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First UFO Festival Exeter NH PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Barbara Mervine   

kittyalienI attended the first ever UFO festival in Exeter NH on Sept.5, 2009.  I have to say my impression is that the good old Yankees of the Granite State really don't get into the whole UFO/alien thing as well as the citizens of the West.  No real Roswell style over the top costumes or booths selling quart rocks to help communicate with our space brethren.  Just simply a simple display by the NEUFON (New England UFO network), the Kiwanis selling lunch, a tv table with a few newspaper clipping from the Historic Society, and t-shirts.  The t-shirts were selling well.  Inside Exeter town hall about 100-150 people calmly listened to talks by various UFO authors (with books for sale).  The main draw seemed to be the niece of Betty and Barney Hill.  We all remember Betty and Barney Hill as the couple that was abducted by aliens, and "recovered" their memory of it via hypnosis.  The doctor that treated the Hills always emphasized that he did not believe they had been abducted, but that they certainly did believe.

Betty and Barney Hill's niece seemed to remember a lot in detail (I can't imagine she was very old at the time), and when she began speaking about how Barney's scuffed shoes (complete with facsimile slide) ("he could only wear them for yard work after that night") and Betty's dress suffering fading and polyester breakdown ("she hung it on the line and the mysterious powder on it blew away") proved they had been abducted by aliens, I decid ed to check out the other scheduled activities.

Your browser may not support display of this image.Problem was, they were hard to find.  Most of the town didn't seem aware there was a UFO festival going on.  I managed to find Founders Park, where children had been building UFOs with "recycled materials" (trash).  There was one big UFO and one small one.  There was also a librarian who seemed to be reading a book to an audience of one.  Still, the costume contest and UFO parade downtown was scheduled next.  I never did figure out if there was a costume contest.  My own alien hat was about as costumy as it got except for a few kids with face paint.  I was talked into participating in the "parade" which consisted of 3 children and about the same number of adults.  We walked along downtown while people seemed more confused than amused to see us.

While walking I was interviewed by a reporter, where I tried to inject a little skepticism into the mix.  I pointed out that New Hampshire has a long UFO history.

Indeed, New Hampshire is where "aliens went bad".  The article doesn't include my comment that the event was not only "silly" but "lame".  The article was a definite "puff" bit of journalism.  Still, I was happy that I was able to inject even a hint of skepticism into the published account.

I handed out a lot of business cards to my site "badalien.org" and I met a lot of people that believe in UFOs simply because it happened HERE.  It didn't happen HERE, and New Hampshire has a lot of claims to fame other than UFOs and alien abductions.  As a skeptic I think it's important to attend events like this one, and to read the web sites and even the occasional book from the library about UFOs.  It keeps you on your skeptic toes, let's you know the arguments that will be thrown at you, and gives you an insight into the mind of the believers and those that don't really believe but enjoy being identified as a UFO martyr and book writer/money maker.

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written by Crazy Glue, September 10, 2009
the couple that abducted by aliens
That sentence is a lot more interesting when you omit the "by" than when you insert the missing "were". I was like "wait, what?!" Unfortunately it's probably the second reading that's intended.
I wonder what the chances are that one day someone will wake up believing he abducts aliens in his sleep, rather than vice versa.
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written by tempestbrewer, September 11, 2009
That's my original hometown, where I was born and raised until I was almost 6. I'm not sure whether I should be disappointed that they had this festival or disappointed cause it sounds like it sucked. Never knew NH had a UFO history. Thanks for the story!
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written by bosshog, September 11, 2009
"We all remember Betty and Barney Hill as the couple that was abducted by aliens, and "recovered" their memory of it via hypnosis. The doctor that treated the Hills always emphasized that he did not believe they had been abducted, but that they certainly did believe."

But...but... Doctor, they DIDN'T believe or even know about the damn thing until your hypnosis therapy "recovered" the memory for them. Are you saying that you enabled them to become deluded? Some therapy!
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written by Willy K, September 11, 2009
I read thebook, The Interrupted Journey, when I was a teenager. I got it when I was a member of the Science Fiction Book Club.

That says it all... to me at least. smilies/wink.gif
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Proof of UFOs in New Hampshire: eyewitness!
written by COOL Skeptic, September 12, 2009
When I was 10 and at summer camp in NH I saw a UFO, for sure. I saw something in the sky I could not recognize. Though I had no skeptical training, I assumed from the start it was something from the nearby SAC base. It was so clear and obvious that I assumed from the start it cold not be something that was trying to keep secret, or even discreet. I never could identify the brass-colored object, nor did I make any real attempt to do so. Never lost any sleep over it.

That was before the Age of the Internets replaced the Age of Aquarius. Of course we all know that alien visits ended once they got a broadband connection and the alien ministry of invasion had to cut out manned (aliened?) missions to Earth to trim the budget.
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Kitty Rocks!
written by sgf8, September 13, 2009
You walked in a UFO parade with 6 other people! That is too funny!

Glad you got some of your cards out there and were able to talk to a reporter. What a clever way to get your message out there.

I think it is very important to be on your toes about what is current in the literature, otherwise they will just say, "you didn't read my book, how can you comment on it" which is true. Now you can tell them, "I read your book, now read Demon Haunted World and comment on that".

Susan
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written by Willy K, September 13, 2009
Barbara, you resemble someone I know.

http://www.natureali.org/images/personal/ali_N_owl.JPG

Unfortunately, she believes in some forms of woo like dowsing. smilies/cry.gif
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