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'Rand' Document - Backgrounder

From: Jan Aldrich <jan@CYBERZONE.NET>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 1997 09:07:05 -0800
Fwd Date: Tue, 25 Nov 1997 08:47:05 -0500
Subject: 'Rand' Document - Backgrounder

Greetings List Members,

I guess ufology has no institution memory.  About every six
months someone "discovers" "THE RAND DOCUMENT"!!!! <Drum roll,

George Kocher worked at RAND.  He was interested in the UFOs.  He
wrote up a short paper for circulation within RAND.  It was
personal.  It was not an official RAND document.  Kocher got
little or no response to his privately circulated document.  One
copy of it did make its way to Wright-Patterson.  LTC Quintanilla
wrote RAND a blazing letter.  Once again, Quinanilla's letter was
not an official ATIC response, but from Quintanilla's address and
his personal opinion.

Kocher's supervisor turned Quintanilla's letter over to Kocher.
RAND never responded to Quintanilla.  Kocher did not follow up on
his paper.  The matter went no further.  Kocher confirmed all
this in a letter to Dr. Hynek which is now at CUFOS with a copy
of Quintanilla's letter.  CUFOS made copies of Kocher's document
available years ago.  You can, I believe, still purchase copies
from them.

Ruppelt, I believe in his papers, mentioned that the chief of
RAND in the early 1950s was hostile towards UFOs.  Prior to that
RAND had done a "Spaceship" study that COL McCoy requested in
1948.  Parts of the study were used in the Project Grudge

There were several RAND scientists who, like Kocher, had at one
time or another a personal interest in UFOs.  NICAP was in
contact with one or two.  However, over the years contact was
lost with these people.

There was one request from a scientist at RAND in 1965 to the Air
Force for UFO material.  The Air Force forwarded the request to
Hynek. Nothing seems to have come of it.  Again, it may have just
been a personal interest item.

The Kocher's document will probably now fade from sight, and in
six months we can again go through another cycle of the great
discovery of THE RAND DOCUMENT!

Jan Aldrich
Project 1947

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