3. Post-Condon NICAP: 1970-1980 (John Acuff; Stuart Nixon; Alan Hall)
This was the beginning of the Nixon-Acuff era (Stuart Nixon, a former low-level staff member, and Jack Acuff, an entrepreneur) and finally, in late 1978, Alan Hall, a former CIA employee became president.
In May 1970, John L. Acuff was elected President.
Prior to that he had been Executive Director of the Society of Photographic Scientists and Engineers, and Vice President for Plans and Programs of Data-Medics Corporation.
had found a niche in managing several small associations simultaneously, skimming his
salary or managerial fee off the top.
I had almost no dealings at all with the new management, which prided itself on its alleged business acumen.
In all fairness, Nixon and Acuff
did a creditable job for a while, publishing good information in the U.F.O. Investigator and advocating serious attention to UFOs.
In 1971, with John Acuff
as President and Colonel Bryan still on the Board, two new figures appeared on the scene as Board Members.
In August 1978, Dr. John B. Carlson, an astronomy professor at the University of Maryland, and I learned about an attempt by NICAP Board Members Hartranft and Richardson to settle affairs with Acuff and revive the dying organization.
now claimed that NICAP
was seriously in debt and owed him a substantial amount of money for administrative services.
He had been making overtures to various groups trying to find a buyer for the organization's assets.
In October 1978, Acuff was forced to resign as president, but was allowed to remain on the Board and retain custody of the files.
John L. Acuff, Jr., Chairman (former Executive Director, Society of Photographic Scientists and Engineers)