Q & A

The Abduction Experience & Alien Visitation Panel

4:00 PM - 5:52 PM
Panel + Conversation
Join host Alan Steinfeld and our special guest speakers Dr. Bruce Olav Solheim, Chris Bledsoe, Mary Rodwell, Dr. Michael Masters, Ralph Blumenthal, Steve Mera, Terry Lovelace, and Whitley Strieber. They’ll share their incredible abduction and visitation experiences, peeling back their deepest memories to share their revelations of who E.T.s are and why they visit us.

Alan Steinfeld

Alan Steinfeld is an explorer of consciousness.  He has contributed and curated the new UFO book, Making Contact: Preparing for the New Realities of Extraterrestrial Existence, published by St. Martin’s Press. This book is a multiple perspective from Investigators Nick Pope and Grant Cameron; Researchers Linda Mouton Howe and Drs. J.J. and Desiree Hurtak; Abductees Whitely Strieber and Henrietta Weeks, and Contact specialists Darryl Anka, Caroline Cory, and Mary Rodwell. The book also contains a previously unpublished essay by Professor John Mack former head of the Harvard School for Psychiatry.  George Noory of Coast to Coast AM kicks off the volume with his veteran overview of the need to wake up to the “new realities of extraterrestrial existence.”  The book stands as the most comprehensive clarification to date on the intent and intelligence behind the phenomena. The variety of viewpoints expressed in the volume provide a solid foundation for the “preparation” of the greatest challenge to ever face humankind: Meeting the cosmic others.

Additionally, for over 30 years Alan has hosted and produced the weekly television series New Realities in New York City. With 70,000+ subscribers to his YouTube channel of the same name, there have also been over 20 million viewers who have seen his programs. These include interviews with luminaries in the field of health, spirituality and UFOS – such as Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Ram Dass and every major UFO researcher in the field. With his media appearances, lectures, and conferences he informs millions about human potential, remote viewing, and the nature of alien contact. For over five years he has emceed the largest UFO event in the country, Contact in the Desert. He feels that only when the inner explorations of the soul are combined with the outer adventures of the mind can we achieve a harmonious understanding of our place in the cosmos. Steinfeld lives in New York.

Dr. Bruce Olav Solheim

Bruce Olav Solheim was born in Seattle, Washington, to Norwegian immigrant parents. Bruce was the first person in his family to go to college. He served for six years in the US Army as a jail guard and later as a warrant officer helicopter pilot and is a disabled veteran. Bruce earned his Ph.D. in history from Bowling Green State University in 1993 and is a distinguished professor of history at Citrus College in Glendora, California. He was a Fulbright Professor/Scholar in 2003 at the University of Tromsø in northern Norway. Bruce has published ten books and has written ten plays, five of which have been produced. He is married to Ginger and has four children and a grandson. 

Bruce has published a trilogy of paranormal books about his personal experiences: Timeless, Timeless Deja Vu, and Timeless Trinity. Bruce also published one comic book in 2019, and a graphic novel in 2021 featuring an alien hybrid character named Snarc. Bruce’s mother was psychic and introduced him to the magical realm. His first paranormal experience took place in northern Norway in 1962 when he was four years old. His first alien abduction experience was in 1964. He has continued to have paranormal experiences throughout his life and has developed advanced mediumship capabilities. Bruce took a parapsychology class while he was stationed in West Germany in 1979 and has wanted to write about his experiences ever since.

It was only three years ago that Bruce had a spiritual awakening after a vision and communication with his departed close friend Gene that Bruce decided to publish his paranormal stories and overcome his fear of being rejected and ridiculed by his peers and the college administration. Bruce studies quantum theory and has developed a model that may help explain our quantum reality, ghosts, reincarnation, alien contact, and more. He is interested in all esoterica and oddities. Bruce has had alien contact several times, has seen UFOs, and continues to have contact with an ancient alien being known as Anzar. He teaches a popular Paranormal Personal History course at Citrus College and is an associate member of the Parapsychological Association, a member of CERO, and MUFON.

Chris Bledsoe

On January 8th, 2007, Chris Bledsoe Sr. came face to face with celestial beings and had missing time. Although he wouldn’t recall the details of that first terrifying encounter until under hypnosis a year and a half later.

