James E. McDonald
One of the earliest reputable scientific researchers of UFOs, McDonald grew frustrated with the USAF Project Blue Book and pushed Congress for serious investigations.
While driving in the Arizona desert with two colleagues, McDonald pointed out an unusual object in the distance that none of the three scientists could identify. This sighting sparked his interest in UFOS. In time, McDonald would interview more than 500 UFO witnesses.
He looked into government documents related to UFOs and was critical of what he considered to be unsatisfactory research done by Project Blue Book and the Condon Report. As explained by McDonald, "UFOs represented an important unsolved mystery which had not been adequately studied by science." He believed that these phenomenon were not being taken seriously enough by the American government and scientific community.