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100 Most Influential People in Ufology Today

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Subject: 100 Most Influential People in Ufology Today

Source: Fate Magazine's 2005 UFO Special


The 100 Most Influential People in Ufology Today
By FATE Magazine

Dan Akroyd, actor, has a long-held fascination with UFO
phenomena, and was named as MUFON's official Hollywood
Consultant in 2004. In a recent interview about his newly
bestowed title, Akroyd commented, "There's footage (on MUFONs
website) of some of the stuff that we're getting out of
California, some objects that are very credible." His fame,
influence, and public pro-UFO comments easily land him a spot on
Fate's 100 Most Important People in Ufology list.

Jan Aldrich is the coordinator of PROJECT 1947, a worldwide
effort to document the origins of the modern UFO phenomenon.
Aldrich's project has compiled a massive amount of data ranging
from government documents, newspaper stories, magazine
clippings, and other documents. Much of the material gathered by
PROJECT 1947 is on display at their website www.project1947.com.

Stephen Bassett is the United States' only congressional UFO
lobbyist. He is the founder of the Paradigm Research Group and
Executive Director of the Extraterrestrial Phenomena Political
Action Committee (X-PPAC). Bassett also runs the popular
Paradigm Clock website and is a frequent guest on radio talk
shows around the country. In 2002, he ran as an independent in
the congressional campaign for the 8th District of Maryland.
Bassett's annual X-Conference in Washington, D.C., is widely
regarded as one of the most important annual gatherings of
ufologists in the United States.

Timothy Green Beckley, "Mr. UFO," is a prolific author and
publisher of UFO books, and the force behind the popular website
www.conspiracyjournal.com. Beckley's take on UFOs? "Some UFOs
may be interplanetary craft, but the majority have to be placed
in some other category. During radio and TV interviews the host
always asks about my opinion on UFOs. I always tell him it
doesn't matter what my opinion is, UFOs act independently of my
beliefs or anyone else's!"

Art Bell. When it comes to influential people in contemporary
ufology, this late-night talk show host finds himself near the
top of the heap. From his one-man broadcasting center in
Pahrump, Nevada, Bell hosts the weekend edition of Coast to
Coast AM, one of the most successful overnight talk radio shows
in history. The creator and original weeknight host of Coast to
Coast AM, Art Bell made the show wildly popular around the
world, exploring such topics as UFOs, remote viewing, crop
circles, cattle mutilations, conspiracy theories, and more. Bell
retired from the show he made famous in 2000, but eventually
returned in 2003 to become Coast's weekend host.

Don Berliner serves as chairman of the Fund for UFO Research and
is co-author of the recent book Crash at Corona, along with
fellow ufologist Stanton Friedman. He is the author of numerous
books and articles on aviation.

William Birnes is a best-selling author (The Day After Roswell),
a New York literary publishing agent who has written and edited
more than 25 books and encyclopedias, and publisher of UFO

Greg Bishop is the editor of The Excluded Middle, a quarterly
publication that brings readers articles on UFOs and general
Fortean topics. His work has also appeared in UFO Magazine,
Magical Blend, and Fortean Times. Bishop's latest book is
Project Beta: The Story of Paul Bennewitz, National Security,
and the Creation of a Modern UFO Myth.

Errol Bruce-Knapp has worked in broadcast media for over 45
years and is the host of Strange Days Indeed, a Toronto,
Ontario, UFO radio show. He's been intrigued by UFOs for many
years and got involved, on an almost full-time basis, in 1993
when he got his first computer and joined the Ontario chapter of
MUFON. His website, www.virtuallystrange.net, is the online
meeting place of choice for many of today's top ufologists.

Larry Bryant operates the Washington, D.C., office of the UFO
group Citizens Against UFO Secrecy (CAUS). Recently retired
after a 36-year career in writing and editing for U. S. Army
publications, Bryant says, "My government career paralleled my
ufological pursuits; not always amicably. That certainly related
to my having filed more UFO-related lawsuits in federal court
than has anyone else in the entire universe." Bryant's UFO
beliefs fall into the traditional "UFOs as mechanical craft
created by extraterrestrial biological entities" category. He
says, "If the hard-core evidence of UFO reality (i.e., =91some
UFOs represent somebody else's spaceships') were to be weighed
by a grand jury, I have little doubt that an indictment would be
handed down, an indictment shaming and rebuking the high priests
of Scientism."

Grant Cameron is one of Canada's leading ufologists. He has
studied and written extensively about Wilbert Smith, head of the
Canadian government's UFO investigation, Project Magnet. His
most recent research involves U.S. presidents and UFOs. Cameron
is, perhaps, most famous for a question he posed to U.S. Vice
President Dick Cheney about UFOs on a live radio show in 2001:
"Have you ever been briefed on the subject of UFOs, and if you
have, when was it and what were you told?" Cheney replied,
jokingly, and semi-mysteriously, "Well, if I had been briefed on
it, I'm sure it was probably classified and I couldn't talk
about it."

Mark Carlotto, professional imaging expert, is one of the
foremost investigators of Martian anomalies, having written
numerous books, articles, analyses, and peer-reviewed papers on
the subject. Carlotto currently serves as editor-in-chief of New
Frontiers in Science, an online journal that examines
unexplained and controversial phenomena.

Jerome Clark is a former editor-in-chief of Fate, former vice-
president and current board member of the J. Allen Hynek Center
for UFO Studies, editor of the quarterly publication The
International UFO Reporter, and author of reams of UFO articles,
papers, reviews, and books. His three-volume UFO Encyclopedia
encompasses nearly every conceivable aspect of the UFO phenomena
and is widely considered a classic.

Dwight Connelly has been editor of the MUFON UFO Journal since
1997 and is the editor of The World's Best UFO Cases, one of the
best UFO titles in print.

Scott Corrales is the editor of Inexplicata: The Journal of
Hispanic Ufology, and of course, a frequent contributor to Fate.
Corrales' work in illuminating UFO reports out of Latin America
has been invaluable to the field of ufology. Many of today's
best UFO reports are coming from this corner of the globe, and
without his important reporting, many of these sightings would
likely go unnoticed in the English-speaking world of North
American ufology.

Peter Davenport is among the most important people in ufology
today. Since 1994, he has been director of the National UFO
Reporting Center (NUFORC), which takes daily UFO reports from
across North America. Davenport reports on many of the UFO
sightings NUFORC receives as a regular guest on Sightings with
Jeff Rense and Coast to Coast AM, as well as during lectures and
presentations at annual UFO conferences. In addition to being
the director of NUFORC, Davenport has served as the director of
investigations for the Washington Chapter of MUFON. Davenport
has a lengthy and impressive resume, including work experience
as a college instructor, a commercial fisherman, a Russian
translator in the Soviet Union, a fisheries observer, and a
flight instructor, and political experience as a candidate for
the Washington State legislature and the U.S. House of
Representatives. Davenport's recent work involving passive-radar
techniques to detect UFOs may take ufology in an important new
direction in coming years.

