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Vale Richard Hall

Just heard the terrible news that another legend of ufology has passed away – Richard ‘Dick’ Hall. Born on Christmas Day, 1930, Dick was there from pretty much the beginning: in the 1950s he began working with Donald Keyhoe’s pioneering UFO research group, National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP). In the 60s he released one of the most authoritative books on UFO research ever published, The UFO Evidence. In recent decades, he had retained an active role in the field.

Here’s Dick with his own personal insights into the makings of the infamous ‘Condon Report‘ (taken from Paul Kimball’s excellent documentary, Best Evidence):

Greg Bishop summed it up well at UFO Mystic, in saying that Dick Hall “always fought for official recognition of the subject as worthy of serious consideration by academics and scientists, and in that spirit, he remains one of the greats in the field whose shoulders we all stand on, and will continue to do so.”

Or, in the words of Jerome Clark: “Ufology has lost a giant.” Farewell to Richard Hall – a scholar and a gentleman.

  1. The Passing of Richard Hall
    Richard Hall was a gentleman and true UFO scholar who championed to the end the causes of UFO history and scientific ufology. He achieved a remarkable
    record of scholarship which in part were bookended by his edited NICAP 1964 publication classic “The UFO Evidence” and its excellent sequel “The UFO Evidence Volume II – A Thirty Year report” of 2001 which should be on every
    serious UFO scholar’s & researcher’s bookshelves.

    Dick was still contributing a great contribution with his Journal of UFO History which he still managed to keep producing into his final year. On February 18 this year he emailed me, “I still have serious health problems
    and have had to cut back on many activities as a result, but I hope to continue the Journal as long as possible.” The Journal and his long list of achievements are a remarkable legacy of a life well spent. They go beyond ufology, but I will limit comment to this field.

    He was passionate about the cause of “scientific ufology” versus “popular ufology”. It’s an issue I feel strongly about as well.

    Good journey Dick, you have certainly left your mark with a great legacy rooted in solid research, a deep grasp of, and extraordinary involvement in, UFO history. His fight for a credible scientific ufology was also another constant in his legacy.

    He will be sorely missed.

    Bill Chalker

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