Friday, July 4th • 12 p.m. • UFO Museum North Library • Lecture – Inside the Real Area 51
Saturday, July 5th • 10 a.m. • UFO Museum North Library • Lecture – On the Road (to Roswell) with Don and Tom
Saturday, July 5th • 6 p.m. • UFO Museum North Library • Panel Discussion – Roswell Panel Part 1
Sunday, July 6th • 5 p.m. • UFO Museum North Library • Panel Discussion – Roswell Panel Part 2
Donald R. Schmitt is the former co-director of the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies in Chicago where he served as Director of Special Investigations for 10 years. Prior to that time, he was a special investigator for the late Dr. J. Allen Hynek and the art director for the International UFO Reporter. Schmitt graduated from MATC with a degree in Commercial Art and graduated cum laude from Concordia University with a degree in Liberal Arts. He is currently taking graduate courses in Criminal Justice. He and Tom Carey, his partner of 18 years, have already outlined their next writing collaboration – on the Roswell Incident of 1947. He is author of hundreds of articles about UFOs as well as the co-author of five best-selling books UFO Crash at Roswell, The Truth About the UFO Crash at Roswell, Witness To Roswell, Witness to Roswell: Revised Addition, and Inside the Real Area 51; The Secret History of Wright Patterson. He is also the author of Roswell, The Chronological Pictorial. Schmitt has led and organized the four official archaeological dig projects at the actual Roswell crash/debris field conducted in 1989, 2002, 2006, and 2013. The second effort became the central theme of the highest rated show up to that time in the history of the Sci Fi Channel The Roswell Crash: Startling New Evidence. He is an internationally known lecturer including Battelle Institute. His interview list includes Oprah, Peter Jennings, CBS 48 Hours, Paul Harvey, Larry King Live, Montel Williams, Mancow Muller, Kevin Mathews, Art Bell, George Noory, Shirley McClaine Show, Fox Good Day LA, NPR, Mutual Broadcasting Network, CNN Investigates, Sci Fi Investigates, Disney Channel, National Geographic Channel, Smithsonian Channel, The Travel Channel, BBC, Learning Channel, Today Show, NBC, ABC News, CNN News, OMNI Magazine and many more. He was an on-set consultant at Paramount Studios on one episode of the TV series Roswell. The basis of his research and consultation has been the theme of many documentaries including UFO Secret: The Roswell Crash and two-time British Academy Award winner producer John Purdies’s The Roswell Incident. Schmitt feels that by far his greatest achievement was the Golden Globe Best Picture nominated motion picture Roswell, which was based on the first book, co-authored with Dr. Kevin Randle. Presently, He and Stanton Friedman serve as advisors to the International UFO Museum and Research Center Board of Directors. He and Stanton will also be portrayed in the motion picture Majic Men produced by Stellar Productions. Don is also an associate producer of the 2015 feature docu-drama film 701, which is being scripted by Peabody Award winning writer Tracy Torme. Don and his wife Marie live on a ranch in Holy Hill, Wisconsin.