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For The Record: Albert M. Chop

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Mon, 02 Apr 2007 08:10:37 -0400
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Subject: For The Record: Albert M. Chop





From: Francis Ridge <nicap.nul>
To: current-encounters.nul
Date:  Mon, 2 Apr 2007 03:09:56 -0500
Subject: Who Was Series: Albert M. Chop


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Chop, Albert M. (1916-2006)

As Press Chief for the U.S. Air Force in 1952, Albert M. Chop
was a direct participant in the famous July 1952 radar-visual
UFO sightings around Washington, D.C.

Chop attended the University of Dayton for two years, and was a
newsman for the Dayton Daily News and the Associated Press from
1937-1943.

During World War II he served as a combat correspondent with the
U.S. Marine Corps (which might account for his cooperative
relationship with Maj. Donald E. Keyhoe, USMC Ret.)

After several years in public relations and advertising
copywriting, Chop became Press Chief for the Air Materiel
Command in Dayton, Ohio, in 1951. He was transferred to the
Department of Defense in Washington, D.C. in 1952 where he
served as Press Chief and was public spokesman for the Air Force
UFO project.

From 1953 to 1962 he was a public relations representative for
Douglas Aircraft Company. He then became Deputy of Public
Affairs for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
(NASA) from 1962 until 1975. For two years after that he was
employed by the Atomic Energy Commission in a management
position.

Chop was involved in providing information and writing for the
1956 Greene-Rouse Productions documentary film UFO, which
included the 1950 Montana film taken by Nick Mariana and the
1952 Utah film by Delbert C. Newhouse.

The documentary also recreated the Washington sightings and
other important cases, providing new, inside information to the
public.

Chop gave an oral history to the Sign Historical Group in
November 1999 in which he talks about his relationship with
Donald Keyhoe, whose dedicated and persistent interest resulted
in his obtaining the good information that he did on Air Force
cases.

Chop also describes being present at Washington National Airport
on the night in July 1952 watching on radar and hearing the
communications when an Air Force F-94 pilot reported being
surrounded by UFOs. (This incident is reconstructed in the movie
UFO.)

He quotes the pilot as saying, "They're closing in on me! What
shall I do?"

Chop: "There was dead silence in the radar room; no one knew
what to say. I don't mind telling you this, it scared me! It was
frightening! And I think everybody in the room was very
apprehensive. They had to be intelligently controlled."

His experience that night convinced him that UFOs probably were
from another planet.

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Website of the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena
http://www.nicap.org/


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From: Francis Ridge <nicap.nul>
To: current-encounters.nul
Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2007 03:33:08 -0500
Subject: Chop's Obit


Obituary

Albert M. Chop (1916-2006)

As Press Chief for the U.S. Air Force in 1952, Albert M. Chop
was a direct participant in the famous July 1952 radar-visual
UFO sightings around Washington, D.C. His death marks the end of
an era in UFO history.

Mathew Albert (Al) [Should it be Albert Mathew?] Chop died on
January 15, 2006, in Palm Desert, California. A message from a
relative informs that his only daughter, Joy, was present and
that his passing was peaceful. He was cremated and his ashes,
along with those of his late wife, Dee, were scattered over
Lookout Point above Palm Desert, a place that they both loved.

Chop attended the University of Dayton for two years, and was a
newsman for the Dayton Daily News and the Associated Press from
1937-1943. During World War II he served as a combat
correspondent with the U.S. Marine Corps (which might account
for his cooperative relationship with Maj. Donald E. Keyhoe,
USMC Ret.)

After several years in public relations and advertising
copywriting, Chop became Press Chief for the Air Materiel
Command in Dayton, Ohio, in 1951. He was transferred to the
Department of Defense in Washington, D.C. in 1952 where he
served as Press Chief and was public spokesman for the Air Force
UFO project.

From 1953 to 1962 he was a public relations representative for
Douglas Aircraft Company. He then became Deputy of Public
Affairs for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
(NASA) from 1962 until 1975. For two years after that he was
employed by the Atomic Energy Commission in a management
position.

Chop was involved in providing information and writing for the
1956 Greene-Rouse Productions documentary film UFO, which
included the 1950 Montana film taken by Nick Mariana and the
1952 Utah film by Delbert C. Newhouse. The documentary also
recreated the Washington sightings and other important cases,
providing new, inside information to the public.

Chop gave an oral history to the Sign Historical Group in
November 1999 in which he talks about his relationship with
Donald Keyhoe, whose dedicated and persistent interest resulted
in his obtaining the good information that he did on Air Force
cases.

Chop says pointedly that Keyhoe was not given any specially
leaked or privileged information, only the cases that he knew to
ask for. Other reporters simply were not as persistent or as
dedicated to finding answers about UFOs.

He (Chop) also describes being present at Washington National
Airport on the night in July 1952 watching on radar and hearing
the communications when an Air Force F-94 pilot reported being
surrounded by UFOs. (This incident is reconstructed in the movie
UFO.)

He quotes the pilot as saying, Theyre closing in on me! What
shall I do?There was dead silence in the radar room; no one knew
what to say.

(Elsewhere in the interview Chop asks, What would you tell him?
Take two aspirins and call me in the morning?)

I don't mind telling you this, it scared me! It was frightening!
And I think everybody in the room was very apprehensive,Chop
said. They had to be intelligently controlled.His experience
that night convinced him that UFOs probably were from another
planet.

Sources:

Margaret Sachs, The UFO Encyclopedia, New York: Perigee Books,
1980.

Personal communications from Kent Kovack, whose grandmother was
a sister to Chops father.

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Website of the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena
http://www.nicap.org/




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