I have always admired Stanton Friedman. He is a tireless researcher who wants to know what is going on. His research on the MJ-12 documents has led to discoveries such as Dr Donald Menzel having worked for the intelligence agencies. He also found many hundreds of memos showing the interest of J Edgar Hoover into the subject.
Those finds may have stayed hidden had Mr Friedman not researched into the claims of whether or not the MJ-12 papers are real. It is important to note that much of the information found is through the smaller memos to and from agencies. A lot can be learned by gleaning between the lines.
He has also written several books, with his most recent being "Flying Saucers and Science" plus his co-authorship of "Captured" with Kathleen Marsden about the Betty and Barney Hill case. I highly recommend "Captured" as it updates much of the information, plus releases a lot of new knowledge about the case and the Hills themselves.
Here is a person who has risked his very lucrative career by going into the subject of flying saucers. That takes a lot of guts as he did that in the 1960s, when the field was still filled with many questionable authors out there only in it for the money. Intelligence and wit were needed in the field back then, and Mr Stanton brought that along.
I always enjoy watching Mr Friedman on the Larry King Show and the History Channel specials on UFOs. His presence hopefully will make other scientists look at the subject more seriously. I hope the History (or another channel) does a show devoted to this dynamic personality. Controversial and opinionated, he brings needed energy to the debate.
This is one of many tributes I will offer to the tireless researchers in the thankless study of ufology.