2012 Festival Program Guide

All lectures will be held at the Presidio Activity Center, 1400 E. O’Reilly Street. They are totally free and open to the public.

Friday, Oct. 19, 2012

09:00-10:30 – Ismael Cuellar & the Laredo Paranormal Research Society — “Marfa Lights and Other Anomalies”

UFO SIghtingThe Laredo Paranormal Research Society (LPRS) uses cutting-edge scientific instruments to investigate paranormal phenomena, such as UFOs, mystery orbs, spirit entities, and more. Prepare to be amazed as LPRS director Ismael Cuellar and his group demonstrate the use of high-tech equipment to detect the paranormal. In this presentation, they will share the results of their research into the Marfa Lights phenomenon, as well as other “mystery orbs” that have been detected near Laredo, Texas.

10:45-12:15 –Dennis Balthaser –The 1947 Roswell Incident, Then and Now”

DennisThe crash of a UFO near Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947 has been Dennis Balthaser’s primary research interest for the past 20 years, and he has worked with the best known investigators on the subject. A former El Paso resident and retired Texas Department of Transportation engineer, Dennis has personally interviewed many of the first and second hand Roswell witnesses. He will give a history of the Roswell Army Airfield and the 509th Bomb Wing assigned there in 1947 when the Roswell Incident occurred. He will also give complete information about many of the witnesses involved, the government’s continuing cover-up of what happened and the documentation pertaining to that cover-up.

01:30-03:00 – Gilberto Rivera (by video) — “Chihuahua UFO Research” [Lecture in Spanish]

GIFAEGilberto Rivera is director of the Chihuahua-based UFO research group GIFAE (Grupo de Investigación de Fenómenos Aeroespaciales). He organized the “Chihuahuan X-Files” Conference and the 1st International Congress of Ufology in Chihuahua city. Since 1996, he has been writing articles about UFOs for the journal “Year Zero.” He has also appeared on numerous television programs in Mexico and abroad. In this presentation, he brings us the latest information about UFO sightings in Chihuahua and throughout Mexico. His presentation will be via video link and will be in Spanish.

03:15-04:45 – Noe Torres & Ruben Uriarte – “Aliens in the Forest: The Cisco Grove UFO Encounter”

Aliens in the ForestFor the first time ever, the eyewitness in one of the world’s most intriguing and least known UFO cases speaks out in public about his terrifying encounter with aliens in a dark forest near Cisco Grove, California. Based on their new book, Aliens in the Forest: The Cisco Grove UFO Encounter, researchers Noe Torres & Ruben Uriarte tell the amazing story of a night in 1964 when California hunter Donald Shrum encountered a 90-foot-long mothership and its fearsome occupants. The presentation features video clips of Shrum describing his own personal “War of the Worlds.” Features additional insight and commentary by Shrum family members.

06:30-08:00 – Stanton Friedman — “Man’s Place in the Universe”

Merging Galaxy Cluster Abell 520

Galaxy Cluster Abell 520 (NASA Hubble)

Not long ago, in terms of human history, men believed the Earth was at the center of the universe and all other heavenly bodies – sun, moon, planets, and stars – revolved around our planet. Scientists who suggested otherwise were persecuted, excommunicated, and/or executed. When Copernicus argued that the earth revolved around the sun, his teachings were banned by the Church for 300 years! Another great scientist, Galileo, was arrested for stating that Jupiter had moons that revolved around it. Not until the 1920s was the great astronomer Edwin Hubble able to convince skeptics that the universe contains many other galaxies, not just the Milky Way. Since 1930, our view of the universe has changed dramatically, to where we now know that the universe is billions of years old and that there are likely billions of life-sustaining planets elsewhere in the cosmos. Scientists now estimate there are at least 100 billion planets in the Milky Way alone! In this lecture, nuclear physicist Stanton Friedman asserts that it is indeed time to review man’s place in the universe — especially in view of the enormous amount of evidence showing that extraterrestrials have been visiting Earth, that governments have been lying about those visits, that technological progress comes from doing things differently, and that the future is not merely an extrapolation of the past. What an exciting time for young scientists!

Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012

09:00-10:30 –Dennis Balthaser – “A Closer Look at Area 51”

Area 51Veteran UFO researcher Dennis Balthaser tells how the secret base came in to existence and for what purpose. Photos of his visit to the base entrances are shown, as well as the security and equipment employed there. He will also show photos of and describe unconventional aircraft that are test flown there. Dennis will also discuss the reasons behind the high level of secrecy, and he will present documentation explaining this secrecy. Methods used by employees of the base to get to this remote outpost will also be explained in detail.

10:45-12:15 – Ismael Cuellar & the Laredo Paranormal Research Society — “UFO Hunters”

LPRSThe Laredo Paranormal Research Society (LPRS) uses cutting-edge scientific instruments to investigate paranormal phenomena, such as UFOs, mystery orbs, spirit entities, and more. The group has received much publicity lately after filming a huge, triangle-shaped UFO hovering over the city of Laredo, Texas. In this presentation, LPRS members will share their techniques for detecting UFOs that would not normally be visible to the human eye.

01:15-02:45 – “Big Bend-Area UFO Incidents” — Town Hall Meeting / Panel Discussion

This is your chance to speak up about your own UFO experiences during this special “town hall” meeting, hosted by UFO researchers Stanton Friedman, Noe Torres, Ruben Uriarte, Dennis Balthaser, and Gilberto Rivera*. An open microphone will be available for anyone wishing to talk about his or her own UFO encounter. The UFO researchers will also discuss the “Mexico’s Roswell” case, the Marfa Lights phenomenon, and other topics of interest to residents of the Presidio, Marfa, and Ojinaga areas.

03:00-04:30 – Noe Torres & Ruben Uriarte — “Mexico’s Roswell: 1974 UFO Crash Near Presidio, Texas”

Mexico's RoswellOn August 25, 1974, along the Rio Grande River near the Texas border town of Presidio, a thunderous explosion in the sky shattered the stillness of the warm summer night. An unidentified flying disc traveling at 2,000 miles per hour collided with a small airplane heading south from El Paso, Texas. The flaming wreckage of both aircraft fell to the Mexican desert below and immediately became the object of an intense recovery effort by military forces from both Mexico and the United States. This presentation by the authors reveals the shocking story of that night’s historic events, as two governments raced to a remote corner of the Chihuahuan Desert in an effort to recover evidence of a technology from beyond the Earth. As featured on the History Channel’s UFO Files and UFO Hunters, as well as on UFOs of the 1970s.

05:45-06:00 – Musical Interlude Featuring Skin ‘N Bones & David Shane.

06:00-07:30 – Stanton Friedman — “Star Travel? YES!”

Ship Designs

Actual Designs for Nuclear Spaceships

Many scientists say that UFOs cannot be from faraway planets because star travel, if it is even possible, would take too long. Nuclear physicist Stanton Friedman, who himself has helped design nuclear powered engines, says that star travel is not only possible but is already within our reach! In this lecture, Friedman will show that mankind already possesses the technology necessary to make a round trip to the closest stars within a person’s life span. If interstellar travel is possible for us, it certainly is possible for other, more advanced civilizations elsewhere in the universe. According to Friedman, the U.S. government and its industry partners have been developing nuclear-powered engines since the 1960s, and many such engines have been successfully tested. You will be amazed as Friedman gives us a peek “behind the curtain” at scientific achievements that have been mostly kept secret from the general public. You will be shocked to learn that travel to other stars is technically already possible!

08:00-12:00 – Dude of the Dead Music Festival – Concerts

Dude of the DeadFor a musical escapade in the inspiring Chihuahuan Desert celebrating all the spirits past, check out the “Dude of the Dead” music festival in Presidio. Texas Monthly magazine said, “Why not take advantage and commune with a host of souls in a far-out place like the Chihuahuan Desert in deep West Texas? Dude of the Dead Music Festival, an event akin to Burning Man that mashes Día de los Muertos rituals with live music, is like one big séance. ‘Camping under the stars of the desert offers a wonderful opportunity to reflect on those who have left us in body,’ said the event’s organizer. ‘Who’s to say there won’t be a spirit or more drawn by the heat of the dance and the merriment of the music?’ Community fires will keep you warm at night after a day of desert bowling and Frisbee golf.”