Thoughts from Laughlin: From inspiration to awareness to action


This is only the second UFO conference I’ve been to; the first being the International UFO Congress in 2010 right here in Laughlin at the very same Aquarius Casino Resort. The difference between the two is as wide as the gap between believers and debunkers.

Why? The last conference was a celebration of experiencers and their renowned stories. The old guard had amazing stories to tell — albeit the same ones they told the same way at every conference they attend. I know this not from first-hand experience but from talking to attendees at this year’s conference, many of whom came to Laughlin annually to hear the same contactees talk about the same stories again and again at the International UFO Congress annual event. These repeat attendees have noticed a difference, too, and they are thrilled the conference has gone to a new level by focusing on the future and the role consciousness will play in the journey of awareness and acceptance of what’s next.

One repeat attendee shared with me this morning that this is not what she anticipated when she decided to attend. “I was expecting more of an emphasis on ufology. Instead, this has been a conference about the heart, head and soul and the role all play in guiding us to where we go next. I’m thrilled.”

I couldn’t agree more. Most sessions I’ve attended have focused on extraterrestrial phenomena but more about what it all means and what our role is in the evolution of humanity — whether it’s advancing the effort for disclosure or understanding the soul journey and our connection to source. The overriding message is that our ascension to what’s next — whatever that may be — is driven from within. Our intentions and actions and thoughts and desires and willingness to accept all come from the heart and from our essence, not from external influences. The minute we open our minds to the possibilities of who we are, where we came from and why we’re here, we — as individuals and a species — will manifest change immediately. But that’s easier said than done. As a friend once told me “writing poems is easy, living them is hard,” and that sage advice applies here.

Just talking about the value and role that consciousness plays in where we go from here is meaningless unless we, as individuals, apply what we learn. Speakers and books and websites and films can only inspire. Transformation occurs after we motivate ourselves into action — which isn’t easy. We have to be exposed to ideas that resonate, then we have to expand our knowledge and awareness on the subject before we can move from intent to action. But the gap between intent and action widens every day we move further from the moment of inspiration. The good news is the groundswell of action by those truly engaged has been shared by presenters like Regina Meredith, Andrea Perron, Stephen Bassett and Grant Cameron. They have illustrated the value that action has in advancing an idea to a point of awareness and eventual acceptance.

The melding of “contact” and consciousness created a level of energy in the conference center that was missing the last time I was here. Before it was a lot of old-timers patting each other on the back as they shared war stories and attendees treated them like rock stars. This conference has an air of — dare I say it? — love. I have witnessed a lot of hugging and tears, and I’ve received hugs from people I’ve never met but feel strongly connected to in this moment.

The big question: Will this momentary and overflowing positive energy continue to inspire and motivate attendees to inquire and learn about the role consciousness plays in our existence? I think it’s time to start living those poems.

Laughlin Day 1: Paola, 10-year-old Anna & George Noory

George Noory takes over the room.

The StarworksUSA conference — “Back to the Future: Nostalgia, UFOs and Consciousness” — is a return to the desert for fans of ufology. For 20 years, Bob Brown and his family hosted the International UFO Congress in Laughlin, Nevada, from 1990-2010 before the torch was handed off to Open Minds Productions and moved to Phoenix.

Paola Harris revived the concept of bringing a conference back to Laughlin through StarworksUSA. And boy is she smart. She brought back Bob Brown as host, knowing Bob’s followers would return — and they did. She also was brilliant to focus on something profoundly more important than solely on the UFO experience, thus the conference title. The “nostalgia” part is Bob Brown and Laughlin and the Aquarius Casino Resort and friends getting together to reminisce about their memories of events past. And Bob acknowledge as much with his voice cracking during the opening comments Friday morning. But when Bob brought Paola on to the stage, the tone changed. No more discussions about the past or telling the same stories from the same people for the umpteenth time. The focus shifted dramatically. Paola is all about where we are now and where we’re going as humanity. While the subject of UFOs and experiencers is integral to the event, a significant focus is on awareness and raising consciousness among the masses.

Paola brought 10 year old Anna McClure to the stage during her intro to introduce a future torchbearer of awareness. Anna is an experiencer, and Paola shared the importance of reaching younger generations who can continue the research and storytelling that her and her colleagues have done for 30+ years.

She was a bit emotional, too, when discussing that many of her contemporaries are no longer with us, and that it’s important that others are waiting in the wings ready, willing and able to continue when Paola and her contemporaries steps aside.

Anna’s story: simple and innocent

I tweeted an image of Paola on stage with Anna yesterday, and it was met with some negative responses; the assumption was Paola was using Anna to advance her personal agenda. Taken out of context, I completely understand how this might come across. But the message really was simple: It’s time for the next generation to step up, and they are here.

I had a chance to talk with Anna and her mother, Kerry, about Anna’s experience and whether or not she felt she was being “used” to advance an agenda.

“Absolutely not,” said Kerry with a puzzled look on her face. She couldn’t fathom the idea that she or her daughter was being manipulated. “This was all Anna’s idea. She hounded me to attend Paola’s event in Sebring last year. She was relentless. And she’s the only reason why we’re here today. She absolutely had to be here.”

Anna’s experience is straight forward. When she was seven years old, she saw a UFO hovering outside her brother’s bedroom window and told her mom about it.

“She said it was hovering with lights directly outside the window, ” recalls Kerry. “I was going along with her, not wanting to discount what she was saying — ‘uh, huh … yes … really … wow … that’s special.'”

Kerry said no one in their family has seen a UFO or had experiences before, so she really didn’t think much about it, until Anna shared one additional detail the next morning.

“Mommy, there’s one more thing I forget to tell you,” said Anna, according to Kerry. She went on to tell her mother she had a dream that she was visited and taken from her bedroom. “She went on to share details about what happened and I was amazed. I then did some research, and the things she was sharing were similar to what others who have been abducted have shared. There’s no way she could have been exposed to the details she shared with me.”

Kerry expressed that Anna is a normal child, who goes to school, has numerous friends and gets picked on by older brothers. She has simply had a unique experience — one that she is not frightened by.
So much so that when Anna learned about a UFO conference in Sebring, FL, in May 2013, she pleaded with her mother to go.

41zld90XHXL“She was relentless; there was no denying her,” said Kerry. At that conference, Anna approached Paola to share her story. As a result of that outreached, Anna collaborated with Paola on the book “Anna’s Tale: Contact from Space.”

“Really, the only thing Anna wants from this is to find other children who have had similar experiences so she has someone her age to connect with,” says Kerry.

Are there any other Annas out there?

Dinner with George Noory

Lori Wagner, a valued friend of, sponsored Coast to Coast radio host George Noory‘s visit to Laughlin for the conference. As the sponsor, Lori had the opportunity to eat dinner with George and his producer, Tom Danheiser. And she invited me to tag along, too.

While some might think dinner with George would be nothing but nonstop discussions about UFOs and conspiracy theories, it was far from that. We were four people shooting the breeze over dinner talking about a variety of subjects. There were a few jokes, George humming to the muzak while the rest of us were talking, and several contested convos between George and Tom, which George assured us was the norm: “I fire him all the time and rehire him minutes later.”

The one observation I had was that George appreciated time when he was not in the spotlight as host of Coast to Coast. Whether it’s walking down the street, riding in cabs or walking to the restroom during our dinner, people notice George and want to tell him their story. I imagine that gets a little old, so having dinner and not talking shop was most welcome.

As we were wrapping up dinner, there was a 10-minute convo about what was going to happen next with George hosting the mixer event at the conference. Tom blocked out the details and George sat there comfortably nodding, interjecting only for clarification. Then, George calmly said, “Okay, it’s showtime.” We headed up to the conference center for the mixer, George grabbed the mic and took over the room.  I don’t think he needed any pre-planning assistance at all. The guy’s a natural when the spotlight’s on, and those in attendance loved basking in George’s spotlight.

“Stranger at the Pentagon”

The evening ended with George introducing a screening of what is an extended trailer for the feature film “Stranger at the Pentagon” adapted from Frank Stranges’ book of the same title by director Craig Campobasso (You can watch the VOD for $5 here — be forewarned, though, the film is only 17 minutes long, including credits). Campobasso’s goal is to use the short format to stimulate interest in financing a long-form feature film about Valiant Thor and his visit to Earth in the 1950s and his connections with President Eisenhower and the Pentagon.

The film quickly introduces Valiant Thor and quickly guides the viewer thru series of conversations with the president, Pentagon officials and members of Thor’s crew on their spacecraft. It’s a teaser that leaves you wanting more and the special effects are low-budget, but given the $20K budget and that the intent of the film is to do a big-budget version, there is promise for something better. Give it a watch if you’re okay with spending $5 for a short film. reporting from Laughlin UFO Conference

Laughlin UFO conference will be attending and covering the “Back to the Future: Nostalgia, UFOs and Consciousness” conference at the Aquarius Casino Resort in Laughlin, Nevada, this Friday through Sunday, Nov. 14-16.

