In Memoriam - Bob passed away on 11/19/05
Pratt was an icon in the field of UFO research. He had been on the scene
since the early days of ARPO and NICAP, and during the early and mid-1980's
worked with the late
Dr J. Allen Hynek,
retired Ohio State University Astronomer and former USAF Project Blue Book hired
debunker, who is regarded by most members of the UFO community as the
outstanding example of a credentialed scientific UFO researcher (photo, left).
Bob co-authored the book Night Siege: The Hudson Valley UFO Sightings,
the story of the great Hudson Valley Flying Boomerang and Triangle UFO flap in
the 1982-85 time period, with Dr. Hynek and fellow researcher
Imbrogno. This is a classic that is still in
print and is available at Amazon.com.
Bob spent a great deal of time investigating the bizarre UFO related events in
Brazil's Amazon delta region, in which UFO's harassed villagers, with lights and
harmful rays, mutilated and drained the blood of farm animals and pets and even
some humans. Such repeated, brazen attacks on human communities has never been
documented elsewhere on this planet. Bob wrote a book on his research that was
published in 1996. It is now out of print and of value to the discriminating
reader. It is only available used for about $60 US at Amazon.com UK. Click on
the book cover (right) to purchase.
During the fall of 2003, we were close to scheduling an interview with Bob for
the UFO-Files Show. However, he became ill, and the interview was to be
rescheduled at a later date. Unfortunately, that never came to pass. Jerry and
Larry regret the passing of a master researcher, but extensive records of his
research remain for us to consult and learn from. Bob has moved on to join the
rest of the universe that he so wanted to know and understand.
for a preserved link to Bob's web site.
From A. J. Gevaerd, Editor, Brazilian UFO Magazine
This is a very sad note. The distinguished American writer, UFO researcher
and journalist Bob Pratt is no longer between us. He served as co-author of
Night Siege: The Hudson Valley UFO Sightings, with J. Allen Hynek, and was the
author of UFO Danger in Brazil, translated and published here as Perigo
Alienígena no Brasil.
It is very probable that no other foreign UFO researcher had more knowledge
about the Brazilian Ufology as Bob Pratt. He has been 13 times in the country
and was that kind of field investigator that really went deep where the facts
are to be researched. He helped a lot the Brazilian UFO researchers to best
evaluate the dramatic incidents of alien attacks in the Northeast of the country
and in the Amazon.
Bob had his interest by the UFO Phenomena begun when working for the National
Enquirer, and was sent to many countries to investigate UFO sightings and ET
contacts, such as Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Japan, Mexico, Peru e
Puerto Rico. Since 1975, he interviewed over 2 thousand witnesses, many of them
in Brazil. His death is a great loss for the worldwide Ufology.
Bob wrote articles for several UFO and non-UFO magazines. He was for several
years the editor of the renowned Mufon UFO Journal. Last Friday, Bob had a heart
stroke and by Saturday, he was dead. There will be a memorial service on Friday
afternoon at his town, Lake Worth, Florida.
Good bye, my friend. Wherever you are, you will be much closer to the answers
you pursued here on Earth.