Posts Tagged ‘Don Schmitt’

Crashing In Roswell

January 5, 2014

Thursday January 2nd, 2014 – Roswell, NM/Texarkana, AR

The ideal place for me to spend the first night of this year I’m going to devote to marketing and all that goes with it was Roswell, NM. It wasn’t directly on my way from Tucson to Chicago, but it was the closest I’d been in many years so I knew I had to stop. I want to become a regular here.

I’ve passed through a couple of times before, but that was before I was the host of my own talk radio show called “The Mothership Connection” of which UFOs were a main topic. I have had a strong interest in all things outer space since I was a kid, and this is the place where it all started.

Since the last time I passed through, I’ve become friends with Don Schmitt who is an authority on the subject and has written numerous books and articles on what went on in 1947 and beyond. The website http://www.roswellfiles.com has all the information and people can decide for themselves.

What I love most about Roswell is how the town embraces the whole UFO culture and doesn’t back down. There are images of green aliens everywhere, even to the point of the street lights on Main Street downtown having alien heads on them. They get that it’s a great marketing gimmick.

It doesn’t matter what anyone in the town believes or doesn’t, it keeps tourists coming back for an annual UFO convention every July and it’s hot for business. It doesn’t require extra terrestrial intelligence to just sit back and let the people show up, and that’s what they do. It’s not difficult.

Although I had a lot of driving to do, I made time to take a walk through the International UFO Museum and Research Center in downtown Roswell. I honestly don’t recall if I was ever there or not on my last times through town, but I didn’t want to leave this time without making the effort.

I’m very glad I did, as it’s an outstanding place that is well attended. I arrived right after they’d opened at 9am, and I wasn’t the first one there. There were a lot of people there before me, and it was well worth the $5 admission and then some. I knew immediately I made the correct choice.

Not only is the museum itself utterly fascinating, there is also a library of UFO literature for all who care to read up on the subject in an adjacent room. The staff is friendly and helpful, and they are knowledgeable on the topic. I wish I could have spent more time, and I intend to very soon.

On my way out, I passed a wall labeled “The UFO Hall of Fame”. On it was Don Schmitt and also Stanton Friedman, another guest I had on the radio show and got to meet in person. It was a kick to see them listed in the Hall of Fame, and in both cases it’s well deserved. They’re experts.

I’d love to come back for the convention in July, and I’ve been meaning to attend for years. It’s right around the 4th which is traditionally a very slow if not the slowest week for standup comedy in the whole year. I’d love it if I had the opportunity to be part of the festivities at least one time.

I couldn’t help but picture the King of Uranus as part of all this. There isn’t an entertainer that I can think of that is the spokesnut for this genre, and I’d love it to be me. I’d be the ideal ‘butt’ of jokes – pun fully intended. I have a feeling I’ll see a lot more of Roswell much sooner than later.

Whether you believe it was extraterrestrial or not, SOMETHING crashed in Roswell, NM in July of 1947.

Whether you believe it was extraterrestrial or not, SOMETHING crashed in Roswell, NM in July of 1947.

I crashed there too - but only for the night. This was in front of the hotel where I stayed. Note the Green Bay Packer logo on the address of the building at the lower left.

I crashed there too – but only for the night. This was in front of the hotel where I stayed. Note the Green Bay Packer logo on the address of the building at the lower right.

This is proof in the cosmos that "Uranus is behind The Packers".

This is proof in the cosmos that “Uranus is behind The Packers”.

The International UFO Museum and Research Center is well worth visiting if you are ever in Roswell. www.roswellufomuseum.com.

The International UFO Museum and Research Center is well worth visiting if you are ever in Roswell, NM. http://www.roswellufomuseum.com.

These are the streetlights in downtown Roswell. They GET it. I love a town that has a sense of humor.

These are the streetlights in downtown Roswell. They get it. I love a town that has a sense of humor.

My friend Don Schmitt is an authority on the events of Roswell, and has a great book entitled "Witness To Roswell". He is also in The UFO Hall of Fame, and his picture is on the wall at the museum. www.roswellfiles.com.

My friend Don Schmitt is an authority on all the events of Roswell, and has a great book entitled “Witness To Roswell”. He is also in The UFO Hall of Fame, and his picture is on the wall at the museum. I’m impressed! http://www.roswellfiles.com.

Does Fun Count?

October 31, 2012

Sunday October 28th, 2012 – Burlington, WI/Kenosha, WI

   Does it matter in the big scheme of life that I am having an absolute blast and doing practically all the things I really enjoy? Unfortunately not in the least – but it sure does to me. I might not be rich or famous on a national or worldwide scale, but I’m squeaking by and I’m known enough to be able to keep doing the things I want to do. It might not be perfect, but I am living my dreams.

I really don’t think it would take all that much to put me into a very good place that would last the rest of my life. My needs and wants are laughingly few, and I’m old enough now ‘the rest of my life’ isn’t all that intimidating. If I had to put away money to live comfortably ‘for the rest of my life’ it wouldn’t put a dent in what most rappers probably spend on jewelry and dental gold.

A modest living arrangement that meets my simple needs and a reliable car are pretty much all I’d want, and that’s all I want now. I’ve never had extravagant tastes, and if I ever do hit that big money pay dirt windfall I’ve always been waiting for I’d probably end up giving most of it away.

I truly think that would be much more fun than spending it on myself. I’d love to be able to get up every morning and look for ways to make people’s lives better. I try to do that now, but it can get a little distracting having to constantly worry about if I’ll have enough to pay bills this week.

Today I didn’t worry about anything other than having fun doing what I enjoy. I took a ride up to the Sci Fi Café in Burlington, WI to attend the final day of the Burlington Vortex Conference, and it was worth my trip and then some. I got to take in some fascinating speakers including Don Schmitt who has been a friend for years. He’s an authority on the Roswell UFO crash from 1947.

Don is living his dream, and his book ‘Witness to Roswell’ is one of my favorites. There was a movie made based on it and another one is close to being finalized for production in 2013 which is very exciting. I always love hearing Don speak, and it’s even more fun knowing he’s a friend.

The final speaker of the weekend was a fascinating lady named Bonnie Meyer. She blew us all away with her presentation, and had some video clips of people’s UFO encounters. Bonnie is one of the most credible people I could imagine, and that’s what makes her story even more amazing.

She claims to have been visited by aliens thirty years ago, and they still come to see her once in a while. I know it sounds crazy and I can’t prove it’s real, but she sure does tell her story without flinching. She was one of the best guests we’ve ever had on the air, and she was even better live.

I’ve got her two books ‘Alien Contact’ and ‘Unholy Alliance’, and I recommend you check the both of them out. You don’t have to believe, but I guarantee it will get your brain spinning. I love everything about topics like this, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. It’s outstanding entertainment.

That carried over to The Mothership Connection radio show on AM 1050 WLIP.  We had been talking about doing a Ouija board demonstration for years, and tonight was the night. It made for a riveting radio bit, and all I could think of was how much fun I’m having with all I’ve got going.