Past UFO Festival Speakers

Past Speakers

2014 Speakers:

George Noory

George NooryGeorge Noory, is the host of the nationally syndicated late-night radio program, “Coast to Coast AM,” heard by millions of listeners on approximately 564 stations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Guam. While hosting The Nighthawk, a wildly successful, late-night program on KTRS in St. Louis, Noory was recruited by Premiere Radio Networks to guest host on Coast to Coast AM with Art Bell. He became the permanent host of the phenomenally successful over-night program on January 1, 2003, following Bell’s retirement.


Noory captivates program listeners with his discussions of paranormal phenomena, time travel, alien abductions, conspiracies and all things curious and unexplained. He is driven, he has said, by the desire to solve the great mysteries of our time. From his first days as a radio broadcaster he says, “I’ve wanted to cover stories that the mainstream media never touch—the unusual, the paranormal and things like that. I learned that broadcast was the best business for exploring these issues, and I’ve been doing it for 33 years.”


Our speaker released his first book in 2006. Worker In The Light: Unlock Your Five Senses And Liberate Your Limitless Potential, co-written by best-selling author William J. Birnes, is Noory’s revolutionary guide to spiritual enlightenment, human empowerment, ultimate productivity and absolute happiness. Noory and Birnes co-authored a follow up in 2009 entitled Journey to the Light, in which they present amazing first-hand accounts of how ordinary people changed their own lives, transcended their doubts and fears, and unlocked the secrets to their spiritual growth. In October 2011, Noory released his third book, Talking To The Dead. Co-written by Rosemary Ellen Guiley, a leading expert on the paranormal and supernatural, the book explores the colorful history and personalities behind spirit communications, weaving together spirituality, metaphysics, science and technology.


Noory hosts Beyond Belief, a weekly Internet-based TV show, and has also appeared on the History Channel’s Ancient Aliens, SYFY, the Larry King Show and numerous others. He was born, raised and educated in Detroit. He has three children and six grandchildren. He served nine years in the U.S. Naval Reserve.


Stanton T. Friedman


Stanton T FriedmanNuclear physicist and lecturer Stanton T. Friedman received his BSc. and MSc. Degrees in physics from the University of Chicago in 1955 and 1956. He was employed for 14 years as a nuclear physicist by such companies as GE, GM, Westinghouse, TRW Systems, Aerojet General Nucleonics, and McDonnell Douglas working in such highly advanced, classified, eventually cancelled programs as nuclear aircraft, fission and fusion rockets, and various compact nuclear power plants for space and terrestrial applications.


He became interested in UFOs in 1958, and since 1967 has lectured about them at more than 600 colleges and 100 professional groups in 50 U.S. states, 10 Canadian provinces and 18 other countries in addition to various nuclear consulting efforts. He has published more than 90 UFO papers and has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV programs including on Larry King in 2007 and twice in 2008, and many documentaries. He is the original civilian investigator of the Roswell Incident and co-authored Crash at Corona: The Definitive Study of the Roswell Incident. TOP SECRET/MAJIC, his controversial book about the Majestic 12 group, established in 1947 to deal with alien technology, was published in 1996 and went through six printings. An expanded new edition was published in 2005. Stan was presented with a Lifetime UFO Achievement Award in Leeds, England, in 2002, by UFO Magazine of the UK. He is co-author with Kathleen Marden (Betty Hill’s niece) of a book in 2007: Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience. The City of Fredericton, New Brunswick, declared August 27, 2007, Stanton Friedman Day. His book Flying Saucers and Science was published in June 2008 and is in its 3rd printing. His newest book, also co-authored with Kathleen Marden, is Science Was Wrong released in June 2010.


He has provided written testimony to Congressional hearings, appeared twice at the United Nations, and been a pioneer in many aspects of ufology including Roswell, Majestic 12, The Betty Hill-Marjorie Fish star map work, analysis of the Delphos, Kansas, physical trace case, crashed saucers, flying saucer technology, and challenges to the S.E.T.I. (Silly Effort To Investigate) cultists. He has spoken at more MUFON Symposia than any other guest.


David Marler


David MarlerMarler, the author of Triangular UFOs: An Estimate of the Situation, has had a lifelong interest in the subject of UFOs. He joined The Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) in 1990 as a Field Investigator Trainee. Since then, he has served as Field Investigator, State Section Director, as well as Illinois State Director. David is currently an independent UFO researcher. During his tenure with MUFON, he conducted numerous investigations into alleged UFO sightings and related experiences. He has discussed the subject of UFOs on numerous radio and television news programs. He has also lectured on the subject to various school and adult audiences over the years and has assisted the History Channel, Learning Channel, and Discovery Channel on UFO documentaries in addition to independent productions.


With an extensive personal library of UFO books, journals, magazines, newspapers, and case files from around the world that covers the last 65 years, Marler has been examining the detailed history of UFO sighting reports and related patterns. He strives to have an open mind regarding the UFO phenomenon. However, he also acknowledges the need for a skeptical approach when examining each individual UFO report. Despite the large percentage of misidentifications and hoaxes in the UFO data, Marler recognizes what appears to be a core phenomenon beneath it all.


