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Interview With FUFOR Chair Don Berliner

From: Eustaquio Andrea Patounas <socex.ufobras.nul>
Date: Sun, 14 Jan 2007 13:34:22 -0200
Fwd Date: Sun, 14 Jan 2007 11:47:41 -0500
Subject: Interview With FUFOR Chair Don Berliner

Interview With FUFOR Chair Don Berliner
Milton Frank President of The Brazilian Ufology Center

1 - Why did you start to be interested in Ufology?

In December, 1949, I read an article in True Magazine by Donald
Keyhoe, a famous aviation writer, who was the first person to
write in a major publication that UFOs were alien craft and that
the U.S. Government knew all about it.

2 - Have you ever seen an UFO? If so, how was your experience?

No, but I did see a green fireball in 1950. Entirely too brief,
and witnessed only by me.

3 - Could you explain to us a little bit about the work that is
done in Fund for UFO Research - FUFOR?

The Fund's main purpose is to raise money to support scientific
research into the UFO mystery. We have distributed more than
$100,000 for projects ranging from field investigations to
abduction conferences.

4 - Could you tell us how was done the book UFO Briefing
Document: The Best Available Evidence?

I got the assignment from Mrs. Galbraith, who was working for
Laurance Rockefeller. I did the main part, which were the case

5 - How was the experience to write this book?

It was a very special experience, as the purpose of the report
was to influence important-but-busy people around the world:
government leaders, scientists, etc. While it had very little
impact, I hope a few of these men and women started thinking
seriously about UFOs because of it.

6 - Could you tell us a little bit of your experience as a
member of Experimental Aircraft Association?

My involvement has been with local chapters, as well as writing
about amateur-built airplanes, antiques & classics and war
birds. I have been a member since 1958.

7 - Could you tell us a little bit of your experience as a
member of Society of Air Racing Historians?

I was one of the founders in 1985, have been the master of
ceremonies at many of our Air Racing History Symposiums, have
written the Golden Pylons newsletter since 1985, and have been
the president since 2003.

8 - Could you tell us a little bit of your experience as a
member of International Association of Aviation Historians?

I belonged to this mainly-British organization for 30 years, but
dropped out a few years ago.

9 - Can you tell us the top 10 cases of World Ufology in your

In chronological order:

1947 - Kenneth Arnold, Cascade Mountains, Washington;
1947 - Roswell, New Mexico, crash;
1952 - Washington, D.C., radar/visual sightings over city;
1952 - Glowing formation buzzes airliner near Norfolk, Virginia;
1952 - radar/visual sightings from RB-47 over southern USA;
1956 - radar/visual sightings around RAF Lakenheath, England;
1957 - Electromagnetic interference cases around Levelland, Texas;
1961 - Abduction of Betty and Barney Hill in New England;
1964 - Landing with occupants outside Socorro, New Mexico;
1966 - "Swamp Gas" sightings in southeastern Michigan.

10 - What is your opinion about Ufology's future?

I see very little future for the private UFO community. It has
tried to change things since the mid-1950's and has made little
progress. What is needed now is scientists whose work would be
respected by other scientists, governments and the press.
Without scientists, we will continue to make a lot of noise,
collect a lot of reports and accomplish nothing.

11 - Can you explain to us what The National Investigations
Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP) is? We want to know also
about its work.

It was established in late 1956, almost failed, and then brought
in Donald Keyhoe to be the director. Under Keyhoe and Richard
Hall, it grew to 14,000 members, a dozen investigative sub-
committees and 8 full-time employees. It developed good
relations with the Washington press corps and was an effective
counter to the odd behavior of Project Blue Book. When the Air
Force closed down Blue Book as a result of the report of the
Condon Committee, it quickly lost its effectiveness and soon
disappeared. With it went any usefulness of the private UFO

12 - What are the most important points that a UFO researcher
has to learn to do a good job?

Work as part of a team that includes scientists and engineers,
work fast and release only the information you can support
logically and scientifically. Don't get involved with theories
"explaining" UFOs.

13 - What would you say to a youngster that intends to be a
Ufology searcher?

Get a good formal education in science and technology, and then
attach yourself to the best investigative team you can find so
that you can learn from experienced people.

14 - Do you read about Brazilian Ufology Cases?

Very little.

15 - What Brazilian cases do you know?

I am not sufficiently familiar with any cases to be able to
comment intelligently.

16 - What was the most important UFO research for you?

My field work on the 1964 Roswell crash, conducted in the early

I think I have said it all already. Thank you for interviewing
me and I hope that I have added a little to your understanding
of American ufology.


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