Fredericton honours world-renowned flying saucer expertFREDERICTON — If alien visitors to Earth ever decide to formally introduce themselves to humankind, they should consider landing in Fredericton.
By CHRIS MORRIS
The Chronicle Herald
By CHRIS MORRIS
The Chronicle Herald
Not only is the New Brunswick capital friendly and accommodating, it’s also the home of Stanton T. Friedman, nuclear physicist, lecturer and world-renowned prophet of extraterrestrial existence.
The city of Fredericton is proclaiming today as Stanton Friedman Day, an homage to the 73-year-old UFOlogist who has talked and written his way to the top ring of the galaxy of believers who say Earth is being visited by aliens.
Friedman has built himself a reputation as the ultimate authority on flying saucers, alien abductions and the infamous Roswell incident, considered by many to be the definitive UFO event in world history.
This year marks the 60th anniversay of that day near Roswell, N.M., when the U.S. army claimed briefly it had recovered an unidentified flying disc — triggering a flying saucer frenzy that endures to this day.
Although the U.S. military later backtracked, insisting the object was just a fancy weather balloon, that only gave birth to Friedman’s other major area of study — the so-called "cosmic Watergate."
Friedman says his personal success owes much to the fact that people have an endless fascination with space and the unknown.
"Can you think of anything that touches more deeply on who we are, where we stand and the mystery and the coverup?" he says in an interview from his comfortable Fredericton home.
"People are excited because it opens up the universe to wonderful possibilities."
Fredericton Mayor Brad Woodside says Friedman is being honoured not only because of his tireless efforts in spreading the word about UFOs, but also because of his enthusiastic promotion of the city.
"Stanton has lived here for 27 years," Woodside says.
"He’s not only a nuclear physicist but also a world-renowned UFOlogist. In just the past few months, he has appeared on Larry King Live, Fox News Live and he appeared on CBS Sunday Morning. He could live anywhere in the world but he has chosen to live in Fredericton. . . . We believe it is worth celebrating his celebrity."
Friedman, who was born and raised in New Jersey and began his career in California, says he’s thrilled by the honour.
"I get friends in California saying to me, ‘Stan, don’t you miss being in California? What are you doing back there?’ And I say, ‘Yeah, I do miss the earthquakes and the horrible smog and the terrible traffic and the drive-by shootings and the drugs all over the place, but I’ve learned to do without those things.’ "
Although Friedman has been a UFOlogist for more than 40 years, he has yet to see an alien spacecraft.
He says his belief is founded in the data he has uncovered over the years about flying saucers and various UFO events, most of it buried in U.S. government documents.
"I have never seen a flying saucer and I have never seen an alien. But remember, I chased neutrons and gamma rays for a lot of years as a physicist and never saw one of them either," he says.
"In fact, I’ve never seen Tokyo, but I’m convinced it’s there."
Friedman, who refers to himself as "a wandering Jew," says he has so far lectured at more than 600 colleges, addressed more than 100 professional groups and toured all 50 American states, as well as nine Canadian provinces, the Yukon and 16 other countries.
He has no plans for retirement, but he admits he has been at it for a long time.
"One reason I’m beginning to feel old, I did Merv Griffin twice and he just died," he says ruefully.
’I have never seen a flying saucer and I have never seen an alien. I’ve never seen Tokyo, but I’m convinced it’s there.’
Stanton Friedman UFOlogist