Dave Stancliff/For the Times-Standard
Posted: 08/30/2009 01:30:40 AM PDT
In 1985, when I heard that a bunch of people dressed up like space aliens and met at Giant Rock in nearby Landers, I couldn't resist attending the festivities. Every year they held a real UFO Convention with visitors from around the world.
At the time, I was the editor of a weekly newspaper in Twentynine Palms called “The Desert Trail,” and eager to witness this extraterrestrial event.
Landers, a ghost town once supported by the Los Padres Mine, was famous for Giant Rock (the largest free-standing rock in the world) and for the man who carved a small room in the bottom of it, where he carried out weekly meditation sessions to communicate with space people.
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