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    Tributes to legendary UFO investigator Stanton Friedman as AlienCon begins in Los Angeles

    Stanton Friedman ((July 29, 1934 – May 13, 2019) gave up his prestigious job as a nuclear physicist to become a full-time ufologist (Photo: Rex Features) UFO believers from around the world have gathered in Los Angeles today for the annual AlienCon symposium. But one towering figure from the global community of investigators and enthusiasts will be missing this year. Last month, the famed researcher Stanton T. Friedman died after half a century of dogged work to uncover the truth behind strange sightings in the sky. He worked as a nuclear physicist before becoming the first civilian to investigate the Roswell incident of 1947, in which a mysterious object crashed to Earth in New Mexico. Friedman was outspoken in his belief that Earth was being visited by alien beings, calling himself the ‘flying saucer physicist’. Nick Pope, former Ministry of Defence UFO investigator turned authmediad medoa commentator, paid tribute to Friedman and said: ‘The tens of thousands of people here this weekend at AlienCon – listening to fascinating panels and presentations, and having fun – is a testament to the decades of hard work that Stanton undertook to give this subject respectability. ‘Ideas that were once regarded as fringe are now mainstream. Here we are, discussing UFOs and extraterrestrial life, not in some dark back room, but at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Thank you, Stan!’

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    ‘Stanton Friedman was a passionate advocate for the theory that some UFO sightings were attributable to extraterrestrial spacecraft. ‘Even though it dropped out of fashion, Stanton preferred the term “flying saucer” to the more modern “UFO”, as he felt it was the “does what it says on the tin” description of what we’re dealing with.’ Pope first met Freidman whilst working on the MoD’s UFO Project. ‘I made it my business not just to research and investigate the phenomenon itself, but to take a look at the UFO community, to see if this could tell me anything useful. There were certainly some strange characters among the ranks of what are known as ufologists, but Stanton Friedman caught my interest. ‘As an educated, intelligent scientist, he didn’t fit the stereotype of a UFO enthusiast. When skeptics and debunkers ridiculed the subject and made fun of UFO believers, they found it difficult to deal with Stanton. Far from being a crank, he was a nuclear physicist – a UFO believer who could actually offer some informed speculation about the physics of interstellar travel. After I left the MoD I met Stanton on numerous occasions at conferences, as we were often invited to speak at the same events. ‘My most memorable time with Stanton was when we spoke – alongside theoretical physicist Michio Kaku – at Global Competitiveness Forum 2011 in Riyadh, as guests of the Saudi Arabian government. ‘The Four Seasons hotel and official limousines were a far cry from the average UFO conference! Stanton was always good company, and we had many fascinating conversations over the years. The fact that he was still giving lectures at age 84 shows how enthusiastic he was about spreading the word on this subject. ‘He didn’t live to see what the UFO community describes as ‘Disclosure’, but he took considerable comfort from the bombshell revelations about the existence of the Pentagon’s AATIP program, and had been following developments with interest.

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    ‘Perhaps my most lasting memory of Stanton speaks to his forthright nature. He was never one to soft-soap, or tone down his views to fit a particular audience. He stood up for his beliefs and urged others to do the same: ‘don’t be an apologist ufologist’, he implored his audiences on several occasions. The UFO community has lost an articulate and highly credible spokesperson, but he leaves behind a rich legacy of research and investigation.’ Pope said the late UFO investigator’s key contribution to the field was ‘rediscovering’ the Roswell incident and added: ‘It’s hard to believe, but before the internet and social media, big stories were sometimes forgotten. ‘Something crashed in the New Mexico desert near Roswell in July 1947 and the US military at first said that a “flying disc” had been recovered. ‘Within 24 hours they reversed their opinion and said it had simply been a crashed weather balloon. In an era when people were less questioning of authority, the claim was accepted, the story died, and the event faded from memory. ‘In 1978 Stanton Friedman tracked down Jesse Marcel, the intelligence officer at Roswell who had handled the debris. Marcel told Friedman that he believed the debris had indeed been alien in origin, and that the weather balloon explanation was just a cover story. ‘Stanton Friedman was the key figure in piecing together a story that’s now regarded as central to ufology.’

    Stanton Friedman ((July 29, 1934 – May 13, 2019) gave up his prestigious job as a nuclear physicist to become a full-time ufologist (Photo: Rex Features) UFO believers from around the world have gathered in Los Angeles today for the annual AlienCon symposium. But one towering figure from the global community of investigators and enthusiasts will be missing this year. Last month, the famed researcher Stanton T. Friedman died after half a century of dogged work to uncover the truth behind strange sightings in the sky. He worked as a nuclear physicist before becoming the first civilian to investigate the Roswell incident of 1947, in which a mysterious object crashed to Earth in New Mexico. Friedman was outspoken in his belief that Earth was being visited by alien beings, calling himself the ‘flying saucer physicist’. Nick Pope, former Ministry of Defence UFO investigator turned authmediad medoa commentator, paid tribute to Friedman and said: ‘The tens of thousands of people here this weekend at AlienCon – listening to fascinating panels and presentations, and having fun – is a testament to the decades of hard work that Stanton undertook to give this subject respectability. ‘Ideas that were once regarded as fringe are now mainstream. Here we are, discussing UFOs and extraterrestrial life, not in some dark back room, but at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Thank you, Stan!’.

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