Levine, Dr. Norman
Dr. Norman Levine was a brand new PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Arizona when the Colorado contract from the Air Force was announced. Somehow he found out about this, and taking an enormous risk with his career, he not only volunteered to serve on the team, but moved to Boulder to be on site. Why he did this is not really known, but he was very interested in the phenomenon from the day he began work on the project. In many ways Levine was a great help: he added some real technical expertise to the staff (including someone who could comment intelligently on radar cases), he added energy of youth (willing to go out on several field trips), and he gave David Saunders an ally in support of taking UFO cases seriously, including the older ones. Had Levine been a more senior man, he might have provided the leadership that David Saunders could not find in his own personality. Levine was fired by Ed Condon on the same day as was Saunders, thus depriving the final report of two of the four most involved team members. Bob Low was also removed quietly, so three of the four were gone (Craig was the fourth highly involved member on site). Levine, even with the carved down version of the report that Condon and Low envisioned late in 1967, was set to write two chapters: an assessment of the plasma theory, which the whole project, including Low, rejected as a minor marginal concept, and the vitally important radar cases analyses chapter. With his dismissal by Condon, both of these were lost.