J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies
Foremost organization investigating unidentified flying objects.
CUFOS was founded as the Center for UFO Studies in
1973 by J. Allen Hynek, a professor of astronomy at Northwestern
University, and Sherman J. Larsen, an insurance salesman
who had been active in the National Investigations Committee
on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP). Through the 1960s Hynek was
the chief consultant for the air force UFO project known as
Blue Book, but later turned his attention to nurturing scholarly
enthusiasm for the study of strange flying objects.
CUFOS grew through the 1970s and had its peak years toward
the end of the decade. Allan Hendry joined the staff in
1976 as a full-time investigator. A newsletter grew into a periodical,
the International UFO Reporter. The work of the center
was hindered, however, by methodological problems, and
as Hendry concluded in 1979 in a massive report on his ongoing
research, its investigators lacked the tools to carry out their
task. However, CUFOS carried on in an attempt to generate
scholarly interest, maintain public support, and garner financial
The center underwent substantial change in the mid-1980s.
Hynek moved to Phoenix, Arizona, and then died in 1986. The
center moved to Glendale, Arizona, and then to Chicago, Illinois.
Mark Rodeghier succeeded to leadership of the organization,
which took a new name in honor of its founder. The organization
currently publishes the International UFO Reporter, a
substantial magazine dealing with both recent sightings and
the more theoretical issues surrounding UFOs; occasional
monographs; and the scholarly Journal of UFO Studies. Address
2457 W. Peterson Ave., Chicago, IL 60659. Website
Clark, Jerome. UFOs in the 1980s. Vol. 1 of The UFO Encyclopedia.
Detroit Apogee Books, 1990.
Hendry, Allan. The UFO Handbook A Guide to Investigating,
Evaluating, and Reporting UFO Sightings. Garden City, N.Y.
Doubleday, 1979.
The J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies. http
www.cufos.org. March 8, 2000.