Saturday, January 28, 2012

It's Not My Job, Man...

In 1981, Betty Cash and Vickie Landrum were encouraged by Allan Hendry of CUFOs to write to their Congressmen to ask for the government to help with their UFO problem.

“When Betty and Vickie contacted their congressmen, their frustration was heightened. all they received in return was a form letter telling them about the now defunct Air Force project ... and a suggestion they contact a cult group in California.”
- UFO Report Winter 1981 Volume 9, Number 4, "Texas UFO Trauma" by John Schuessler

The Air Force project is obviously Blue Book, but what is being characterized as a "cult group", and who was the party sending this form letter?

After Project Blue Book closed, the Air Force answered UFO inquiries with a form letter fact sheet and a list of organizations that were investigating aerial phenomenon. The letter and resources were updated over the years, but here's a copy from around the right time of the Cash-Landrum incident.

Below is the text for entry for Frank Stranges' NICUFO:
7970 Woodman Ave.. Suite 207, Van Nuys , CA 91402, Phone: (213)781-770
"Individuals Interested in investigating "the truth concerning UFOs and associated phenomena." Probes UFO reports and relates findings to governmental agencies and the general public via the press, radio, television and newsletters. Holds seminars produces and distributes books and cassettes. Bestows awards. Maintains library of 1700 volumes."
So the best match for the "cult group" seems to be Frank Stranges' NICUFO, leaving the question of who sent the form letter. This quote clenches it all:

“Congressman Charles Wilson didn’t reply until July and then all he did was recommend that they contact Ufologist Frank Stranges.” 
-The Cash-Landrum UFO Incident  pg. 121

  Charles Wilson, aka "Good Time Charlie," member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the 2nd district of Texas.

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