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Richard H. Hall
1930-2009. Richard Hall was born in Hartford, Connecticut. When the Korean War was imminent, Richard enlisted in the fledgling U.S. Air Force in 1949 and served into early 1951, followed by six years in the Air Force Reserve. After returning to civilian life he enrolled at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1954. After Keyhoe took over NICAP from T. Townsend Brown, he needed to put the organization on a well-organized foundation. A young man named Lee Munsick was invaluable to Keyhoe in doing this. But Munsick couldn't stay in the Washington area, and Keyhoe was desperate. Just at that time, Dick Hall, who had been editing a fine newsletter, UFOS: Critical Bulletin with Brazilian UFOlogist J. Escobar Faria, came to his attention, and shortly Dick moved to DC to infuse the NICAP office with professionalism and tough analytical evaluations. While Keyhoe stayed largely away from NICAP HQ, Dick ran it and was secretary in June 1958. He was the prime force behind the development and expansion of NICAP subcommittees and affiliates and became Assistant Director in November of 1963. When Keyhoe got intensely focused on getting Congress to pay attention to UFOs and force the Air Force to become more public with data, the main weapon in doing so was to have a publication so strong that the politicians could not resist the subject. Keyhoe was incapable of writing this sort of thing, so Hall did. That publication was the famous monograph, The UFO Evidence (1964). NICAP's last real shot at facilitating real UFO research and attitude change occurred with the Colorado study of late 1966-1968. NICAP had a strong presence in the early consultancy and this was due almost entirely to Dick, who actually stayed on site to advise the Colorado team in the Spring of 1967. Menzel was scared of Hall, and wrote Condon NOT to allow both he and Keyhoe to come at the same time. He wrote that Hall would soften him up with facts and logic, while Keyhoe hovered menacingly about ready to press him "like only Keyhoe can." After working for NICAP for about 10 years, Hall resigned on September 11, 1967 to find paying work because of his impending marriage. For a number of years thereafter, he worked for various trade associations in Washington, D.C., and for some "Beltway Bandit" consulting firms as a writer-editor. His final formal job before semi-retirement was as an abstractor-indexer at Congressional Information Service, Bethesda, Maryland for about 10 years. Hall served as Chairman of the Fund for UFO Research, 1993-1998, and is the author of several books. He was selected to be listed in Marquis Who's Who in the East. Until his death he was a part-time abstractor-indexer for a Washington, D.C., consulting firm that manages an online database for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, of the National Institutes of Health. (Mike Swords) WHO-WAS Bio
POSITION STATEMENT:
The UFO phenomenon may well be evidence of space ships or voyagers from elsewhere. There is no absolute proof of that as far as we know. But it is a reasonable hypothesis given the the scope and the nature of the data whatever the phenomenon ultimately may turn out to be. It has already done substantial physical damage and psychological harm to thousands of witnesses when their reports are rejected by science and other institutions  Controversy over UFOs has contributed to mistrust of authority and science, and that authority generally has set a bad example of how to resolve controversial issues. (2000)

Books and papers on the UFO Subject by Richard Hall:
"The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty Year Report." (2001)
"The Science of UFOs: Facts vs. Skepticism," International Space Sciences. Organization (December 1999)
"Signals, Noise, and UFO Waves," International UFO Reporter. (Winter 1998)
"Bridging 50 Years of UFO History," chapter in UFOs: 1947-1997, edited by Hilary Evans & Dennis Stacy (1998)
"Uninvited Guests: A Documented History of UFO Sightings, Alien Encounters & Coverups." (1988).
"The UFO Evidence". NICAP (1964)