Monday, April 30, 2007
NICAP Membership in the Mid-Sixties
My first venture into joining UFO investigative organizations involved NICAP, the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena. I joined NICAP in March of 1964 and kept my membership current until the organization folded in 1979. Concerned particularly as this blog is with UFO antiquities, I thought it might be of interest to feature old NICAP mailings now and then. (For extensive information about the NICAP years and the excellent UFO reports the organization investigated, be sure to visit the official NICAP website at: http://nicap.org )
Today, from 1964, here are two mailed documents. One is an information sheet about NICAP (notice on the list of advisers the name of Albert M. Chop, discussed on this blog on April 19). The other is the standard "welcome" letter for new members, with NICAP director Maj. Donald E. Keyhoe's (USMC, ret.) signature at the bottom.
I had the pleasure of visiting Washington, D.C. the following year, where I briefly met Major Keyhoe, assistant director Richard Hall and NICAP secretary Mrs. L. Day. This was the summer of 1965, when the nation was experiencing a flurry of UFO reports, and the NICAP staff was very busy.