National UFO Reporting Center
|Peter B. Davenport, Director|
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The National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC) is an organization in the United States that investigates UFO sightings and/or alien contacts. NUFORC has been in continuous operation since 1974. It was founded in 1974 by Robert J. Gribble. It has catalogued almost 90,000 reported UFO sightings over its history, most of which were in the United States. In addition to record keeping, the center has provided statistics and graphs to assist others looking for information. Slate published an interactive graph published by Davenport, which showed the density of sightings relative to an area.
The current director, Peter Davenport, has not claimed that any two phenomena are identical, but has catalogued flying saucers, coloured lights, and triangles, throughout the years. Davenport describes himself as a UFO believer, but skeptic, and has been praised by James Oberg as providing a valuable service in the field. The work has been described as 'secretarial' rather than 'fun', as the years have progressed.
Peter Davenport, a businessman holding degrees from Stanford University and the University of Washington at Seattle, who became involved soon after hearing about the Kelly–Hopkinsville encounter, has served as director of the organization since 1994.
Police officers from Lebanon, Missouri, as well as various Arizona law enforcement officials, frequently refer UFO sightings to the organisation, with no explanations forthcoming for some instances. Arizona relied on the organisation specifically, in response to the Phoenix Lights incident, which was one of the few sightings Davenport has been on record as proclaiming to be genuine.
Since its establishment in 1974, the Center has provided a 24-hour hotline phone number for people to report UFO activity that has occurred within the last week. It also has an online form to submit written reports.
In 2014, The Economist used the statistics compiled by the organisation to analyse 'peak times' for UFO reports, drawing the conclusion that most reports came during the hours during which people were most likely to be intoxicated. MUFON, the most prominent UFO data collectors in the US, have also worked with the National UFO Reporting Center, to publicise trends in public sightings reporting.
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