Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Aztec UFO Symposium Slated for March 24-26

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By Debra Mayeux
The Daily Times
2-8-06

     AZTEC -- At 5 a.m. March 25, 1948, an unidentified flying object was spotted on a military radar. It was reportedly flying over Northern New Mexico, before crashing in a field in Hart Canyon north of Aztec.

It was a saucer-shaped ship, 100 feet in diameter, and there were small charred bodies inside, according to eyewitnesses -- military personnel, locals and police officers.

This is the stuff legends are made of. But for some Aztec residents and big-time ufologists, this had the makings of a story that would put Aztec on the map.


Leanne Hathcock, Aztec librarian, and Scott Ramsey, a friend from North Carolina, began the Aztec UFO Symposium nine years ago with the purpose of propagating the story and the small town it hailed from.

This year the symposium will feature big names in the fields of ufology and the paranormal, and it will be held on the 58th anniversary of the purported crash -- March 24-26 at the Aztec Public Library, 319 S. Ash.

Ramsey of Charlotte, N.C., has dedicated all of his spare time to researching this alleged crash. He has 3,400 pages of declassified documents from the U.S. military and the FBI.

"It's all there in black and white," Ramsey said. "That's a lot of (pages) for an event that didn't happen."

Ramsey, who will speak at this year's symposium, said he recently discovered proof of photographs being taken at the crash site.

"According to the FBI file, someone was trying to sell them to the Baltimore Sun," Ramsey said, adding he will share 19 years of his research at the symposium.

"I will take my research and go back 50 years and take every skeptic and critic of the Aztec incident and prove them unequivocally wrong," Ramsey said.

In addition to Ramsey's speech, the symposium will also feature lectures from former State Rep. Andrew Kissner, who will discuss documents that former Congressman Steve Schiff had declassified.

"The public will see documents for the first time ever on the Schiff investigation and other phenomenon," Ramsey said. "He's got some stuff that will blow your mind."

The late Schiff, when in office, urged the federal government to declassify documents pertaining to the famous 1947 UFO crash in Roswell.

Also speaking is Linda Moulton-Howe, an award-winning journalist; Stanton Friedman, a nuclear physicist and renowned ufologist; Dennis Balthaser, a ufologist specializing in the Roswell crash; Frank Feschino, author of the book "Braxton County Monster;" and Scott Littleton, a professor, who has studied UFO sightings in Los Angeles in the 1950s.

Suzanne Ninos-Ramsey, formerly of Farmington, will be the emcee. She became involved with the symposium as an event planner, and then ended up marrying Scott Ramsey after winning a date with him through the symposium.

She said the dedication to research from the speakers is what has impressed her most about this symposium.

"What I have seen with the speakers is if it is not documented, it doesn't exist," Ninos-Ramsey said. "Everything is thoroughly documented."

She has traveled across the country with Ramsey as he attempted to gather evidence from eye witnesses and their families. She said it has been and interesting and eye-opening experience.

"People are interested in getting to the truth," she said.

Those wanting to learn more about the alleged crash and other UFO sightings are invited to attend, Ramsey said, adding that law enforcement and military personnel, firefighters and emergency medical technicians and their families are admitted for free.

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See Also:The 'Aztec Incident' Revisited:
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Aztec UFO symposium continues to draw people from around the world
     AZTEC -- It began as a forum of discussion with a small price tag for admittance. The money raised by the Aztec UFO Symposium was earmarked for a new library in Aztec. Now, the new library is built, but the symposium goes on.

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