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Re: Remembering Dr. James E. McDonald - Friedman

From: Stan Friedman <fsphys.nul>
Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2007 11:34:10 -0300
Fwd Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2007 11:04:55 -0400
Subject: Re: Remembering Dr. James E. McDonald - Friedman

>From: Richard Hall <hallrichard99.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2007 17:23:44 +0000
>Subject: Re: Remembering Dr. James E. McDonald

>>From: Loren Coleman <lcoleman.nul>
>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2007 00:10:52 -0400
>>Subject: Remembering Dr. James E. McDonald

>>Remembering Dr. James E. McDonald (May 7, 1920 - June 13, 1971)

>>On June 13, 1971, Dr. James E. McDonald (born May 7, 1920),
>>noted atmospheric physicist and UFO researcher, was found dead
>>from a gunshot wound to the head, an apparent suicide. (Source:
>>Tucson Arizona Daily Star, June 15, 1971)


>A man well worth remembering. But it was not an "apparent"
>suicide; he left a note, and the background is well known to
>those of us who were his close friends. Paranoia to the contrary
>not withstanding.

Dick is right on about Jim and his suicide. Because of rumours
flying that the government had taken out Jim and that I would be
next, I spoke then with Jim's daughter, a colleague, and later
his wife to get the real story. Ann Druffel got it right.
Definitely a suicide.

In my normal college lectures one of the five major studies to
which I always refer is the Congressional Hearings on UFOs on
July 29, 1968, and especially Jim's paper. I have been making it
available for years, 71 pages long with 41 separate cases. Best
such collection around as far as I am concerned. It is listed for
$10.00 at my website:


The other 4 are Hynek's The UFO Experience, The Condon Report,
Project Blue Book Special Report 14 (also listed at the website)
and both the original and the updated The UFO Evidence by Dick

I still rank Jim number one of all ufologists, based on contacts
with him in the 1960s. But Bruce Maccabee has been at it longer
and has produced a larger body of work... More easily accessible
because of the Internet. It is just a pity that Jim never wrote
a book.

Stan Friedman

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