Americana: Crash Pad

Wayne Sulo Aho, 61, says he had his "cosmic initiation" in the Mojave Desert in 1957, when he encountered a "beautiful, majestic egg-shaped light" that was given off by a spacecraft. He claims that the extraterrestrial crew guided him through a number of "unusual experiences" including a military-style inspection of their ranks. Now president of an association of flying-saucer believers called the New Age Foundation, Inc., Aho this year urged President Carter to appoint an Ambassador to Outer Space, just in case more otherworldly visitors show up. So far, the President has not responded.

Last week Aho's group went ahead on its...

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