David Jacobs, PH.D.
Associate Professor of History at Temple University
Jacob's The UFO Controversy in America 1975 was a result of a thesis paper in college. Jacobs has an interest in the abduction phenomena and has written Secret Life: Firsthand Accounts of UFO Abductions 1992 and The Threat -
He has a website: ICAR -
Jim and Coral Lorenzen
Husband and wife team of Ufologists who founded APRO, the Aerial Phenomena Research Organization in 1952. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s that organization and Keyhoe's NICAP were the leading ??? UFO groups. APRO was the first organization to take seriously UFO landing reports and entity or humanoid sightings.
APRO declined in membership in the 1970s while MUFON rose in membership. Jim Lorenzen died of cancer in 1986 while his wife Coral died in 1988. The Lorenzens wrote several books including UFOs Over the Americas in 1968.
American journalist, best known for his 1975 book, The Mothman Prophecies about weird happenings in West Virginia and southern Ohio in 1966 including UFO sightings and Men in Black (M.I.B.) His other books include The Eighth Tower, Our Haunted Planet -
The Mothman Prophecies was made into a film starring Richard Gere.
Keel has expressed skepticism of the extraterrestrial hypothesis and has claimed what crashed at Roswell was nothing but a World War II Japanese Fugo balloon.
French born computer scientist with a PH.D. Vallee in the early 1960s was associated with Dr. J. Allen Hynek. Vallee's Anatomy of a Phenomenon was one of the first pro-
The French Ufologist in the film Close Encounters of the Third Kind is based on Dr. Vallee.
Budd Hopkins New York artist and hypnotist who after seeing a UFO became interested in the subject. He specializes in researching the Abduction Phenomenon. Missing Time, published in 1981 was a bestseller. Later books are Intruders: The Incredible Visitations at Copley Woods and Sight Unseen -
Pulitzer Prize winning psychiatrist and UFO abduction researcher. He won the Pulitzer for his biography of Lawrence of Arabia. Later he became interested in UFOs and abductions while at Harvard University. His 1994 book Abduction: Human Encounters with Aliens caused much controversy. Some tried to get him removed from teaching a Harvard. In 1949 Mack wrote Passport to the Cosmos. In that book he compared abductions to the shamanic visions primitive people like Native Americans had. Mack said we live in a multi-
Mack founded the PEER group; Program for Extraordinary Experience Research. Tragically, Mack was killed by a drunk driver in London, England in 2004. Ironically he was doing research for a book on life after death.
Philip J. Klass
Klass graduated in 1941 with a degree in electrical engineering from Iowa State University. For a while he worked for General Electric. Later he worked for 34 years for Aristian Week and Space Technology magazine. Klass was best know as a debunker of UFOs. He wrote several books including UFOs: The Public Deceived, Prometheus Books 1983 and The Real Roswell Crashed??? Saucer Cover-
Cornell educated astronomer, Carl Sagan, was the great popularizer of Astronomy in the 1970s and 1980s.
Several times he appeared on Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show.
He always expressed skepticism of UFOs and the paranormal. His The Demon-
Born 1897 -
Born in _______ and ______ at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Keyhoe became a Marine Corps major. He retired in 1923 after suffering an injury.
In 1927 he was an aide to aviator Charles Lindburgh.
He is best known as a popular free-
In 1953 Keyhoe became head of the civilian UFO group NICAP, the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena. It declined in membership and Keyhoe resigned. Keyhoe was probably the first noted person to accuse the U.S. government of covering up the secret of UFOs from the American people.
Born 1920 -
Ohio native Stringfield served in Counter Intelligence in World War II. It was while in a plane in August 1945 over the Pacific that he saw a UFO. For 31 years he worked for Dubois Chemicals. In the 1940s he worked with Air Defense Command, he was also director of CRIFO, Civilian Research Interplanetary (Flying???) Objects.
Stringfield was a crash retrieval specialist. He had sources whose names he kept confidential who told him of crashed saucers and alien bodies. Most of his writings called Status Reports were self-
His book Situation Red: The UFO Siege was published in 1977.
After receiving his Master of Science degree from the University of Chicago Friedman was employed for 14 years as a nuclear physicist. Since the mid 1960s he has been a fulltime lecturer, researcher and writer on UFOs.
Friedman feels that some UFOs are alien spacecraft. He coined the term, "Cosmic Watergate" to describe the UFO cover-
Friedman is one of the few people who actually makes a career in UFOs. He lectures throughout the world at UFO conventions. He is probably the best known living Ufologist.
American novelist of paranormal science fiction books like Warday? and Wolfen. In the late 1980s his non-
J. Allen Hynek
Born 1910 -
He is probably the most famous Ufologist of his day. An astronomer at both Ohio State University and Northwestern, he helped start CUFOS, the Center for UFO Studies in Evanston, Illinois. Hynek began his career as a skeptic and debunker of UFOs for the government during the Air Force's Project Blue Book. Gradually Hynek changed his thoughts about the reality of UFOs and finally accepted the fact that some UFOs probably do have an exotic origin, possibly from another planet or another dimension.
Two famous cases are associated with Dr. Hynek. The 1964 Soccoro, New Mexico landing of a craft seen by police officer Lonnie Zamora which left physical traces and the 1966 sightings in Michigan. Hynek made the mistake of saying perhaps what was seen was "swamp gas". This caused much ridicule in the press and then Congressman Gerald Ford called for an investigation. Hynek coined the term "Close Encounters of the First, Second, and Third Kind". His writings include The UFO Experience -
With his goatee and pipe clenched in his hand, Hynek looked like the typical scientist.
Charles Hoy Fort
Born 1874 -
Born in Albany, New York, journalist Fort has been called "The First Ufologist" even though he died two decades before the term UFO was coined.
Fort collected tens of thousands of articles from newspapers and scientific journals on anomalous phenomena such as mysterious lights in the sky, strange disappearances and unusual animals. He collected this information into four books, The Book of the Damned -
The word "Fortean" that describes any scholar of the unexplained is derived from his name. Fort was the first to speculate that aliens may be experimenting on our planet. He wrote "I think we are property".
Fort lived much of his life in poverty. He practically lived in libraries. The British Fortean Times magazine is named in his honor.