Paul Davids is a major Hollywood player when it comes to
extraterrestrial phenomena. He was executive producer and co-
writer of the Showtime film Roswell, starring Martin Sheen and
Kyle MacLachlan, which was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best
Television Motion Picture of 1994. Davids is a frequent speaker
at many annual UFO events and has been an active proponent of
ufology since his own UFO sighting in 1987.

Lisa Davis has succeeded Jim Moseley as chair of the annual
National UFO Conference (NUFOC). Davis has been researching UFO
and abduction phenomena for nearly a decade. In 2003, she formed
The Foundation For Abduction Research And Support (FFARS) to
educate, support, and empower individuals unwillingly involved
in the abduction experience.

Preston Dennett is a California-based field investigator for the
Mutual UFO Network (MUFON). He has had more than 70 articles
published in most of the major UFO publications, including Fate
and the MUFON UFO Journal. He is the author of UFO Healings, One
in Forty: The UFO Epidemic, Extraterrestrial Visitations, and
UFOs Over Topanga Canyon.

Richard Dolan, a relative newcomer to ufology, has made a major
mark with his first book UFOs and the National Security State,
hailed as one of the best UFO titles to hit the market in years
when it was released in 2000. Dolan became interested in the UFO
problem in 1994, approaching it from the standpoint of his
academic training in history and politics. He was intrigued by
the fact that mainstream and academic culture continued to treat
UFOs as amusement, but that so many intelligent people privately
had taken it seriously. Dolan is currently working on the much
anticipated follow-up to his first book.

Ann Druffel began investigating UFO reports in southern
California in 1957 as a member of the National Investigations
Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP). In 1970, she joined MUFON
and the then newly-formed Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS).
Druffel has personally researched over 2,000 Los Angeles Basin
UFO reports through the years. As a writer, she has contributed
over 180 articles on various aspects of the UFO enigma to
numerous UFO journals and magazines and she has also written
books, including How to Defend Yourself Against Alien Abuctions,
and her latest, Firestorm, a biography of scientist and UFO
researcher Dr. James McDonald.

Don and Vicki Ecker are the husband and wife team behind UFO
Magazine, a bi-monthly publication dedicated to bring readers
the best in all things UFO-related. Don has been the director of
research for UFO Magazine since 1988. Vicki is the magazine's
editor-in-chief. A retired law enforcement officer, Don Ecker
broke the STS-48 space shuttle UFO encounter on NBC and CNN.
During the 1990's he wrote the "Whistleblower" series for UFO
Magazine detailing the stories of John Lear, Bob Lazar, and Bill
Cooper. Together, Don and Vicki Ecker have put a skeptical but
honest eye on the UFO subject through their magazine. Both
appear at UFO conferences around the world on a regular basis.

Lou Farish runs the UFO Newsclipping Service, which produces a
monthly newsletter of UFO stories that have appeared in
newspapers around the world. Farish's newsletter is an
invaluable source of credible UFO reports. In addition, he is
the organizer of the annual Ozark UFO Conference, held in Eureka
Springs, Arkansas.

George Filer, East Coast director of MUFON, is the man behind
"Filer's Files," a weekly roundup of UFO reports from around the
world. "Filer's Files" appears in the MUFON UFO Journal as well
as on the Internet and is required reading for anyone interested
in the subject.

Raymond Fowler has worked for decades on the UFO phenomenon, and
his contributions to ufology are respected by researchers
throughout the world. Fowler's background includes a tour with
the U.S. Air Force Security Service and 25 years with GTE
Government Systems. His UFO investigation reports have been
published in congressional hearings, military publications,
newspapers, magazines, and professional journals in the United
States and abroad. Fowler has served as chairman of the National
Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP)
Massachusetts Subcommittee, as an early warning coordinator for
the USAF-contracted UFO Study at the University of Colorado, as
a scientific associate for the Center for UFO Study, and as
director of investigations on the MUFON board of directors. His
books include, UFOs: Interplanetary Visitors, The Andreasson
Affair, Casebook of a UFO Investigator, The Watchers, The
Allagash Abductions, and The Andreasson Legacy.

Stanton Friedman, longtime UFO researcher, author, and lecturer,
is in the upper echelon of today's UFO field. Friedman was
employed for 14 years as a nuclear physicist for companies such
as GE, GM, Westinghouse, TRW Systems, Aerojet General
Nucleonics, and McDonnell Douglas. Since 1967, he has lectured
on the topic "Flying Saucers ARE Real!" more than 600 times in
50 states, 9 provinces, and 13 other countries. He is the author
of Crash at Corona and Top Secret/MAJIC, and has published more
than 80 UFO papers and articles. He has provided written
testimony to the U.S. Congress and has appeared twice at the
United Nations. In 2002, Friedman was presented with a Lifetime
Achievement Award in Leeds, England, by UFO Magazine (UK).
 Friedman believes that UFOs are alien spacecraft, that the
subject of flying saucers represents a "Cosmic Watergate," and
that none of the anti-UFO arguments made by skeptics stand up to
careful scrutiny. "We are dealing with the biggest story of the
past millennium: visits to Earth by alien spacecraft and the
successful cover-up by our governments."

Lou Gentile is the host of The Lou Gentile Show, a nighttime
paranormal talk radio show based in Philadelphia and heard on 36
stations across the country. Gentile has been featured on TV's
Sightings, In Search Of, Unsolved Mysteries, The Discovery
Channel, The Learning Channel, and others. Frequent guests on
his show include many of ufology's best and brightest: Whitley
Strieber, Stanton Friedman, Brian Vike, Kevin Randle, and more.

AJ Gevaerd is the Editor of Revista UFO magazine, founder and
director of the Brazilian Center for Flying Saucer Research
(CBPDV), and Brazilian director for MUFON. He has been a UFO
field investigator for three decades, personally carrying out
close to 1,000 investigations. Respected as a national and
international lecturer, Gevaerd has spoken in dozens of cities
in his country and in other 29 countries around the world.

Timothy Good, author of the UFO classic Above Top Secret, has
conducted worldwide research on the UFO phenomenon spanning more
than 20 years. He has lectured at universities, schools, and
many other organizations, and has even been invited for
discussions at the Pentagon in 1998, and at the headquarters of
the French Air Force in 2002. He has also acted as a consultant
for several congressional investigations. After years of
research, Good has concluded that UFOs are piloted by
extraterrestrial entities and that there is a worldwide cover-up
of UFO evidence underway by the intelligence communities of
virtually every government on Earth. Timothy Good has written a
large number of books on the UFO phenomenon, including the
aforementioned Above Top Secret as well as Unearthly Disclosure,
Alien Base, and Alien Liaisons.

