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John F. Schuessler, M.S.

A founding member of the Mutual UFO Network, Inc., John F. Schuessler is presently the Deputy Director for Administration, a consultant in Astronautics, and a member of the Board of Directors of MUFON. As a staff member, he has written numerous articles for SKYLOOK and the MUFON UFO Journal since 1967, and he has been a featured speaker at MUFON Symposia six times in the past 24 years. Mr. Schuessler received a B.S.M.E. from the University of Illinois and an M.S. in Future Studies from the University of Houston at Clear Lake.

He is a member of the UFO Research Coalition Board of Directors and a member of the Science Advisory Board for the National Institute for Discovery Science. He is a full member of the Society for Scientific Exploration and an associate of the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies. He was a founding member and past President of the UFO Study Group of Greater St. Louis, and was a member of the host group for the MUFON 1971 UFO Symposium in St. Louis. He participated in the founding of the Vehicle Internal Systems Investigative Team (VISIT) in Houston, Texas, served as president, and was a host committee member for the MUFON 1980 UFO Symposium in Clear Lake City, Texas. He first became active in UFO research in 1965 when he joined the Aerial Phenomena Research Organization.

John is an aerospace engineering manager and has been associated with all major manned U.S. space programs. In an interview with Richard Thieme, he explains how it all started:

"I began with the human space flight program in 1962 at the end of the Mercury program and retired because of the Gemini program. I went into design of the environmental control system and became responsible for the ECS on the Gemini for all the equipment. I went from there to the SkyLab program and did the same thing on a much larger scale. Then I moved to Houston when McDonnell Douglas won the support contract for the space shuttle flight operations; that was before the space shuttle flew, and worked in the flight operations division at JSC (Johnson Space Center) – we helped write the procedures and plans that helped get the shuttle flying. Then, I worked with that job as project manager for flight operations until 1983, when I became director of engineering for McDonnell Douglas. In 1987, I worked on proposals for the new space station, Freedom. We won that contract. Then went from there into general management, responsible for general operations in Houston for the company, including security, business management, human resources, and other functions. Later in the early 90s, I was put in charge of building the new neutral buoyancy facility for NASA – the largest swimming pool in the world – for training astronauts. Then I worked a large robot training project until I retired in 1998. Before being director of MUFON, I had a year or so break doing other things – consulting in aerospace, I’m in the space tourism society and want to get people into space. We’ve got to get launch costs down and get lots of people up there – I’m now working with Buzz Aldrin, working with John Spencer in the Space Tourism Society, with Bigalow Aerospace, and a few others, BG Enterprises in Houston and consulting with several different groups just to get things going."

"My work in the Gemini program is what really stimulated me into the UFO field. When they launched the first Gemini which was unmanned, they were showing on radar two objects that followed Gemini on the first orbit. Our structural people were really upset because they thought maybe it had broken up or something. On the second orbit, they were gone."

"Later on, a couple or three times, flights where we actually had people up there, they reported seeing things. McDivitt actually photographed something, and later, the photographs shown weren’t what he said he saw. Several others reported seeing things. They didn’t see "flying saucers", they saw objects in space. But it was still enough – these are people, I worked very hard on life support systems to keep them alive and when they said something, I believed it. I didn’t question it at all. That stimulated me to go out and start looking. It wasn’t long before – I met Walt Andrus by accident. He got me to join APRO. For a short time, I was a consultant with APRO. Iit wasn’t working out in the Midwest and he and I pushed for the Midwest support network and that’s how we became founding members of MUFON. Alan Utke was first international director."

He is now very involved in NASA's Space Station Freedom. He is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the World Future Society, Houston Consortium for the Future, and consultant for various UFO organizations throughout the world.

John has demonstrated a long-standing interest in advanced propulsion concepts apparently indicated in many UFO reports. He has approached his work in this area through the examination of effects on human systems resulting from UFO close encounters. He is the principal investigator in the Cash-Landrum injury case and has appeared on the nationally televised ABC-TV program That's Incredible and the NBC-TV program Good Morning America with Betty Cash, Vickie Landrum, and Colby Landrum, the victims of a UFO close encounter near Houston, Texas, on December 29, 1980. Mr. Schuessler heads up MUFON's Medical Committee, composed of Consultants with medical degrees.



MUFON 1993 International UFO Symposium Proceedings
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