This week's cover story is about Peter Davenport, the director of the National UFO Reporting Center, an independently operated 24-hour hotline for UFO sightings that he's run in Washington since 1994. Davenport is a character. He's worked as a Russian translator for the Army, a commercial fisherman, and at the helm of a Seattle-area biotech firm, a company which provided him with a small fortune. He's also the owner of a sweet bachelor pad: an abandoned missile bunker he bought when he moved to tiny Harrington, Wash., 50 miles west of Spokane.
A few weeks ago, photographer Jenn Ireland and contributing writer Ellis Conklin went to Harrington to visit Davenport. Conklin returned with this story, Ireland with a handful of great photos, some of which didn't make it into print.
So in an effort to give you, our beloved readers, a greater sense of the man who has made it his mission to find out if we're really all alone in the universe, we've included an audio slideshow of Conklin talking about Davenport. It's not perfect--few things you try for the first time are--but we hope you enjoy it anyhow.
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