Thursday, April 24, 2008

NICAP and APRO: The Publicity Aspect

Once the two largest (in terms of membership) civilian UFO investigative organizations in the world, the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP) and the Aerial Phenomena Research Organization (APRO) exerted what influence they could afford with absurdly tight budgets to attract members.

In 1965, NICAP borrowed an interesting page from a 1965 issue of its own journal, The UFO Investigator (which first appeared in 1956), and widely distributed it (see blurb at top of page) to both press and public in order to boost membership. I'm taking the liberty of reproducing it here, and also wish to reiterate that the Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS -- see link in margin) offers for sale a complete set of The UFO Investigator, in addition to other NICAP items, on a reasonably priced compact disc. CUFOS received NICAP's files after the organization closed.

The other four pages here involve a special four-page brochure issued by APRO in 1974, probably the best- looking device the organization had ever printed to interest potential members since its inception in 1952. While some of the information is dated and elaborated on elsewhere by now, the basic writing and integrity of the publication truly does reflect APRO as it once existed, long before the tragic end of both the organization and its founders, Jim and Coral Lorenzen, explored in some depth via this blog over past months.