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Re: OZ Researcher Paul B. Norman Passes

From: Bruce Maccabee <brumac.nul>>
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2012 15:51:28 -0400 (EDT)
Archived: Tue, 26 Jun 2012 17:31:06 -0400
Subject: Re: OZ Researcher Paul B. Norman Passes

>From: John W. Auchettl <praufo.nul>
>To: post.nul>>
>Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2012 02:41:54 -0700 (PDT)
>Subject: OZ Researcher Paul B. Norman Passes

>Paul B. Norman 22-04-1916 - 23-06-2012

>It is with sadness that I wish to inform List members of the
>passing of Paul Norman at the age of 96. Paul died on Saturday
>23rd peacefully; he spent the last years in a nursing home,
>suffering dementia.

>Paul was born in Tennessee, was enlisted in the United States
>Navy during WW2 and had a long and distinguished naval career
>which included active service in the Pacific. It was through
>that period of his life that Paul discovered Australia and New

>His interest in UFOs came when he first saw a UFO in November
>1953. Paul was the superintendent of a power station in
>Tennessee and one night one came right over the station. He
>noted that he "thought it had to be a night-flying helicopter
>but there was no sound at all. It approached the power station
>at helicopter speed, stopped overhead for about half a minute
>and sped away fast and silently".

>In 1963 he left the United States to live in Australia where he
>married and established a family in Timboon and Arcadia.


>I had a very close working association with Paul from the late
>1970's to the early 1990's. During this period we travelled
>together to many locations within Australia and researched
>hundreds of cases. He was an easy man to work with and loved to
>travel, frequenting airports, police stations, news editors and
>DoD establishments. Frequently staying in hostels, he questioned
>just about everyone on the UFO subject hoping to get another
>lead. Where I was inundated with technical equipment, he trusted
>his note pad, tape recorder, camera and business card to do the
>work, amazingly with great success. We worked on some of the
>best cases in the world, but three that strike me were the
>unexplained disappearance on 21 October 1978 of 20-year-old
>Frederick Valentich while piloting a Cessna 182L light aircraft
>over Bass Strait in Australia. The famous Quentin Fogarty NZ UFO
>footage, recorded on board an Argosy freight airplane over
>December 1978 and the January 20th 1988 Knowles family car
>encounter whilst travelling across the Nullarbor Plain. The work
>Paul put into these cases was amazing tribute to his drive and
>it was a great pleasure working with him during these landmark
>events. However, in truth this list is much longer. Paul had

I knew Paul as a member of the original NICAP. It was because of
Paul that "an American" rather then an Australian was
"commissioned" to investigate the then- internationally famous
New Zealand multiple witness-radar- color movie (Quentin
Fogarty) film case of Dec 31, 1978.

As the story goes, the TV station (then channel 0) that owned
the film and publicized it as the first genuine UFO film
suffered immediate worldwide criticism for making that claim
without an investigation. Channel 0 was accused of faking the
whole sighting. IN response to the severe criticism the Channel
owners/operators announced that they would support an
investigation. Then they realized they had no idea whom to call
upon for an investigation. So they turned to Paul Norman for a
recommendation. Paul recommended that they take the film to
NICAP, headquartered in Washington DC, because "they have the
best equipment."

The film was taken early Sunday morning, Dec, 31, 1978. Sunday
and Monday news casts worldwide were discussing the sightings
and film (even Walter Cronkite) During the afternoon of the
following Thursday, Jack Acuff, NICAP director called "an
American" and said, "They are bringing the New Zealand Film
here to NICAP. Do you want to see it?" Taking about 4
microseconds to make a studied decision, the answer was

The American? Me.

I had the original film 8 days after it was taken and that began
a several year-long investigation.

I suspect that this was a fortunate choice that never would have
occurred without Paul's suggestion. This NZ case still, after
some 33 years is _still_ the only sighting that has been "argued
out" in the refereed technical press.



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