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MUFON Gets into the Bigfoot Business

Sheaffer’s “Psychic Vibrations” column has appeared in the SKEPTICAL INQUIRER for forty years.

His new book, Bad UFOs, is available through his blog, His website is

The Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) is the largest and best-known organization of its kind in the United States (and probably in the world). Founded in Illinois in 1969 by Walt Andrus and others, it was originally known as the Midwest UFO Network. MUFON is now riding high with its show Hangar 1 on the so-called History Channel, which even most serious UFO proponents reject due to its sensationalist approach and deceptive use of fabricated government documents (see this column, January/ February 2016).

MUFON has now announced that it is getting into the Bigfoot business. MUFON’s executive director, Jan C. Harzan, announced that its West Virginia state director and longtime Big-foot investigator Fred Saluga has been named to the new position of “Cryptoid Studies Coordinator” (MUFON people love titles and positions; they have created lots of them). Harzan said, “We realized, over time, that a small percentage of our cases mention odd creatures that cannot be identified. . . . Adding Cryptoid Studies to our investigation strategy is part of MUFON’s on-going goal to expand how we review and study UFO cases. Please welcome me in congratulating Fred for taking on this important study” (

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