Marler received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE). He received his Certification in Hypnotherapy from Mottin and Johnson Institute of Hypnosis in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a Registered Polysomnographic Technician (RPSGT) and assisted in diagnosing and treating patients that suffered from various sleep disorders for several years at a major St. Louis-based medical facility. He has worked within the medical field for fifteen years. Currently, Marler works for an international medical company and resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


James Clarkson

JamesClarkson_200x200James Clarkson spent a career as an Olympia, WA, police sergeant interviewing crime victims, collecting evidence from crime scenes, auto wrecks and autopsies — and then met a respected, no-nonsense woman named June Crain who could prove she worked in secret laboratories at Wright Patterson Air Force Base and who told him about UFO crashes, alien bodies, and how the cover-up works. Their resulting book, Tell My Story: June Crain, The Air Force and UFOs (2010), was told in her own words and placed into the context of the history of the UFO phenomenon since WWII, was a strong indictment of the last official word from the Air Force on Roswell. The book explains why Roswell and UFOs in general are anything but “case closed.”


Clarkson’s latest book is The Westport UFO Crash Retrieval: A Case Study (2013). This was a multiple witness case involving a fiery object first seen 40 miles from impact by drivers and residents near the southwest Washington coast in November 1979. Other witnesses observed the last maneuver before it crashed. Military roadblocks sealed the forest roads as described by loggers who couldn’t go to work the next morning.


Kewaunee Lapseritis


KewauneeLapseritis_200x200Kewaunee Lapseritis has a background in anthropology, psychology, conservation and holistic health. In 1979, to his surprise, he was first telepathically contacted by a Sasquatch and an extraterrestrial simultaneously. This contact changed him and he developed psychic ability overnight, which triggered a spiritual transformation. At the time, he was assistant director of an urban Indian agency.


As an authority on the bigfoot/sasquatch phenomenon, he has been featured in 23 books and is often in the international press, including publications such as OMNI magazine and UFO magazine. He has been a guest on more than 350 radio and television talk shows and has appeared on The Discovery Channel. He was recently featured at the International UFO Congress conference in Arizona.


Peter Davenport


Peter DavenportPeter Davenport has been director of the National UFO Reporting Center since 1994. Peter reports UFO sighting cases regularly on the Jeff Rense Radio Show and presents lectures on specific UFO cases, most notably the Phoenix Lights sighting.


In addition to being the director of the National UFO Reporting Center, Peter has served as the director of investigations for the Washington Chapter of the Mutual UFO Network.


Peter has had an active interest in the UFO phenomenon from his early boyhood. He experienced his first UFO sighting over the St. Louis municipal airport in the summer of 1954, and he investigated his first UFO case during the summer of 1965 in Exeter, New Hampshire.


Peter has been witness to several anomalous events, possibly UFO related, including a dramatic sighting over Baja California in February 1990, and several nighttime sightings over Washington State during 1992.


Here’s just a few of our UFO Festival speakers from previous years:


Budd Hopkins – world-renowned author and pioneer UFO abduction researcher

Dr. Bruce Maccabee – U. S. Navy Research Physicist and author of The UFO/FBI Connection: The Secret History of the Government’s Cover-Up

Stanton T. Friedman – Nuclear physicist, UFO researcher and lecturer

Peter Robbins – best-selling author and noted UFO researcher

Dr. Roger Leir – alien implant removal specialist

Peter Davenport – director of the National UFO Reporting Center

Dr. Jesse Marcel, Jr. – the only individual acknowledged by the U.S. government to have handled Roswell wreckage

Dr. David M. Jacobs – noted alien abduction expert and professor at Temple University

Terry Halstead – director of the Trent Case Documentary

Richard Dolan – author of UFOs and the National Security State

Robert Nichol – award-winning director, producer and filmmaker of Star Dreams

Linda Moulton Howe – reporter/editor for and investigative reporter for “Coast to Coast AM with George Noory”

Kathleen Marden – UFO researcher and co-author with Stanton Friedman of Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience: The True Story of the World’s First Documented Alien Abduction (2007)

James Clarkson – well-known UFO investigator

Colin Andrews – U.K. crop circle expert

Travis Walton – UFO witness and abductee on whom the book and Hollywood film Fire in the Sky were based

Robert Salas – UFO sightings at nuclear weapons facilities

Stan Gordon – the nexus between UFO and Bigfoot sightings as well as the 1965 Kecksburg, Pa., crash

Paola Leopizzi Harris – the 12 Protocols of Exopolitics (i.e., rules for intergalactic policies) as well as the 1945 San Antonio UFO crash

Donald R. Schmitt — former co-director of the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies and Roswell crash site archaeologist

Yvonne R. Smith — UFO abduction researcher specializing in cases of post-traumatic stress disorder

Tom Reed — part of a well-documented multigenerational alien abduction case that dates back to 1954