Monday, September 09, 2013

Shadow of a Doubt - September 2013

The Monthly Calendar of the National Capital Area Skeptics
  • Sep 21 NCAS Lecture: The Investigative Process: Solving a 1947 Mystery
  • Oct 12 NCAS Lecture: Mysterious Delusions of Satan: Witchcraft at Salem
  • Well Wishes to Bob Park
  • Shadow Light
  • Sep 13 Drinking Skeptically: Special Anti-Paraskevidekatriaphobia Edition
  • New Skeptic Line Number

NCAS Public Lecture Series

The Investigative Process: Solving a 1947 Mystery
Antonio Paris

Saturday, September 21, 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Bethesda Regional Library
7400 Arlington Road
Bethesda, MD [map] [directions]
(Bethesda Metro station)
FREE admission – Everyone welcome, members and non-members

In the summer of 1947, according to local lore, a spacecraft of extraterrestrial origin allegedly crashed 
near Horse Springs, NM. Legend has it that several witnesses, including a local official, found the crashed disk – along with four aliens scattered among the debris. For decades, an army of armchair UFO investigators has attempted to find the crash site and some have even claimed to have found it – along with debris that was allegedly "not from this world." In an effort to put the legend to rest, in 2013 the Aerial Phenomenon Investigations Team (API) embarked on an expedition to find the crash site. After a successful expedition, coupled with a thorough investigative process, the API Team is strongly convinced they have finally solved the mystery.

Steve Gimbel
Antonio Paris, the Founder and Director of the organization Aerial Phenomena, is a former US Army Counterintelligence Officer and Department of Defense Counterintelligence Special Agent. He was awarded a Bronze Star for combat operations in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Today, Antonio works for the science, technology and engineering firm Science Applications International Corp. (ISR & Space Solutions Operation) in the Washington, DC area. He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from The City University of New York and a Master of Science in Planetary Science from the American Public University. Antonio, moreover, is the Director and Founder of the Center for Planetary Science – an online science program bringing astronomy, planetary science, and astrophysics to the next generation of space explorers. 

Antonio is also a member of the Washington Academy of Sciences, the National Capital Astronomers, and is a certified STAR Team Field Investigator, Dive Team member, and Assistant State Director for MUFON. He has appeared in dozens of radio shows, webcasts, and cable TV interviews, including consulting work for the popular TV series Unsealed: The Alien Files. He is the author of Aerial Phenomena: Reviving Ufology for the 21st Century; and the director and producer for the popular documentary Area 51: A History of this Reclusive Base.

Refreshments and socializing after the talk.

October NCAS Lecture
In keeping with the approach of Halloween, Walter Rowe, Professor of Forensic Sciences at The George Washington University, will speak on "Mysterious Delusions of Satan: Witchcraft at Salem."  Professor Rowe will discuss the events in Massachusetts in 1692-1693 that resulted in nineteen executions and one pressing to death. He will also critically evaluate the various attempts to provide naturalistic explanations for the most notorious outbreak of witchcraft in the United States. Saturday, October 12 at 1:30 pm at the Bethesda Regional Library.

Well Wishes to Bob Park

Robert L. (Bob) Park, professor emeritus of physics at the University of Maryland, longtime author of the weekly "What's New" news/editorial column, and NCAS Philip J. Klass Award laureate (2008), is recovering from a hemorrhagic stroke he suffered in March that produced aphasia, impairing his control of language (see
NCAS extends its wishes for a speedy and full recovery to Bob, whose absence from weekly commentary is deeply felt.

Shadow Light
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Special Anti-Paraskevidekatriaphobia Edition of Drinking Skeptically!
On Friday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m., please join fellow NCASers at either of our simultaneous DC-area Drinking Skeptically events:

Drinking Skeptically Bottle
                          Cap LogoJackie's Sidebar
8081 Georgia Avenue (entrance on Sligo Avenue) in Silver Spring, MD

The Front Page Arlington
Rear patio / National Science Foundation atrium
4201 Wilson Blvd (across from Ballston Common Mall) in Arlington, VA
                                 (703) 248-9990

Usually we meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, but for September we'll celebrate Friday the 13th with skeptically carefree merriment.  Bring a superstitious friend, if you can.

The February 2011 issue of Washingtonian magazine features the Sidebar on its cover, for a story on the best bars in the DC area.  (And you'll find the area's best hot dogs there, according to the June 2012 issue.)

Drinking Skeptically is an informal social event designed to promote fellowship and networking among skeptics, critical-thinkers, and like-minded individuals. There's no cover charge and all are welcome. Don't drink? Don't let that stop you from joining us! Some of the world's most famous skeptics are teetotalers, and we are happy to have you! Remember that drinking skeptically means drinking responsibly. If there's one thing science has taught us, it's the effects of alcohol on the human body.

New Skeptic Line Number
As of March 2013, NCAS has switched telephone numbers, from 301-587-3827 
to 240-670-NCAS (6227).

Time to Renew?
Be sure to check your renewal date above your postal address on the Shadow Light postcard. Send any queries to .  Use the online membership form to renew.