| John (Jack) L.
In May 1970, John L. Acuff was elected President of NICAP. Prior to that he had been Executive Director of the Society of Photographic Scientists and Engineers, and Vice President for Plans and Programs of Data-Medics Corporation. Stuart Nixon was later appointed Executive Director of NICAP. Acuff had found a niche in managing several small associations simultaneously, skimming his salary or managerial fee off the top. But the NICAP membership continued to drop. Soon, the organization was all but paralyzed by infighting, including unsubstantiated charges that the Central Intelligence Agency had infiltrated NICAP. In fact, several persons with CIA ties had joined the group; however, their motives and reasons for joining NICAP was the subject of much debate. (Fran Ridge)