William J. Birnes

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William J. Birnes
Born(1944-11-07) November 7, 1944 (age 70)
NationalityAmerican
EducationNew York University, Concord University
OccupationAuthor, Editor, Publisher
Known forUFO Hunters
UFO Magazine
 
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William J. Birnes
Born(1944-11-07) November 7, 1944 (age 70)
NationalityAmerican
EducationNew York University, Concord University
OccupationAuthor, Editor, Publisher
Known forUFO Hunters
UFO Magazine

William J. "Bill" Birnes (born November 7, 1944) is an American author, editor, publisher and literary rights agent. A graduate of New York University, he holds a Ph.D in medieval literature (with a dissertation on Piers Plowman) from the same institution (1974) and later earned a J.D. degree from Concord Law School.[1]

As a writer of popular nonfiction, he co-authored The Riverman with detective/academic Robert D. Keppel (1995), an account of serial killer Ted Bundy's involvement in the apprehension of Green River Killer Gary Ridgway. The book was adapted into a made-for-TV film (2004) on A&E. Following the publication of The Day After Roswell (1998), a collaboration with Philip J. Corso, Birnes has emerged as a prominent UFOlogist.

In his previous career as a literary scholar, Birnes served as a Lily Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and taught literature and linguistics at Trenton State College.

He has appeared on the History Channel's television documentary series: UFO Files (2004-2007), Ancient Aliens (2009-2013), NASA's Unexplained Files and I Know What I Saw. He starred in UFO Hunters (2008-2009) as leader of an investigative team of fellow ufologists.[2]

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