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The Lost APRO Files

From: Steven Kaeser <steve.nul>
Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2011 17:47:41 -0400
Archived: Thu, 24 Mar 2011 05:21:34 -0500
Subject: The Lost APRO Files


After my last post I did a quick search and found reference to
the story I had heard, and it filled in a lot of the gaps in my
knowledge. For those who are interested:

From: http://www.ufo.se/english/articles/apro.html

Unique UFO archive hidden in warehouse

One of the biggest UFO archives in the world is tucked away in
Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. There were approximately 15,000 UFO
cases contained in the archive for the once influential UFO
organization APRO. But no one is allowed to have a peek. Here is
the story of how this historical material went adrift.

Written by Clas Svahn

One of the best American UFO archives, besides the archive held
by the UFO organisation Centre for UFO Studies (CUFOS), is the
archive that was managed by APRO (Aerial Phenomena Research
Organisation). It was founded in 1952 by the husband and wife
team of Jim and Coral Lorenzen. The pair also published several
books on the subject and maintained connections around the
globe, especially in South America. The Swedish ufologist and
author, G=F6sta Rehn, was one of many who supplied APRO with
material.

For years, the archive was getting larger and larger, containing
witness reports and photographs, as well as original
correspondence from ufologists around the world. The archives
were located in Tucson, Arizona, where the Lorenzens lived for
many years.


When astronomer and ufologist Allen Hynek moved to Scottsdale,
Arizona in 1984, he did so partly on the promises of two
enthusiasts, Brian Myers and Tina Choate. They helped Hynek get
in touch with a millionaire interested in the UFO phenomenon.
With a modest amount of funding, Hynek, Myers and Choate opened
a small office. Shortly afterwards, however, Hynek decided his
partners couldn't be trusted and severed all connection with
them. About that same time, Hynek fell ill and, suffering the
effects of a brain tumour, died in 1986.

After Hynek's death, Myers and Choate continued the management
of the office, now renamed the International Center for UFO
Research (ICUFOR). Then Coral Lorenzen, too, died in 1988. The
APRO board lacked management skills and found themselves with a
very extensive UFO archive that they had no interest in
mantaining.

- The board wasn't accustomed to acting autonomously, but
instead doing what the Lorenzens told them to, Mark Rodeghier
explains, president of the Center for UFO Studies in Chicago.
But because there were no instructions left in Coral?s will (and
APRO was an independent organization, in any case), the decision
on what to do with the archive remained with the board.

- They could not hand the archive over to MUFON, since Coral had
hated MUFON because its president, Walt Andrus, a former member
of APRO, had broken away to start up his own organisation. But
there was also CUFOS. And we were interested. We started a
collection with the aim of purchasing the archive (as we did
with the NICAP archive), when something unexpected happened.
Someone spoke to Larry Lorenzen, Coral and Jim's son, and
convinced him that the files should not go to CUFOS, either.

- Hence Larry contacted the board of APRO and advised them not
to hand the material over to us. He also expressed the opinion
that the archive should stay in Arizona. The tragedy is that
Coral surely would have said yes and allowed CUFOS to purchase
the archive if had she been alive. Whoever spoke to Larry
Lorenzen did so for malicious reasons.

That's when Brian Myers and Tina Choate reappeared. They not
only lived at the time in Scottsdale, outside Phoenix, Arizona;
they had also collaborated with Allen Hynek. The board of APRO
had no knowledge of Hynek's breakup with the pair.

- When Myers and Choate received news that the board didn't know
what to do with the archive, they contacted and explained to the
board that they were willing to take it off their hands. The
board happily accepted and gave it all away for free. All that
Myers and Choate had to do was to drive down there and get it,
Rodeghier tells us.

Other sources, however, states that Myers and Choate payed 6.000
dollars for the files that consists of at least 18 filing
cabinets of which at least twelve are case files. According to
Mark Rodeghier it must have contained at least 15.000 sighting
reports, many duplicated nowhere else.

- Although ICUFOR had a small office, most of the archive was
kept for many years in Myers and Choates? garage. I personally
visited them in 1991, but was not even allowed to see the
material. No one, to my knowledge, has been allowed to see it
since it ended up with the pair. All I've been able to extract
are a few copies of cases, such as the Trindade case.
Fortunately, several thousand early cases have been documented
on microfilm, but the majority of the cases are not available to
ufologists.

Nowadays Brian Myers and Tina Choate live in Scottsdale. They
have on several occasions been offered money for the APRO
archive, but have refused every offer made. One of the few
people who have been able to visit the archive is the famous
abductee Travis Walton.

- It's a tragedy, Mark Rodeghier says. Ufologists interested in
research and history all around the world could benefit from
having access to the archive. In its present state, it is of no
use. It's all very sad.



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