Bob Lazar : biography
Robert "Bob" Lazar (born January 26, 1959) is a controversial individual who claims qualifications as a scientist and engineer and alleged that he worked with extraterrestrial technology at a site called S4 near the Area 51 test facility.
Documentary and media appearances
- Dan Aykroyd Unplugged on UFO’s (Video) – 2005
- Conspiracy?: Area 51 (TV Series) – 2004
- Weird Travels (TV Series) – 2003
- Encounters With The Unexplained (TV Series) – 2000
- Close Encounters: Proof of Alien Contact (video) – 2000
- Area 51: The Alien Interview (Video) – 1997
- Dreamland: Area 51 (TV Documentary) – 1996
- Future Fantastic (TV Series) – 1996
- Yaoi Jun’ichi UFO shuzai tokuhô dai 3 dan (TV Documentary) – 1990
Desert Blast festival
Lazar and long time friend Gene Huff run Desert Blast, an annual festival for "explodaholics" in the Nevada desert. Starting in 1987, but only formally named in 1991, the name was inspired by Desert Storm. The festival features home-made explosives, rockets, jet-powered vehicles, and other pyrotechnics, with the intention of emphasizing the fun aspect of physics.
United Nuclear Scientific Equipment and Supplies
In 2000 Lazar started United Nuclear Scientific Equipment and Supplies, an amateur scientific supply company initially operated in Sandia Park, New Mexico, which then moved to Laingsburg, Michigan. United Nuclear sells a variety of materials including radioactive ores, powerful magnets, and other scientific curiosities like aerogel, as well as a variety of lab chemicals. United Nuclear claims "over 300,000 satisfied customers," and these customers include law-enforcement agencies, schools and amateur scientists as well as individual amateur scientists and students.
United Nuclear and legal issues
United Nuclear has had several legal issues in its history. In 2006 Lazar and his wife Joy White were charged with violating the Federal Hazardous Substances Act for shipping restricted chemicals across state lines following a federal investigation that began in 2003. The charges stemmed from a 2003 raid on United Nuclear’s business offices, where chemical sales records were examined. Lazar claimed that he mistakenly concluded that United Nuclear could legally sell the chemicals after finding incorrect information on the Internet. Small amounts of polonium, a radioactive element which was in the news at the time because of its role in fatally poisoning former Soviet intelligence agent and whistleblower Alexander Litvinenko, had been sold by the company.
In 2007, United Nuclear was fined $7,500 for violating a law prohibiting the sale of chemicals and components that are used to make illegal fireworks. United Nuclear Scientific Equipment and Supplies was placed on probation for three years after entering a guilty plea to three criminal counts of introducing banned hazardous substances into interstate commerce and aiding and abetting the introduction of banned hazardous substances into interstate commerce. Lazar and United Nuclear "pled guilty to three criminal counts of introducing into interstate commerce and aiding and abetting the introduction into interstate commerce of banned hazardous substances." Lazar also "entered into a consent decree that permanently limits the amount of future sales of fireworks-related chemicals", and United Nuclear Scientific Equipment and Supplies was placed on probation for three years.
Claims regarding Area 51 / Area S4
In November 1989, Lazar appeared in a special interview with investigative reporter George Knapp on Las Vegas TV station KLAS to discuss his purported employment at "S4", a facility he claims exists near Area 51. In his interview with Knapp, Lazar said he encountered several flying saucers. He says he first thought the saucers were secret terrestrial aircraft whose test flights must have been responsible for many UFO reports. On closer examination and from having been shown multiple briefing documents, Lazar came to the conclusion that the discs were of extraterrestrial origin. In his filmed testimony Lazar explains how this impression first hit him after he boarded one craft being studied and examined its interior. Lazar claims to have "worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory (specifically in the Meson Physics facility ), involved with experiments using the 1/2 mile long Linear Particle Accelerator."http://www.unitednuclear.com/about.htm Knapp claimed to find Lazar’s name among that of other scientists in the 1982 Los Alamos phone book and have a 1982 Los Alamos Monitor news article mentioning "Lazar, [as] a physicist at the Los Alamos Meson Physics Facility."