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Chicago X-files: Center Studies UFOs

From: Stig Agermose <stig.agermose.nul>
Date: Sat, 30 Mar 2013 15:30:25 -0700 (PDT)
Archived: Sun, 31 Mar 2013 22:28:42 -0400
Subject: Chicago X-files: Center Studies UFOs

Source: RedeyeChicago.Com


March 20, 2013

Chicago X-files: Center Studies UFOs
by Ryan Smith

"A lot of people think we're this massive lab with these huge
tentacles reaching out everywhere, but that's not really true.
We're a fairly small enterprise," said Mark Rodeghier, CUFOS
scientific director.

Indeed, "center" may not be as applicable of a word to describe
the organization these days as "network". Though there are a
handful of volunteers in the city, most of CUFOS' several
hundred members are scientists and academics scattered
throughout the world. And in 2010, difficult economic times
forced the UFOlogists to close the doors of its longtime
headquarters on Peterson Street in Chicago's northern Arcadia
Terrace neighborhood. More than 70,000 case files, journals and
scientific papers are now split between the Skokie home of the
organization's archivist and the basement of Rodeghier's ultra-
modern house in Norwood Park.

Dispersed or not, CUFOS remains one of only two major
organizations in the U.S. dedicated to the serious (yes,
serious) academic and scientific study of UFO activity. Its
primary focus is to be something of a think tank of unexplained
phenomena--focusing on collecting and documenting information on
reported sightings, producing reports and journals and assisting
researchers around the world with their own investigations.

Columbia College professor Tony Trigilio made a recent visit to
CUFOS to browse through the center's archives. The creative
writing professor is working on a book of historical poetry
about a UFO abduction case and found a file at CUFOS to be

"I was doing a lot of research on people who claim to be
abducted, and CUFOs kept coming up in the research I was doing,"
Trigilio said. "I wish knew about it before because it's such a
great archive."

The last report of a sighting recorded by CUFOS was a claim
about two months ago of a strange aircraft with orange lights
flying over Chicago's northern suburbs, allegedly too close to
the ground to be a plane.

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