While on the banks of the Cape Fear River, Chris, his son Chris Jr. and three of his subcontractors discovered they were about to experience the most harrowing day of their lives involving unexplained phenomena, leading them to believe this was the end of the world.

MUFON sent their highest trained team to investigate the encounter, only to attempt to debunk and ridicule the Bledsoe family. Their experience was featured on the Discovery Channel's 2008 series UFOs Over Earth: The Fayetteville Incident.

Multiple three-letter agencies have been involved with the Bledsoe case, bringing increased attention and mystery to this ever-evolving story.

Chris currently lives in North Carolina with his wife Yvonne and their four adult children residing nearby. He enjoys building projects, gardening, being in service to others utilizing his healing gifts, and traveling with his wife.

Mary Rodwell

Mary RODWELL, RN is the Founder and Principal of Australian Close Encounter Resource Network (ACERN). Born in the United Kingdom and eventually migrating to Western Australia in 1991, she currently resides in Queensland. Mary is a former nurse, midwife, and health educator and was employed as a professional counselor for the National Health Service UK and Australian counseling agencies, Silver Chain and Centrecare. Since 1994 Mary has worked in private practice as a professional counselor, hypnotherapist, metaphysical teacher, researcher, author, Reiki Master, and international speaker. ACERN’s primary role is to offer professional counseling, support, hypnotherapy and information to individuals and their families with ‘anomalous’ paranormal experiences, particularly specializing in Abduction-contact experiences. Mary is recognized internationally as one of Australia’s leading researchers in the UFO and Contact phenomena. She is the author of Awakening: How Extraterrestrial Contact Can Transform Your Life (2002), and producer of EBE award winning documentaries, Expressions of ET Contact: A Visual Blueprint? (2000), and Expressions of ET Contact: A Communication and Healing Blueprint? (2004). Mary has also lectured in Hong Kong, USA, Canada, Hawaii, UK, Ireland and New Zealand, appearing regularly in national and international media news programs and in documentaries including: OZ Files, My Mum Talks to Aliens featured on SBS Australia in 2010, Paranormal Files in the UK for BBC TV, and Animal X for the Discovery Channel, as well as participating in University debate forums on these phenomena, including Oxford University, UK in 2006 and Australian National University, Canberra in 2010. Awakening: How Extraterrestrial Contact Can Transform your Life was re-published by New Mind Publishers in 2010, and author and Physician, Dr. Roger Leir was quoted as saying, “In my opinion this book will become the Bible of the Alien Abduction Phenomenon.” Mary is the Vice-President of Star Kids Project, Ltd. and an Advisory Committee member of Exopolitics ( Mary was responsible for organizing the first international conference, Hidden Truth’s in Perth, Western Australia. Research from over 2000 cases suggests this is a global phenomenon. The ‘Star Children’ exhibit a maturity and wisdom beyond their years, an awareness and connection to spiritual realms. ‘Indigo’s’ or ‘Crystal’ children – as they are often labeled – have telepathic abilities and are spiritually awakened, describing many species of non-human visitors with a feeling that they are as real to them as their ‘real’ family because they feel supported by them. This research also explores evidence from a scientific, biological, psychological, anthropological, spiritual and historical perspective to support what Mary believes is a ‘genetic’ engineering program, for ‘upgrading’ homo sapiens, leading to a paradigm shift in human consciousness. Data suggests children are being altered and transformed on many levels through extraterrestrial encounters. Some of the latest DNA research that could qualify how this upgrading may occur and how it may be linked to such conditions such as ADHD, Asperger’s and possibly Autism is also explored, as many of these individuals demonstrate awareness of the non-physical realms. Although many medical professionals are still skeptical about Contact experience, in November 2003 Mary’s work was featured and she was interviewed for the article “Alien Invasion: Why We Need to Believe” in Australian Doctor Focus Magazine. A growing number of professionals in the medical community share similar conclusions and have spoken publicly. These people include the late world-renowned Harvard Medical School professor of psychiatry, Dr. John E. Mack, author of Passport to the Cosmos and Dr. Janet Colli, author of Sacred Encounters. Mary’s full profile was included in the Biographical Encyclopedia of People in Ufology and Scientific Extraterrestrial Research (2008) for Times SQ Press. In addition, Mary has also produced a collection of meditation and relaxation CD’s.

