Evening Conference Speakers

Travis Walton

Travis Walton

Travis Walton’s terrifying account is the stuff movies are made from.. LITERALLY!He joins us at the ‘Pine Bush UFO Fair and Conference’ to talk about that day 40 years ago, when the then 22-year-old logger says he was knocked unconscious, and woke up to find he was surrounded by ETs aboard their ship. One of the most prolific abduction cases in the history of ufology, his disappearance caused a whirlwind of news reports, controversy, and skepticism.For his entire adult life, Walton has been carrying this emotional burden and the telling of his story has been, for the most part, a solo journey. Recently, eye witnesses, came forward to speak withWalton about the incident. Hearing their stories has educated Walton about what they experienced during his abduction, and since then he has also connected with others who have shared similar stories.Making these connections and his own process of maturity has allowed Walton to reexamine his beliefs surrounding the incident. Whether it is the result of Walton being joined by his fellow workmen and sharing their stories, or just through the maturity process, it is evident that Walton has become much more comfortable in his own skin. One can only speculate how someoneis personally a#ected after an experience like this. The truth as to why this happened to Walton will probably never be known for sure. But he continues to press on and uses his new conviction surrounding the incident to broaden his philosophy on life and society.


Marc D’Antonio

Marc D’Antonio has a degree in Astronomy and is the Mutual UFO Network’s (MUFON) Chief
Photo/Video Analyst. He is CEO of FX Models, a model making and special effects company
specializing in digital/physical models, and organic special effects in the film industry. He has done
extensive work in the Film and Television Arena appearing regularly on a number of networks. His
efforts creating UFOTOG 2, a remote ufo detection system with Academy Award winner Douglas
Trumbull promises to bring ufology into the 21st Century.

TV and Film Industry: Marc has appeared on a number of networks including programs on CNN, Discovery, Sci-Fi, History, National Geographic, and Science channels, performing on-camera work in his role as a UFO investigator, scientific principle presenter, and photo/video analyst. In addition to such roles he has also created special effects props for use in some of these same productions, created computer generated sequences, and set up and directed visual effects shots. Recently Marc continued his work after seasons 1- 2 on NASA’s Unexplained Files seen on Discovery Channel with season 3-5, creating science demos and discussion on the scientific search for Life in the Universe. Prior to that he did Seasons 1 and 2 of a new flagship series called “What On Earth” seeking answers to perplexing Earth mysteries brought to us via Earth orbiting satellites. Currently Marc and FX Models have teamed up with Academy Award winning producer and director Douglas Trumbull to create major science fiction films and television series’ that explore human kind’s place in the Universe. He has been performing for live audiences since the age of 12, and states that the TV and Film industry are far more forgiving than a live audience when things go wrong!

UFO Arena: Besides his MUFON duties, Marc has delivered many presentations around the country at some of the largest UFO conferences including several Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) Symposiums and International UFO Congress conferences appearing as a speaker. Marc has also put together a team of top US scientists who are working together with UFOTOG Pioneer Douglas Trumbull to create high end autonomous flying vehicles and robotic ground units to search for evidence of extraterrestrial presence potentially using crowd-sourcing methodologies. Marc is currently authoring a book on Exoplanets tentatively titled “The Populated Universe” which details the scientific search for extraterrestrial life and explores what he believes is the predisposition of the Universe to the creation of the building blocks of life and perhaps life itself.

Background: Marc’s degree is in Astronomy, and he has spent decades capturing hundreds of
thousands of images of many kinds of sky phenomena using a diverse range of photographic gear ranging from small cameras and backyard telescopes to large multi-million dollar professional telescopes in large research observatories. Once Computer Generated Imagery programs and image analysis programs became more readily available he began to work with such software to create his own imagery and to augment and analyze existing imagery. His unique blend of stage performance experience, Astronomical, UFO, and Computer Generated Model Making backgrounds come together in his photo analysis work, where he has been utilizing advanced software toolsets for many years to coax data out of imagery. When he isn’t creating Digital or Physical Models for clients or productions, he can usually be found utilizing observatories worldwide to obtain nightly photographic and spectral data for analysis from remote mountaintop telescopes.
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Kate Thorvaldsen


Kate Thorvaldsen was born in Drammen Norway in 1969 and is one of the best-known close encounters
experiencers in that country. Her first experience was at the age of three and was followed by a number of others. She is the first person to
scientifically establish the presence of at least twenty-five anomalous, symmetrically placed implants in her body, all close enough to the surface that magnets stick to them. Her skull also bears strong similarities to the so-called starchild skull.
Kate is not a researcher or investigator, but a multimedia artist and public speaker. She has been a guest on an assortment of radio shows, including KGRA’s “Starborn Support Radio,” and been interviewed by Emmy Award winners Linda Moulton Howe and Sid Goldberg for Earth Mystery News. She appears in the 2000 Norwegian documentary film “Looking for the Stars,” and is close to completing her first book, “A Hybrids Story.” Her second book is on the subject of theoretical astrophysics, a subject she was not trained in, but which she gained knowledge of and insights into through her contacts with other intelligences. Kate Thorvaldsen is proud to be a speaker at the 2017 Pine Bush UFO Fair and Conference, her first ever in America.



