Thousands of out-of town visitors are expected to descend on the usually quiet town during the days of the Encounter, which includes not only a serious three-day research conference but also many lighter activities for both children and adults.
The film festival kicks off the Encounter on July 1 and 2. Six films -- five rarely-seen 1950s UFO classics plus the acclaimed TV movie "Roswell" -- will be shown in two movie theatres, three films in each theatre each day. The classic UFO films include "The Day the Earth Stood Still," "War of the Worlds," "Earth vs. the Flying Saucers" and "Forbidden Planet."
The research conference features twelve speakers over three days, July 3 - 5, plus a conference banquet on Friday night. The outstanding speaker lineup is as follows:
Thursday, July 3:
9:00 a.m. -- Erich von Daniken: Chariots of the Gods
1:00 p.m. -- Lance Strong Eagle Crawford: Native American Interdimensional Realities
3:00 p.m. -- speaker to be announced (see below)
7:00 p.m. -- Michael Lindemann: Discovering Our Cosmic Neighbors -- A Scientific Perspective
Friday, July 4:
9:00 a.m. -- Paul Davids: Breakthroughs in Roswell UFO Research
12:00 noon -- Dr. John Mack: Studying Intrusions from Another Realm: How Can we Deepen Our Knowledge?
2:00 p.m. -- Whitley Strieber: Roswell 50 Years On -- What Have We Accomplished? (Strieber is also keynote banquet speaker)
4:00 p.m. -- Budd Hopkins: 50 Years After Roswell -- What We Know About UFO Abductions
Saturday, July 5:
9:00 a.m. -- Robert O. Dean: The Greatest Story Never Told -- UFOs, Official Secrecy and the People's Right to Know
12:00 noon -- Donald Schmitt: Roswell -- What If the Air Force Is Lying Again?
2:00 p.m. -- Linda Moulton Howe: High Strangeness -- Glimpses of Other Realities
6:00 p.m. -- Stanton Friedman: Fifty Years of Flying Saucers
One scheduled speaker, John Hunter Gray (formerly known as John Salter), a professor of Native American history and a contactee, had to withdraw this week. He and his family live in Grand Forks, North Dakota, the town that was almost destroyed recently by floods and fire, and though his home survived the devastation, he is totally occupied helping the community recover. CNI News extends best wishes to Professor Gray and his family. A replacement speaker will be announced by the conference organizers shortly.
"Roswell UFO Encounter 97" also includes a wide variety of other events during the six days of festivities, including:
-- "Ezekiel's Wheels" Theatre Production in Roswell's Pueblo Auditorium, July 2, 3, 4, 5;
-- "1997 UFO Crash and Burn Extravaganza" -- downhill spacecraft race with $3,000 in prizes;
-- "Music Festival" featuring top-name rock, country and jazz musicians, July 5;
-- "UFO Expo" -- trade show in the Roswell Convention Center, July 3-6; and
-- Daily tours to the "crash site" on the Hub Corn ranch
-- Planetarium Shows every day at the Robert H. Goddard Planetarium
Probably the biggest challenge for festival-goers at this point in time will be finding places to stay near Roswell. Reportedly, all hotel and motel rooms in town are long gone.
For information and advance tickets, call: 1-888-ROSWELL (1-888-767-9355) or write: Roswell UFO Encounter 97, P.O. Box 2146, Roswell, NM 88202
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