Stan Gordon has been conducting on-scene investigations of
mysterious phenomena in Pennsylvania since 1965. Gordon was the
founder and director of the Pennsylvania Association for the
Study of the Unexplained (PASU) and founder of the Westmoreland
County UFO Study Group, which later became the Pennsylvania
Center for UFO Research. Gordon also served as the Pennsylvania
state director of MUFON for many years and in 1978, he became
the first recipient of the annual MUFON Meritorious Achievement
in a UFO Investigation award. He has written numerous articles
on the unexplained covering topics from UFOs to cryptozoology in
such publications as Skylook, the MUFON UFO Journal, Pursuit,
and The Gate. Gordon's most prominent UFO research involves the
Kecksburg, Pennsylvania, UFO case. In 1998, he released a video
documentary on the case called, "Kecksburg: The Untold Story."
His work on the Kecksburg UFO case was also featured in the Sci-
Fi Channel's recent documentaries, "The New Roswell: Kecksburg
Exposed" and "The Kecksburg UFO: New Evidence."

John Greenewald broke into the UFO scene as a child prodigy when
he was featured in Whitley Strieber's primetime NBC special
"Confirmation" in 1998. Now a seasoned UFO researcher,
Greenewald runs the website www.blackvault.com, which is among
the most popular UFO sites in the world. Within its pages,
visitors can find thousands of previously classified government
documents relating to UFOs which Greenewald has obtained through
the Freedom of Information Act. He has written a regular column
for UFO Magazine, as well as articles for Fate and the book
Beyond UFO Secrecy. Greenewald is a presenter and lecturer at
many annual UFO events around the United States.

Steven Greer is the founder and international director of the
Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence (CSETI).
Dr. Greer is also an emergency physician and former chairman of
emergency medicine at Caldwell Memorial Hospital. As director of
CSETI, he has met with and provided briefings for senior members
of government, military and intelligence operations in the
United States, including senior CIA officials, joint chiefs of
staff, White House staff, senior members of congress and
congressional committees, senior United Nations leadership and
diplomats, senior military officials in the United Kingdom and
Europe, and cabinet-level members of the Japanese government. On
May 9, 2001, Greer's Disclosure Project held a press briefing at
the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., at which more than
20 military, intelligence, government, corporate, and scientific
witnesses came forward to establish the reality of UFOs,
extraterrestrial life forms, and resulting advanced energy and
propulsion technologies.

Richard Haines, co-founder of the new UFO organization National
Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena (NARCAP),
worked at NASA for 37 years as a research scientist in numerous
projects, including Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, and the Space
Station. His interest in UFO phenomena spans over 30 years, with
special focus on sightings by pilots. He has catalogued more
than 3,400 aviation-related cases of unidentified aerial
phenomena. Unlike many of today's ufologists, Haines has not yet
settled on the extraterrestrial hypothesis as the most likely
explanation for the UFO mystery. The disclaimer on NARCAP's
website makes this point clear: "NARCAP is aware of an intense
debate regarding the existence, nature and source of so-called
=91UFOs.' NARCAP Technical Reports and documentation have been
used by various =91UFO' groups to promote their theories and
opinions regarding the existence of =91alien spacecraft' and
=91extraterrestrials.' NARCAP does not endorse any of these claims
nor does it encourage this use of its material."

Leah Haley is among the most credible of all abductees. She is
the author of Lost Was The Key, a first-person account of her
memories of abductions by what appeared to be both alien beings
and military and government personnel. She has been featured on
both television and radio across the country, and frequently
gives presentations at annual UFO events. Leah is also the
author of Ceto's New Friends (1994), In Heaven (1997), Unlocking
Alien Closets (2003), and numerous magazine articles.

Richard Hall is a U.S. Air Force veteran and one of the earliest
members of the famed UFO group NICAP. Hall also served as
chairman of the Fund for UFO Research from 1993 to 1998. He is
the author of several books, including the all-time classics The
UFO Evidence and The UFO Evidence, Vol. II. In recent years,
Hall has been an outspoken critic of the current state of
ufology, resigning from MUFON in protest in 2001. Hall once
summed up his feelings during a Computer UFO Network interview:
"Ufology mainly is a bunch of amateurs working in their spare
time on a problem that would baffle senior scientists (if they
ever paid attention) and require tremendous resources if we ever
hope to learn what is going on. Our goals should be to increase
our professionalism, focus on careful documentation of evidence,
educate the public, and promote serious interest among
scientists and other important persons whose skills or resources
are necessary for a resolution of the problem. (That includes
weeding out nonsense from the field.)"

Terry Hansen is a former magazine editor and now an independent
journalist with a special interest in scientific controversies
and the politics of knowledge. He has followed the UFO
controversy for much of his life and has written about it for a
variety of media. He is author of the book The Missing Times:
News Media Complicity in the UFO Cover-up. He also organized and
moderated two symposiums on "The Science and Politics of UFO
Research" for the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul.

Larry Hatch runs one of the Internet's largest and most
important UFO databases at his website www.larryhatch.net. His
"U Database" contains dozens of maps highlighting UFO sightings
throughout the years. Hatch's years of hard work on the database
have produced an invaluable resource for ufologists.

Michael Heiser, a Ph.D. scholar in the field of the Hebrew Bible
and ancient Semitic languages, has done translation work in over
a dozen ancient languages and dialects, including biblical
Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, Ugaritic, Akkadian, Egyptian, and
Syriac. Since publishing The Facade, a work of UFO fiction,
Heiser has spoken at the Bay Area UFO Conference, the Ancient of
Days Conference, and the X-Conference. Heiser is a frequent
guest on Coast to Coast AM and other radio programs. His website
is www.michaelsheiser.com.

Michael Hesemann is a historian, an internationally published
author, an award-winning documentarist, and an investigative
journalist. A German resident, he published and edited Magazine
2000, Europe's largest circulation magazine on mysteries of the
past and present, for two decades. He is an associate member of
the Society for Scientific Exploration and has been honored with
the Hungarian Colman von Keviczky Medal for his research on the
UFO phenomenon. Hesemann was among the first Western researchers
to publish and write about the KGB files on anomalous aerial
phenomena. He is a regular guest on several radio shows in the
United States and Mexico, including Dreamland and 21st Century
Radio. Hesemann's books include The Cosmic Connections, Beyond
Roswell, and UFOs: The Secret History.

Bob Hieronimus is an award-winning artist and host of 21st
Century Radio, a syndicated talk radio show based in Baltimore,
Maryland, which covers UFO-related topics on a regular basis.

Richard Hoagland is a former NASA consultant and former science
advisor to Walter Cronkite and CBS News. For over two decades,
he has been leading a scientific team in an independent analysis
of possible intelligently-designed artifacts on the surface of
Mars. He is the author of The Monuments of Mars: A City on the
Edge of Forever and gives frequent lectures at universities and
UFO events across the country.

Budd Hopkins is the founder of the Intruders Foundation, an
organization devoted to research and public education concerning
the UFO abduction phenomenon. To date, Hopkins has investigated
nearly 1,000 abduction cases. His books include the
groundbreaking Missing Time, as well as Intruders and Witnessed.

