Like many of you, I've seen all the videos of Lazar and Friedman, read everything 'Ole Stanton has produced, some several times, and listen carefully,
when Knapp et al have some comment on either one - as there is no denying that some of what the two of these long-time UFO-characters have said
corroborate each other and some of what they say vehemently contradict each other.
My own conclusion: Stanton Friedman is a strong, passionate, eloquent believer who has simply figured out a way to make a 'career' out of his
personal passion for the Aline/UFO enigma. Although he regularly reminds his readers and audiences that he is (was) a nuclear physicist, he actually
holds no PhD in the discipline (admittedly) and really has very little 'hands-on' background in the field. Instead, Good 'ole Stan has merely
parlayed his personal interest in the UFO phenomenon into authorship of related books and articles. I've met Stanton and spoke to him a couple of
time, and find him to be quite erudite and sincere about the subject. I've also concluded that he especially enjoys being "comped" for air travel and
hotels to several UFO Conferences and Trade shows each year, giving him repeated venues to repeat his quite articulate presentations, sell a few more
books, and be continuously promoted as an "authority" on the UFO subject. A bit of self-aggrandizement is always evident with Stan (especially if you
are cognizant of it happening while he is doing it), and I don't really blame him for taking the path in life he has. I must admit I admire him for,
if nothing else, his ability to make a career out of nothing more than some dedicated research, a "professor" look, and excellent communication
skills. Frankly, however, (IMHO) he really hasn't said anything new or earth-shattering in some twenty years.
Lazar, of course, is a whole different animal. I also believe him to be quite well-educated (though perhaps not the level he claims), articulate, and
certainly knowledgeable about the most common, popular (though as yet unsubstantiated) UFO propulsion technologies. It's a little disconcerting that
there is not a single colleague, superior, subordinate, classmate, relative, friend or any casual acquaintance who has come forward to validate any of
his claims. Note - I am purposefully leaving John Lear out of this equation, as the two became 'friends' (accomplices?) only subsequent to all the
hoopla surrounding Lazar's claims. Lear (who I also spoke with in person at a UFO convention a few years ago), also strikes me as a mellow,
down-to-earth, genuine article - as far as his own beliefs are concerned -but he has segued into a rather egotistical opportunist with some rather
far-fetched ideas, many of which just did not add up (in a physical/natural scientific perspective [again, IMHO]. I know there are many here on ATS
(some good friends of mine) that disagree with me on this, and that's ok, Let's just say he certainly added some color and thought-provoking
commentary here on ATS a few years back - I kinda miss the old coot. He sure has a killer office at home and lot's of neat toys, mementos, and such.
But I digress. Back to Lazar:
You may have checked out Lazar's United Nuclear company
at some point. An intriguing fall-back position,
considering he lit the UFO world on fire with his claims and then sort of drifted out of sight. Threatened? A disinfo plant? A pre-disclosure seed?
You can bet the gubbmint has kept a close eye on him since day one if not before. He was never silenced, but he sure hasn't had much to say lately.
Why not? Kinda reminds me of my late childhood hero, Neil Armstrong. Look at the similarities: both were witness to something profound and
magnificent -claimed, fabricated, or documented -it matters not. What does matter is that the public, or at least a significant number of them,
"believed" in them, some so much so that they have dedicated their lives to finding out the "truth" they believe is (or was) hidden within. Both of
these men were employed by (or claimed to be employed by) a branch of the government that was intimately involved with space travel. Both witnessed
(or claimed to witness) something magnificent that the rest of us among the lowly unwashed masses can only dream to experience for ourselves.
Yet - both became withdrawn and reclusive to the extreme. Why?
Logic would tell us that if what they saw, or has been suggested that they saw was, in fact, true, and considering the level of intelligence and
professional preparation they both had, that they would know, instinctively and intrinsically, that all of humanity must share in such a truth because
making it known to the world would shake the very foundations of human history -and human evolution. Religion, politics, economies, society - maybe
that's it after all: they were made to keep quiet, as are all similarly endowed individuals, so as not to rock the fragile boat.
9/29/2012 by Outrageo because: