Rob McConnell Interviews – LEE SPEIGEL – UFOs and the Media

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UFOs and the Media – Lee Speigel has been interested in the idea of UFOs, aliens, living dinosaurs and the whole range of topics that often overlap the worlds of science and unexplained phenomena since he was a young boy. His first foray into the pursuit and investigation of these topics was in 1975 when he produced and wrote a documentary record album, “UFOs: The Credibility Factor,” for CBS Inc. It marked the first time that military and scientific voices came together to disclose their personal UFO encounters and to call for government recognition of the phenomenon. In 1978, in another early attempt at UFO disclosure, but this time on a world stage, Speigel became the only person in history to produce a major presentation on UFOs at the United Nations. Under the sponsorship of Grenada, he brought together leading military and scientific experts who urged world leaders to establish an international UFO study panel. Between 1978 and 1986, Speigel produced, wrote and hosted NBC Radio’s “UFO Reports,” “Unexplained Phenomena” and “The Edge of Reality” (nearly 1500 local and national programs, spanning eight years.) 1978 was also important as Speigel became one of the first media personalities — through his NBC Radio features — to bring public awareness of the now-legendary 1947 Roswell, NM, UFO crash; through the efforts of nuclear physicist Stanton Friedman, Speigel produced a weeklong series of radio reports that featured exclusive interviews with military personnel who were directly involved with the initial Roswell cover-up. Within the same time period as his NBC experience, Speigel was also a feature writer for OMNI magazine, including several cover stories about UFOs and cryptozoology. In 1993, he produced and wrote “Lincoln’s Music In America: The Classics In Space,” a national award-winning classical music special focusing on the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Broadcast over the Concert Music Network, the show was co-hosted by Dr. Frank Drake, founder of the SETI Institute, and is in the permanent collection of the Paley Center for Media in New York City. Between 2007 and 2009, while on staff at ABCNews.com, Speigel wrote feature stories about the Roswell, NM, UFO legend, looking for life in meteorites and the controversial practice of firewalking. Since 2010, Speigel has written hundreds of stories covering unexplained phenomena and UFOs for the AOL-Huffington Post Media Group in New York.

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