"Yes, Virginia, there are flying saucers."
Noted UFO researcher Stanton T. Friedman made two free guest appearances at Niagara County Community College Tuesday, provoking a crowd of about 250 at the nighttime lecture to think of the possibility that alien spacecrafts have landed on Earth.
He outlined four major conclusions of his 47 years of studying unidentified flying objects: there is overwhelming evidence some UFOs with aliens have visited Earth; the U.S. government has covered up the visitations of aliens; none of the arguments by nay-sayers have any clout; and the visitation by aliens and their spacecraft is the biggest story of the millennium.
Friedman cited his lengthy studies of the reported alien landing at Roswell, N.M., in 1947 and showed slides from his own visits to the Roswell area.
Friedman also said since he believes planets far from Earth have been in existence for billions of years, the inhabitants of such planets have had much more time to come up with more sophisticated means of travel than we have here.
Friedman worked for 14 years as a nuclear physicist for such companies as General Electric, General Motors, Westinghouse, TRW Systems, Aerojet General Nucleonics and McDonnell Douglas on such advanced, classified, and eventually canceled projects as nuclear aircraft, fission and fusion rockets and nuclear power plants for space.
Friedman showed the audience shots of newspaper stories reporting the supposed alien landing at Roswell, N.M., in 1947.
The government later said the landings were not of UFOs, but a weather balloon or radar deflector, said Friedman.
Friedman concluded by saying that the subject of flying saucers represents a cosmic "Watergate" that should be uncovered.