COLUMBIA - Movies and TV shows like "Men In Black" and "Star Trek" show the timeless interest in the idea of life on other planets. On Saturday afternoon, a group gathered to discuss those topics and more at the annual Mutual U.F.O. Network Conference.
Almost 100 people from all over the country, scientists and U.F.O. enthusiasts alike came to the first day of the conference.
Some of Saturday's speakers discussed cattle mutilation in Colorado, the famous 1947 Roswell crash, as well as unexplained sightings of U.F.O.s and other legends.
The keynote speaker was Travis Walton, the author of the book "Fire in the Sky," who will speak about his alleged alien abduction in 1975 and newer developments.
"I wish it hadn't happened to me but more and more as time has gone on I realized aside from being a burden, it also brings to me a certain responsibility," Walton said. "I think that's basically what I'm trying to do; correct some misconceptions and get the truth out."
The conference continues through Sunday and is still accepting registration.