Location: Denver, CO, 80202 USA

Donald R. Schmitt

UFOs in the Spotlight

Media Suppression of the Reality of UFOS… Began at Roswell

No other UFO event is more demonstrative of free speech violations than the Roswell crash of 1947. From shutting down the very city of Roswell, the the New Mexican governor’s office and beyond to Washington, D.C., the Pentagon went to the most extreme measures to assure that the reality and truth of the crash didn’t get out to the public. To accomplish such a monumental feat, officialdom required the cooperation of the press and needed their full involvement as accomplices to not only shut-down the story but also to reinforce the misinformation. It was a high-risk effort but all to quickly it served the purpose of the arbiters of one of the greatest cover-ups of all time. Over the past 40 years Roswell has received more publicity than any other case; some fair, some supportive, but much of it still in compliance with the secret-keepers. Aside from 1947, what renewed examples of government subterfuge have taken place in recent years, and for a UFO incident which has solicited four official explanations, is there any softening of prior tactics, or should we be prepared for a fifth, and a sixth solution from those who have been spreading deception for now 75 years.


Donald R. Schmitt is the former Director of Special Investigations for the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO studies (CUFOS) in Chicago, where he also served on the Board of Directors for ten years. He is a co-founder of the International UFO Museum and Research Center (IUFOMRC) in Roswell and serves as an advisor to the Board of Directors. A six-time best-selling author, his first book, co-authored with Dr. Kevin D. Randle, UFO Crash at Roswell, was made into a Golden Globe-nominated “Best Made for TV Movie – Roswell.” Both Kevin and Don served as technical advisors to the film and also had cameo appearances. His other best-selling works are The Truth about the UFO Crash at Roswell, Witness to Roswell, Inside the Real Area 51, and The Children of Roswell and UFO Secrets at Wright Patterson.

Don was an onset consultant at Paramount Pictures for the TV series “Roswell,” UFO consultant to NBC’s “Unsolved Mysteries,” and he co-hosted the pilot of “Greetings from the Unknown” with Sally Kellerman. He also produced, co-authored, and co-starred with John de Lancie in the live theatrical radio dramatization, “Roswell, the Unheard Broadcast. Don also co-produced, wrote, and narrated the audio CD, “UFO Crash at Roswell; The Audio Commentary” by Virgin Records.

His book, Witness to Roswell, co-authored with Thomas J. Carey, was the number one best-selling UFO book in the world for 2007 and 2008. The book has been optioned for a feature film production by Stellar Productions under the title “Crash.” Don is also a co-producer of the feature documentary “The Phenomenon,” produced and directed by James Fox. He has also written the book, Cover-up at Roswell, and co-authored with Carey two new books, Roswell; The Ultimate Cold Case – Closed, and Roswell The Chronological Pictorial.

A renowned international speaker in such countries as Russia, China, Japan, Australia, South America, Mexico, Canada, the United Kingdom, and throughout Europe, Don has appeared on Oprah, CBS 48 Hours, Larry King Live, Peter Jennings, Montel Williams, Mancow Muller, Leo Zagami, Kevin Matthews, Eddy Schwartz, Shirley Maclaine, Jim Bohannon, Morton Downey Jr., Jerry Doyle, Robert Conrad, John Boy and Billie, Danny Bonaduci, ABC News, NBC News, Paul Harvey News, WGN, Sonja Live, Coast to Coast, Jimmy Church, Clyde Lewis, and hundreds more programs throughout the world. He has also appeared in over 30 documentaries, often serving as consultant, on the subject of Roswell or UFOs in general.

To date, there have been five archaeological digs at the 1947 Roswell debris/crash site all led and supervised by Don. In 2003, a stone monument with an inscription written by Don was placed overlooking the site to commemorate the event.

Having received his first degree in Associate of Applied Science in Commercial Art, he then received his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude from Concordia University. Don lives with his wife Marie on a ranch in the Hubertus/Holy Hill area in Wisconsin.