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Ted Bloecher

Ted Bloecher was born in Summit, New Jersey in 1929. He majored in drama and literature, with a minor in music, at Columbia University. From the late 1950s until 1973, he worked as a singer and actor. In 1975, he embarked on a new career as a computer data processor.

Bloecher's interest regarding UFOs begins in 1947, the very first year of the modern UFO wave: as a teenager, he becomes fascinated by newspaper and radio reports on flying saucers. Within a few years, he is a charter member and investigator in one of the ealiest and most important UFO groups, Civilian Saucer Intelligence, or C.S.I.

Besides co-editing CSI News Letter with Mebane and Davis, he helped them prepare Aimé Michel's two French-language books for American publication and write, under the by-line Civilian Saucer Intelligence, the much-praised Shapes in the Sky series, which ran from 1957 to 1958 in the science-fiction magazine Fantastic Universe.

He eventually begins a long and successful career in the musical theatre. He travels to dozens of cities in shows like My Fair Lady, Oliver and Half A Sixpence.

After CSI folded in 1959, Bloecher became involved with the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP) and even moved from a time from New York City to Washington, D.C, where NICAP was headquartered. Bloecher visits local area libraries and begins to collect articles on 1947 UFO sightings from the local newpapers. His painstaking work results in an extremely important and unique survey of UFO reports from that crucial year, Report on the UFO Wave of 1947 (1967).

Bloecher's friendships includes Dr. J. Allen Hynek, Betty Hill, Dr. James McDonald, Richard Hall, Isabel Davis, Donald Keyhoe and virtually all of the major researchers of those seminal years. As early as 1956, Bloecher gets intrigued by the growing number of UFO occupant reports and, along with researcher David Webb, starts to work on HUMCAT, a collection of early humanoid sightings.

His major interest was always in occupant reports, or close encounters of the third kind (CE3s), as they would be called from the 1970s on. As NICAP became moribund, Bloecher associated himself with the Mutual UFO Network and the Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS), concentrating his efforts on investigation of CE3 reports with David Webb. In 1978, CUFOS published his and Davis's Close Encounter at Kelly and Others of 1955, based on the investigation of the Kelly-Hopkinsville case.

In November 1975, Bloecher got a phone call from a New York artist named Budd Hopkins, who within a few years, would be one of the world's best-known ufologists but who then was simply curious about a landing report he had heard from a trusted acquaintance. Bloecher and Hopkins together investigated the multiple-witness event, which occurred in a New Jersey park directly across the Hudson River from 88th Street in Manhattan (Bloecher, 1976; Hopkins, 1981). The two then enlisted the services of several New York psychologists and psychiatrists as they investigated the emerging UFO-abduction phenomenon.

Bloecher left Ufology in the early 1980s and later donated his massive files to CUFOS.

 

Sources:

http://wiki.razing.net/index.php/Ted_Bloecher
http://www.ufopsi.com/articles/tedbloecher.html
 
 
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