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Expanding Frontiers Archive

Expanding Frontiers Research is committed to collecting, preserving, and archiving historical information to share with the public. 

EFR houses one of the most critical and unique UFO archives in the United States. 

Ann Druffel

Ann Druffel dated her interest in the UFO question from 1945 when, as a schoolgirl, she viewed a bright yellowish object, very high in clear blue skies over Long Beach, California. She and her mother, Aileen Walsh McElroy, watched the object as it slowly traveled in a westerly direction. After about an hour and one-half, having traveled about 30 degrees from the NNE to the NNW, it then released 15-20 smaller shiny objects, which took varying paths out and away from the main object. Years later, it was determined that this sighting occurred at about the same time the first experimental atom bomb was exploded in New Mexico.

Interested in earth mysteries of all kinds, Druffel researched various aspects of the UFO question and investigated reports of all kinds since 1957. She was one of the first investigators for NICAP, and remained with that organization from April 1957 to 1973. During the NICAP years she became acquainted with the renowned atmospheric physicist, Dr. James E. McDonald, and participated with him in several UFO cases during his six years of UFO research. After NICAP was destroyed by subversive agents from the FBI and CIA who had secretly penetrated into the higher realms of NICAP, Druffel joined the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) as investigator, frequent contributor to their journals and other official capacities. She also joined the Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS) and contributed articles on California sightings and other UFO subjects to IUR (International UFO Reporter). She was a U.S. consultant and regular contributor for the British research journal FLYING SAUCER REVIEW (FSR) through 2004. 

Druffel authored six books and numerous articles for newsstand magazines on UFOs and other earth mysteries and contributed 190+ articles and columns for top UFO journals in the field. Her grand opus remains FIRESTORM! DR. JAMES E. McDONALD's FIGHT FOR UFO SCIENCE. Published in July 2003 by Wild Flower Press/Granite Publications, it re-introduced the phenomenal UFO research of prestigious atmospheric physicist, James E. McDonald, to the world. The astounding gains McDonald made, during his public work in the UFO field between 1966 and 1971, gives us undeniable evidence that the scientifically-oriented approach is necessary to solve the UFO problem. The book details how McDonald made great strides in convincing the scientific community at large that UFOs were a real phenomenon which was being neglected by science, and also how he apparently was at the verge of breaking through the government coverup. Tragically, McDonald's breakthroughs were unexpectedly cut short in 1971 when he died an apparent suicide. FIRESTORM! relives McDonald's work and methods which, if put into effect today in the UFO field, could perhaps bring about a solution.


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Gordon Lore

Gordon Lore

Gordon Lore was a well-published author and writer/editor for fifty-five years. He is the author, co-author, and editor of several UFO books (including the best-selling Mysteries of the Skies: UFOs in Perspective and Strange Effects from UFOs). 

He was also the Vice President of the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP, then the world's largest and most respected UFO organization). 

He was the researcher and author of several thousand articles on numerous subjects including UFOs, kidney disease, mysticism, the Space Shuttle, aviation, and the Russian petroleum industry. 

Gordon was an unpaid technical advisor for the renowned Stanley Kubrick film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.


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