Aliens Without Borders: Exploring South Texas’ Intergalactic Attractions

The godfather of Texas’ Border UFO Series presides over a table set with empanadas and alien eyes in one of the gallery’s back rooms. Noe Torres—high school librarian by day, UFO historian by night—wears his authority casually in wire aviator glasses and a pink, short-sleeved, button-down shirt featuring the Roswell UFO Festival logo. He’s in demand tonight, greeting speakers for tomorrow’s lecture series and snapping photos, making sure everyone is having a good time. themselves. The Del Rio UFO Festival is the sixth such festival Torres has hosted in Texas, most of them in partnership with Ruben Uriarte, a California-based UFO researcher and Torres’ co-author on two books about UFO crashes near the Texas-Mexico border.

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