Thursday, July 29, 2004


Did you know this about inventor named T. Townsend Brown?

"When the final history of private UFO investigations is written, the place of honor as the leading membership organization at one time will undoubtedly go to the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena, or NICAP.

For most of its existence it has been the best known of all the non-governmental groups, the largest and the most influential. Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., and long headed by the dynamic Donald Keyhoe, it was the obvious source of UFO news for the immense Washington press corps, and thus was in the spotlight whenever the UFOs were flying.

Backed by a staff which grew as large as nine full-time employees, NICAP operated through a world­wide network o£ investigative sub­committees and scientific advisors. To communicate with a membership which reached a high of 14,000 in the late 1960s, it published the periodic "UFO Investigator" and a long list of special booklets and reports; its 1964 "UFO Evidence" report remains a classic among the serious literature on the subject.

It all began in the late summer of 1956, when a group of Washington­area UFO enthusiasts decided to develop their informal discussion group into something more specific and permanent. With an inventor named T. Townsend Brown leading the way, NICAP was incorporated in October of 1956. Brown envisioned plush offices, a sophisticated Washington-style operation and a quick solution to the mystery.

It was a great idea, but the hoped for finances never materialized, and by the end of 1956 NICAP found itself in the midst of the first of many financial crises. The Board of Governors met in the middle of January, 1957, eased Brown and his cohorts out, and installed Keyhoe as the new director, with almost unlimited powers."

Source:  Official UFO  Page 32, Vol. 1, No. 7, April 1976