Dr. James E. McDonald 1920-1971 was a noted atmospheric scientist at the University of Arizona in Tucson, but today is best known for his tireless advocacy of UFOs. More controversial than most UFO advocates, McDonald’s methods were confrontational, and he did not get along well even with many who shared his beliefs about UFOs, like J. Allen Hynek and Jacques Vallee. McDonald came under intense scrutiny and criticism from arch UFO skeptic Philip J. Klass, who not only criticized inconsistencies in McDonald’s statements, but accused him of mis-using funds from his government contracts to conduct his UFO research which criticism turned out to be substantially correct. This has led to irresponsible suggestions that Klass virtually ‘hounded’ McDonald to his tragic suicide. As we will see below, McDonald’s suicide didn’t have anything to do with Klass, or UFOs.

via Bad UFOs: Skepticism, UFOs, and The Universe: FBI Releases its Files on Dr. James E. McDonald.

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