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4                   Growing Up With Stanton Friedman






            EXCLUSIVE! Growing

            Up With The Stanton T.

             Friedman That I Knew

























                       by Kal K. Korff


          When I first started studying UFO reports back
          on October 17, 1973 at the age of just 11, by the
          time I was 13 years young I had met and
                                                          Photo of Stanton Friedman with Kal Korff at JFK High School in 1979 giving their respective
          become friends with famed UFO researcher and
                                                          lectures on UFOs. Publicity for this event was extensive, several newspapers covered it, radio
          Nuclear Physicist, Stanton  T. Friedman. Stan
                                                          stations KFRC, KLOK, KGO, KYA, KOME and KMEL did extensive advertising. KLIV gave
          had taken me under his wing and was a former
                                                          away some free prize tickets. Credit: Brad Wilson.
          mentor of mine. To say he was a great influence
          on   me    is   an   understatement.    Until   wrong.                                                For if one is interested in the whole truth
          disagreements over various UFO cases came              Thanks to meeting Stan, I started       about Stanton Friedman and the legacy he has
          between us, we still “agreed to disagree”       lecturing myself. In June 1975 I gave my first  now left behind, there are some facts (not always
          whenever this happened, and we remained         speech, I spoke in George Malone’s class, he   pleasant) that must be acknowledged.  To be
          friends. I will always be grateful for having   was my Social Studies teacher. I was his top   blunt, Friedman is wholly responsible for being
          known him, for having been placed under his     student. Malone did something to me which I    a core source or catalyst for several unfortunate
          tutelage as I was trying to sort this subject out  never knew at that time. Using the Socratic  popular cultural myths today: Roswell, the MJ-
          and separate fact from fiction.                 approach in his arguments and reasoning,       12 documents hoax, Project Blue Book Special
                 To show you how ‘tight’ Stan and I were  Malone always disagreed with me on             Report #14 and of course the famed Betty and
          back then, I worried that others in the UFO field  everything I said about UFOs. I went to see  Barney Hill “UFO abduction” case. Let’s briefly
          might dismiss me because I was just a young     Friedman’s lecture partly because I wanted to  review and expose them, plus other cases
          boy. I still remember vividly when I “swore     interview him, get “facts,” then roll them out  Friedman championed which he refused to face
          Stanton Friedman to secrecy,” he promised me    before George Malone and “prove” he was        the truth about, even when confronted with it.
          that he wouldn’t tell any of his peers that I was  wrong.
          only a teenager. I still have a copy of his letter     What I never knew during that time is Roswell
          saying, “The secret of your age is safe with me.”  that Malone did this deliberately only because
                                                                                                         Whether UFO enthusiasts choose to admit this
                 Since I owned a Smith-Corona             he felt that it would help me learn skills about  or not, there is no credible evidence that
          typewriter ever since my Mother bought me one   critical thinking, debating, “proving a case.” His  “Roswell” ever involved the secret recovery of a
          so I could write my 213 page report on UFOs     tactic worked. The Socratic method named after  crashed “alien spacecraft.” Moreover, since I am
          for my 8th grade class, I wrote everyone from   the great Greek Philosopher Socrates, demands  one of the four original Roswell researchers, my
          Dr. J. Allen Hynek to Dr. Carl Sagan to Phil    that one question everything. Inquiry is       view on this case is far more insightful
          Klass; I got along with all of these historic   questioning,   constantly   analyzing    and   compared to others who jumped on the Roswell
          figures, plus others.  What united us was this  examining things. Not only did I become the    bandwagon after NBC  TV aired their episode
          passion for our interests. Everyone from Hynek  Captain of our high school debate team, I have  about it on Unsolved Mysteries
          (until we later met in person when I was age 16)  never lost a debate on any subject. I use one       To briefly recap, for non-UFO buffs, the
          to Wendelle Stevens thought I was an “adult.”   simple technique: FACTS! Facts must always     Roswell incident effectively began after the
          Even Phil Klass told me he had no idea that I   be one’s only defense.                         Fourth of July holiday weekend in 1947 when a
          was just a teenager when I had “beaten him” in         The reason I am mentioning this         rancher named William “Mac” Brazel reported
          the debate on UFOs we had on KOME Radio in      background info is not out of bravado nor ego,  to the local sheriff, George Wilcox, that he might
          San Jose, California in the late 1970s. Klass told  but to set the record straight since much of it is  have recovered the remains of “one of them
          me this when I stayed as his guest secretly in  not anywhere on the Internet. Stan and I were  flying saucers.”  Wilcox, according to various
          Washington DC while I was on CNN’s  Larry       closest during the years before and after his  accounts, then contacted military authorities at
          King Live on November 22, 1993 because of       movie UFOs Are Real had come out. After I      nearby Roswell Army Air Field, where Major
          solving JFK’s assassination.                    invited him to lecture with me for a fundraiser I  Jesse Marcel was assigned to investigate.
                 Thanks to meeting Stan, I started        was doing for JFK High School in Fremont,             Marcel and two Counter Intelligence
          lecturing myself. In June 1975 I gave my first  California where I was a student, we decided to  Corps agents, Sheridan Cavitt and Lewis
          speech, I spoke in George Malone’s class, he    do our lectures at JFK in November 1979.       Rickett, drove out to the ranch where Brazel
          was my Social Studies teacher. I was his top    During this time, Friedman’s “essential case”  worked to examine and collect the wreckage. On
          student. Malone did something to me which I     for the reality of UFOs as he saw it was largely  July 8, 1947, the public information office at
          never knew at that time. Using the Socratic     covered in the documentary he had helped       Roswell AAF made the startling announcement
          approach in his arguments and reasoning,        make, called UFOs Are Real. There is a wholly  that they had recovered the remains of a “flying
          Malone always disagreed with me on              valid reason the legacy of this movie, which has  disk.”
          everything I said about UFOs. I went to see     not fared well, fits Friedman’s legacy as well.
          Friedman’s lecture partly because I wanted to   This is because Friedman was the ‘driving
          interview him, get “facts,” then roll them out  force’ behind this movie.                                              (Continued on Page 5)
          before George Malone and “prove” he was
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