posted on Aug, 3 2006 @ 02:37 AM
John Lear is definitely responsible for hooking me up with Lazar and with getting me interested in UFOs in general.
John was an important source for my jounralistic mentor, the late Ned Day, a muckraker of some repute. Lear helped Ned in breaking the story about the
existence of the Stealth Fighter, which was big news back then and became a national story. But when Lear approached Ned to try and interest him in
the UFO topic, Ned wanted nothing to do with it. At the time, I was the host and producer of a half-hour talk show called On The Record. I overheard
the conversation between those two and told Lear that I wanted to hear more. He gave me a pile of stuff. I read it and then had him on the show. At
the time, I had no great interest in UFOs beyond what most regular people have. But I was blown away by the things Lear said, and the reaction from
the viewing public was dramatic, especially for a little public affairs program. I had Lear on a second time and the reaction was even larger. It
occurred to me that something was going on that I did not understand. This was a subject that really touched a nerve with a big segment of the public,
so I decidd to dig a little deeper. Lear provided me with a lot of background material, government documents, et.c I had him on a third time,
accompanied by the infamous William Cooper, and Lear hinted to me that he knew someone who worked on saucers at Groom Lake. Hmm, I thought. This
In May of 1989, while anchoring the 5:00 News, we had an interview guest cancel at the last minute, so I called Lear and asked if his mystery friend
from 51 would give us an interview. The arrangements were made and we interviewed Lazar through one of our live units, although his face was blacked
out and his real name was not used. It was a blockbuster. The phones rang off the hook. Media organizations from all over tried to get us to put them
in contact with the mystery man. My boss and I decided we needed to meet Lazar in person and Lear made the arrangements. We grilled him for quite a
while and decided after the meeting to go for it. I spent the next several months working on a multi-part series that eventually covered two full
weeks of our newscasts and was made into a two-hour prime-time special, still the highest rated local TV show ever aired in LV. I was hooked, not
because of the ratings, but because of the story and its ultimate significance for the world. I was--and still am--amazed that other major news
organizations weren't giving UFOs a fair shake.
There was no single gut-check moment. There were several. One was when Lazar took and passed a polygraph exam. Nother was when he took us into Los
Alamos lab--the place where he supposedly never worked--and obviously knew every building and many of the employees, including the security folks who
waved us through without so much as a question. More telling were some of the very strange events that unfolded in Bob's life, things that I
personally witnessed, things that were very ominous and disturbing and that I am not going to dwell on in this forum.