Linda Moulton Howe is an investigative reporter for the talk
radio shows Coast to Coast AM and Dreamland and editor of the
website www.earthfiles.com. She has traveled worldwide
researching and reporting on strange phenomena. Her books
include An Alien Harvest, Glimpses of Other Realities, and
Mysterious Lights and Crop Circles. She is a regular speaker at
national and international conferences and symposiums concerning
UFOs and related phenomena.

J. Antonio Huneeus, a Chilean-American science journalist, is
considered one of the world's top experts on UFOs. He served for
many years as international coordinator for MUFON. Huneeus was
selected by Laurance S. Rockefeller to co-author a report on the
best available UFO evidence that was later sent to members of
the United States Congress. He has covered the UFO field for
more than a quarter century, his articles having appeared in a
variety of newspapers, magazines and journals throughout the
world, including Mundo Desconocido in Spain, Phenomena in
France, Magazine 2000 in Germany, Planeta in Brazil, Borderland
and Super Science in Japan, Anomalia in Russia, and Fate in the
United States. He received the Ufologist of the Year award at
the National UFO Conference in Miami Beach in 1990, the 1991
annual award of the New York Fortean Society, and the Colman von
Keviczky medal in 2000, awarded by UFO Magazine in Budapest,

Patrick Huyghe is editor-in-chief of Paraview Pocket Books and
editor of The Anomalist, a popular website dealing with all
things strange and unknown in the news. Huyghe has written for
dozens of magazines, including The New York Times Magazine,
Discover, Psychology Today, and Reader's Digest. His books
include The Field Guide to Extraterrestrials and Swamp Gas

David Jacobs is an associate professor of history at Temple
University, specializing in 20th-century American history and
culture. Dr. Jacobs began researching unidentified flying
objects in America in the mid-1960s and has amassed over 35
years of primary research data and analytical hypotheses on the
subject. He has written and delivered many articles, papers, and
addresses on the subject of UFO abductions, his primary area of
research. Jacobs' books include Secret Life and The Threat.

Leslie Kean is an investigative journalist and director of
investigations for the Coalition for Freedom of Information
www.freedomofinfo.org, a newly-formed UFO organization working
toward achieving scientific, congressional, and media
credibility for the study of unexplained aerial phenomena. Along
with director Ed Rothschild, Kean is keeping the heat on
government officials to secure the release of official
information and physical evidence currently being withheld from
the public.

John Keel, perhaps best known by the general public for his
connection to The Mothman Prophecies, has been a researcher into
strange phenomena for many years. He is the author of numerous
books on the unexplained, including Our Haunted Planet, The
Eighth Tower, and Disneyland of the Gods. He appears to believe
that UFOs are not extraterrestrial and has half-playfully
advanced the theory of "ultraterrestrials"=97unknown beings who
share this planet with us and continually baffle us for their
own amusement.

Colm Kelleher is a biochemist with a 20-year research career in
cell and molecular biology. He is best known in the UFO
community for his work with the National Institute of Discovery
Science (NIDS), a private research institute using forensic
science methodology to unravel scientific anomalies. Dr.
Kelleher has authored 38 peer-reviewed publications, as well as
articles in popular magazines such as Omni.

Lynn Kitei. During the evening hours of March 13, 1997,
thousands of Arizona residents witnessed a mile-long, V-shaped
formation of lights in the skies overhead. The UFO sightings
garnered headline news across the entire media spectrum. Dr.
Lynne Kitei had been witnessing and documenting the Phoenix
Lights for months before this mass sighting occurred, taking
hours worth of video and dozens of pictures. Her recent book,
The Phoenix Lights, is an exhaustively researched look at the
phenomenon, including dozens of astonishing photographs and
Kitei's own take on the wider implications of this still
unexplained UFO event.

Phil Klass is the original UFO skeptic. There were others before
him, but Klass defined the role. He is thought of by some as a
close-minded debunker (and perhaps rightly so), but his
influence on ufology cannot be understated. Originally an
aerospace journalist, Philip J. Klass went on to found the
Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the
Paranormal (CSICOP). He has served on its board since the
outset, and often contributes to its official publication The
Skeptical Inquirer. In addition, Klass has written six books on
UFOs, including UFOs: The Public Deceived, and UFO Abductions: A
Dangerous Game.

George Knapp is an investigative journalist and video producer
for KLAS-TV in Las Vegas. In 1990, he received Best Individual
Achievement honors from United Press International for his
series about UFOs. Knapp broke the story of Bob Lazar, a self-
professed government scientist who claims to have back-
engineered UFO technology at Area 51. Knapp has also traveled to
the former Soviet Union where he interviewed Russian scientists
about UFO research there. Most recently, Knapp filed an in-depth
report on Utah's UFO Ranch.

Kal Korff: Say his name in the presence of any ufologist and
you're bound to get a reaction. Love him or hate him, Korff is a
presence in contemporary ufology. He is best known for his book
The Billy Meier Story: Spaceship of the Pleiades, an in-depth
examination of the now infamous Meier UFO case.

Loy Lawhon is the man behind the plethora of information found
on About.com's UFO Forum. Lawhon has been seeking the truth
about UFOs since he read Frank Edwards' book Stranger Than
Science at the age of 12. He is a former MUFON field
investigator and state section director. Regarding his website,
Lawhon says, "I come to the study of UFOs with a healthy
skepticism born of a scientific background and years of work in
a technical field. I hope to bring a balance between skepticism
and belief to the online study of UFOs and related topics."

Don Ledger worked as a civil servant, sound engineer, and TV
producer-director for the provincial government of Nova Scotia
for 34 years. He is the author of The Maritime UFO Files and co-
author of Dark Object, an investigation into the Shag Harbor,
Nova Scotia UFO incident. He is a regular contributor to the
Toronto-based radio show Strange Days Indeed, hosted by Errol
Bruce-Knapp, and has been an active UFO investigator for over 10

Roger Leir, podiatric surgeon, has performed nine surgeries on
alleged alien abductees in order to remove foreign objects
suspected of being alien implants. Dr. Leir is a frequent guest
on talk radio shows and has made numerous television
appearances. His book The Aliens and the Scalpel helped open an
entirely new avenue for abduction researchers to explore.

