a chief consultant for both the film’s screenplay and production. Also at UT-Arlington, he taught a course on UFOs.

An expert on government conspiracies, Mr. Marrs has also had a lifelong fascination with UFOs and has written a number of books about them, including his award winning 1997 book Alien Agenda, published by HarperCollins Publishers. His book has been translated into several foreign languages and become the top-selling non-fiction UFO book in the world.

Mr. Marrs has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, CSPAN, the Discovery, Learning and History Channels, This Morning America, Geraldo, Montel Williams, Today, Tech TV and The Larry King, George Noory and Art Bell radio programs along with numerous national and regional radio and TV shows.


Ben Hansen, Former FBI Special Agent & Paranormal Investigator

Ben HansenFormer FBI Special Agent Ben Hansen is a life-long adventurer who is a licensed airplane pilot, amateur radio operator, licensed falconer, certified SCUBA diver, hang glider, Search and Rescue dog handler, and Eagle Scout. Fluent in Spanish, Ben graduated with honors from the University of Utah with a Bachelors degree in Sociology, certification in Criminology and Corrections, with a year of study abroad completed in Australia.

Inspired by TV shows like The X-Files, Ben went on to spend many years working on investigating major crimes for a number of agencies, including the FBI. His experience at applying scientific methods to prove or disprove crime theories resulted in an idea for a reality TV show where Ben would lead a team of investigators to prove or disprove paranormal events, such as UFO sightings. The show became the Syfy hit series Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files.

Ben has also been on the UFO documentary series UFOs Declassified, where he makes reoccurring appearances as a UFO researcher and commentator, examining government records of UFO events. Apart from filming TV shows, Ben is often asked to provide analysis for photos and videos for the Huffington Post Weird News column. Breaking-down captured media of alleged Bigfoot, UFO, and ghost events, Ben provides his expert opinion on some of the most viral stories in the current press. He often presents his research and findings at dozens of conferences across the globe.


Erica Lukes, Expert on UFOs, Cattle Mutilations, and Alien Abductions

Erica LukesErica Lukes is a highly-experienced and highly talented UFO researcher and podcaster from Utah. The former Utah state director for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), Erica is a MUFON field investigator and head of “Unexplained Utah,” a UFO research organization. She is also the team leader for a research program called “Project Orange,” dedicated to studying sightings orange/red orbs (also known as fireballs).

Erica has conducted extensive research on a number of unexplained mysteries in Utah, including the famous Skinwalker Ranch and its surrounding areas. She has collected decades’ worth of case reports, particularly about mass sightings of UFOs, as well as mysterious mutilations of animals, and alien abductions.


Noe Torres, Conference Host & Moderator

Noe TorresEdinburg native Noe Torres is an author, publisher, UFO investigator, and MUFON member. A featured speaker at the 2017 International UFO Congress, Noe has authored a number of books related to the UFO phenomenon and appears frequently in the media and at conferences, speaking about his research. He holds a Bachelor’s in English and a Master’s in Library Science from the University of Texas at Austin. With California UFO researcher Ruben Uriarte, he has written four acclaimed books: Mexico’s Roswell, The Other Roswell, Aliens in the Forest, and The Coyame Incident. In addition, his books The Real Cowboys & Aliens: UFO Encounters of the Old West, Fallen Angel, and Ultimate Guide to the Roswell UFO Crash have also been very well-received by the UFO research community.

About Mexico’s Roswell, the MUFON Journal said, “Torres and Uriarte are to be commended for tackling such an important case, whose impact on ufology may only now be coming to light thanks to the research they have undertaken. A definite must-read.” George Noory commented, “Amazing! This story is wilder than the U.S. Roswell. This book is an amazing piece of work.” About Ultimate Guide to the Roswell UFO Crash, veteran UFO researcher / author Kevin Randle said, “If you are planning to visit Roswell, this book tells you all you need to know about the UFO crash, the city and its character. It condenses the confusion of the case into an easily read book that will help anyone make the most of a visit to the city and help understand what actually happened. A very nice addition to the Roswell literature.”

Noe has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows, including the History Channel’s “UFO Hunters,” the Travel Channel’s “Mysteries at the National Parks,” Coast to Coast AM, the Jeff Rense program, and many others. He is also a frequent lecturer at UFO conferences and has spoken on many occasions at the annual Roswell UFO Festival.


Why the Study of UFOs is Important

Almost all of the presenters at the Edinburg UFO Conference over the years are members of a non-profit group called the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), which started in Seguin, Texas, in 1969 and now has thousands of members worldwide [for more, visit http://www.mufon.com]. In this extremely informative video, MUFON director Jan Harzan explains why MUFON exists and why the study of UFOs is so important:

News Flash: Scientists Find New Earth-type Planets

Not many years ago, most scientists believed that the Earth was in such an isolated corner of the universe that it was extremely unlikely we would ever find other planets similar to ours anywhere nearby. They believed that even if we achieve space travel at near the speed of light, it would take several lifetimes to reach portions of the galaxy where other Earth-type planets may exist. These theories have been completely disproved by recent discoveries, such as the revelation on Feb. 22, 2017 of the existence of seven Earth-like planets at a distance that is considered relatively close in astronomical terms. Here is more about this amazing new find:

Photo Gallery from 2016 Conference & Festival (Click on thumbnail to see full-size image):

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Purchase tickets today at EventBrite.com. For more information, visit the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library at 1906 S. Closner in Edinburg, call 956.383.6246 or visit http://www.edinburg.lib.tx.us/

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