Past UFO Festival Speakers

2015 Speakers:

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.

Friedman 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, and in many documentaries. He is the original civilian investigator of the Roswell Incident and co-authored Crash at Corona: The Definitive Study of the Roswell IncidentTOP 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. His book Flying Saucers and Science was published in June 2008 and is in its third printing. His most recent book, also co-authored with Kathleen Marden, is Science Was Wrong (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. cultists. He has spoken at more MUFON Symposia than any other guest. 


Kathleen Marden

KMardenKathleen Marden is known around the world for her work as an alien abduction/ET contact researcher, experiencer advocate, author and lecturer. Her educational background in the social sciences has shaped her interest in scientific ufology. Extensive research and investigation into alien abduction has convinced her that abductions are not only real; they are being covered up by the government and a small group of pseudo-skeptics.

Marden earned a B.A. degree in social work from the University of New Hampshire and participated in graduate studies in education while working as a teacher and education services coordinator. During her fifteen years as an educator, she innovated, designed and implemented model educational programs. She also held a supervisory position, coordinating, training and evaluating education staff.

Her interest in UFOs dates back to September 20, 1961, when her aunt, Betty Hill, phoned her nearby home to report that she and husband Barney had encountered a flying saucer in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. A primary witness to the evidence of the UFO encounter and the aftermath, Marden has intimate knowledge of the Hill’s biographical histories, investigation files, and scientific interest in their sensational experience. Betty’s scientific contact experiments may have led to Marden’s personal memories of contact—memories that were undisclosed for nearly 50 years. This led to a personal journey of exploration, leaving no stone unturned, to find answers through scholarly work, investigation and social research.

She is associated with the Mutual UFO Network, as Director of Abduction Research and the Foundation for Research into Extraterrestrial Encounters, as an advisory board member and consultant to its research subcommittee. She is the recipient of MUFON’s 2012 “Ufologist of the Year” award. Marden has authored three books, Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience, and Science was Wrong, with nuclear physicist/scientific ufologist Stanton T. Friedman, and The Alien Abduction Files, with Denise Stoner, and essays in several additional books. She spearheaded an extensive research project, with Stoner, to identify little known commonalities among experiencers, in 2012. Her articles have been published in the MUFON UFO JournalOpen MindsAlternate Perceptions and FATE magazines and on several websites. Marden has appeared in television and radio programs in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK, and has lectured throughout the United States. She is recognized as the world’s leading expert on the Betty and Barney Hill abduction. You can purchase her books or read her articles at


Grant Cameron

GCameronGrant Cameron became involved in ufology in 1975 with personal sightings of an object which locally became known as Charlie Red Star, occurring in Carman, Manitoba. Cameron’s research interests turned to the involvement and actions of the President of the United States in the UFO problem. He has made more than 20 trips to the National Archives and most of the various presidential archives looking for presidential UFO material.  One highlight of his presidential UFO research was the chance to question Vice President Dick Cheney on his knowledge of the UFO subject. Another highlight was a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the White House Office of Science and Technology, which yielded 1,000 pages of UFO documents from the Clinton Administration. Many of these findings have been written up on his website, Cameron is awaiting word on nearly 100 FOIA requests to the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, AK, related to the UFO-related actions and policies inside the two presidential terms of Bill Clinton.

Cameron was awarded the International Researcher of the Year at the 2012 Leeds UFO Conference and the Researcher of the Year at the 2013 International UFO Congress in Phoenix, AZ. His new research focuses on the source of intelligence we contact and access through what we know as inspirationtelepathy and consciousness here on Earth.


Travis Walton

On November 5, 1975, while working with a logging crew in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona, Travis Walton was allegedly abducted in front of multiple witnesses by a UFO. After a failed manhunt, Walton returned, dazed and disoriented, five days later, with fleeting memories of alien entities and descriptions of the inside of their craft. He was subjected to a number of polygraph examinations. The Travis Walton event would soon become the very first abduction case to be given serious consideration by credible scientists. His story would force the general public to reevaluate previously close-minded opinions on the subject. Today, his experience is called “the best documented account of alien abduction yet recorded.”

In 1978, Walton published Fire in the Sky: The Walton Experience, in which he outlined his own narrative of the event and its aftermath. In 1993, Walton’s book was adapted into a film, Fire in the Sky, directed by Robert Lieberman. While the film did not adhere strictly to the actual events of Walton’s experience and that of the multiple witnesses, the movie brought the story out to a wider audience and perhaps opened some minds as to the possibility of UFOs, ETs and other lifeforms.


Peter Davenport

Peter DavenportPeter Davenport has been director of the National UFO Reporting Center since 1994. Davenport 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, Davenport has served as the director of investigations for the Washington Chapter of the Mutual UFO Network.

Davenport 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.

Davenport received his undergraduate education at Stanford University in California, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in both Russian and biology, as well as a translator’s certificate in Russian translation. His graduate education was completed at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he earned an M.S. degree in the genetics and biochemistry of fish from the College of Fisheries, as well as an M.B.A. degree in finance and international business from the Graduate School of Business.

Davenport has worked as a college instructor, a commercial fisherman, a Russian translator in the Soviet Union, a fisheries observer aboard Soviet fishing vessels, a flight instructor, and a businessman. Davenport was the founding president of a Seattle-based biotechnology company, which currently employs over 300 scientists and technicians. In 1986, Davenport was a candidate for the Washington State Legislature, and in 1992, he was a candidate for the U. S. House of Representatives.


Here are 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

George Noory – host of nationally syndicated radio program, “Coast to Coast AM”

David Marler – author of Triangular UFOs: An Estimate of the Situation

Kewaunee Lapseritis – authority on the Bigfoot / Sasquatch phenomenon

Peter Davenport – director of the National UFO Reporting Center since 1994

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

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