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November 13, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
An international panel of two dozen former pilots and government officials called on the government to reopen its generation-old UFO investigation as a matter of safety and security given continuing reports of flying discs, glowing spheres and other strange sightings. "Especially after the attacks of 9/11, it is no longer satisfactory to ignore radar returns . . . which cannot be associated with performances of existing aircraft and helicopters," they said in a statement.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2000 | Cecilia Rasmussen
Saucers, bathtubs, hubcaps, stars; Russian space ships, men from Mars? Bananas, headlights, silver spoons; Hallucinations or weather balloons? --Unknown author * Close encounters of the strangest kind are, of course, a fact of life in Los Angeles. So, it comes as no surprise that the area was an epicenter for one of the late 20th century's genuinely eccentric preoccupations: unidentified flying objects.
NATIONAL
November 1, 2007 | Robin Abcarian, Times Staff Writer
Presidential candidates have flip-flopped on taxes, abortion, gun control and the war. But rarely has one flip-flopped on flying saucers. Until now. In September, a spokeswoman for Dennis J. Kucinich dismissed a report emanating from a Washington conference about UFOs that the Ohio congressman had a close encounter with one. "If you have a serious question, just ask me," Kucinich staffer Natalie Laber instructed a Washington Post reporter who inquired about Kucinich's knowledge of UFOs.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 1988 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
Outer Space Chic has landed in a big way: The unheralded "Alien Nation," an extraterrestrial-earthling buddy picture, won the box-office crown in its first week of release earlier this month--and has become a modest hit, making about $20 million in three weeks of release. Director John Carpenter also returns, this time with "They Live," an outer-space invasion thriller opening Thursday that portrays the Reagan Revolution as an alien plot against the United States.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 1988 | SHERYL STOLBERG, Times Staff Writer
Patty Wolfer, a soft-spoken computer operator for a Torrance law firm, does not usually tell strangers about her rides aboard spaceships from other planets. But this weekend, in the ballroom of a hotel in Inglewood, she made an exception. "Sometimes it's at night," she said quietly, "and I'll just be taken. . . . I saw or was in this place and my energy was all different. And as I turned around, I saw all the panels of the spaceship.
NEWS
July 3, 1996 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alien beings descend on Earth in miles-wide spacecraft this week as "Independence Day" hits theaters nationwide, but Alvin Lawson is figuring on business as usual. No flood of calls as there was in the 1970s. No hysteria. Just the current one or two calls a week to his UFO hotline--a telephone answering machine in his Garden Grove home. Lawson, a retired Cal State Long Beach professor of English, has been studying UFOs in Southern California for nearly 25 years.
NEWS
March 20, 1991 | SHANNON SANDS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
While gamblers in warm, dry Las Vegas casinos plunk coins intoslot machines, two men stand vigil in the icy rain about 120 miles to the north, scanning the sky. Jackpot. "Look at that!" yells Sean David Morton, pointing to a tiny, distant light. "It's bobbing up and down, making figure eights and weaving motions. It's zipping through the sky at an amazing speed." Sean David Morton has spotted an extraterrestrial craft. Yup, a flying saucer, he says.
NEWS
August 6, 1990 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As a hotbed of flying saucer sightings, this small town long ago earned its dot on the map--perhaps even the intergalactic map. Nearby are five major military bases, including one where explosives are tested, and the skies overhead are often chockablock with blinking lights and fiery flashes. Reports of UFOs--Unidentified Flying Objects--are as common here as powdery white beaches and tourists with third-degree sunburns.
NEWS
October 10, 1989 | From Associated Press
It was a close encounter of the Communist kind. Towering, tiny-headed humanoids from outer space landed in the Soviet city of Voronezh and emerged from their spacecraft for a promenade around the park, spreading fear among residents. At least that's what the official Tass news agency said Monday.
