Albert K. Bender (1921 - 2002)
Albert Bender, born in 1921, is an American UFO researcher and founder of the International Flying Saucers Bureau. Space Review is the official magazine. 1953 brings news to ufology: Bender claims to have solved the UFO mystery thanks to three Men In Black.
By Michele Bugliaro Goggia - last modified: April 16, 2006 5:01 PM
Born in 1921, Bender serves during WW2 within the Air Force. At Bridgeport he's supervisor at the Acme Shear factory. During April 1952, Bender, aged 31, announces in "Other Worlds" the birth of the IFSB, funded in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The "Space Review" magazine is published filled with UFO news. The group develops contacts all over 48 States. Gray Barker becomes the contact for West Virginia.
In September 1953, Bender suddenly has a "so-calld-bright-idea": he claims to have solved the mystery behind UFOs. On October 4, Roberts and Lucchesi have a talk with him, in which Bender explains the Men In Black. In fact, on October 18, Bender announces on Space Review that the investigation about UFOs has come to a final stage, but it's not wise to publish the conclusions on the IFSB magazine. Such informations are withheld by superior powers: Bender closes the IFSB and the Space Review as well.
Later, in an interview, Bender declares the reason is due to a visit of three shining MIBs who confirmed his theories about UFOs, gave further details and strongly suggested to stop his activities. In his book, Bender writes:
"Three men in black suits with threatening expressions on their faces. Three men who walk in on you and make certain demands.
Three men who know that you know what the saucers really are!
They don't want you to tell anyone else what you know."
Terrorized, Bender followed that advice, although in 1963 he publishes the weird book "Flying Saucers and the Three Men in Black".
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