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Edge of Reality Conference

Posted by tufolib on September 18, 2015 at 6:20 AM


It was a great privilege to be invited as VUFOA's Tasmanian representative to the "Edge of Reality" conference, Melbourne on 12 September, 2015. Some of Australia's leading ufologists presented important imformation to a packed conference room of about 150 or more people! It ran from 10am to 6pm, and had a few breaks, which included a well-received lunch of a wide variety of foods.


Our speakers were under the watchful eyes of hosts Ben Hurle (VUFOA) and James Rigney, timer Ivan Rigoni (VUFOA) at the front, author Peter Khouri (New South Wales), and myself as VUFOA's Tasmanian representative in the first two rows! Team members around the room included media recorder Andrew Arnold, ushers Lana Bazeley, Ron White (all VUFOA) and myself. Also attending to the needs of the guests were other team members Mike Hodges and George Simpson (both VUFOA).


Attracting a wide variety of people from the UFO community were Chase Kloetzke (radio talk host, USA), Bill Chalker (theozfiles, New South Wales), Sheryl Gottschall (UFO Research, Queensland), Paul Dean (VUFOA, Victoria) and Dominic MacNamara (UFO-PRSA, New South Wales) who had to fill in for Keith Basterfield (MUFON, South Australia), almost at the last minute.


The day for guests started at 10am, but the VUFOA team were there long before that, and finished as a raging success around 6pm. Many people on both sides of the conference were thrilled at the organising and outcome, offering their congratulations to the team involved. The efforts of a great number of people, especially Lana Bazeley who spent a great many days putting together show bags of little surprises, have been recognised by the guests!


This world-class event has been noticed by people around the world, and will be talked about for years to come! It will go down in history as one of the best ufology conferences the world has seen! Bill Chalker had a magnificent idea afterwards, and after much discussion about what everyone else would do, we all gave up and joined him at the Grange Reserve (UFO Park) in Westall. That turned out to be a major photo shoot. I have never had a free ride in a UFO before, even if it was only playground equipment, but it still represents the shape of craft seen in 1966.


Thanks, Bill - that was the best idea to finish off a long, 2-day weekend for the conference and a meeting at the RSL club in Mentone on the Sunday afterwards!


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