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The Physicist And The Flying Saucers

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Sat, 01 Sep 2007 09:38:43 -0400
Archived: Sat, 01 Sep 2007 09:38:43 -0400
Subject: The Physicist And The Flying Saucers

Source: The Telegraph-Journal - Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada


Saturday September 1st, 2007

Appeared on page A1

[Picture of Stan in shirtsleeves!]

The Physicist And The Flying Saucers
Mysteries: Famed ufologist's celebrity soars among the stars

Marty Klinkenberg

FREDERICTON - The galaxy's greatest authority on flying saucers
sits in a white wicker chair in his living room, books and
videos about unidentified flying objects at his feet.

"If you told me in the early 1960s that I'd turn into a full-
time ufologist, I would have laughed my head off," Stanton T.
Friedman, a former nuclear physicist who was honoured with a
proclamation this week by the City of Fredericton, says. "I
preferred science and people, not science fiction.

"But how can you not believe?"

If not New Brunswick's favourite son, Stan Friedman is certainly
among its most famous. For 40 years, Carl Sagan's former
classmate at the University of Chicago has lived in Fredericton
while trying to convince the world of the existence of invaders
from outer space.

"I have never seen a flying saucer and I have never seen an
alien, but I have talked to people who have," Friedman says. He
is 73, has white hair and a white beard and chatters at warp
speed. "I am still an optimist."

A native of Linden, a burg on the New Jersey Turnpike 18 miles
from New York City, Friedman has lived in his wife's hometown on
the St. John River for 27 years. He is one of the few people
actually able to say he moved from New Brunswick - where he
attended Rutgers University for two years - to New Brunswick.

"I've never regretted moving here, not for a minute," Friedman
says. "I feel I have been lucky and blessed to live here, and
I'm grateful for the support I have received. I can't imagine
that a guy who's a nuclear physicist and a UFO expert has ever
had a day named for them."

An expert in nuclear aircraft fission, fusion rockets and power
plants for space travel, Friedman worked 14 years on advanced
and highly classified projects for General Electric, General
Motors, Westinghouse, TRW and McDonnell Douglas, among others.

He has given lectures on flying saucers at 600 universities over
the last four decades, has testified for Congress and spoken at
the United Nations twice and has appeared on television shows
around the world.

"I must admit that I am a people person and I enjoy being on
stage," he says. "But I am not doing it for free mugs from Larry

The original civilian investigator of the Roswell incident,
considered the most definitive UFO event in history, Friedman
has appeared in an Archie's comic strip and has been on King's
show two different times. Over the years, he has also chatted up
Mike Douglas, Steve Allen, Tom Snyder and Sally Jesse Raphael,
and has appeared on Nightline and Canada A.M., and was a guest
of Merv Griffin's twice.

"I really liked Merv," Friedman says. "I was expecting the Zsa
Zsa thing, but he was one of the sharpest interviewers I ever
met. After one show, I told him how much I appreciated the level
of discourse.

"He was very intelligent, and always tried to make his guests
feel at home. He ran his show like an after-dinner conversation
among friends."

Friedman's scientific background, years of navigating through
thousands of documents and hundreds of interviews with witnesses
led him to the conclusion that aliens are more than a myth.

"After a while, you get used to the nasty, noisy negativists and
the ancient academics,'' he says. "And years ago, I got angry at
the government officials who were lying through their teeth.

"It got me started on a crusade, in a way. I'm a good detective
when I set out to be."

Currently working on his fourth book, Friedman has talked about
extraterrestrials on the Learning Channel, History Channel, Sci-
Fi Channel and Space TV. An episode of Unsolved Mysteries that
he instigated on the Roswell incident has been shown twice, and
ranked as the most-watched segment in the show's 15-years.

"With UFOs, most sighting can be explained as something else,''
he says. "And while most that have been investigated, were
indeed, explainable - what is interesting is that the
observations people made and the descriptions they provided were
very accurate.

"According to what I've read, the better the quality of the
evidence gathered, the more likely an incident is to be
categorized as unexplained. There are people out there -
 credible people - who have seen things but most are afraid to
come forward with the information.

"They want to validate their observations, but don't want to
risk anything. They're afraid people are going to think they are

Friedman just returned from Roswell, where he was the guest
speaker at the 60th anniversary celebration of the day the U.S.
Army claimed to have recovered a flying saucer. The U.S.
military quickly backtracked and identified the object that
crashed on a ranch in New Mexico as a weather balloon, but the
announcement set in motion a debate that still rages today.

"They love me in Roswell,'' Friedman says ."This has turned into
a gold mine for them. The museum there - 200 miles from
Albuquerque, Amarillo and El Paso - has drawn more than two
million people.

"I'm an attraction in places like these. I have a lot of fans
out there."

On Monday, Friedman's normally quiet street in Fredericton was
invaded by satellite trucks belonging to radio and television
stations clamouring to interview him. He did four interviews on
Wednesday over the course of 12 hours, another for nearly three
hours on Thursday, and has speeches to give in West Virginia,
Pennsylvania, Detroit, Edmonton and Colorado in the next month.

"A lot of people just figure I am in this for the money because
they see me on all these TV shows,'' he says. "But they don't
realize I don't get paid for those appearances. When I did the
Larry King Show, they paid the airfare but the only other thing
I got out of it was a coffee mug.

"OK, and maybe a million dollars' worth of publicity."

Friedman invites a visitor to his den.

"The fun stuff is over there," he says.

A minute later, he is standing in a room with a fireplace and a
piano - and bookshelves lined with volumes about UFOs. Aged
copies of Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities and Tolstoy's War and
Peace rest atop bookcases crammed with titles such as UFOs Are
Real, The UFO Evidence, The UFO Enigma, and the UFO
Encyclopedias, A-K and L-Z.

He picks up a lifetime achievement award he received earlier
this month in Denver from the Mutual UFO Network.

"I was overwhelmed," he says. "It was a total surprise."

The Oscar-like statue shows an alien wearing sneakers and
holding a cane.

"Some people have quite an imagination,'' he says, chuckling. "I
expect this little guy to break into song and dance any minute."

There is also a lamp in the shape of a UFO, a bottle of
unfiltered UFO wheat beer, an alien candle and the bust of an
alien sent to him by a fan.

"It's a strange world we live in," he says.

Then, "I can dig up some photos of UFOs if you like.'' He heads
for the basement and returns with a folder full of pictures he
has collected over the years.

"I only use old UFO pictures," he says. "Today, any 14-year-old
with a computer can make one."

He picks up a photo of an alleged flying saucer seen in Oregon
in 1950, a second that looks like a wind-blown hat from
Yugoslavia in the mid-1960s, then a third ship in the shape of
the planet Saturn that in the 1950s was captured on film off the
coast of Brazil.

"Forty-three sailors all saw that one," he says. "Four hours
later the government said it was a weather balloon."

Marty Klinkenberg is contributing editor of The Telegraph-
Journal. He can be reached at mklinkenberg.nul

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