Michael and Deborah Lindemann: Michael Lindemann is the founding
editor of CNI News, one-time senior editor for Future Studies at
One Cosmos Network, the San Francisco-based media company
founded by Joseph Firmage, and owner of Chancellor Publishing.
He is one of America's most active and well-known lecturers on
the subject of UFOs and human-alien contact. In 1994, he co-
founded the Institute for the Study of Contact with Non-human
Intelligence (ISCNI, Inc.), the first on-line institute devoted
exclusively to studying claims of human contact with other
intelligent life. ISCNI offers public lectures and private
classes with top researchers, plus library archives, a
bookstore, news center and public discussion areas. Deborah
Lindemann is a certified, registered clinical hypnotherapist.
She has a dedicated interest in unusual and mystical
experiences, including the UFO abduction phenomenon. Although
she says reincarnation/past life therapy and altered states of
consciousness originally motivated her studies in hypnotherapy,
alien contact cases soon became an unexpected part of her
practice. In her opinion, "When you are confronted with these
profound experiences, or those who have them, you cannot ignore
the reality or the sincerity of those who have traveled this

Bruce Maccabee is, by most accounts, a very capable piano
player. He is also one of the most respected UFO researchers in
the field today. Maccabee holds a Ph.D. in physics and began
work at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in 1972. He has been
active in UFO research since the late 1960s when he joined
NICAP. He became a member of MUFON in 1975 and was subsequently
appointed to the position of state director for Maryland, a post
he still holds. In 1979, he was instrumental in establishing the
Fund for UFO Research (FUFOR) and was the chairman for 13 years.
He presently serves on the FUFOR National Board. Maccabee is the
author of The UFO/FBI Connection, and author or coauthor of
about three dozen technical articles and more than 100 UFO
articles over the last 25 years, including many that have
appeared in the MUFON UFO Journal and MUFON symposium

Jim Marrs is an award-winning author and journalist whose books
include Rule by Secrecy, Crossfire, and Alien Agenda, which is
considered by many to be a modern UFO classic.

Jaime Maussan is host of the popular Mexican radio program
Extraterrestrials: An Intelligent Phenomenon, heard on 15
affiliates in the 25 largest cities of Mexico and Guatemala.
Maussan also works as an investigative journalist for the
television show Tercer Milenio that is broadcast via the
Televisa Network to all Latin American countries. Maussan's
investigations into the on-going Mexico UFO wave have garnered
worldwide attention, and he has been invited to speak at UFO
conferences and gatherings around the world.

Billy Meier was born in B=FClach, Switzerland, in 1937. For over
56 years, he claims, he has maintained a series of physical and
telepathic contacts with extraterrestrial beings who say they
come from the Plejares star cluster. Acting as a mediator and
spokesperson for the Pleiadians/ Plejarens from planet Erra,
Meier imparts their esoteric teachings and wisdom to us. He has
taken more than 1,000 of the clearest UFO photos ever seen.
Naturally, many people have come forward to claim that the
entire phenomenon is a hoax. Underground Video, Inc., for
example states that one of Meiers' alleged Pleiadian beamships,
taken in 1981, is really a miniature model made out of an
upside-down cake pan, disconnected copper hose fitting, a
bracelet, carpet tacks, and various other identifiable objects.
The Meier photograph of the beautiful Pleiadian alien, Semjase,
turned out to be a photocopy of a model from a Sears catalog.

Edgar Mitchell, Apollo astronaut and sixth man to walk on the
moon, is one of contemporary ufology's most honored and
distinguished members. He is the founder of the Institute of
Noetic Sciences (IONS), an organization that sponsors research
into the nature of consciousness. He is co-founder of the
Association of Space Explorers, an international organization
founded in 1984 for all who share the experience of space
travel. Mitchell is the author of Psychic Exploration: A
Challenge for Science and The Way of the Explorer, as well as
dozens of articles in both professional and popular periodicals.
Mitchell believes governments around the world have concealed
evidence of UFO contact. In a recent interview with Soul Travel
Magazine, he stated that it is time for officialdom to end the
cover-up: "I think it is time (now) to release the constraints
on UFOs and extraterrestrial information that has been avoided
or hidden by most nations, and/or in agreement with
extraterrestrials themselves. The evidence for [their] existence
and visitation is now widespread enough that enormous upheaval
of earthly institutions is unlikely."

Jim Moseley is known as the Court Jester of Ufology by many, El
Supremo by some, R. E. Straith by a select few, and far worse by
others. He is the founder of NUFOC and editor of the long-
running Saucer Smear newsletter, a semi-regular 'zine that
covers the personalities that make up ufology. Along with
Stanton Friedman, Moseley was one of the original UFO lecturers
in the United States, and has given presentations to hundreds of
colleges since the 1960s. He has also discussed saucerdom on
hundreds of radio and television programs through the years.
Moseley is a "skeptical believer" when it comes to UFOs, and
doesn't stridently hold to any one theory to explain their
existence. "UFOs as machines piloted by ETs" is far too narrow a
theory for his taste. Instead, he has settled on an explanation
for UFOs he has termed the "4-D theory." You can read more about
it, and all of his ufological escapades in his book Shockingly
Close to the Truth.

Royce Myers, the "UFO Watchdog," has been on the lookout for
frauds and con artists within the field of ufology since 1997.
Through his popular website www.ufowatchdog.com, Myers has
exposed a number of high-profile UFO cases, including most
famously the Jonathan Reed case. Myers was sued, unsuccessfully,
by Sean David Morton in 2003 over a series of highly critical
investigative articles. Fresh from his victory, Myers went back
to work, this time confronting the claims of Ed Dames. "Don't
trip on your open mind" is the UFO Watchdog creed, and to this
end, Royce Myers does his best to make sure that all aspects of
popular modern UFO cases and the personalities that report on
them are uncovered.

George Noory hosts the most popular overnight talk radio show in
the world, Coast to Coast AM. Noory took over the weeknight
Coast to Coast reins from Art Bell in 2003. As a teenager, Noory
joined NICAP and immersed himself in ufology, "so much so that I
decided I wanted to go into broadcasting in order to do unusual
stories in the paranormal and stories that the mainstream media
didn't want to touch," he told After Dark magazine. Indeed, his
very first broadcast interview, while a young radio reporter for
Detroit's WCAR-AM, was with Roswell expert/physicist Stanton
Friedman, with whom he has maintained a lifelong friendship. At
age 28, Noory was the youngest major market news director in the
country when he was at KMSP-TV in Minneapolis. Years later, his
late-night radio program on KTRS in St. Louis, The Nighthawk,
garnered the attention of Premiere Radio Networks executives,
who were searching for a replacement for the retiring Art Bell.
Noory's penchant for covering paranormal topics with enthusiasm
and skill impressed Premiere, and he was brought on board.
"Coast to Coast AM may just be the most unusual show I have ever
witnessed or been a part of. You really almost have to be born
into that arena, I think, in order to handle it. I was very
lucky, that's the way I was guiding my own career. It was this
thirst to really get to the bottom of some of these stories that
kept pushing me."

James Oberg is a prominent UFO skeptic, having been involved in
a number of heated debates with some of ufology's biggest
proponents, including Don Ecker, Stanton Friedman, and astronaut
Gordon Cooper. Oberg worked for 22 years as a space engineer in
Houston, where he specialized in NASA space shuttle operations
for orbital rendezvous. Oberg has written ten books and more
than 1,000 magazine and newspaper articles on all aspects of
space flight.

