R. Schmitt is the former co-director
of the J.
for UFO Studies, where
he served as Director of Special Investigations for ten
years. Prior to that, he was
a special investigator for the late Dr.
J. Allen Hynek and
the art director for the International
UFO Reporter (IUR),
a bi-monthly publication for Center associates. Mr. Schmitt
was also Wisconsin State Director for the
UFO Network (MUFON).
He has contributed cover illustrations to the MUFON
Symposium Proceedings since 1984.
nationally known technical illustrator specializing in
medical illustrations, he has attended the University
of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and Milwaukee
Area Technical College (MATC).
His background includes serving as a youth director and
counselor for six years. His other interests include flying,
fencing and baseball. He has also sung and played piano
Schmitt graduated from MATC with
a degree in Commercial Art and graduated cum laude from
Concordia University with a degree in Liberal Arts.
He is presently taking graduate courses in Criminal Justice.
Schmitt is the author of dozens of articles about UFOs,
as well as the co-author of two best-selling books, UFO
CRASH AT ROSWELL, Avon 1991, and The
Truth About the UFO Crash at Roswell, published
by M. Evans, 1994. He is also the author of ROSWELL,
THE CHRONOLOGICAL PICTORIAL, due for publication
at the end of 2000, Moonset Entertainment Group.
he is researching the biography of Chester Lytle, inventor
of the first atomic bomb detonator. Schmitt is an exciting
university lecturer and internationally considered one
of the best investigators in his field. He has spoken
hundreds of times in cities and countries around the globe,
most notably, Battelle Institute. He has been interviewed
frequently on TV, radio, and in print, including Oprah,
Paul Harvey, CBS
48 Hours, Disney Channel,
Sci-Fi Channel, BBC,
Today Show, NBC,
ABC News, CBS
Morning News, AP,
News, Sonja Live,
Jim Bohannen, Morton
Downey Jr., TIME,
Wall Street Journal,
OMNI Magazine, the
Travel Channel, and
the Learning Channel.
The basis of his research and consultation has been the
theme of many documentaries including UFO
Secret: The Roswell Crash, The
Roswell Incident, Roswell
- The Real Story, Roswell:
Cover-ups and Close Encounters, and UFOs:
50 Years of Denial.
He wrote and narrated the audio CD UFO
Crash at Roswell - an Audio Documentary, Caroline
Records, 1997. He has also produced and co-starred with
actor John de Lancie in the live theatrical radio drama
Roswell, the Unheard Broadcast,
Prosaic Pictures 2000.
By far, his greatest achievement
was the Golden Globe Best Picture nominated motion picture
ROSWELL, which was
based on the first book. Besides consulting on the movie,
he made a cameo appearance. Presently, he is a contributing
writer for UFO Magazine,
and on the Board of Directors for the International
UFO Research Museum.
MUFON 1990 International UFO Symposium