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The press conference (held on 11 January 1969) was organised by Major Donald E. Keyhoe (U.S. Marine Corps), Director of the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena.
The speakers are (in order of appearance): Richard H. Hall, Assistant Director, National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena; Donald E. Keyhoe and James E. McDonald, physicist and UFO researcher.
￼The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has ordered the Air Force to debunk stories on Unidentified Flying Objects, a University of Arizona physicist charges.
Dr. James E. McDonald, senior physicist at the UA Institute of Atmospheric Physics, said the hush-hush policy has throttled any scientific investigation of the objects.
He said there is reason to believe some of the objects may carry persons from outer-space on reconnaissance missions over earth..
Dr. James E. McDonald September 24, 1968 lecture, UFOs: A Case Study in Public Mis-information, at Kent State University, OH
Ufologist Ann Druffel Dies
UFO researcher and author Ann Druffel dates her interest in the UFO question from 1945 when, as a schoolgirl, she viewed a bright yellowish object, very high in clear blue skies over Long Beach, California. She and her mother, Aileen Walsh McElroy, watched the object as it slowly traveled westerly. After about an hour and one-half, having traveled about 30 degrees from the NNE to the NNW, it then released 15-20 smaller shiny objects, which took varying paths out and away from the main object. Years later, it was determined that this sighting occurred at about the same time the first experimental atom bomb was exploded in New Mexico..
She was one of the first investigators for NICAP, remaining with that organization from April 1957 to 1973. During the NICAP years she became acquainted with the renowned atmospheric physicist, Dr. James E. McDonald, and participated with him in several UFO cases during his six years of UFO research. After NICAP was destroyed by subversive agents from the FBI and CIA who had secretly penetrated into the higher realms of NICAP, Druffel joined the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) with which she is still actively associated as investigator, frequent contributor to their journals and other official capacities..
One of her recent books, FIRESTORM!: DR. JAMES E. McDONALD's FIGHT FOR UFO SCIENCE, published in July 2003 by "Wild Flower Press/Granite Publications", re-introduced the phenomenal UFO research and amazing results of prestigious atmospheric physicist, James E. McDonald, to the world. The astounding gains McDonald made, during his public work in the UFO field between 1966 and 1971, today give us undeniable evidence that the scientifically-oriented approach is necessary to solve the UFO problem. It details how McDonald made great strides in convincing the Scientific Community at large that UFOs were a real phenomenon which was being neglected by Science and also how he apparently was at the verge of breaking through the government coverup. Tragically, McDonald's breakthroughs were unexpectedly cut short in 1971 when he died an apparent suicide, but FIRESTORM! relives his work and methods which, if put into effect today in the UFO field, could perhaps bring about a solution.