NATIONAL
July 8, 2007 | From the Associated Press
For folks who truly believe a UFO and its crew of bug-eyed aliens came crashing down here 60 years ago, rest assured: There's evidence you're not alone. At least 35,000 people have descended on Roswell this weekend for the 2007 Amazing Roswell UFO Festival -- filling every hotel room and nearly doubling the southeastern New Mexico town's population for a few days.
WORLD
March 23, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
In August 1967, two children outside a village in central France reported seeing "four small black beings" fly from the ground and slip headfirst into a sphere that shot skyward in a flash of light and a smell of sulfur. The alleged extraterrestrial sighting is among 1,600 UFO case files spanning the last half a century that the country's space agency opened to the public.
WORLD
May 8, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Hopes, or fears, that the Earth has been visited by alien life forms have been dismissed in an official report by British defense specialists. The Ministry of Defense confirmed a secret study completed in December 2000 had found no evidence that "flying saucers" or other objects were anything other than natural phenomena.
NEWS
April 20, 2006 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
THE desert is a place where it is said that time bends, aging slows and the laws of gravity don't necessarily apply. And not just poolside in Palm Springs. Past scrubby fields of Joshua trees down a dusty road in Landers, a gleaming white dome rises abruptly from the jagged, putty-colored horizon, a curious testament to one man's intergalactic vision: the Integratron.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 2003 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
When influential Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung said that "California is classic saucer country," he wasn't talking about dinnerware. Jung, whose name is second only to Sigmund Freud's in psychiatry, believed in UFOs, theorizing that flying saucers' round shape was a symbol of unity and healing. And Jung was right about California, at least when it comes to a group called the Aetherius Society, which for more than four decades has met frequently atop Mt. Baldy in the San Gabriel Mountains.
WORLD
December 4, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
The British government tried to cover up one of the country's most famous sightings of an unidentified flying object, parliamentary ombudsman Ann Abraham ruled. But the Defense Ministry said files on the incident had always been available to anyone who asked. The "Rendlesham Files" contain accounts by U.S. Air Force officers at a base near Rendlesham Forest in eastern England, who reported seeing a brilliantly lighted triangular object land in December 1980.
NEWS
December 25, 1995 | CARLA HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kathleen Ford peers over the steering wheel of her van and points a manicured fingernail toward the dusky golden sky. "Perfect weather to pick up saucers," she says approvingly. Many a cold lonely evening, the 45-year-old former Las Vegas blackjack dealer and beauty school graduate has pointed her camera hopefully at the desert sky and taken pictures of what looked like nothing--only to have the film reveal dark landscapes punctuated by odd squiggles of light or ghostly blobs. UFOs, she muses.
NEWS
August 4, 1995 | Associated Press
Harvard Medical School said Thursday that it has decided not to censure a Pulitzer Prize-winning professor who studies people who say space aliens abducted them for sexual experiments. But psychiatrist John Mack got an unusual public warning from the dean not to let his enthusiasm for UFO research steer him from the path of professionalism. Mack's patients include a woman who says she gave birth to a human-alien hybrid and a man who says he had an alien wife in a parallel universe.
NATIONAL
July 27, 2002 | From the Washington Post
For Renny Rogers, it was strange enough that military jets were flying low over his home in Waldorf, Md., in the middle of the night. It was what he thinks he saw when he headed outside to look early Friday that floored him. "It was this object, this light-blue object, traveling at a phenomenal rate of speed," Rogers said. "This Air Force jet was right behind it, chasing it, but the object was just leaving him in the dust. I told my neighbor, 'I think those jets are chasing a UFO.'
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2000 | Cecilia Rasmussen
Saucers, bathtubs, hubcaps, stars; Russian space ships, men from Mars? Bananas, headlights, silver spoons; Hallucinations or weather balloons? --Unknown author * Close encounters of the strangest kind are, of course, a fact of life in Los Angeles. So, it comes as no surprise that the area was an epicenter for one of the late 20th century's genuinely eccentric preoccupations: unidentified flying objects.
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