UFO researcher Stan Friedman died last night, May 13, 2019.
will be remembered for this advocacy of the extraterrestrial hypothesis,
believing that some of the alien visitors were from the Zeta I, Zeta II Reticuli
star system some 37 lights years from Earth. He had met with Betty Hill, and
had partnered with Hill’s niece, Kathleen Marden in recent years. Together they
wrote Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill
UFO Experience which was an inside look at
|Stan Friedman and Kathleen Marden at the MUFON
Conference in Denver. Photo copyright by
the Hill abduction.
started his adult life as a nuclear physicist working in the industry on
various projects, including some that were classified. In 1970, he quit
industry to devote full time to his UFO research. He had lectured at hundreds
of colleges and universities and wrote several books about science and UFOs. He
appeared on thousands of radio shows, on television and in documentaries.
in Louisiana in 1978, a television station manager suggested that Stan might
want to talk to a fellow named Jesse Marcel, a ham radio operator. Marcel was, of
course, the air intelligence officer of the 509th Bomb Group, the
military unit said to have recovered the remains of an alien spacecraft and the
bodies of the occupants. That began a decades long search for documents,
witnesses, and insight into what became know as the Roswell Incident.
|Stan Friedman with the speakers at the Denver MUFON Conference.
Photo copyright by Kevin Randle.
was during my research into the Roswell crash that I first met Stan more than
30 years ago. We did share information and resources, though we sometimes
clashed over details. Stan believed that a few of the early MJ-12 documents
were authentic while I believed them all to be created by UFO enthusiasts to
provide documents proving that a spacecraft had been recovered. Stan was
instrumental, however, in proving that dozens of the documents were faked,
showing that he simply didn’t accept everything handed to him as authentic.
had met Vern Maltais who claimed that his friend, Barney Barnett, had seen a
crashed saucer on the Plains of San Agustin. Barnett had a niece, Alice Knight,
and though both Stan and I had asked her about anything to document this,
Knight said that she had nothing. She called me one night and said that she had
found a diary that Ruth Barnett had kept for the year 1947. I was scheduled to
meet Stan, along with Don Schmitt, in Albuquerque a few weeks later. I said I
would swing by Knight’s house, which was more or less on the way. I smile every
time I think about the first words Stan said to me when we met in Albuquerque.
He asked, “Did you get it?”
certainly had, but there was nothing in it to corroborate the Barnett tale.
That was a great disappointment for all of us.
was tenacious in his research, traveling around the country, visiting presidential
libraries, meeting with families of witnesses, gathering important information,
and providing encouragement to many interested in UFOs. He
|Stan in full speaker mode. Photo copyright
by Kevin Randle
debated those in the
scientific community and those he thought of as debunkers. He was proud of
taking a thousand dollars from Philip Klass, when Klass suggested that none of
the typewriters in the White House used pica type. Klass said he would pay one
hundred dollars for each example, up to ten. Stan happily complied earning him
we had been at odds, in later years, we both seemed to mellow out. In Roswell
in 2012, he mentioned that he thought I was right about Robert Willingham, a
man who had claimed to have seen a crashed saucer just south of the Mexico. The
evidence stacked against Willingham was overwhelms, but that didn’t dissuade
Stan from his belief that the Eisenhower Briefing Document was authentic. It
was just one of those things with which we had to agree to disagree.
last time I saw Stan, I believe, was at the Citizen Hearing in Washington, D.C.
in May 2013. We sat together, listening to a couple of the sessions of the
hearing, and were both part of the hearing that dealt with Roswell. At one
point, as we sat together, a question was directed as us, which we both answered
at the same time, the same way. It dealt with a minor point about Roswell.
was the thing. Stan said, more than once, that he and I agreed on more than we
disagreed. We had one of those adversarial relations that was more cordial than
many thought. In Roswell, at a big dinner in 2012, I had taken a seat at one
end of the long table and Stan was about to sit at the far end. Someone
mentioned that, believing, I guess, that we were mortal enemies. Before Stan sat
down, I moved and took the chair opposite of him. Those around us waited for
fireworks, but there were none. We had a nice chat during that dinner.
could be headstrong but he was also interested in the evidence. He could defend
those he thought had solid information, rarely abandoning them when the
evidence went against them. He was positive that we have been visited, and
debated those who thought otherwise. He was a strong advocate for his position,
often complained about the entrenched attitudes of the academic world, and
arguing passionately for his beliefs.
leaves behind a wife, and three children. Stan was 84.
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