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Jim Dilettoso

Jim Dilettoso was born in Virginia, raised in Connecticut, and moved to Arizona in 1976.

Dilettoso was a member of the Aerial Phenomenon Research Organization, a contemporary of NICAP, before MUFON was organized to fill the vacuum that existed when NICAP was infiltrated and dismantled. He served as director of special projects from 1978 - 1982. APRO was founded by Jim and Coral Lorenzen out of Tucson in 1952 and operated until 1988. The founders were deeply in the camp that maintained that the UFO represented a threat to humanity. Among the technical consultants was perhaps the best pure scientific mind the UFO field has ever had at its disposal, Dr James E. McDonald, an atmospheric physicist at the University of Arizona.

It was at APRO that Dilettoso met and began a long-standing relationship with Wendelle C. Stevens, a former USAF fighter pilot and intelligence officer who eventually would amass one of the largest libraries of UFO photographs and case studies in private hands.

When Stevens came into the possession of a series of remarkable photographs taken in Switzerland by a one-armed farmer named Billy Meier, he was initially stunned at the clarity of the images and determined to launch an investigation into the origin of the images. Stevens hired corporate security consultant Lee Elders and Tom Welsh to accompany him to Switzerland to investigate the scene of the alleged contacts. Dilettoso provided that effort with a variety of support, arranging for the analysis of both the photographs, the audio recordings and the pieces of material Meier claimed his contacts – who claimed they were from the Pleiades star system – provided for analysis.

It was Jim Dilettoso who arranged to have the mysterious material analyzed by Marcel Vogel of IBM, who concluded that there were various anomalies in the structure of the material that would indicate that the material was indeed extraterrestrial.

In the course of 36 years, Dilettoso has been both lauded and reviled for his work in the field and the appearance at a MUFON meeting represents something of a denouement, concluding one of the most acrimonious ideological rifts in the history of UFO studies in Arizona. While the focus of attention has been on a few specific cases, few realize the experience behind the public persona.

Jim Dilettoso is one of the best known figures in UFO research. For over thirty years, he has been recognized as one of the leading analysts of UFO Pictures and Video. He has appeared on many TV broadcasts, including Sightings, Discovery, A&E, UFO Hunters, MTV, CNN. He is known in the UFO community as an innovative researcher and effective communicator. Never without controversy, his work on the Billy Meier case, the Phoenix Lights, and Mexico City UFOs have helped raise the visibility of UFOs into the mainstream. In his other life, at Village Labs, Jim worked in Image Processing, Architecture, Agriculture, and Sonochemistry. He has worked with Marcel Vogel, Wendelle Stevens, NASA-NIAC, Michael Bozarth, ASU, FEMA and the Moody Blues.

Jim Dilettoso has over 100 projects and 20 years experience in CAD engineering and communications installation. He was one of the early pioneers in Computer Aided Design systems with experience in systems design and application engineering. He was a founder of the Arizona State University Computer Institute and served as its CAD and AI Director from 1984 to 1989. While in that post, he also served as the NASA Industrial Application Center Technology Director. Jim currently hosts news segments on Discovery Channel, Fox Network, MTV and A&E from his Village Labs (no longer active), a 21st century lab that investigates all things new under the Sun.




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