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UFO in Florence

UFO experts and ET enthusiasts from around the world will be headed to Florence for the city's tenth annual convention on extraterrestrial intelligence. Organizers said the November 15 program brings together some of the world's foremost experts on close encounters and sightings for an all-day event entitled An Inconvenient Reality. Organizer Pietro Marchetti said "the main idea behind the convention is to make people aware about all the unanswered questions, which have been in the media for the past 60 years. We want people to understand that UFOs are not delusions and they're not invented by science fiction writers".

Headlining the convention is author, novelist and musician Timothy Good, who believes aliens have inhabited the Earth for hundreds of years, building bases and changing the genetic makeup of the human race. Also speaking is Haktan Akdogan, a Turkish UFO expert, who claims that several airliners witnessed an alien spaceship destroy a giant meteor just before it hit the Earth. Representing Italy at the convention, Venetian ufologist Roberto Pinotti will discuss his theory about the interstellar agreement between world governments and extraterrestrials to keep their existence a secret until society matures enough to accept them.

Italy is no stranger to UFO sightings, its first a flying saucer which allegedly crashed near Milan in 1933 and then disappeared in a secret government hangar for study by government scientists in the service of Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. In 1973, an Alitalia airliner allegedly spotted an unidentified flying object in the skies between Rome and Naples. In 1978, a security guard in Turin gained national media attention with reports that he'd been kidnapped by aliens bent on invading the Earth and colonizing the Antarctic. Last July, a southern Italian surveyor sent his photographs of "strange, flying" objects to a Rome police lab, which was unable to identify them.

One of the greatest contributors to theories about extraterrestrial life was Italian hydrogen bomb physicist Enrico Fermi (1901-1954), who asked why there should be so little evidence in support of alien civilizations when the apparent size of the universe suggests that many ought to exist. Known as Fermi's paradox, the question continues to fascinate scientists and UFO believers alike.