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Re: Crisis At CUFOS - Kerth

From: Linda Kerth <LINDAKERTH@aol.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Oct 2002 19:33:03 EDT
Fwd Date: Thu, 10 Oct 2002 21:12:18 -0400
Subject: Re: Crisis At CUFOS - Kerth

 >From: Jerome Clark <jkclark@frontiernet.net>
 >To: <ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net>
 >Date: Thu, 10 Oct 2002 11:15:59 -0500
 >Subject: Crisis At CUFOS


 >The continued existence of the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO
 >Studies (CUFOS) is in question. By "continued existence" I mean
 >that CUFOS as it has existed since 1973, when Dr. Hynek and
 >Sherman J. Larsen created it, may fold within the next few

 >That was the issue discussed at length in the board meeting I
 >attended in Chicago last Saturday (October 5). Revenue has been
 >down significantly, and soon it will no longer be possible to
 >keep the office - with its extensive files and resources, a
 >world-class collection - open. Already discussions have opened
 >with a university which has expressed interest in the materials.

 >CUFOS' principal revenue source is International UFO Reporter
 >(IUR), published four times a year for $25. IUR is often
 >described as the best UFO magazine in the English language, with
 >its emphasis on sober research and analysis. Like most (possibly
 >all) other UFO journals, however, our subscription base has
 >eroded over the years, a victim of the Internet and other forces
 >beyond our control.

 >Without a substantial number of new subscriptions and renewals
 >to IUR, CUFOS will be reduced to a kind of skeletal state, at
 >worst surviving only as an website with occasional articles and
 >reviews under the IUR title. The archives, with their convenient
 >central location in Chicago, have been used by ufologists from
 >all over the world, but they will no longer be available at
 >their old address.

 >Allen Hynek started CUFOS as a scientific clearing house for
 >reliable UFO data. He died in 1986, but those of us who survived
 >him have done our best to keep his mission alive. We're now
 >turning to you to make it possible to continue.

 >If you haven't seen IUR lately, here are the tables of contents
 >for the past two issues:

 >Spring 2002:
 >UFO/Vehicle _Very_ Close Encounters by Mark Rodeghier
 >Angel Hair: An Australian Perspective by Keith Basterfield
 >Was There a Second Estimate of the Situation? by Michael Hall
 >The Trivialist by Jerome Clark
 >The 1952 Nash/Fortenberry Sighting Revisited by Thomas Tulien

 >Summer 2002
 >What's Convincing About UFOs?, by Michael D. Swords
 >Media Bias and UFOs by Haiko Lietz
 >Do Nuclear Facilities Attract UFOs? by Donald A. Johnson
 >Interpreting the Ramey Memo by James Houran & Kevin D. Randle
 >Cold Case Ufology by Jenny Randles
 >Abductees and the Paranormal by Mark Rodeghier

 >Subscriptions are available for $25 (US) or $30 (non-US) from:

 >2457 West Peterson Avenue,

 >Please help us. We need you.

 >Jerry Clark
 >CUFOS officer
 >IUR co-editor

Hi, Jerry

Sorry (and saddened) to hear of IUR's plight.

I let my subscription lapse some years ago, and now feel very
guilty about it.

I will subscribe, but it would really make it much easier if you
could set up on-line payments! I could, for example, forward
you some money via PayPal (which I understand just requires an
e-mail address, but you might have to open an account on that
end, most likely free or low cost). Do you think you could
investigate this? If not (or if you already have and decided
against it), let me know and I'll mail you a check.


Linda Kerth

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