What do we mean by “covering” the Laughlin UFO conference? We will absorb as much as possible so we can report the event experience to those unable to attend. If you live in the Southwest, we hope you can make it to the Laughlin UFO conference, which has an impressive lineup of speakers, including friends of Paola Harris, Yvonne Smith and Jaime Maussan, as well as Stephen Bassett, the driving force behind the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure, and  Coast to Coast’s  George Noory. The complete listing of presenters and conference schedule can be found here.

During the three-day conference, will be providing insight and commentary via blogs and social media, as well as broadcasting live via Google Hangouts on Air each day of the show. We will provide more details on broadcasts before the event kicks off on Friday.

Because we’re attending on behalf of our followers, we want to know what you would like to see during our time at the Laughlin UFO conference. Please review the schedule and drop us a line with questions and we’ll do our best to find the answers.

By attending the conference and bringing information directly to you, we hope you’ll share the info you find most interesting. We look forward to hearing from you and sharing the Laughlin UFO conference with you! broadcast #20 — Halloween Special: Ghosts of New Orleans

To celebrate Halloween, Jack Roth and Jon Sumple take a trip down memory lane and share their paranormal experiences while filming a pilot for a television show based on ghosts of New Orleans. They discuss Maxwell’s Jazz Cabaret lovers Nico and Anna Maria, Crescent City Bookstore and the moving lens-cap, the apothecary (the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum) and the taste of blood, and the Ashley House and several incidents, including Bobby, the twins, the heart attack and the mad entity that asked us “What are you doing here?”

We also discuss the Boyd Bushman video making the rounds on YouTube and social media, as well as the upcoming Starworks USA conference in Laughlin, Nevada — Back to the Future: Nostalgia, UFOs and Consciousness — November 14-16, 2014. broadcast # 19 – A Conversation About Conspiracy Theories

Richard Nixon denied his involvement in Watergate until it was made clear to him that he wasn’t going to be able to lie his way out of it.

In our last podcast, Jon Sumple and I discussed conspiracy theories, and more specifically talked about what makes a conspiracy theory a conspiracy theory as opposed to a belief system. We also noted that the term “conspiracy theorist” has been used in a negative way to stigmatize anyone who questions authority and believes that the telling of the “truth” is the most important aspect of any free society.

The Tuskegee Syphilis Study, during which hundreds of African American men were infected with syphilis and left untreated for 40 years.
The Tuskegee Syphilis Study, during which hundreds of African American men were infected with syphilis and left untreated for up to 40 years.

And the truth is, both our government and the mainstream media have earned our distrust. The U.S. government has been caught lying before. Watergate. MK Ultra. The Tuskegee Syphilis Study. Operation Northwoods. Iran-Contra. The list goes on … and the lies continue to pile up.

And the media, with the exception of Watergate and more so recently, has been missing in action. Somewhere along the way, the media has become complicit in the deception perpetrated by the government (or at least some very powerful individuals within the U.S. government) towards the American people.

A young girl being tested in the U.S. government's MK Ultra project. She was tested with large doses of LSD.
A young girl being tested in the U.S. government’s MK Ultra project. She was tested with large doses of LSD.

Some debunkers actually say that believing in conspiracy theories is a psychological condition, but isn’t accepting what authority figures say as fact even when they’ve been caught lying many times before a more disturbing psychological condition. To say that someone is complacent or naive in this case is being way too kind. So why don’t people want to know the truth? Are they more comfortable believing their authority figures can do no wrong?

Jack Ruby shoots and kills Lee Harvey Oswald.
Jack Ruby shoots and kills Lee Harvey Oswald. His explanation: That Oswald’s death would spare …Mrs. Kennedy the discomfiture of coming back to trial.”

During the show, Jon Sumple and I discuss the Kennedy Assassination, the UFO cover up, 9/11 and other conspiracy theories that are extremely divisive. I pointed out that as far as the Kennedy assassination goes, the only thing you need to consider to raise a SERIOUS red flag is that Jack Ruby, a known mobster with ties to the Dallas, Chicago and New Orleans underworlds, strolled into the basement of the Dallas Police Department and right under the noses of hundreds of police officers shot Lee Harvey Oswald because, as he put it, he didn’t want Mrs. Kennedy to go through the emotional turmoil of an Oswald trial. In my opinion, anyone who accepts this as “not the least bit troubling” simply doesn’t want to believe that others were involved in the Kennedy assassination.

Do conspiracy theorists have vivid imaginations and psychological defects, or are they logical, objective individuals who simply do the research that is required to expose truths, like pieces of a very large and complex puzzle, which puts them one step closer to knowing something that the powers that be don’t want them to know?

Be sure to tune into broadcast # 19 to hear more.