Peter Robbins

Peter Robbins is an investigative writer specializing in the subject of UFOs. He has more that thirty-five years’ experience as a writer, researcher, investigator, lecturer and author. A regular fixture on radio shows in the US and in the UK, he has appeared as a guest on and been consultant to numerous TV programs and documentaries. Robbins has spoken on UFOs, Dr. Wilhelm Reich, and related subjects at local, regional, national and international conferences as well as for schools, universities, libraries and organizations. He is co-author (along with Larry Warren) of the British best seller Left at East Gate: A First-Hand Account of the Rendlesham Forest UFO Incident, Its Cover-Up and Investigation. He is the author of Deliberate Deception: A Case of Disinformation in the UFO Research Community, and Halt In Woodbridge: An Air Force Colonel’s Thirty-Year Fight To Silence An Authentic UFO Whistle-Blower. Peter was born in New York City and studied art, design and theater at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. He received a BFA in painting and film history from New York City’s School of Visual Arts where he taught painting for more than a dozen years. He was a member of the art faculties of St. Ann’s School in Brooklyn Heights NY and the Oklahoma Council on the Arts ‘Arts Encounters’ Program. Robbins secured his seamen’s papers after graduating from art school to work as a deckhand aboard a Norwegian freighter, then began his professional life as a painter. He was studio assistant to Abstract Expressionist painter Adolph Gotlieb, studio assistant to American primitive painter William Cply (correct spelling), and general assistant to pioneer kinetic light sculptor Stanley Landsman. He has also worked as a carpenter, construction worker, art gallery assistant, copywriter, editor, consultant, website director, crisis intervention volunteer, NYC tour guide and house manager for New York City’s Mirror Repertory Company and other NYC-based theater groups. Peter Robbins is an inveterate traveler and accomplished photographer and lives just outside of Ithaca, New York.

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Dr. Bill Wiand


Dr. Bill has been an ‘experiencer’ all his life and he lives with the UFO phenomenon every day. He grew up on the banks of the Hudson River in Peekskill and saw strange lights in the sky, on land and in the water. While living in Rockland County he witnessed many more sightings.

When Bill moved to Walker Valley in 1985. He hadn’t heard about the long history of the area – but soon after became painfully aware when the local UFOs  (United Friends Observer Society), support group was formed in 1993 by the late Max Lay and her daughter Dawn. Bill joined the group in 1994 and soon became part of the branch off group that supported those who felt they had experienced abductions and/or physical contact with aliens. The support group regularly draws people from the five counties here in NY as well as from neighboring states.

Bill’s training and education led him to end up, not only the facilitator of the main group in 2000, but as a counselor & therapist to further assist those looking for assistance.    As a gifted intuitive, he is able to provide insight and answers for those who have questions.

The support group is now in its 24th year of helping those with UFO related issues.

Bill is often referred to as the ‘resident alien’ with stories sought after by a variety of sources.  His favorite documentary contribution comes from Elana Schulman, graduate of the Vassar College Film Program.



Linda Zimmermann

Linda Zimmermann is an author and paranormal researcher. While investigating UFOs in New York’s Hudson Valley, many people shared with her their UFO experiences. She decided to investigate and found that not only is the area abundant in ghost sightings but also in reports of UFOs. She has found so much material that she has written two books on UFOs in the Hudson Valley.
Linda wasn’t always focused on the paranormal, she earned a B.S. in Chemistry and a Master’s in English. With a wide range of interests she decided to write. She is now the author of 30 books and a popular speaker. Her first book on Hudson Valley UFO sightings was made into an award winning documentary.



Dr. Nathan Rosenblum

Dr. Nathan Rosenblum has a Ph.d. in Metaphysical Philosophy, is an ordained interfaith minister, a Ceremonial Magician, and a Theosophist. He lives in Upstate New York where he regularly lectures and teaches courses on a wide variety of esoteric topics.

A longtime student of mysticism and the occult, Dr. Rosenblum integrates a wide variety of spiritual concepts and information into his programs covering cultures and religious movements throughout the world as well as information relating to hidden influences in society. He is also an author of both fiction and non-fiction pieces and a poet. The emphasis of his work is to demonstrate the interconnections between ideas and show how these can form a synthesis, spiritually uniting people.