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Many won­der if there’s life beyond our plan­et, alien beings who may vis­it our world or who have shaped our his­to­ry in some way through past vis­i­ta­tions. Oth­ers just scoff at the idea of aliens, say­ing if they haven’t seen it, it must not exist.

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A con­ven­tion of UFO enthu­si­asts called Con­tact in the Desert will assem­ble in Joshua Tree, CA from June 3–6 to dis­cuss and explore the lat­est find­ing on that very subject.

Paul Andrews is co-pro­duc­ing the event with Vic­to­ria Jen­nings. Andrews said when he was a child between the ages of three and five he had had sev­er­al encoun­ters with alien life forms. He remem­bers going into his sis­ter’s room, who was two years his elder, and wit­ness­ing a light in seem­ing com­mu­nion with her. He said the light enveloped her body and she seemed to be con­vers­ing with it and under­stood what­ev­er was being com­mu­ni­cat­ed with her. She was­n’t scared, he remem­bers, and enjoyed the expe­ri­ence but nev­er talked about it after her par­ents record­ed her ver­sion of the encoun­ters while she was still a young girl. “She grew into a con­ser­v­a­tive lady who did­n’t trav­el in those fringe cir­cles of alien believ­ers,” Andrews said, “She did­n’t want peo­ple to think she was kooky so she nev­er real­ly talked about it after that.”

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Though his sis­ter decid­ed to turn away from that part of her life, Andrews has har­bored a life­long inter­est in research­ing and inves­ti­gat­ing alien vis­i­ta­tions and our gov­ern­men­t’s cov­er-up of those events. More and more mass encoun­ters are being doc­u­ment­ed all over the world. Crop cir­cles and the release of doc­u­ments for­mer­ly clas­si­fied by the US gov­ern­ment from the 1940–1960s has kin­dled a main­stream excite­ment of UFO phe­nom­e­non and ignit­ed peo­ple’s curios­i­ty of the possible.

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The CITD event will show­case 40 pre­sen­ters who are researchers, pro­fes­sors, sci­en­tists and jour­nal­ists. “These are respect­ed pro­fes­sion­als with pub­lished papers and books,” said Andrews, “We weed out the crazies.”

Agoura Hills mom of three, Ali­cia Wilbur, is attend­ing the event with five of her girl­friends. Wilbur is a sci­en­tist and said she’s nev­er expe­ri­enced any encoun­ters her­self but said, “It’s high­ly prob­a­ble that aliens exist.” Wilbur is going to the event to learn more about the the­o­ries around ancient aliens who helped devel­op­ing peo­ples con­struct enor­mous mon­u­ments that seem beyond the capac­i­ty of their time…or even today’s times.

His­to­ry Chan­nel’s Ancient Aliens star Gior­gio A. Tsouka­los and expert David Chil­dress, will talk about that very thing. “Humans in those times could­n’t have built those things,” Andrews said. Wilbur wants to know more about how the place­ment of these mys­te­ri­ous struc­tures mir­ror our con­stel­la­tions as she’s seen on the show.

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Cal­abasas moth­er of two, Shoshana Kaplan has been inter­est­ed in the pos­si­bil­i­ty of extrater­res­tri­al life since her 20s. Only recent­ly, how­ev­er, did she expe­ri­ence her own poten­tial UFO sight­ing – this past Novem­ber at an out­door birth­day par­ty in Agoura Hills with sev­er­al hun­dred oth­er wit­ness­es – after which the gov­ern­ment claimed the event they wit­nessed was a mis­sile launch. “It was­n’t like any mis­sile I’ve ever seen,” said Kaplan, “It hov­ered in the air and it was­n’t that far above us. After a while, it emit­ted a green con­i­cal light trail and then sud­den­ly took off in a com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent direc­tion. We all saw it and many of us were tak­ing pic­tures and video.” Kaplan is also going to CITD to hear about the declas­si­fied gov­ern­ment files. “I don’t know why they don’t tell us,” Kaplan said, “There’s pilots and mil­i­tary that claim they’ve seen space­ships but the gov­ern­ment always denies it.”

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One rea­son Andrews said they deny it is because the gov­ern­ment has a pro­gram that takes parts of downed space­craft, tech­nol­o­gy that is far beyond our own, and dis­trib­utes it among the var­i­ous mil­i­tary branch­es as well as pri­vate defense com­pa­nies. The book The Day After Roswell writ­ten by Colonel Philip Cor­so, assigned to that detail, will also be dis­cussed at CITD.

Atten­dees will be priv­i­leged to hear the lat­est infor­ma­tion about the pos­si­bil­i­ty of space trav­el from nuclear physi­cist, Stan­ton Fried­man, learn about var­i­ous con­spir­a­cies from award-win­ning jour­nal­ist, Jim Mars and David Wilcox will talk about the secret space pro­gram that uses tech­nol­o­gy far more advanced than most know exists and the encoun­ters those who’ve par­tic­i­pat­ed with­in them have had with alien life forms.

The week­end is packed with work­shops, pan­el dis­cus­sion and activ­i­ties. One thing both Wilbur and Kaplan are look­ing for­ward to is the night hike to Giant Rock, a site that has a very high geo­mag­net­ic field and is a pos­si­ble area pre­vi­ous­ly vis­it­ed by extrater­res­tri­als. It was also the venue of the first UFO con­ven­tions host­ed by George Van Tas­sell in the 1950s.

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