1950, McMinnville, Oregon: Paul and Evelyn Trent saw a UFO. Paul Trent took two photos; the craft zipped off, and the rest is UFO history. If you're not familiar with the Trent case, Google "Trent" and you'll find plenty on it.
Nine years ago, Ted Hills and McMenimin's in McMinnville started the McMinnville UFO Festival. People say it gets better every year. I went last year, and it was fine, but this year was so much better, for a variety of reasons.
Last year, as I've written before, we were very rushed and just made it in time for David Jacob's presentation. We forgot our camera, and the stores nearby were all sold out of the disposable kind. (We could have driven ten minutes away to the sprawl and bought one at a chain store, but it all too busy and rushed and crazy.) The room the talk was in was crowded, and hot, and all kinds of other irritations. Grumble, grumble. Still, we did have a great time.
This year was much better. We took our time, were able to bring the cameras, the laptop, had booked for two nights, etc. The main speaker was none other than Richard Dolan, who was terrific! I'll write more later about what he had to say.
Another treat was meeting Karyin Dolan for the first time. She -- and Richard -- are both very geniune, real people, very warm, intelligent, and it was so nice to just hang out and talk. (Karyn has her own program on the Paranormal Radio Network, and contributes to Women Of Esoterica.)
Next year's speaker is Linda Moultan Howe! Yes, we're already booked!