Karl Pflock is an author, consultant, and UFO researcher. He is
a contributing editor for Reason, science columnist for Eternity
Science Fiction, and contributing editor for Jim Moseley's
Saucer Smear. His articles on UFOs have appeared in Fate, the
Fortean Times, Omni, International UFO Reporter, The Anomalist,
MUFON UFO Journal, and other U.S. and foreign publications. A
popular speaker at UFO gatherings, he was named 1998's Ufologist
of the Year by the National UFO Conference. He has appeared
frequently on radio and television and has served as an advisor
to the producers of Unsolved Mysteries and Sightings. His latest
book is Roswell: Inconvenient Facts and the Will to Believe.

John Podesta served as chief of staff to President Bill Clinton
from 1998 until 2001, and is currently a visiting professor of
law at the Georgetown University Law Center and a senior fellow
at the National Resources Defense Council. As part of the
Coalition for Freedom of Information group, Podesta has lent his
credibility and power within official Washington circles to the
cause of ufology. Podesta has been an outspoken critic of
government secrecy, telling reporters at 2002 press conference,
"It is time for the government to declassify records that are
more than 25 years old and to provide scientists with data that
will assist in determining the true nature of the [UFO]

Nick Pope is a British Ministry of Defense official who headed
up the ministry's office for research and investigation of the
UFO phenomenon from 1991 to 1994. Although most of the cases
could be explained as misidentifications of known objects and
phenomena, a core of sightings defied any conventional
explanation. Strong evidence emerged suggesting the presence of
structured craft capable of speeds and maneuvers beyond the
capability of even the most advanced prototype craft operated by
the British or American air forces. Pope found numerous
instances where UFOs had been tracked on radar, leading to jets
being scrambled. There were also cases where there had been
terrifying near-misses between UFOs and civilian aircraft. Pope
acknowledges the existence of extensive classified British
government files on the UFO phenomenon and believes that there
should be a full disclosure of all information on UFOs held by
governments around the world. "I believe that governments and
the military, and indeed private researchers, politicians =97
whoever =97 should place everything in the public domain on this
issue. Governments can't, I think, have it both ways. You cannot
say on the one hand, as the party line often goes, that UFOs are
of no defense significance, and then on the other keep back some
of the data. You simply can't do that. You have to have it one
way or the other. And if, as governments consistently say when
the politicians probe on this issue or when the media inquire,
that there's really nothing to worry about, then okay, let's see
all the data."

Harold Puthoff is the director of the Institute for Advanced
Studies in Austin, Texas. He is considered one of the premier
theoretical physicists in the field of zero point energy and has
published several seminal papers in the subject area. He is co-
author of the textbook Fundamentals of Quantum Electronics.
Puthoff's latest work involving UFOs appeared in the prestigious
Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, in the form of a
co-authored paper entitled "Inflation-Theory Implications for
Extraterrestrial Visitation."

Kevin Randle is a former army helicopter pilot and air force
intelligence officer, an active national guard member, and a UFO
researcher who has been writing about the phenomenon for three
decades. He has written or co-written numerous books on the
subject, including UFO Crash at Roswell, The Truth About the UFO
Crash at Roswell, and A History of UFO Crashes. He has made
numerous appearances on television and radio, including Good
Morning America Sunday, the Larry King UFO special, and Unsolved
Mysteries. Randle's research has taken him throughout the United
States, interviewing witnesses, investigating sightings, and
searching for the answers that have eluded so many.

Jenny Randles is a British ufologist, columnist for the MUFON
UFO Journal, and author of Alien Abductions, The Complete Book
of Aliens & Abductions, The Little Giant Encyclopedia of UFOs,
Mind Monsters: Invaders from Inner Space? and Beyond
Explanation. Randles had her first UFO sighting as a small
child. She became a BUFORA field investigator in 1973 and was
promoted to director of investigations in l981, a post she held
until 1993. Her articles have appeared in the London Times, The
Guardian, New Scientist, and OMNI. She has given lectures and
presentations to groups all over the world, including the
British Houses of Parliament.

Nick Redfern traces his interest in UFOs back to the late 1970s,
when his father related to him an incident he was involved with
while serving in the British Royal Air Force. He began writing
on the UFO subject in a freelance capacity in the mid-1980s.
Since then, Redfern has become one of the world's best UFO
writers, responsible for books such as A Covert Agenda: The
British Government's UFO Top Secrets Exposed, The FBI Files: The
FBI's UFO Top Secrets Exposed, and Cosmic Crashes: The
Incredible Story Of The UFOs That Fell To Earth. He also writes
for numerous magazines, journals, and newspapers, including

Jeff Rense hosts the popular late night talk show The Jeff Rense
Program, a nationally syndicated radio show that deals with all
aspects of the paranormal and UFO related phenomena. Frequent
guests include Peter Davenport, George Filer, Brad Steiger, Jim
Marrs, Brian Vike, and more.

Peter Robbins has been involved in UFO studies for nearly 30
years as a researcher, investigator, writer, and lecturer. He
serves as head of the UFO Media Group of Central Park Media
Corporation and is editor-in-chief of the well-known website
www.UFOcity.com. In 1978, Robbins served as a research assistant
on the United Nations report for the establishment of a UFO
department. From 1980 to 1985 he was an investigator for the
Scientific Bureau of Investigation, a New York City-based
civilian/police UFO research and investigative organization.
=46rom 1992 to present, he has served as executive assistant to
Budd Hopkins; Intruders Foundation. Robbins is a columnist for
UFO Magazine and co-author of Left at East Gate.

Mark Rodeghier has served as President and Scientific Director
of the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS) since 1986.
He holds a B.S. in Astrophysics from Indiana University and a
Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Sociology.
Rodeghier has been active in the UFO field since 1974 and has
done research and investigation in a variety of areas, including
vehicle interference cases, abduction cases, and physical
evidence cases. He has written numerous articles for the
Internationl UFO Reporter and the Journal of UFO Studies and was
featured prominently on the ABC-TV program "UFOs =97 Seeing Is

Hilly Rose has been examining the paranormal world through radio
broadcasts, books, magazines, and the Internet for many years. A
seasoned broadcaster, respected by peers and fans alike, Rose
honed his talk show skills in California in both the Los Angeles
and San Francisco markets where he was one of the first in the
United States to pursue paranormal programming on the radio. As
the Internet and streaming audio developed, Rose broke new
ground by creating a series of daily shows related to the world
of paranormal occurrences for Imagine Radio called The I-Files.
Currently, he is the host of The Hilly Rose Show, heard
exclusively online at www.fatemag.com, and fill-in host for
George Noory and Art Bell on Coast to Coast AM.
David Rudiak has a scientific background that includes a
doctoral degree in optometry. In the field of ufology, Dr.
Rudiak's main area of expertise is the Roswell saucer crash of
1947, which he has been studying since 1994. He is best known
for his work with the Ramey Memo. Using computer enhancements,
Rudiak has been working to establish what information the telex
photographed in Gen. Roger Ramey's hand at a press conference
held, as Ramey tried to explain away the Roswell crash as a
weather balloon. This work on Ramey's memo was presented
publicly for the first time at the Ozark UFO Conference in 2001
and was featured on the 2002 Sci-Fi Channel special on Roswell.

