Nuclear Physicist's Ohio
State U. Lecture Debates
Aliens' Existence
By Jason Mann - The Lantern, Ohio State University

COLUMBUS, Ohio (U-Wire) - Stanton T. Friedman has never seen a flying saucer, but that doesn't keep him from believing in them.
Friedman, dressed conservatively except for an interstellar-themed blue tie, spoke for nearly three hours at the Ohio Union Conference Theater on Monday.
The nuclear physicist's lecture, titled "Flying Saucers Are Real," focused on evidence of Unidentified Flying Objects, including pictures, eyewitness accounts and military investigations reported by "competent observers and investigators" since 1947, the year in which many believe a flying saucer landed near Roswell, N.M.
"Some UFOs are alien spacecraft, most are not," Friedman said. "There's a huge amount of solid evidence out there."
Friedman, who has spent 42 years studying UFOs, said that he was originally a skeptic, until he looked at the "overwhelming evidence" supporting the existence of flying saucers. He also said he believes in a U.S. government conspiracy, which Friedman calls a "a cosmic Watergate," that has kept information about UFOs from reaching the general public.
Friedman believes that the stigma for believing in flying saucers, ignorance of the evidence, and fear of ridicule keep many from studying the issue further. He said the government's possible motivations in a cover up are varied, but come down to fears about advanced technology and sharing information.
"You can't tell your friends without telling your enemies," Friedman said.
Something else keeping those in the know from revealing information about UFOs is what it would mean to Earth's place in the universe and a person's allegiance to their country, he said.
"We should begin to think of ourselves as Earthlings," Friedman said. "We're not the big shots in the neighborhood."
Many audience members thought Friedman's presentation was out of this world.
"A lot of his opinion didn't come across as the most unbiased account of things," said Pat Quealy, a sophomore computer science major.
Rich Machin, a non-student who attended the lecture, agreed.
"The statistics were more convincing than his thoughts and opinions," Machin said.
Jennifer MacDonald, president of the Ohio Union Activities Board and a junior business major said the presentation was useful for those who are curious about UFOs and don't often get to hear both sides of the issue.
"You always hear about the people who are against UFOs, but you don't often hear about the people who believe," MacDonald said.
Most of the audience stayed until the end of the lecture, which was encouraging to Michael Bershadski, a junior finance major and a member of the activities board.
"We work hard to bring diverse programming to campus and attract students from different areas of the university," Bershadski said.
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