Revisiting Gettysburg’s Ghosts – Devil’s Den

Ghost soldiers of Gettysburg
The original photograph. Notice the white figure in the background center portion of the frame.

In podcast # 16, Jon Sumple and I talked about the five most “haunted” spots on the Gettysburg battlefield. One of those places was Devil’s Den, and I mentioned a photograph I had taken in that area. The photograph, which was taken with a NIKON film camera, clearly shows an apparitional form that appears to be walking through the woods.

I wanted to take this opportunity to share this photograph and go into more detail about it. While walking through the huge boulders in Devil’s Den on that particular day, I was compelled to walk into the wooded area to the south of where the heavy fighting took place on July 2, 1863. I felt a profound sense of peace in this area, and my intuition told me to take a photograph of what was in front of me. I did, not thinking much of it, as I continued to enjoy this particular location’s peaceful ambiance.

Ghost soldiers of Gettysburg
Close up of white figure in photo. Notice the hat, long garment and bag.

When I developed the film, I noticed something strange in one of the images and knew immediately it didn’t belong there. When I looked closer, I could see a luminescent white figure and knew I had captured something paranormal in nature. At first glance, it looked like a figure of a person walking with some type of satchel or small suitcase in one hand. This “person” also appeared to be wearing a hat and a dress, which made me surmise that it was a woman.

I immediately went about trying to find some historical context for the photograph. Why would a woman be walking in a field with a bag? If it was during the time of the battle, why would a woman be in the field at all? What I learned was both enlightening and exciting as it applied to the strange photograph.

Ghost soldiers of Gettysburg
The huge boulders that define Devil’s Den. The wooded area in the background is where I took the photograph.

During the Battle of Gettysburg, at night when the fighting had subsided, nurses and doctors would search the fields for wounded soldiers in need of assistance. They usually held a lantern in one hand and a bag full of medicines (satchel) in the other. At Gettysburg, the carnage was so great that wounded men often lay where they fell for days before receiving any help.

I now had a reference point from which to objectively quantify the photograph. Women, and nurses in particular, did indeed walk on the battlefield during lulls in the fighting, and they would most certainly have been overwhelmed with strong emotions as they performed their grisly tasks as caregivers among some of the greatest bloodletting ever manifested on American soil.

Ghost soldiers of Gettysburg
Now available for purchase. Click the image to get your copy.

On the other hand, many generations of people, including Native Americans, lived and died on this land over the course of time without having been witness to the horrors of war. From an objective standpoint, the apparitional form in the photograph could be anyone from any number of time periods. However, considering the history of this specific location and the details in the photo, it seems more likely that this could be an energy imprint from the actual battle (or its immediate aftermath).

I’ll be sharing more stories, and photographs, from our book, Ghost Soldiers of Gettysburg, in the coming weeks and months. The book is now available for purchase, so click here to get your copy today. podcast # 18 – Thomas Reed

Thomas Reed B&WThomas Reed is a UFO abductee whose family has been at the center of one of the most compelling UFO cases ever. He is the son of the late Dr. Howard Reed, a Connecticut attorney and politician who was supported by Senator Christopher Dodd in his run for office.

Thom and his brother began experiencing strange events in the 1960s, beginning with a strange UFO sighting and leading to multiple abductions. Some of their encounters were witnessed by others and investigated by UFO researcher J. Allen Hynek, who was an astronomer and consultant for the Air Force on the subject of UFOs. The Reed brothers’ encounters include memories of being taken by strange creatures and examined. They also describe ant people and strange looking humanoids.

Thom, his brother Matthew and their mother around the time the strange events began.

The Reed case is classified as a Close Encounter of the Fourth Kind (a UFO event in which a human is abducted by a UFO or its occupants) with physical evidence.

Was Thom’s father murdered because he knew too much?

Why has Thom been harassed by a private investigator, the FBI and Homeland Security over the years?

Artist’s rendering of the craft that Thom and his brother Matthew encountered.

Are Thom and his family unwilling participants in a joint military/extraterrestrial deep black operation involving  abductions and genetic research?

Find out more by watching this week’s podcast.

Yvonne Smith Podcast Rescheduled

normal_Technical-DifficultiesWe have some good news and some bad news. The bad news first … Due to technical difficulties connecting with Yvonne Smith, Jack was not able to interview her tonight. We will be rescheduling her within the next few weeks once she gets her computer updated with some new software.

The good news is that Jack conducted an amazing interview with Thom Reed earlier today. Thom is an alien abductee whose family has been at the center of one of the most compelling UFO cases ever.

We will have the Thom Reed podcast uploaded by tomorrow night, so stay tuned for more information regarding Thom’s case and be ready to hear his incredible story on starting tomorrow evening.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.


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