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Ann Druffel

Anne Druffel has been studying the UFO Phenomenon since 1957, first with the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomenon (NICAP) until its demise in 1970 and then, as a Field Investigator for MUFON and CUFOS. Mrs. Druffel originally joined MUFON in 1972 and served as an Associate Editor of the MUFON UFO Journal in the 1980's.

She received her B.A. in Sociology at Immaculate Heart College in Hollywood, CA and aquired one year of graduate credit toward an M.A. in Social Case Work. Ann and her husband, Charles, are the proud parents of five daughters.

Ann was the originator and Project Coordinator of SKYNET which, since 1965, has served as a filter center and tracking system for public reporting of UFOs in the Los Angeles Basin area. With D. Scott Rogo, a parapsychologist, she co-authored the 1980 book, Tujunga Canyon Contacts. Her most recent book, How to Defend Yourself Against Alien Abduction, addresses the issue of how stout-hearted witnesses have fended off "greys" with a variety of resistance techniques and was published by Harmony Books in August 1998.

Mrs. Druffel regards the interdimensional hypothesis as a logical working hypothesis on UFO abduction/interaction scenarios, but feels that the ETH is not illogical when applied to physical UFO's viewed from a distance and exhibiting a surveillance mode. Like many other researchers, she gives credence to the view that a multi-source explanation might best elucidate the complex UFO Phenomenon. Ann was a speaker at the MUFON 1983 UFO Symposium in Pasadena, Ca.

Firestorm: Dr. James E. McDonald's Fight For UFO Science, published by Wild Flower Press in 2003, is Ann Druffel's most recent UFO-related book. Firestorm! is an authorized biographical account of the unprecedented, invaluable UFO research by Dr. James E. McDonald, a prestigious atmospheric physicist. McDonald was a fearless, tireless scientist who dared to enter the UFO field publicly in 1966, after eight prior years of private UFO research in and around his hometown of Tucson, Arizona. He was Senior Physicist and Meteorology Professor at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP) on the campus of the University of Arizona and worked with several U.S. government offices on multiple projects in climatology and meteorology.

He tapped numerous, highly-placed colleagues in the military, government and scientific fields for information during 1966-1971, known in the UFO field as "the McDonald years". He never neglected his climatological and meteorological projects, but nevertheless worked openly and successfully with objective lay UFO researchers, solving numerous cases and adding information to unsolved sightings, the true "UFOs".

By 1970, he seemed on the verge of actually breaking through the government coverup but unexpectedly died in June 1971, an apparent suicide. Two hypotheses are presented relating to McDonald's tragic death, as well as facts gleaned from dozens of interviews with McDonald's academic colleagues, family members and veterans in the UFO research field who knew and worked with him.



MUFON 1998 International UFO Symposium Proceedings
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