Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Stanton Friedman: Still at it, at 79
A few weeks ago, Donna and I drove down to Paracon at the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen, where they again had a remarkable slate of speakers on mostly psychic/ghost topics, and mostly from popular TV shows. The notable exception was the return of Stanton Friedman, who had given his "Flying Saucers Are Real!`talk there last year but time gave a presentation on the Limits of Science, including some comments on how science has been wrong in its approach to paranormal subjects.
One can only be impressed with how Stan finds the energy to be on the road so often, giving lectures literally around the world every month. (I think he`s in Finland as I`m writing this blog post.) He made a point of sitting at a table in the Paracon dealers` room, not just selling books but more often than not patiently listening to visitors` personal UFO stories and answering their questions. While sitting with him, I met everybody from local MUFON members to retired personnel from nuclear submarines who shared experiences related to odd observations at sea.
Following Stan`s presentations, he graciously allowed me to record some video of him answering questions concerning his 45 years of UFO lecturing and research.
First, here`s Stan answering my question: How has ufology changed since you began lecturing about UFOs, back in 1967?
In his presentation at the Minnesota Paracon, Stan had some harsh criticisms of how astronomy (and certain astronomers) view the subject of UFOs:
Finally, since he has been so involved in the field of ufology for so many years, I figured it must have had a significant impact on his personal life. Well, it did. Here's how he explained it: