The Ohio UFO Heritage Conference: In The Shadow of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
In this episode, I’ll share something very exciting that I’ve been working on—a UFO conference right outside the gates of Wright Patterson Air Force base. We have a phenomenal line up speakers booked, and in this episode I’ll introduce you to a few of them including: Dr. Michael Masters, Bryce Zabel, Phil Ford, and J.F. Martel.
Dr. Michael Masters: Bio & Links
Dr. Michael Masters is a professor of biological anthropology at Montana Technological University in Butte, Montana. His current research program centers on hominin evolutionary anatomy, human variation, archaeology, biomedicine, and investigating the UFO phenomenon. Regarding the latter, in 2019 he published Identified Flying Objects: A Multidisciplinary Scientific Approach to the UFO Phenomenon, which examines the premise that UFOs and ‘Aliens’ may be our human descendants, returning from the future to visit and study their own hominin evolutionary past.
In 2022 he published The Extratempestrial Model, which analyzes well-documented cases of abduction and other contact modalities in the context of this time-travel hypothesis and other theories put forth to elucidate this complex and mysterious phenomenon.
His forthcoming 2023 book, Revelation: The Future Human Past, again focuses on UFOs in the framework of this Extratempestrial Model, but in the format of a satirical time travel science fiction novel.
Bryce Zabel began his career as an on-air correspondent at CNN, and was an award-winning investigative reporter at PBS. He became the first writer elected Chairman/CEO of the Television Academy since Rod Serling. Currently, his WWII film based on a New York Times bestseller, The Last Battle, will shoot in Europe this year with Harald Zwart directing from Bryce’s screenplay.
Bryce currently co-hosts the popular podcast and video series Need to Know with Coulthart and Zabel. He just completed writing the pilot of Undeniable, a scripted newscast set in a post-disclosure world, to be produced by SALT audio in 2023.
A winner of the prestigious Writers Guild award for his Pandemic miniseries, Bryce created NBC’s landmark alien invasion series Dark Skies, now a cult-favorite because of its blend of 1960s events with UFO history. Bryce has created and produced a total of five primetime television series (M.A.N.T.I.S., The Crow), worked on a dozen TV writing staffs (Lois & Clark, L.A. Law), and developed projects with both Steven Spielberg and Stan Lee. He has received feature writing credits on both Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.
His interest in the UFO/UAP issue accelerated when he wrote and produced Syfy’s first original film, Official Denial, about aliens being future humans. He is the co-author of the groundbreaking non-fiction book, A.D. After Disclosure with Richard Dolan, and currently has books about Roswell (Witness to Roswell), Majestic-12 (Top Secret/Majic), and the Hill abduction (Captured!) under option for film and/or TV projects. His books, Once There Was a Way: What if The Beatles Stayed Together? and Surrounded by Enemies: What if Kennedy Survived Dallas, both won the Sidewise Award for Alternate History.
Bryce has a BA in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Oregon. He has taught graduate level screenwriting at USC.
Phil Ford & J.F. Martel
Phil Ford (Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 2003) is an associate professor of musicology at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He has also taught at Stanford University and the University of Texas at Austin. His earlier research dealt with postwar American culture and music: he is the author of Dig: Sound and Music in Hip Culture (Oxford University Press, 2013), an intellectual history of American counterculture, and he has published essays on similar topics in Representations, Journal of Musicology, Musical Quarterly, and elsewhere. Nowadays he co-hosts an arts and philosophy podcast, Weird Studies, with writer J. F. Martel. His current work concerns magical and contemplative styles of thought, feeling, and experience in various contexts, musical and otherwise.
J.F. Martel is a Canadian culture writer, lecturer, and podcaster. He is the author of Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice, published in 2015 by Evolver Editions. Ediciones Atalanta released a Spanish translation of the work in 2017. With the musicologist Phil Ford, Martel co-hosts Weird Studies, a bi-weekly podcast on philosophy, the arts, and the Weird. He is currently working on two books: Weirding, a field guide to the anomalous world co-authored with Phil Ford, and Groundwork for a Philosophy of Magic, a work of metaphysics that deepens and expands the ideas in Reclaiming Art.