Many years later, Fry also changed the date the event took place from July 4, 1950 to July 4, 1949.
Swiss UFO contactee Billy Meier has identified Daniel Fry as an authentic contactee .
Using Alan's ideas as a foundation, Understanding Inc. served to spread alternative social and spiritual ideas by speeches, meetings and in the newsletter. The newsletter, first published in 1956, was typically about 20 pages long, published monthly and ran for 240+ issues until 1979.
Understanding Inc. peaked in the early sixties with about 1,500 paid members and 60 or so "Units" in America. Mid-way through its waning years in 1974, Understanding was donated 55 acres (220,000 m²) of land including eight buildings near Tonopah, Arizona by Enid Smith. The buildings, first intended as a religious college, had the ironic feature of being round and saucer shaped. Understanding Inc. had fully taken the property over by 1976 but given Daniel's tight finances during his retirement and the falling Understanding membership, the property fell into disrepair. In late September and early October of 1978, the kitchen and the library were burned to the ground by an arsonist and never rebuilt.
Understanding Inc. was considered by some to be a cult, but Daniel was clear it wasn't in a 1969 Daily Courier article "The group is not mystic, he says, and is not a flying saucer watching organization although some members hold definite beliefs and interests in both areas. Understanding Inc. which is a non-profit, tax exempt corporation, works on the principles that there is nothing that members are required to believe or accept or do, Dr. Fry said." During the early 1970s, Professor Robert S. Ellwood of the University of Southern California studied many new and unconventional religious and spiritual groups in the United States. During his research, he attended a meeting held in Inglewood, California by members of Understanding, Inc. and noted that, "There is no particular religious practice connected with the meeting, although interestingly the New Age Prayer derived from the Alice Bailey writings is used as an invocation."
From 1954 onward, with little reimbursement, Fry gave thousands of lectures to organizations such as service clubs, radio and television stations. He also published other books such as "Atoms, Galaxies and Understanding", "To Men of Earth", "Steps to the Stars", "Curve of Development", "Can God Fill Teeth?" and "Verse and Worse". He, along with other contactees would attend the yearly Spacecraft Convention at Giant Rock in Yucca Valley for the next twenty years, hosted by a friend and fellow contactee, George Van Tassel.
The next important point was in 1949. After the war, when there were massive layoffs, Daniel had moved to Oregon to scrape out an existence. But because of Daniel's work with Edmund Sawyer at Crescent and other related rocketry work, Daniel got a job with Aerojet setting up instrumentation to test rockets at the test range in White Sands, New Mexico. It was that year he would have his reported "incident" with Alan and alter the trajectory of his life.
Most of the events following 1919 and 1949 were a result of the changes that had happened during those years. After 1919, Daniel would turn his working knowledge of explosives into jobs with rockets, which would evolve, thanks in part to his early involvement with Crescent, into jobs with rocket instrumentation.
After 1949, because of his supposed contact with Alan, he would be a founding member of the contactee movement, form Understanding, publish 240+ issues of the Understanding newsletter, author multiple books and give thousands of lectures, interviews and talks. Fry was the 1972 vice-presidential nominee of the Universal Party. The presidential nominee was Gabriel Green.
The last point of interest was in 1978 when everything started to crumble. For Christmas that year, Daniel would note with frustration the dwindling membership and see the library and kitchen at the Tonopah site burned to the ground by an arsonist. Shortly before the fire, Daniel would turn over the Understanding organization to Mr. and Mrs. Sellman and move to Alamogordo, New Mexico with Florence. Less than a year later, the Sellmans quit, along with a number of other long time board members like Tahahlita, because of Daniel's refusal to negotiate a settlement over the Tonopah site lawsuit related to Enid Smith's contested will. With the Understanding organization in tatters, the publication of the newsletter ceased in 1979 for the first time in over 20 years. A year later, Daniel's second wife, Florence, would be dead from breast cancer.
In the early 1960s Fry sold his share in Crescent and moved up to Merlin, Oregon where he ran the Merlin Development Company until moving to Tonopah, Arizona in the 1970s. There he looked after Enid Smith until her death and managed her estate including property she had donated to Understanding, Inc. Shortly before Understanding ceased to function in 1979, Daniel retired to Alamogordo, New Mexico but a few years later, restarted publication of the Understanding newsletter, by now reduced to a single 8" x 14" page, which he continued until 1989.
His parents left practically no estate and at the age of eighteen he found himself entirely dependent upon his own resources. He completed high school but because of increasing unemployment that preceded the 1930s depression he abandoned plans for university. However, he found what jobs he could and studied during the evenings. He worked through the subjects he would have taken at university by using material from the Pasadena Public Library. He became interested in chemistry and eventually specialized in the use of explosives finally settling on the new field of rocketry.
He married his first wife, Elma, in 1934 and had three children. He divorced Elma in 1964 while in Merlin, Oregon and took up common-law residence with Bertha (aka Tahahlita) until moving to Tonopah, Arizona in the mid 1970s. There he married Florence and before Florence died of breast cancer in 1980, they retired to Alamogordo, New Mexico. Daniel then married Cleona, a local Alamogordo resident in 1982 and lived with her until his death on December 20, 1992.