Michael Salla is the author of Exopolitics: Political
Implications of the Extraterrestrial Presence. Salla is an
internationally recognized scholar in international politics,
conflict resolution and United States foreign policy, and is
currently a researcher in residence at American University's
Center for Global Peace. Salla launched the web site
www.exopolitics.org in January 2003. It has quickly become one
the most popular UFO sites on the Internet, attracting interest
from those seeking to understand the big picture about the
undisclosed extraterrestrial presence and its political

John Schuessler serves as the International Director of MUFON.
He was involved in the United States manned space program from
1962 until 1998, working in executive positions for NASA and
several private aerospace companies. Aside from his MUFON
duties, he is a member of the UFO Research Coalition Board of
Directors and an Associate of the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO
Studies. He has authored more than 100 technical papers and
articles and is the author of two books: UFO-Related Human
Physiological Effects and The Cash-Landrum UFO Incident.

Esen Sekerkarar is a leading Turkish ufologist. She became
involved in the UFO field in 1998 with the opening of the Sirius
UFO Space Sciences Research Center (SUSSRC) where she worked
until 2002. SUSSRC is the first such center in Turkey and it has
organized three International UFO Symposiums in Istanbul, where
many of the world's leading authorities have participated as
speakers. The Center also created a weekly TV documentary called
UFO Reality, co-produced by Sekerkarar, which was broadcast on a
national TV channel in Turkey. She is also one of the three
founders of the International UFO Museum, which was opened in
January 2002 in Istanbul. Esen Sekerkarar has lectured at the
San Marino World UFO Congress and the MUFON UFO Symposium. She
is also the International MUFON Representative for Turkey. Her
reports have appeared on websites and publications around the
world, including FATE.

David Sereda has had a lifelong interest in UFOs since
experiencing the phenomena firsthand as a child. Between 1995
and 2001, he conducted an investigation of over 400 hours of
NASA space shuttle mission video footage.  The results of that
investigation led to the development of his book and documentary
film Evidence: The Case For NASA UFOs.

Seth Shostak is a senior astronomer with the Search for
Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). For much of his career, he
has conducted radio astronomy research on galaxies, and has
published approximately 50 papers in professional journals on
this and other subjects. He has also written several hundred
popular articles on various topics in astronomy, technology,
film, and television. His book Sharing the Universe appeared in
1998. Shostak is a skeptic when it comes to UFOs, "I personally
don't think they are here. If aliens have been visiting the
Earth for 50 years, you would think that it would not be so hard
to convince a lot of people that that was true. It's convinced
50 percent of the American public, but it's convinced very few
academics. As an astronomer friend said to me, if I thought
there was a one percent chance any of that was true, I'd spend
100 percent of my time on it. In other words, if the evidence
were the least bit compelling, you'd have lots of academics
working on it because it's very interesting. To me that says
that the evidence is weak from the scientist's perspective."

Rob Simone is a UFO researcher, former assistant to the director
of Citizens Against UFO Secrecy, and host of the popular talk
radio show The Headroom. Frequent guests on his show include Jim
Marrs, David Sereda, and Nick Pope.

Derrel Sims, the "Alien Hunter," has pursued the UFO subject
with a passion since his first alien encounter at the age of
four. Those first memories are not pleasant ones, and Sims now
hunts the entities who once hunted him, his son, and, perhaps,
someone you know and love. Sims is a certified hypnotherapist,
an international speaker, a licensed private investigator, and a
researcher of alleged human/alien encounters. He has made
presentations to medical and scientific conferences that provide
compelling approaches to alleged human/alien contact events.

Zecharia Sitchin Considered by many to be the father of
alternative archeology, Zecharia Sitchin has a deep knowledge of
modern and ancient Hebrew and many other Semitic and European
languages. He has done years of research on the ancient cultures
of Sumer, Egypt, and Mesoamerica. One of approximately 200
scholars on the planet who can read and understand ancient
Sumerian, Sitchin has written a series of intriguing books about
the history of ancient human cultures and their possible
interaction with UFOs and alien beings, including the classic
The 12th Planet, The Wars of Gods and Men, When Time Began,
Stairway to Heaven, and The Lost Realms. Born in Russia, raised
in Palestine, educated in England, and a leading journalist and
editor in Israel for many years, he now lives in New York.

Brad Sparks is a UFO researcher and co-founder of Citizens
Against UFO Secrecy (CAUS), the UFO organization that
successfully forced the CIA to release 900 pages of government
UFO documents in 1978 by using the Freedom of Information Act.
Ultimately, CAUS would be responsible for the release of between
7,000 and 8,000 UFO-related documents from a who's who of
official entities, including the Air Force, Coast Guard, Navy,
Defense Intelligence Agency, North American Aerospace Defense
Command, Federal Aviation Administration, and others.

Steven Spielberg is certainly one of the most influential
personalities in the history of film. He is perhaps Hollywood's
best known director and one of the world's wealthiest
filmmakers. He has numerous money-making, critically acclaimed
credits to his name, as producer, director, and writer. He is
best known within the UFO community for E.T. the Extra-
Terrestrial and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, as well as
the TV miniseries Taken.

Leo Sprinkle began pioneering research into the UFO abduction
phenomenon in the mid-1960s and set the standard for research in
this controversial field of study. He founded the Rocky Mountain
UFO Conference. As a professor at the University of Wyoming and
a therapist, Dr. Sprinkle has conducted over 500 hypnotic
regression sessions with individuals looking to explore their
possible UFO contact experiences. Among these were many of the
most sensational and well-documented cases of our times.

Dennis Stacy was editor of the MUFON UFO Journal from 1985 to
1997. He received the 1995 Donald E. Keyhoe Journalism Award for
a six-part series on UFOs that appeared in Omni magazine. He is
also the author of The Marfa Lights: A Viewer's Guide, and, most
recently, he co-edited UFOs 1947-1997: Fifty Years of Flying
Saucers with Hilary Evans.

Paul Stonehill is a Soviet-born researcher of anomalous
phenomena and director of the Russian Ufology Research Center.
He has written several books about anomalous phenomena,
including The Soviet UFO Files, as well as numerous articles and
papers for publications across the globe, including regular
contributions to Fate. He been a consultant to the Sightings and
Encounters TV shows and has made numerous radio appearances.

