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Re: Friend's Blue Book Viewpoints Question

From: Jan Aldrich <project1947.nul>
Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2007 14:14:49 -0400
Archived: Mon, 08 Oct 2007 16:20:40 -0400
Subject: Re: Friend's Blue Book Viewpoints Question

>From: Greg Boone <Evolbaby.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2007 12:09:32 EDT
>Subject: Mr. Friend's Blue Book Viewpoints Question

>Then Maj. Robert J. Friend was heading Project Blue Book.

>>From what I've read about his tenure, there were problems from
>critics, funding, interlopers etc.

>I saw him on television, perhaps on the old Sightings show
>briefly discussing Blue Book.

>Are there any books, papers, videos on his viewpoints regarding
>his time at Project Blue Book, it's conclusions, it's history?

I interviewed Col. Friend by telephone in 1994 when starting
Porject 1947. Tuskegee airman, Friend went on to retire as
Colonel. He said he thought that he was appointed as BB head,
because Hynek was making noises about quiting at the time.
Friend and Hynek got on famously exchanging tapes and letters on
UFO matters. I think they realized the limits of their power, a
lot of discussion was on historical UFO incidents, pre-BB in
which they both could speak frankly.

Please don't read conspiracy theories here. They were just going
to do the job they were paid to do, but extracirrualarly they
could discussion other matters without going off the

Hynek generally would undertake answering letters from Menzel to
keep him off of Friend's back.

If you cut Col. Friend he would bled Air Force blue, so he will
not directly criticize the AF, but implications were that he was
unhappy with some aspects of the UFO investigations.

Friend started the UFO Council at Wright-Pat, a group of
officers and civilians to brain storm various UFO topics.

Documents in BB bear out the foregoing and add:

Friend tried to get the UFO project moved to a scientific agency
either within the AF or outside. About this time Congressional
interest was focused on the UFO problem, both Friend and Hynek
were enlisted to head off any chance of hearings. To placate
Congress the AF offered to a slight increase in the BB budget of
about $3000 - considering the time this is more money than it
seems today - and appointment of another officer to BB.

During Friend's tenure the 1006th AISS reorganized and what
little investigative support the BB got from them decreased even
more. Friend recruited a corps of volunteers at Wright-Pat to go
out and do investigations on their own time, with AF providing
travel. No indications in the records on how that worked out.

Friend did not liaise with the CIA but with AF liaison officers
at the CIA.

Aside: My research indicates that UFO reports went to the CIA in
six copies, including UFO reports not found in the BB files. The
CIA's rather weak attempt to say they only had about 1000 pages
of UFO material is laughable... after all the Central
Intelligence Agency, was created so that intelligence could be
retrieved centrally... if AF and Navy are sending in UFO reports
in multiple copies, it would seem that at least one copy would
survive in a central file... however, as 9/11 demonstrated
apparently important data can be filed within a section, and not
made available for retrieval centrally... hmm, that defeats a
major purpose of the organization.

One document in BB is interesting. Friend mentioned a remark
from a Brooking Institute official to the effect that Brooking
could do a study to get the AF out of the UFO game...
foreshadowing of Condon perhaps.

I saw a letter in the NICAP files concerning a conversation the
writer had with Friend. The writer called Friend one of the
stupidest persons he ever encounted... ha, I have the advantage
of my interview and the SOHP interview. The one thing Col.
Friend is not, is stupid.

In addition Col. Friend was interview on video as part of the
Sign Historical Group Oral History Program.

Jan Aldrich
Project 1947
P. O. Box 391
Canterbury, CT 06331, USA
(860) 546-9135

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