Stanton Friedman, famed UFO researcher, dead at 84

Stanton Friedman, famed UFO researcher, dead at 84

May 15, 2019– Mary Greeley News – Friedman credited with bringing Roswell Incident to mainstream conversation

Stanton Friedman, the famed UFO researcher based in Fredericton, has died.

Friedman was returning from a speaking engagement in Columbus, Ohio, when he died suddenly at the Toronto Pearson Airport on Monday night, according to his family.

He was 84.

He is undoubtedly best known for being the first civilian investigator to research the landmark Roswell incident. His explosive uncovering of the mysterious 1947 event in New Mexico left an indelible mark on not only UFO studies, but the zeitgeist as well with ‘Roswell’ becoming synonymous with the phenomenon in the minds of millions of individuals around the world. A myriad of books, movies, TV shows, and other forms of media that explored the infamous incident can be traced back to Friedman putting Roswell on the proverbial map of UFO lore.

A nuclear physicist by training, Friedman had devoted his life to researching and investigating UFOs since the late 1960s.

Stanton Friedman, famed UFO researcher, dead at 84

Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1934, he received BS and MS degrees in Physics from the University of Chicago in 1955 and 1956.

Friedman subsequently spent the next 14 years working on advanced nuclear propulsion projects for such companies as General Electric, General Motors, and Westinghouse.

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On a whim in 1958, he purchased Air Force Captain Edward Ruppelt’s book The Report on Unidentified Flying Saucers and this sparked an interest in the UFO phenomenon which would change his life forever. He dove headlong into studying what were then known as flying saucers and began lecturing on the topic in 1967.

Stanton Friedman, famed UFO researcher, dead at 84

He was credited with bringing the 1947 Roswell Incident — the famous incident that gave rise to theories about UFOs and a U.S. military coverup — back into the mainstream conversation.

When the nuclear propulsion field withered in 1970, Friedman decided to pursue the UFO phenomenon as a full-time job, writing numerous papers on the topic and educating the public on the enigma through speaking engagements.

Over the next five decades, Friedman lectured at over 600 colleges, more than 100 professional groups, in all 50 of the United States, each of the nine provinces of Canada, as well as 13 other countries.

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He also appeared on countless television and radio programs as a champion for the study of flying saucers and a powerful voice against skeptics whom he famously dubbed “noisy, nasty, negativists.” Along the way, he continued writing about the phenomenon, authoring or co-authoring six books on the subject.

Friedman “officially” retired last year but still booked speaking engagements “because he loved talking about UFOs,” said his daughter, Melissa Friedman, who works for CBC News.

“Dad was curious about anything he didn’t know about. He was always asking questions about how things worked.

Stanton Friedman, famed UFO researcher, dead at 84

“I think it’s rare for someone to stay so engaged and curious and open-minded for a life that’s that long.”

She remembered her father as encouraging, proud and caring and said she was fortunate to have one last visit a week ago in Nova Scotia.

‘He did his homework’

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Friedman was an accomplished writer, publishing dozens of papers about UFOs and writing or co-writing several books. Three of those books were written in tandem with Kathleen Marden.

“He will be greatly missed,” Marden, a UFO researcher, said in an interview from Florida.

His qualifications, intelligence and diligence made him irreplaceable in the research field, she said.

“He did his homework,” Marden said.

“He went further than most researchers in that he did on-site investigations. He went to actual physical archives to do his research. He was an outstanding researcher, highly intelligent and had a great sense of humor.”

He was also a familiar face in documentaries, radio and television, including multiple appearances on Larry King Live, and lectured about UFOs for hundreds of colleges and professional groups across the United States, Canada and many other countries.

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Friedman was also inducted into the UFO Hall of Fame in Roswell, N.M.

Marden said he remained firm in his conviction that aliens exist and have visited our planet because he had “more than ample evidence.”

Stanton Friedman, famed UFO researcher, dead at 84

“He doubted everything until he had the evidence,” she said. “He was skeptical himself.

“Once he had the evidence and it was not just speculation — it was confirmatory evidence — he went with it.”

‘Trying to lift the laughter curtain’

In a 2011 interview with CBC News, Friedman said most people agree with him once they hear the evidence.

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“Despite the false claims of a small group of nasty, noisy negativists, most people accept ET reality even though they think most others don’t,” he said.

“I check my audiences and find at the end of my lecture that about 10 per cent of the attendees have had a sighting. But 90 per cent didn’t report it because of a fear of ridicule.

“I am trying to lift the laughter curtain.”

His work was celebrated in New Brunswick, and the City of Fredericton declared Aug. 27, 2007, Stanton Friedman Day.

Friedman, who was born in New Jersey and had dual citizenship, lived in Fredericton with his wife of 44 years, Marilyn, mother to Melissa Friedman. He also had three children from a previous marriage.

Funeral arrangements have yet to be made.

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