Don Ecker - MUFON-LA
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Don Ecker is a writer/researcher/commentator currently living in the Los Angeles area. Serving as the former Director of Research and Media Liaison for UFO Magazine, Ecker is an internationally renowned investigator of the UFO phenomenon. A former law enforcement officer and criminal investigator with over 10 years experience, he brings legitimacy to a field that has for years suffered being painted with a fringe brush. He has written numerous articles for the definitive UFO publication, UFO Magazine, as well as articles for international publications, the United Kingdom's Fortean Times, Omni, the Compuserve System, and the ParaNet Computer Data Base.
Ecker became interested in the UFO question in 1966, when along with several other people he was witness to a sighting of the enigma. "It was unlike anything I had ever seen before, and I realized then that there was much more to this than the authorities were letting on."
After graduating from high school in 1968, Ecker attended college for one year and then enlisted in the United States Army. He was selected for the elite Army Security Agency, where he volunteered for Special Operations. He served in Southeast Asia for 26 months, was wounded twice, decorated and then returned to the U.S.
He returned to college for another year, then applied to his home town police department, where he became a officer.
In 1986, while a member of his department's SWAT Team, Ecker was wounded, which led to his retirement. While recuperating, he started to research and write on the UFO mystery. As a criminal investigator in 1982, he had been leading an investigation in of several cattle mutilations, which Ecker later discovered where somehow connected to the UFO mystery.
In 1989, during the International MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) Conference in Las Vegas, Ecker presented a paper on his research. He has appeared numerous times on the "Larry King Live" talk show on CNN, and has been utilized repeatedly as an expert commentator and technical adviser by NBC's "Hard Copy," Fox's "A Current Affair" and recently was the technical adviser and on-screen expert for the Fox Television "Sightings" program and ENCOUNTERS. He has also appeared on CNBC's "TALK AMERICA", and the SCI FI Channel's "ANTI-GRAVITY ROOM" and DISCOVERY CHANNEL's "CYBERLIFE" and during the Roswell Anniversary he was interviewed on "Entertainment Tonight" and "EXTRA." Ecker was a featured speaker at Nevada's dedication of the Extraterrestrial Highway during the premier of "Independence Day", the summer blockbuster of 1996.
Ecker hosted his own weekly national radio talk show, "UFOs Tonite!," on Cable Radio Network for five years, "STRANGE DAZE" 5 nights a week on the Liberty Works Radio Network, and 2004 to 2005 DARK MATTERS with Dwight Schultz. Starting in January of 2010, he brought back Dark Matters Radio on the CyberstationUSA Network where the show airs Monday thru Friday beginning at 10:00 PM Pacific Time. Ecker has been a guest on well over a thousand radio talk shows around the country.
Ecker brings important historical knowledge to the study of the phenomenon. As he has stated, "The case for a conspiracy of silence is there for all to see. All one has to do is to look to the history of the U.S. Government and UFOs. The government, and more specifically the U.S. Military, has always been aware of this mystery and the potential danger and promise it might represent. We as citizens have a right to know what is occurring, and what if anything our government is doing about this enigma."
Ecker is true to his word and ideas. In 1991, he broke one of the biggest UFO stories of the year. Investigating the 1988 Soviet unmanned probes to Mars, Phobos I and II, Ecker uncovered an amazing story of the Phobos II's apparent encounter with a huge unknown and the probe's ultimate disappearance. He was able to secure a photograph of the unknown from the Soviet Glavkosmos Space Agency. He was asked to appear on NBC's "Hard Copy" and Live CNN's "Larry King" to talk about this incident where he revealed the photograph for the first time.
In 1992, Ecker once again broke one of the biggest UFO stories of the year. Breaking it once again on "Hard Copy" and then following it up on "Larry King Live," Ecker brought to public attention the amazing story of STS-48, the Discovery shuttle mission photographing UFO enigmas in earth orbit, and the drastic maneuvers the unknowns took when "something" appeared to shoot at them.
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