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George Knapp, Investigative Reporter

UFO Convention at Strange Integratron Building

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One of the strangest buildings in the world will be the site of a retro UFO convention this weekend, a throwback to gatherings that once attracted 10,000 or more devotees to the desert.

The building is known as the Integratron, and UFO's or not, it's unquestionably strange. The Eyewitness News I-Team's George Knapp just had to see the place.

The weird humming coming from the spacey-looking building sounds like a UFO warming up its engine for a quick jaunt to reticulum. It wouldn't be out of place. For the past half century, the high desert area around Landers California has been a Mecca for E.T. believers and enlightenment seekers.

In the early '50s, an aircraft mechanic named George Van Tassel says he received telepathic messages from space aliens that told him how to build the Integratron, part-healing chamber, part time machine.

'The Integratron is an historical building that was originally meant to be a big electrostatic generator," said Nancy Karl, Integratron manager. Karl, who is a New Yorker, and her sister came out for a visit to the Integratron and were hooked. That was 18 years ago.

Even if the design really wasn't supplied by E.T.'s, and even if there isn't an energy vortex here, people say there's something about the place. "It seems to focus and amplify. It just happens to be a very zappy place. People seem to pop through whatever seems to be happening for them," Karl said.

Van Tassel died before finishing the Integratron so it's never really worked as he envisioned it. Nancy Karl says the bottom chamber was supposed to generate negative ions that would heal the tissues of anyone who walked through.

No nails or screws were used to build the Integratron, which makes the place as resonant as the inside of a giant violin. The top chamber is acoustically perfect, Karl says, but can play games with your head.

The Karl sisters offer visitors what they call a sound bath. They rub little sticks on the sides of pure crystal bowls and the sound that comes out feels like it passes right through your body.

Not surprisingly, the Integratron attracts a lot of artists, writers, and show biz people for soul searching or even corporate retreats. Whether or not it's really tapped into the cosmos, there are worse ways to spend a day.

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