It is early March 2013, and I have just returned home from the 22nd Annual Convention & Film Festival at the International UFO Congress.  It was held February 27th through March 3rd within the Fort McDowell Resort and Casino in Fountain Hills, Arizona.  http://ufocongress.com.  There, nestled among the rolling, jagged mountainous terrain I discovered the best of the best the world has to offer in reference to UFOLOGY. I discussed the Ancient Astronaut theory, watched video evidence and read multiple texts – these,  they were the tireless men and women who research the topic seeking disclosure.

RJ & Stanton

It was a privilege to spend time with Mr. Stanton T. Friedman, a nuclear physicist and world-renowned UFO expert. He explained to me how close we are to achieving interstellar travel.  We talked of the Betty and Barney Hill abduction and his belief that this case was one of the most telling of all MISSING TIME accounts backed up by evidence. The couple’s story, called the Hill Abduction, and, occasionally, the Zeta Reticuli Incident, was that they had been kidnapped for a short time by a UFO. Theirs was the first widely-publicized claim of alien abduction, adapted into the best-selling 1966 book The Interrupted Journey and the 1975 television movie The UFO Incident.


Nick & RJ

Then, I met with longtime Author, journalist and TV personality Nick Pope who used to run the British Government’s UFO project at the Ministry of Defense.  Initially skeptical,  his research and investigation into the UFO phenomenon and access to classified government files on the subject soon convinced him that the phenomenon raised important defense and national security issues, especially when the witnesses were military pilots, or where UFOs were tracked on radar.

While working on the MoD’s UFO project Nick Pope also looked into alien abductions, crop circles, animal mutilations, remote viewing and ghosts. He is now recognized as a leading authority on UFOs, the unexplained and conspiracy theories. He does extensive media work, lectures all around the world and has acted as presenter, consultant or contributor on numerous TV and radio shows.

Nick is an amazing person to speak with, listen to and from whom to soak up information. His words are like daggers which slice into the meat and bones of the matter leaving no doubt of his beliefs.

I left Nick with a sense that I had not seen the last of him, and my friend, Philip Mantle, thought as much as well. All these guys can be seen on the History Channel’s ANCIENT ALIENS program.

After Nick, I wandered into the hall to track down my favorite of all active UFO HUNTERS and all things mystical. Many of you know him as the REAL LIFE INDIANA JONES, Mr. David Hatcher Childress.  He is personable and telling, he has a way of getting under the skin… of pulling the attention from the core and stabbing his love of discovery into the soul.

RJ & David

David is an American author on topics on alternative history and historical revisionism. His works cover such subjects as pre-Columbian trans-oceanic contact, Atlantis, Lemuria, Ancient Astronauts, UFOs, Nikola Tesla, the Knights Templarlost cities and vimana aircraft.

 Childress claims no academic credentials as a professional archaeologist nor in any other scientific field of study, having left the University of Montana after one year to travel and research subjects about which he would later write.

He was amazing and offered to work together in the future on a possible movie script and I came away feeling renewed in my belief in the subject.


Then, it was over to Author and historian Richard Dolan who has firmly established himself as a leading contemporary UFO scholar.

Richard & RJ

In 2000, Dolan published UFOs and the National Security State: An Unclassified History, Volume 1: 1941-1973, a book that Apollo 14 astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell called, “a thorough and monumental undertaking.”  Dolan followed up in 2009 with a second installment titled, UFOs and the National Security State: The Cover-Up Exposed, 1973-1991.

In 2010, Dolan co-authored the book A.D. After Disclosure: The People’s Guide to Life After Contact with Hollywood producer and screenwriter Bryce Zabel.

You can find out more about Richard at Keyholepublishing.com

Overall, the conference was incredible, yet believable in its subject matter. I enjoyed the exhibition halls, the crystal skulls, the films and speakers.

I will be back again, when I am ready to write INTERVENTION, to gain the knowledge I need to create a telling tale of ALIENS.