Whitley Strieber is the author of Confirmation, The Secret
School, The Key, The Wolfen, and The Hunger. He is most famous,
however, for his book Communion, a first-person account of his
own experiences with the "visitors." He is the host of
Dreamland, a popular online talk show once hosted by Art Bell,
and with his wife Anne, is the co-editor of

Peter Sturrock, emeritus professor of physics at Stanford
University has served as president of the Society for Scientific
Exploration since 1981. In 1997, Sturrock headed a panel of nine
scientists commissioned by Laurance Rockefeller that sought to
determine whether UFOs were worthy of serious scientific
analysis. The group concluded that, indeed, the UFO mystery has
merit as a serious subject for science. Out of this panel's
discussions came The UFO Engima, a must for every ufologist's

Curt Sutherly is a professional journalist with nearly 30 years
of experience investigating UFOs and other paranormal phenomena.
He is the author of two books, UFO Mysteries and Strange
Encounters, and has written more than 100 magazine articles on
the subject for such venerable publications as Fate, Psychic
World, and Strange Magazine. A Vietnam-era veteran, Sutherly
served as a maintenance crew chief on fighter aircraft and was
eventually promoted to the rank of sergeant in the U.S. Air
Force. He is currently employed by the Department of Air Force
in a civil service capacity. Curt Sutherly has been the
recipient of numerous awards and decorations for his service,
including the Award for Exemplary Civilian Service, presented by
the Air Force for his superior performance from 1992=9694 and the
Civilian of the Year Award, presented by the 360th Air Force
Recruiting Group in 1995.

Rob Swiatek joined the Fund for UFO Research in 1986. He
currently serves as secretary-treasurer on the organization's
board of directors. He is also director of the UFO Research
Coalition and a business board member of MUFON. He has appeared
in several UFO television documentaries over the years and has
spoken before numerous UFO conferences. He has undergraduate
degrees in both physics and earth science and has been employed
for over 25 years with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in
Arlington, Virginia, where he works with aeronautics patent

Michael Swords is a professor of natural science at Western
Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. His teaching centers
around human biology, the history and philosophy of science,
scientific methodology, and the parasciences, including ufology.
His writings have concentrated mainly on topics in ufology,
parapsychology, and cryptozoology, and several have been
published in the MUFON UFO Journal. Dr. Swords serves as a MUFON
consultant, and was in the same capacity for the Aerial
Phenomena Research Organization, the International Fortean
Organization, and as a member of the advisory panel for the
Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained. He is also a
board member of the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies.

Kenn Thomas is the founder of Steamshovel Press, one of the most
influential "conspiracy" publishing houses in existence. He is
editor of Steamshovel Press magazine and author of The Octopus:
The Secret Government and Death of Danny Casolaro, Inside the
Gemstone File, Maury Island UFO: The Crisman Conspiracy, and
Flying Saucers Over Los Angleles. He has been featured on many
radio and television programs including Fox News, The X-Zone,
The Jeff Rense Program, and Coast to Coast AM.

Joseph Trainor compiles and edits UFO Roundup, a weekly
compilation of UFO related events, sightings, and stories from
around the world. You can find UFO Roundup on the Internet at

Robert Trundle is a professor of philosophy at Northern Kentucky
University. He has written numerous books on the history of
philosophy and the philosophy of science. In addition to having
published an article on the extraterrestrial issue in Science
and Method in the Netherlands, his book, Is ET Here? No
Politically, But Yes Scientifically and Theologically is set for
release in May 2005. On the existence of UFOs and
extraterrestrial life, Trundle says, "I believe contact was made
50 years ago, and I believe beings from other planets are here
now, mainly to study us. There are benign scenarios in which
they might be seen as anthropologists coming here out of
curiosity. Then there is a more threatening scenario, which is
that they're studying to see if the earth is habitable. An even
more worrisome possibility is that they have a hybrid program of
sexually mating with humans to strengthen their species. Does ET
exist from a political perspective? No, because the government
is afraid of the culture shock and public panic. For the
government to acknowledge the existence of extraterrestrials
here would be to admit it can't protect us from them."

Tom Van Flandern is a professional research astronomer who has
taught astronomy at the University of South Florida and to Navy
Department employees. He has also been a consultant to NASA's
Jet Propulsion Lab and done several spots for the Project
Universe series on public TV. Dr. Van Flandern is the founder
and President of Meta Research, Inc., whose goal is astronomical
research wherever promising avenues of advancement are blocked
by funding authorities solely because the research results might
conflict with an accepted paradigm. He has appeared on PAX-TV's
Encounters with the Unexplained to discuss Mars anomalies and
his given numerous presentations on the possibility of
artificial structures on the surface of Mars. Van Flandern is
the author of the book Dark Matter, Missing Planets and New

Jacques Vallee has written numerous books on UFOs, several of
them bestsellers, analyzing a notoriously ethereal subject as a
hard-headed physical scientist, folklorist, and sociologist. He
believes there is more than enough solid evidence to make a
compelling case for the existence of UFOs. Vallee's views about
UFOs are more exotic and far stranger than what he calls the
reigning "nuts and bolts" approach to the subject. Consequently,
he's been attacked by believers so often that he jokingly refers
to himself a "heretic among heretics." As Vallee puts it, "I
will be disappointed if UFOs turn out to be nothing more than

Jean-Jacques Velasco has been the Director of SEPRA, the
official French government program to study UFOs, since the
early 1980s. The program is one of the only ongoing, government-
sanctioned UFO investigations in the world. Velasco believes
beyond a shadow of a doubt that the SEPRA program has uncovered
evidence of the physical reality of UFOs.

Brian Vike is a Canadian UFO investigator and founder and
director of HBCC UFO Research. The organization receives
hundreds of UFO reports and sightings from across Canada every
year. Their website is www.hbccufo.com.

Travis Walton is perhaps the best-known abductee in ufology, at
least as far as the general public is concerned. His story is
recounted in his book, Fire in the Sky, and in the film of the
same name (1993). On November 5, 1975, a group of loggers in the
mountains of northeastern Arizona saw a strange, bright light in
the sky. Walton, one of the logging party, got out of the
truck=97an act which he regrets to this day=97and was blasted by a
mysterious bolt of energy. The others fled in terror, and Walton
was missing for five days. No one who has heard Walton speak can
doubt his sincerity or the traumatic nature of his experience.

Larry Warren is the co-author of Left at East Gate, a firsthand
account of the Rendlesham Forest UFO incident. Warren worked as
an Air Force Security Specialist at Bentwaters Royal Air Force
Base during the time of the December 1980 UFO sightings and was
a direct eyewitness to the events that took place there.

Robert and Ryan Wood are a father and son team investigating the
so-called MJ-12 documents. Robert Wood had a 43-year career at
McDonnell Douglas managing research and development projects and
is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of
Science, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics,
American Physical Society, and American Society for Psychical
Research, the Fund for UFO Research, MUFON, and the Society for
Scientific Exploration. Ryan Wood has had a successful career in
marketing for 25 years, including jobs with technology giants
Intel and Toshiba. Together, the Woods have restored credibility
to the MJ-12 UFO documents as an avenue worthy of serious study.
Their website is www.majesticdocuments.com


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