Monday, April 24, 2006

Will Spacecraft Convention Take Off?

LANDERS, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Try this for a spacey concept: A UFO convention for the folks who look at old UFOs the way auto buffs look at old cars.

That’s the idea behind the Retro UFO Space Convention, an event designed to honor UFOs past, present and future that takes place April 29 in Landers, California.

Organizer Rob Harris says similar spacecraft conventions were popular in the 1950s and ’60s but died out in the ’70s.

Now, he hopes they take off again and figures part of the fun of the convention is comparing the old mechanical flying saucers with current styles powered by transistors.

He figures it’s much like how auto buffs love the fins seen on 1950s cars even though the newer cars are more aerodynamically designed.

Harris doesn’t know if any guests will bring their own craft but it’s possible since the area around the convention is a UFO hotbed.

In fact, the convention is being held in a building called the “Integratron,” a dome-shaped wooden electrostatic generator that was built in 1954 by a human who supposedly received alien assistance.

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