Richard and Jean's commentary on the 2003 Tri-Lakes UFO Conference in
Although we did not attend the lectures we did have a table at the conference.
That enabled us to converse with several of the speakers and to get attendees
responses to the talks. In all there were fourteen lectures. A positive aspect
of the meetings was that we were able to renew old acquaintances, such as
Stanton Friedman. Leah Haley also had a vender’s table, adjacent to ours. Leah
and her husband, Mark Davenport (not attending), are very dear friends,
especially so due to the likeness of our UFO experiences.
One of the most successful and highly praised lectures, was presented by,
John Greenewald, Jr. He is quite young, in his 20s and that fact encouraged us
oldsters due to the fact that the younger generations do have some people who
are excellent investigators and researchers of the UFO phenomena. John wrote
the very successful book, Beyond UFO Secrecy. The book is based on The Black
Vault, as it is called, John’s collection of documents on the Internet. Using
the Freedom of Information Act, he has accumulated over 100,000 UFO related
items. His talk was one of the highlights of the conference. We would highly
recommend him as a speaker at other conferences.
Bruce Widaman, Director of Mutual UFO Network for Missouri was also a
speaker. Bruce became famous because he was able to place an initiative to
combat official government secrecy concerning UFOs, on the Missouri state
Darrel Sims closely guarded a very impressive case of “implants” removed
from people. The items were varied and quite fascinating. Visitors were able
to get within a foot of the covered items and thus the educational value of
his presence was greatly enhanced. Darrel is a full time UFO Researcher with
specific interests in medical/scientific evidence (implants) of human / alien
contact. He is a Certified Hypnotic Anesthesiologist and a Master
Hypnotherapist. Among his many plusses, including intelligence and ability to
lecture, Darrel is quite personable on a one-to-one basis.
Ted Philips also spoke. He is the founder of the Center For Physical Trace
Research and is the recognized expert in physical evidence from UFO landing
sites. Ted, as so few of us still alive did, worked with the eminent Dr. J.
Allen Hynek, specifically concerning trace evidence research.
I (Richard) finally met Peter Davenport. The affable, outgoing gentleman,
is the Director of the National UFO Reporting Center, based out of Washington
State. Having not met Peter before I embarked on a conversation to determine
whether Peter really knew what he was talking about. His memory is acute and
he possesses very impressive information concerning specific sightings and
encounters. I threw a case at him where I and two Washington State
investigators researched the abduction of three little girls who lived along
the east side of Lake Washington, across from Seattle. Peter didn’t know of
the case but he did give me a nearly complete history of the former Nike
Missile Base, where we investigators wound up (and chased out) after
interviewing the girls. We both look forward to future contacts with Mr.
Davenport. In summary, casually speaking with a small group of gentlemen (that
includes ME!), Peter declared that despite silence, the number of sightings is
increasing in an almost alarming degree.
Another pleasant surprise was that FATE magazine editor, Phyllis Galde, a
good friend (and sometimes my boss) and attendee of the Ozark UFO Conference,
was present and we renewed our old acquaintances.
We (Jean & Richard) both were very impressed with the quality of the
attendees. I don’t think I have met so many intelligent, serious people in any
other conference. They were no-nonsense people. Too, they were not afraid to
criticize the government and the news media for cowardice and cover-ups
concerning the UFO problem. We are being visited. Richard’s hypothesis is that
they, the aliens, are become more sophisticated in dealing with us humans and
their technology, as is ours, is improving with time and their experiences
here on and near earth.
Richard D. Seifried
A NOTE FROM JEAN: My experience at the Tri-Lakes Conference was very special.
Richard has told it all better than I ever could, but there is one thing he
left out that I want to tell you about. I met some very gifted people at the
vendors table next to ours, Paula Boyd, Certified Reiki Master, and her
protégé, Matt Stoll. For those of you unfamiliar with Reiki, in it's simplest
terms it is the "art" of the laying on of hands to transmit energy to the
other person for the purpose of healing. I don't know how it works, other than
to say IT DOES! Matt chose to "practice" on me, and I had a near miraculous
recovery from my strained back. It lasted several days. It was a wonderful
reprieve from constant pain. I suspect if I could afford weekly treatments, it
would keep me in pretty good shape. Anyhow, that was a first for me and worthy
of comment. You can learn more about this at the following website:
I received a lot of good, helpful advice about how to "make it" in the
self-publishing business from one who has done so, Leah Haley. I am constantly
amazed at the quality of the people who attend these meetings. They are like
extended family, so willing to share their successes and willing to help
others succeed too, without hesitation. In general, the Tri-Lakes Conference
was a great event, even though it was only lightly attended. It is the first
time for Ted Phillips and the Museum, and though it may not be financially
possible to continue to hold it each year, I feel certain that it could become
very successful if given a few years to become known on a larger scale. The
Museum of The Unexplained, in Reed Springs, Missouri, has a lot of fascinating
artifacts from various sources. Fascinating! A serious event! If you missed
it, you really missed a good one. The only way to redeem your loss is by not
missing the Ozark UFO Conference in April of each year, here in Eureka