Stanton Friedman, the famed UFO researcher based in Fredericton, has died.
Friedman was returning from a talking engagement in Columbus, Ohio, when he died suddenly at the Toronto Pearson Airport on Monday night, according to his family members.
He was 84.
A nuclear physicist by teaching, Friedman experienced devoted his daily life to exploring and investigating UFOs because the late 1960s.
He was credited with bringing the 1947 Roswell Incident — the well-known incident that gave increase to theories about UFOs and a U.S. armed service coverup — back into the mainstream discussion.
Friedman “officially” retired past 12 months but nonetheless booked talking engagements “mainly because he loved conversing about UFOs,” mentioned his daughter, Melissa Friedman, who performs for CBC News.
“Dad was curious about anything at all he failed to know about. He was constantly asking issues about how things worked.
“I consider it can be uncommon for someone to remain so engaged and curious and open up-minded for a lifetime that’s that extensive.”
She remembered her father as encouraging, very pleased and caring and explained she was fortuitous to have one final visit a week back in Nova Scotia.
‘He did his homework’
Friedman was an achieved author, publishing dozens of papers about UFOs and writing or co-producing a number of publications. 3 of these guides ended up prepared in tandem with Kathleen Marden.
“He will be tremendously missed,” Marden, a UFO researcher, mentioned in an job interview from Florida.
His skills, intelligence and diligence made him irreplaceable in the research industry, she mentioned.
“He did his homework,” Marden said.
“He went additional than most researchers in that he did on-web-site investigations. He went to genuine actual physical archives to do his analysis. He was an exceptional researcher, very clever and experienced a good sense of humour.”
He was also a common confront in documentaries, radio and television, together with various appearances on Larry King Dwell, and lectured about UFOs for hundreds of schools and skilled groups throughout the United States, Canada and quite a few other nations.
Friedman was also inducted into the UFO Hall of Fame in Roswell, N.M.
Marden said he remained organization in his conviction that aliens exist and have visited our world since he experienced “much more than sufficient proof.”
“He doubted every little thing right up until he had the evidence,” she said. “He was skeptical himself.
“After he had the proof and it was not just speculation — it was confirmatory evidence — he went with it.”
‘Trying to carry the laughter curtain’
In a 2011 interview with CBC News, Friedman stated most people today concur with him once they listen to the proof.
“Inspite of the false promises of a modest group of unpleasant, noisy negativists, most individuals acknowledge ET fact even nevertheless they feel most many others don’t,” he claimed.
“I look at my audiences and uncover at the close of my lecture that about 10 for each cent of the attendees have had a sighting. But 90 for each cent didn’t report it for the reason that of a dread of ridicule.
“I am striving to raise the laughter curtain.”
His function was celebrated in New Brunswick, and the City of Fredericton declared Aug. 27, 2007, Stanton Friedman Day.
Friedman, who was born in New Jersey and had dual citizenship, lived in Fredericton with his wife of 44 years, Marilyn, mom to Melissa Friedman. He also had a few children from a earlier marriage.
Funeral arrangements have however to be designed.