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The “Real” Fox Mulder to Discuss True “X-Files”

Nick PopeOne of the world’s top experts on unidentified flying objects, Nick Pope, will speak at the 2014 Border Zone International UFO Festival in Presidio, Texas, on Friday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014.

Nick Pope has been called “the real Fox Mulder.” For 21 years, Nick was in charge of the British government’s “X Files,” investigating UFO sightings, crop circles, alien abductions, and ESP. Because of his many years of working for the government on paranormal subjects, Nick has been compared to the fictional hero of the television series The X-Files. Except that everything Nick did was real

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Join Us in Presidio, Texas – in the Mysterious Big Bend / Chihuahuan Desert Corridor. Located near the UFO crash site from 1974, Mexico’s Zone of Silence, the site where the “Starchild Skull” was found, and many other mysterious places. This area of Texas has been called “a paranormal lover’s paradise.”

Award Winning Star Trek Writer David Bennett Carren to Speak in Presidio!

We are extremely happy to announce that Star Trek, Twilight Zone, and Stargate writer David Bennett Carren will speak at the Border Zone UFO Festival! David has directed, written or produced more than 200 films and television shows, including many science fiction shows.


David Bennett Carren (left). Star Trek Images Copyright Paramount Pictures.

Among his cherished memories in his long career is having worked with Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, the original Captain Kirk William Shatner, and Next Generation cast members including Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner. His Star Trek stories will amaze and inspire you.

An episode he wrote for Star Trek: the Next Generation, called “Future Imperfect” is still remembered fondly by the many fans of the show. In David’s story, after an away mission to Alpha Onias III interrupts Commander Riker’s birthday party, the first officer suddenly awakens in sick-bay sixteen years in the future where he is the captain of the Enterprise and about to negotiate a peace treaty with the Romulan Star Empire.

Astronomy Star Party on Friday, Oct. 24 from 8 p.m. to Midnight


Courtesy Fred Campagna

As part of the Border Zone UFO Festival, there will be a Star Party with telescopes available for public viewing on Friday, Oct. 24, at the Fort Leaton State Historic Site from 8 p.m. to Midnight. Among the objects to look for will be the Orionids Meteor Shower, which produces up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. The meteor show results from dust grains left behind by Halley’s Comet, which has been known and observed since ancient times. The shower runs annually from October 2 to November 7. It peaks this year on the night of October 21 and good viewing should continue during the Border Zone UFO Festival. This will be an excellent year for the Orionids because there will be no moon to interfere with the show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Orion, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

Also during the Border Zone Festival Weekend, we will experience a Partial Solar Eclipse! A partial solar eclipse occurs when the Moon covers only a part of the Sun, sometimes resembling a bite taken out of a cookie. A partial solar eclipse can only be safely observed with a special solar filter or by looking at the Sun’s reflection. The partial eclipse will be visible on October 23 throughout most of North and Central America. (NASA Map and Eclipse Information)

In edition, there will also be a New Moon. The Moon will be directly between the Earth and the Sun and will not be visible from Earth on Oct. 23. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.

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