July 3, 2008

Lucky Seven

By S. Derrickson Moore, Las Cruces Sun-News, N.M.

Jul. 3--ROSWELL --You can have an out-of-this-world experience -- and maybe even get the chance to appear on national TV -- at Roswell's UFO Festival today through Monday.

"The CBS Early Show" will broadcast live from the Roswell Convention and Visitors Center from 4:45 to 6:45 a.m. today and the CW Network's "The Daily Buzz" broadcasts live from 4 to 7 a.m. Friday.

In July 1947, a mysterious object crashed on a ranch 30 miles north of Roswell. The Roswell Army Air Field issued a statement about the recovery of a crashed "flying disk" which made the front page of the Roswell Daily Record. Later, an "official" announcement that reported the disk was actually a weather balloon ignited charges of cover-up conspiracies and the controversy still rages 61 years later.

More than 35,000 UFO aficionados are expected to visit Roswell during the 2008 festival.

Dee Wallace Stone, the mom in the film "E.T.," and Keir Dullea, star of the sci-fi classic "2001: A Space Odyssey," will be special guests at this year's festival, which also includes an alien village at DeBremmond Stadium, guest speakers, authors, live entertainment, costume contests for earthlings and their pets, a light parade down Main Street, a UFO merch mart,

the music of UFOetry in daily concerts and the showing of the 1994 made-for-TV movie, "Roswell." A free concert Saturday will feature Element 115, billed as "the only band with an alien drummer" (a 3-D robot).

For information and a complete schedule of events visit www.RoswellUFOfestival.com


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