Stanton Friedman, famed UFO researcher, dead at 84


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Friedman credited with bringing Roswell Incident to mainstream dialog

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

Friedman was coming back from a talking engagement in Columbus, Ohio, when he died all of the sudden on the Toronto Pearson Airport on Monday night time, in accordance with his household.

He was 84.

A nuclear physicist by coaching, Friedman had devoted his life to researching and investigating UFOs for the reason that late 1960s.

He was credited with bringing the 1947 Roswell Incident — the well-known incident that gave rise to theories about UFOs and a U.S. army coverup — again into the mainstream dialog.

Friedman “formally” retired final 12 months however nonetheless booked talking engagements “as a result of he cherished speaking about UFOs,” stated his daughter, Melissa Friedman, who works for CBC Information.

“Dad was interested by something he didn’t learn about. He was all the time asking questions on how issues labored.

Stanton Friedman, second from proper, posing for a photograph along with his spouse Marilyn, far proper, his daughter Melissa Friedman and her husband David Parsons. (Submitted/Melissa Friedman)

“I feel it’s uncommon for somebody to remain so engaged and curious and open-minded for a life that’s that lengthy.”

She remembered her father as encouraging, proud and caring and stated she was lucky to have one final go to every week in the past in Nova Scotia. 

‘He did his homework’

Friedman was an achieved author, publishing dozens of papers about UFOs and writing or co-writing a number of books. Three of these books had been written in tandem with Kathleen Marden.

“He can be drastically missed,” Marden, a UFO researcher, stated in an interview from Florida.

Stanton Friedman, a number one authority on UFOs, is pictured collaborating in a parade in McMinnville, Ore., in 2013. (CBC)

His {qualifications}, intelligence and diligence made him irreplaceable within the analysis area, she stated.

“He did his homework,” Marden stated.

“He went additional than most researchers in that he did on-site investigations. He went to precise bodily archives to do his analysis. He was an impressive researcher, very smart and had an amazing sense of humour.”

He was additionally a well-known face in documentaries, radio and tv, together with a number of appearances on Larry King Dwell, and lectured about UFOs for lots of of faculties {and professional} teams throughout the US, Canada and plenty of different international locations.

Friedman was additionally inducted into the UFO Corridor of Fame in Roswell, N.M.

Stanton Friedman is survived by his spouse of 44 years, Marilyn. (Submitted/Melissa Friedman)

Marden stated he remained agency in his conviction that aliens exist and have visited our planet as a result of he had “greater than ample proof.”

“He doubted every thing till he had the proof,” she stated. “He was skeptical himself.

“As soon as he had the proof and it was not simply hypothesis — it was confirmatory proof — he went with it.”

‘Attempting to carry the laughter curtain’

In a 2011 interview with CBC Information, Friedman stated most individuals agree with him as soon as they hear the proof.

“Regardless of the false claims of a small group of nasty, noisy negativists, most individuals settle for ET actuality although they assume most others don’t,” he stated.

“I test my audiences and discover on the finish of my lecture that about 10 per cent of the attendees have had a sighting. However 90 per cent didn’t report it due to a worry of ridicule.

“I’m attempting to carry the laughter curtain.”

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

Friedman, who was born in New Jersey and had twin citizenship, lived in Fredericton along with his spouse of 44 years, Marilyn, mom to Melissa Friedman. He additionally had three youngsters from a earlier marriage.

Funeral preparations have but to be made.

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