From: John W. Auchettl <praufo.nul> Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2012 02:41:54 -0700 (PDT) Archived: Tue, 26 Jun 2012 12:22:38 -0400 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 Zealand. 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. He could be relatively candid about issues and "didn't suffer some Ufologists gladly" especially those with egos and beliefs that pushed their standing/position within the subject above the research. He had a good sense of humor and a cheeky play on words when someone stepped on his toes; two of his most used lines was "Malfunction Junction" and "Armchair Ufologist". He believed that the important investigation into the UFO would be damaged if researcher's had "less get up and go and suffered from their over bloated egos". Paul was also frequently highly critical of the Government policy on the UFO phenomenon, but understood that their actions whilst on the surface was disruptive and silent, people within were human and through that he was able to make valuable connections and source material not generally available to the public, even today. He was simply trusted by authority and that was due to his honest, hard-nosed, diligent and ceaseless energy. Paul appeared in many UFO documentaries and was frequently quoted on the subject in the media. 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 heart valves replaced back in the 1980 and he amazed me on how well he recovered to get back researching at a frantic pace. On many occasions after that we would arrive in some location for the night and while we discussed all things that day, he would consume, against the Doctors orders, two litres of full cream milk. He had the 'constitution of an Ox'. Paul had many friends around the world and visited just about everyone at some stage over the years. I just want to list a few people Paul spoke fondly of and had a close relationship with; Coral & Jim Lorenzen, Walt Andrus, Lou Farish, Derek Dempster, Gordon Creighton, Allen Hynek (I should note that Paul was still very suspicious of Allen, but saw him as a "Born Again Ufologist"), Betty Hill was a favorite and he stayed with her on many occasions, Lord Hill Norton and James McDonald. Paul was a key organizer in the visit to Australia of Dr James Edward McDonald in 1967 and then Dr. J. Allen Hynek in 1973. His Australian friends are too numerous to mention, many VUFORS committee members were very close to Paul, but his greatest friend and long term working colleague was Judith MaGee. As a longtime member of FSR and MUFON, Paul was very proud of MUFON and spoke fondly of its efforts; he occasionally spoke at their conferences. He has also been for many years, the MUFON area representative for our State of Victoria. But his great love was the Victorian U.F.O. Research Society (VUFORS) and its members. Paul served in many capacities but principally as the Vice President and Researcher. And his connection with members through his "On the UFO Trails" travel logs and reports in the VUFORS publications were important to Paul. I taxed him about writing a book, using his many notes and logs, as he had many ideas and stories to tell, and at one stage we sat down and did a number of interviews and drafted a concept, but he was not eager to push his own story as it distracted people from the main game. As I noted above he had a wicked sense of humor and on one occasion attended a committee meeting with an Einstein mask on. On another occasion while returning to the US to visit his sister in Concord, California, he found himself stuck in immigration, officially listed as "Deceased"; it became obvious that someone or some group was playing games with his profile. By the time that was sorted out he opened his luggage at his sisters only to find that it was well and truly picked over by the authorities. Where most would find this an upsetting form of Governments intrusion, Paul wore it with pride. In his rich American voice he told me "John=E2=80=A6 I am affecting someone in high places and that's a good sign they care about the subject". He took a lot of pleasure from this event. A constant welcomed overnight guest in our home, while we planned our research, he was always respectful and non- intrusive. Paul communicated with me over the years after I departed VUFORS. However, time took its toll and toward the last 10 years unfortunately I sadly lost 'one to one' contact with him. Paul was a great friend to me and ufology and an esteemed colleague who was well-liked by many. Paul will be remembered as a great and important Ufologist and for his valiant pursuit to find answers to the UFO enigma and will never be forgotten in Australian Ufology. Paul will be remembered, as he was an extraordinary man who lived an extraordinary life. It's hard to say one can truly and deeply know a person, but it easier to say, that I am glad our life paths did meet. Our thought's and sympathy go to the family at this time. Paul will be sadly missed. John W. Auchettl Phenomena Research Australia http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/heraldsun-au/guestbook.aspx?n=3Dpaul-norman&= pid=3D158219793&cid=3Dfull Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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