Leading UFO researcher, Stanton Friedman.
Credit: Stanton Friedman website

If you are sky-eyed and hooked by “UFO-ology,” a leading spokesperson on the topic was nuclear physicist and lecturer Stanton T. Friedman.

As a scientist that had a serious interest in flying saucers since 1958, he will be missed by researchers given his untimely death in May of this year at the age of 84.

Extensive work

I met Friedman several times over the years, and found him captivating and a believable UFO investigator. His legacy lives on…thanks to the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, Canada.

Stanton Friedman donated his invaluable research papers to the archive – a donation that filled five cargo vans, explains Joanna Aiton Kerr of the archives.

The archival room being used to process the Stanton Friedman material acquired from his home – three rooms worth, and what is shown is about 1/6th of his research collection.
Credit: Joanna Aiton Kerr/Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, Canada

“Due to the volume of the material and the need to do extensive work to make it available to researchers it would probably take about 10 years with the resources we currently have available to focus on it,” Kerr told Inside Outer Space.

“In a perfect world, we would have two archivists working on it and nothing else full time,” Kerr said, [and] if that happened it would still take two to three years – there is that much of it.”

Photo of newspaper clipping on the door to one of the rooms in Friedman’s home where he kept some of his UFO research material.
Courtesy: Joanna Aiton Kerr/Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, Canada

Archival pressure

Kerr said that the records are so interesting, and the interest from the public is such that the archive feels the pressure and need to make sure that they do everything as quickly as they can…”but it also needs to be done right!”

Records are available to researchers as they are processed, Kerr added. “However we are not digitizing – this would be a mammoth task and frankly pointless until the actual paper/photographs, etc, are physically organized and listed.  Otherwise it would just be a big digital mess.”

The challenge

Friedman had posted in December 1997 that he had reached four major conclusions, under the title of “The UFO Challenge”:

— The evidence is overwhelming that Planet Earth is being visited by intelligently controlled extraterrestrial spacecraft. In other words, SOME UFOs are alien spacecraft. Most are not.

— The subject of flying saucers represents a kind of Cosmic Watergate, meaning that some few people in major governments have known since July, 1947, when two crashed saucers and several alien bodies were recovered in New Mexico, that indeed SOME UFOs are ET. As noted in 1950, it’s the most classified U.S. topic.

— None of the arguments made against conclusions One and Two by a small group of debunkers such as Carl Sagan, my University of Chicago classmate for three years, can stand up to careful scrutiny.

— The Flying Saucer story is the biggest story of the millennium: visits to Planet Earth by aliens and the U.S. government’s cover-up of the best data (the bodies and wreckage) for over fifty years.

Public defense

“Stan Friedman’s most important contribution was his vigorous and intellectually sound public defense of the continuing mystery of the UFO phenomenon, the utter failure of science to recognize this, and thus the need for a serious sustained scientific investigation,” explains Mark Rodeghier, Scientific Director of the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies.

“His most important research was done on government documents and on the fabled Roswell UFO crash, which he demonstrated is not easily explained,” Rodeghier told Inside Outer Space.

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