(As a freelance, independent journalist, I was issued media/press credentials by Open Minds Production of Tempe, Arizona, to cover this fascinating conference. My thanks to Open Minds Production and Maureen Elsberry of Open Minds.)
The audience at the 24th annual International UFO Congress Convention & Film Festival near Scottsdale, Arizona, heard some fascinating presentations that were at times both hopeful and frightening.
From ancient accounts in Native American lore to ongoing scientific developments, speakers explored many aspects of research about UFOs.
Sensitive U.S. military bases like Wright-Patterson Air Force base in southwestern Ohio and Area 51 in southern Nevada have played key roles associated with this challenging situation, according to presentations at the conference.
The Rendlesham Forest incident at a U.S. air base in the UK and UFO crashes around the U.S.-Mexican border were also discussed. Cattle mutilations and human abductions, including group abductions, were examined as well.
The five-day conference, film festival and related activities took place Feb. 18 – 22 at the Wa-Ko-Pa resort, east of Fountain Hills and Scottsdale, in the northeast metro Phoenix region.