Dr. Michael Masters

Dr. Michael P. Masters is a professor of biological anthropology at Montana Tech in Butte, Montana. He received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the Ohio State University in 2009, where he specialized in human evolutionary anatomy, archaeology, and biomedicine. Dr. Masters spent the following decade developing a broad academic background that unites the fields of anthropology, astronomy, astrobiology and physics, to examine the premise that UFOs and Aliens are simply our distant human descendants, returning from the future to study us in their own hominin evolutionary past. His new book, Identified Flying Objects: A Multidisciplinary Scientific Approach to the UFO Phenomenon, challenges readers to consider new possibilities while cultivating conversations about our ever-evolving understanding of time and time travel.

Ralph Blumenthal

Ralph Blumenthal, a Distinguished Lecturer at Baruch College of the City University of New York, was an award-winning reporter for The New York Times from 1964 to 2009 and has written and co-authored seven books on organized crime and cultural history. He co-authored the recent series of groundbreaking Times articles on the secret Pentagon program to investigate UFOs. He led the Times metro team that won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage of the 1993 truck-bombing of the World Trade Center. In 2001, Blumenthal was named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation to research the progressive career and penal reforms of Warden Lewis E. Lawes, “the man who made Sing Sing sing.” The book on Warden Lawes, “Miracle at Sing Sing,” was published by St. Martin’s in June 2004. His most recent book is “The Believer: Alien Encounters, Hard Science, and the Passion of John Mack,” published by High Road Books of the University of New Mexico Press.

Steve Mera

Steve Mera, the UK’s most respected researcher in the realms of UFOlogy, Unexplained & Supernatural, with over 1000 hours of mainstream alternative TV Programmes, such as; Fright Nights, Origin Unknown, National Geographic’s ParaNatural, National Geographics Wild X-Files, Ghost Cases – Canada, The Richard and Judy Show, Revealing Secrets, Psychic Live Time, and many more… Steve Mera is the head tutor for British & U.S. Investigators Training Courses in Ufological Studies and the CEO of Phenomena Magazine, the world’s largest e-zine of its kind, distributed in 12 counties to over 1.8 million subscribers. He is an accomplished author of several books: A-Z of the Unknown, Strange Happenings, Paranormal Insight, Co-Author of The Rochdale Poltergeist, and Co-Author of The House of Fire and Whispers: Steve is the founder of the Scientific Establishment of Parapsychology (Est 1996) and the Chairman of MAPIT – Manchester’s Aerial Phenomena Investigation Team (Est 1974): Associative Member: Unifaculty of London Member: Office of Metaphysical Parapsychology, International Radio Host, Freelance Journalist, International Lecturer. Official Spokesman for Fox TV series ‘Outcast’ Onwinges Productions ‘TRAVIS THE MOVIE’ Hammer Movie Productions ‘The Quiet Ones’ The Other Land of the Gods documentary Partner Advisor for Zohar Entertainment Group Director of Zohar Global Group Director of Awakenings Expo (UK) Executive Producer of Chariots of the Gods 50th Anniversary – BAFTA London Executive Producer of The Mysterious Bodies of Peru Executive Producer of The Chronological History of UFOs

Terry Lovelace

Terry is a native St. Louis Missouri. After high school in 1973, he enlisted in the United States Air Force as the Vietnam war was winding down. He was trained as a medic/EMT and served six years on active duty from 1973 to 1979. In 1977, he and a coworker were abducted while wilderness camping at Devils Den State Park in NW Arkansas. For fear of damage to his legal career and the loss of respect among his peers, Terry and his wife never disclosed what happened in 1977. Terry retired from state government in 2012. After enduring forty years of screaming nightmares he no longer feared damage to his legal career and decided to make full and candid disclosure. The discovery of an alien implant in his leg during a routine x-ray was the true catalyst to write and speak candidly about his abduction experience from an Arkansas state park. Copies of the original x-rays are provided during his presentation.

Whitley Strieber

Whitley Strieber is an internet podcast host of Dreamland, and bestselling author of The Wolfen, The Hunger, Superstorm and Communion, all made into movies; Superstorm as The Day After Tomorrow. His Alien Hunter books were made into the Hunters series on the SyFy Channel. He is also the author of many other books, including two follow-up books to Communion – Transformation and Breakthrough. A New World is the final book in the series. It covers communicating with the visitors, which he began to do regularly starting in 2015. Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone is currently developing a TV series based on Whitley’s books and life.
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