Friday, August 17, 2018

September 8 - UFOs, the Air Force, and the Colorado Study

Presented by Retired USAF Colonel David J. Shea

The US Air Force investigated UFO reports for more than two decades (1947-1969).  By the time the final investigations project (called “Blue Book”) ended, over 12,000 reports had been investigated, and 701 remained unidentified.

USAF Captain David J. Shea was the Pentagon press spokesman for Project Blue Book from 1967 to its termination in December 1969.  During the final years of Project Blue Book, the University of Colorado was contracted by the USAF to conduct a scientific study of UFOs “in more detail and depth than [had] been possible to date.”  Now a retired Colonel, Shea will provide a first-hand account of the USAF's work with the University of Colorado and physicist Edward U. Condon, the director of the study.

(Note: In 1999, the Colorado Study’s final report (The "Condon Report") was transcribed for the Internet by NCAS and hosted at by permission of The Regents of the University of Colorado.)

David J. Shea received a bachelor’s degree in communication arts from Fordham University. He was designated a distinguished graduate of the Air Force ROTC program there and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the regular Air Force. He earned his master’s degree in mass communications from the University of Denver and wrote his thesis on “The UFO Phenomenon: A Study in Public Relations,” based in part on his interview of  Dr. Condon. Shea concluded his military career as the director of Defense Information, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, the Pentagon, in October 1988.

He joined Hughes Aircraft Company in its Washington DC office, which merged with Raytheon Company in December 1997 where he was the director of media relations.

Shea is a co-author of Media Isn’t A Four Letter Word, a guidebook providing tips and techniques for executives on how to deal with the press. Originally published in 1994, the book is now in its fifth edition. 

Saturday, September 8, 2018
1:30 pm 

Connie Morella Library 
(Formerly Bethesda Regional Library)
7400 Arlington Road

Bethesda, MD