9 January 2003
A great light in the world of media has left this world with the departure of Sarah McClendon.
I first met Sarah at one of her group meetings at the National Press Club, where I had been asked to present an overview of what CSETI and The Disclosure Project had found in our investigations. Already in her late 80s, she showed a quick wit and a strong presence - qualities that had served her well as a White House reporter since the 1940s.
I was immediately reminded of many members of my own southern family: consummate characters who would be nobodies fool and who could see through all the pretense and nonsense of Washington.
The fact that UFOs and Extraterrestrial Intelligence were topics non grata among the hide-bound media crowd in Washington did not - in the least - deter Sarah from pursuing the truth on this controversial matter. On the contrary, I sensed that she delighted in digging into a forbidden area of officialdom and secrecy, even if - or perhaps especially since - it was unpopular to do so. She asked many piercing and insightful questions and pondered the answers; if not satisfied, she would go at me again. It was great.
During a private conversation with her and one of her aides, I remember being told about how Sarah had approached President Clinton and asked him why he would not openly support Disclosure of the UFO secrets. She said that the President bent down to her in her wheelchair and quietly said, "Sarah, they won't tell me anything about it, so how can we disclose it?"
She thought I would be astonished by this until I told her that the same had happened to Kennedy, Carter and other Presidents, and that I had met with President Clinton's first CIA Director, James Woolsey, who had had the same experience. From what I could tell, she was genuinely shocked that such figures would be lied to; I told her it happened everyday, at least on this subject.
Ultimately, she provided The Disclosure Project with official sponsorship at the National Press Club for the historic event on May 9, 2001. There she sat on the front row, with dozens of cameras whirling in the back of the hall, as over 20 military, intelligence and government insiders told the world what they knew about the existence of UFOs and extraterrestrial intelligence. You could tell that she was loving every minute of it!
The media, and the world, has lost a great figure, one whose indomitable will and integrity was a beacon for truth for over 50 years of service.
We can only hope and pray that another person of Sarah McClendon's stature and honesty rises from the ranks of the media to honestly report to the world the truth about the greatest secret ever kept from mankind.
Thank you Sarah - you are in our hearts and in our prayers.
Steven M. Greer MD
Director, The Disclosure Project
Albemarle County Virginia
9 January 2003