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Ufologist Stanton Friedman vs. Skeptic Phil Klass on ABC’s Nightline (1987) | VIDEO

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Stanton Friedman vs Phil Klass 6-24-1987

By Frank Warren
The UFO Chronicles

     In Bob Sheaffer’s recent revelation re archivist Isaac Koi’s facilitation of infamous skeptic, Phil Klass’ “complete” collection of the latter’s Skeptics UFO Newsletter (SUN) (making the entire volume available for download), he also included a link to a video wherein Klass and veteran Ufologist Stanton Friedman appeared together on ABC’s Nightline with host Ted Koppel. For our readers benefit, we present the segment here (in two parts) courtesy allcoded/youtube:

Stan in his book, “Flying Saucers and Science” (New Page Books 2008)
recounted the experience as follows:
". . . Nightline with Ted Koppel had me appear with Philip Klass on June 24, 1987, the 40th anniversary of Kenneth Arnold's famous sighting of nine flying discs, near Mt. Rainier.

I was in Washington D.C., for the 1987 MUFON Symposium, where the focus was supposed to be on the cover-up. The start of the discussion was somewhat delayed by the fact that Jackie Gleason had died earlier in the day, and a tribute was expressed.

When we went to go in the studio, I had several blacked-out NSA documents with me to prove the cover-up. I was not allowed to bring them in. I argued–to no effect. There was proof! Then they told each of us sitting about two feet apart, not to look at each other, but "only look at your camera." Strange way to discuss a topic.

It also turns out that we never met Koppel, and did not him on a monitor. We heard him from ear plugs, so we were denied all the nonverbal input one normally has, such as a raised eyebrow, a smirk and the like.”

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