Föllingen Hotel proprietors Charlotte Andersson and Magnus Johansson
Håkan Ekstrand and Clas Svahn outside Föllingen Hotel
Picture from the first field investigator seminar September 24-25, 1977
Almost all participants arrived already on Friday evening which has become a tradition, a pleasant way of introducing new ufologists, chatting and relaxing. As there were 16 new ufologists the UFO-Sweden board had decided to present an historical summary of the UFO phenomenon, including the most well known and interesting cases. We did our best giving short lectures on famous cases but of course it proved to be a mission impossible and we had to end by 1971. But hopefully the field investigators got a good overview of the complexity of UFO and Fortean phenomena. Much appreciated was Saturday´s guest lecturer, Mr. Johan Marcopoulos, head of public relations at Rymdstyrelsen, the Swedish National Space Board. He presented a very inspiring lecture on the relation between the Tintin comic album Destination Moon and what happened during the real Moon voyages.
UFO-Sweden chairman Anders Berglund introducing the seminar
Coffee break, stroll and UFO quiz
After a hard days work it was a nice feeling to be invited for a drink and superb dinner in the restaurant section of Föllingen Hotel, enjoying the warmth from the fireplace. And later the traditional Chinese lanterns were launched, giving all new field investigators a chance to view these troublesome lights in action. We succeeded in launching three lanterns Saturday evening. The rest of the evening was spent in various social activities as presenting the winner of our quiz and enjoying a good beer and discussions.
Anders Berglund enjoying a drink by the fireplace
Tobias Lindgren and Johan Gustavsson trying to launch a Chinese lantern
And there it goes
Anders Berglund and Tobias Lindgren presenting the winner of the UFO quiz
Proud winner was Ole Jonny Brænne, chairman of UFO-Norway
The lectures on Sunday consisted of AFU history, purposes and ideology of UFO-Sweden, examples of how various phenomena can be misinterpreted, workshop on UFO reports and a film on the the psychology of perception. This was a successful and inspiring weekend and I believe all ufologists, old and new, left Föllingen Hotel with extended knowledge of the enigmas of our world.
All the participants in front of Föllingen Hotel