11226 PM-CT--Brite-NoUFOs AP-RG LOCAL NEWS RUSH 170 04/29 10:19 AM PM-CT--Brite-No UFOs,170 (0953m0ct--nr010NY) UFO Sightings Turn Out to Be Light From McDonald's STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - Residents reported seeing something strange in the sky last weekend, but instead of turning out to be a UFO, the unusual white lights were only a restaurant promotion. Police said several residents of the Southfield Village housing complex reported seeing a UFO Friday evening. When officers responded, a woman pointed out an unusual light pattern over Long Island Sound and ``stated she believed UFOs were approaching Southfield Village,'' according to the police report. Police called officials at the National UFO Reporting Center in Seattle, who in turn called the Mutual UFO Network in Seguin, Texas, an organization dedicated to studying the UFO phenomenon. Walter Andrus, president of the organization, said the Stamford sighting turned out to be nothing more than four spotlights from Westchester County, N.Y. Police in Port Chester, N.Y., said the McDonald's restaurant used the white lights to mark the opening of their newly renovated restaurant.
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6999 AM-CT--UFO Conventio UA-RG LOCAL NEWS-AP RUSH 1207 10/12/90 17:33:25 AM-CT--UFO Convention, Conn Bjt,600 (APTVnnr ) MH At This Convention, No Scoffing Over Stories Of Alien Beings NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - The stories will be flying this weekend about alien creatures with three-digit hands and windowless, disc-shaped spacecraft. And no one will be laughing. More than a dozen UFO researchers and people who claim to have been abducted by aliens are meeting in North Haven for the fourth annual international conference on "The UFO Experience." Robert Luca and Betty Andreasson Luca of Connecticut will be there. Betty, 53, who does not want her address known, says she was a 7-year-o1d Massachusetts resident when aliens first visited her in 1944. Luca, whose encounters have been described in several books, says she was abducted three times by gray-skinned, hairless creatures, 3 feet to 4 feet tall with three-digit hands and holes for ears and nostrils. "It's not only me," she said. "There are hundreds of thousands of cases already documented worldwide. There are many who haven't reported it because they can't deal with the bizarreness of it." Ed Walters of Gulf Breeze, Fla., will also be there. He said he would tell the conference about the day he came home from a construction job in 1987 and saw a round, glowing object hovering near his driveway. It was the first of his reported experiences with UFOs. UFO researchers attending the conference issued an appeal Friday to president Bush to "take the wraps off the governmental cover-up of the UFO situation." "We want Bush to put an end to the secrecy over research by the intelligence and military community into UFOs and to tell the American public and the rest of the world the truth about what they have found," said John White, whose business, Omega Communications, is putting on the conference. White said a copy of the appeal was mailed Friday to the White house. White, who describes himself as a researcher of paranormal phenomena, said the conference at the Holiday Inn is a chance for people at a full weekend cost of $150, unless they pre-registered for $120) to meet the leading figures in the field of UFO research. White said he saw a UFO in 1987 in Pine Bush, N.Y. He described his encounter as a nighttime sighting of an unusual light. "I didn't see a metallic craft without windows," he said. "As a seasoned investigator in these phenomena, I was unable to explain it by any natural cause," he said. Ninety percent of UFO reports come from well-intentioned people whose sightings can be explained as natural phenomena or known technology, according to Robert Bletchman, a Manchester attorney and public relations director for MUFON, the Mutual UFO Network. The network estimates 2.5 million Americans have had valid UFO sightings, including 25,000 Connecticut residents. White said it's possible some sightings may be explained by secrect military projects, such as development of the Stealth bomber, long kept under warps. But, he added: "I'm convinced some UFO sightings represent human contact with an extraterrestrial presence." "For someone to tell me (there is no such thing as a UFO) after never having looked at all the evidence, then that is just an ignorant opinion," he said. Kenneth Feder, an anthropology professor at Central Connecticut State University who has studied UFO literature, said many believers are people who take comfort from the idea there are more intelligent beings somewhere in the universe. "I'm not saying these folks are replacing their religions with UFOs, but there's an undercurrent in most UFO literature that we've screwed up the planet badly and these guys are out there watching and will come down and take charge when we're about to destroy ourselves," Feder said.