in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Dan Wright is a life-long resident
of the state. With a Master's
Degree in Political Science, he has been a
career State of Michigan employee. He lives in the village
of Morrice with his wife Linda. He has an adult son and
two adult daughters.
Wright joined MUFON
in 1978 as a State Section Director. After reporting on
a flap of UFO activity in mid-Michigan that year, he was
appointed State Director in 1980.
1985, Dan was named to the MUFON
Board as Central States Regional Director. In that post,
he supervised 20 state directors, encouraging newsletters
and public relations and instituting multiple levels of
investigative review prior to finalizing case reports.
Autumn 1987, Dan cut short his regional directorship to
accept appointment as the Deputy Director in charge of
North American investigations. First devising an IFO-UFO
photographic slide set for members' use in
public appearances, he set about reviewing all case reports.
He created computerized database criteria for encoded
entry of all historical case files, a UFO
Source Test of witness misperceptions, and
a Field Investigator's Exam
then wrote a new and more detailed computer input form
for approved case reports and two new chapters for the
fourth edition of the MUFON
Field Investigator's Manual,
his labor of love being a chapter on proper interviewing
1992, Dan resigned from the Deputy Director position and
accepted appointment on the MUFON
staff as Project Manager of the Abduction
Transcription Project, which he also devised.
This was prompted by his perception that abduction researchers
needed a repository for such reports and unbiased analysis
of the compiled results.
1988, the Symposium Proceedings were dedicated to Dan
Wright. He is also a four-time nominee for the MUFON
Award for Oustanding Work in the UFO Field.
MUFON 1995 International UFO Symposium