- To whom it may concern,
- Alot of you have noticed my name on many
emails that have come from Robert A.M. Stephens since he entered the UFO
field back on 10-16-1998. I wanted to take this time to confirm a few things
as true that Robert has been accused of falsifying.
- They need to be clarified now since the
information he has offered to the UFO communtiy has been shown to be true
over the time he has been involved pertinet to the UFO subject. A few
more minor items need to be verified as well. His reluctance to reveal
details about his service to this nation are his perogative. I'm countering
his wishes a little here under the circumstances. His military record I
am most confident will not be available in the public view.
- #1. Larry Mauk, NASA-Kennedy Space Center,
Florida, is a real person. I have met him, I have had dinner with him.
Robert and Larry go back to 1982 as pretty close friends and associates
with the agency. He was in large part responsible for getting me my job
- #2. Robert was in the Seals. I have seen
the paperwork, I have seen the pictures of him with his team. I can not
elaborate more, but I am sure of this.
- #3. Robert does have access to what he
says he does. One does not have the badges he has without a very thorough
security check. While I worked at NASA I had the lowest clearance that
there was, Robert was much nearer the top, if my memory serves me he was
one of a few who had direct access to the shuttle and anywhere on any center
he wished to go---even the most snesitive areas at the various top secret
air facilities and test beds. He had also gone through pre astronaut training
for the artist in space project..
- #4. Robert is who he says he is. To my
knowledge he does not, nor has he ever worked for NASA. He has always
remained a contractor by choice though NASA has courted him at times to
come onboard. He is a painter of world renown. I have seen his work, I
have seen the press clippings. He was even covered in my local paper while
he visited me. He also is and has done all sorts of work for the various
vendors associated with STS and NASA. He continues to do this work by
choice from his rural home out in Montana. At times he does travel on
NASA assignments and other directives.
- All of the above is true. I can and would
verify anywhere, anytime. I have known Robert for more than 15 years.
I have never known him to fabricate anything about himself because in truth
he does not need to.
- His disavowing of himself in that interview
where he calls himself 'Fraud' was his own ruse, I believe, if anyone cared
to think, to show that everyone in this peculiar discipline online should
be watchful of sensationalized claims. Sometimes, we can overlook fact
when we are assailed with fiction. Your UFO field online is a harbinger
of some fiction.
- Scot Bowlin <email@example.com
- From: UFOLAWYER1@aol.com Date: Wed, 20
Jan 1999 01:06:53 EST Subject: Re: Confirmation of Robert Stephens
- Why did you wait until now to come forward?
Please explain what prompted you to come forward now. Would it be possible
for you to forward any e-mails that you have received and sent to Stephens
within the last week. Interesting that Stephens has shown you documentation
of his SEAL affiliation but refuses, on privacy grounds, to show anyone
else. I guess he does make exceptions. So you have never known him to
fabricate anything? If I could prove to you that he fabricated something,
would that change your opinion of him?
- Peter A. Gersten
- Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 01:46:36 -0600
Subject: Re: Confirmation of Robert Stephens From: "Scot Bowlin"
<firstname.lastname@example.org To: UFOLAWYER1@aol.com,
- Peter wrote: Why did you wait until now
to come forward?
- Well, to be frank, I have a life. I have
an 18 month old daughter to take care of, we have been buried under 20
inches of snow for the past two weeks, and I finally grew tired of the
one sidedness of all this.
- Peter wrote: Please explain what prompted
you to come forward now.
- If you are implying that Robert asked
me to no, he did not. I nearly "came forward" a few weeks ago,
but with the weather and all I just ran out of time. It really is that
- Peter wrote: Would it be possible for
you to forward any e-mails that you have received and sent to Stephens
within the last week.
- Sure, it is possible, although from 1/17
to today my phone line was out, internal short, fixed by Ameritech today.
But what is the point? Unless I grant you access to my email account, which
I won't, (nor would you me) it would prove nothing. You would have no way
to verify you had recieved them all.
- Peter wrote: Interesting that Stephens
has shown you documentation of his SEAL affiliation but refuses, on privacy
grounds, to show anyone else.
- No, not interesting, if you know why.
Robert and I used to be neighbors, this was years ago. I happened to show
up one day as he was going through some papers. He showed them to me. That
is it, no hocus pocus, no big cover-up.
- Peter wrote: So you have never known
him to fabricate anything?
- No, not to my knowledge. Of course I
am not with him 24 hours a day, I have not known him his entire life, he
is rougly 10 years older than me.
- Peter wrote: If I could prove to you
that he fabricated something, would that change your opinion of him?
- Prove to me he fabricated something?
Peter, step back for a moment. We are not in court, and you are not cross
examining me. If we must go through this as you have started here, fine,
but we learn nor fix anything.
- Can you prove Robert has told a lie?
Proably. Who hasn't told a lie? The things I wrote in my letter I know
to be true, period.
- This amazes me: You accuse Robert of
not being a SEAL because you can't prove it. And yet, most if not all of
the UFO stuff I have seen is unprovable, but you have no problem acepting
- Your rapid fire questions lead me to
believe that you have put me in the same boat as you have Robert. That
is your right, but you know nothing of me, you have not caught me in a
lie, nor will you. I seem to be guilty by association. Odd position for
- Scot Bowlin <email@example.com