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Obituary of Colman von Keviczky

From: Antonio Huneeus <huneeus@IDT.NET>
Date: Sun, 2 Aug 1998 22:25:47 -0400
Fwd Date: Mon, 03 Aug 1998 02:16:00 -0400
Subject: Obituary - Colman von Keviczky

Dear List:

I posted the following obituary in all the UFO-related computer
bulletins, so it goes here as well. Colman was one the last
surviving members of the old classic 'nuts and bolts' school. It
looks like the ICUFON Archives will remain for the time being
with his widow and I will be in charge of organizing his UFO
papers, so it's likely that these will be available for future
historical research. Please distribute this article among your
own lists and contacts. Thanks.

In Memoriam COL. Colman Von Keviczky of ICUFON

A Personal Tribute by J. Antonio Huneeus

Col. Colman S. von Keviczky (1909-98), the internationally
prominent ufologist and Hungarian military scientist, passed
away last July 27th in New York City, where he had lived since
1952. He was 88 years old, and had a long productive life before
succumbing at the very end to cancer. The memorial service was
held on July 30th at the Hungarian Reformed Church in Manhattan,
attended by his wife Yolanda, his son Attila, and dozens of
members of both the local Hungarian community and NY-area
ufologists.

It's difficult for me to write his obituary. I knew him for some
20 years and was personally very close to "Colman bacsi" (Uncle
Colman), as Hungarians called him affectionately. One could say,
in fact, that he was my UFO mentor when I took my first
tentative steps in the UFO field 21 years ago. Some, no doubt,
will think his long-held hypothesis of a UFO "galactic task
force earthbound operation" is controversial. Colman pioneered
the idea that Star Wars (SDI or missile defense program) was
aimed at the aliens long before the also recently deceased Col.
Corso put it in his Roswell book. But those who knew Colman
loved his good-natured, expansive personality and his deep
dedication and conviction towards UFO research.

Colman's life can be divided roughly in two periods: the first
devoted to his military career in Hungary, and the second to
UFOs from his home base in Queens, New York, with access to a
worldwide network that stretched from North and South America to
Europe and the Far East. He was in fact less known in the USA
than in many other countries, particularly Hungary and Japan,
where some of his "UFO memoranda" was published as commercial
books. Most of his work consisted in these Memoranda (reports of
150 or so pages with many original military documents) privately
published and distributed by his own organization ICUFON
(Intercontinental U.F.O. Galactic Spacecraft Research and
Analytic Network), founded by him in 1966.

It was at his typically New York City small ICUFON office full
of ufological goodies that I met over the years a number of
researchers from all over the world, such as Michael Hesemann of
Germany, Bruce Cathie of New Zealand, Johsen Takano of the Cosmo
Isle Hakui Museum in Japan, Thierry Pinvidic from France (now a
skeptic of the socio-psychological school), the late New York
City police detective Pete Mazzola, founder of the SBI, Peter
Robbins, co-author of the Bentwaters book 'Left At East Gate,'
and countless others. I myself brought to his office many
ufologists from Russia, Spain, Argentina, Japan, and even India.
Colman was one of the must-see stops for any ufologist visiting
New York, a permanent fixture of our local scene, always there,
always willing to show what he used to call "genuine official
evidences." He used to appear periodically at UFO press
conferences organized by publicist Mike Luckman of the New York
Center for UFO Research (NYCUFOR). We will really miss him

Colman was really an idealist from another era, born August 21,
1909 in the final days of the dual Austro-Hungarian Hapsburg
monarchy. He studied at the historical Ludovica Royal Hungarian
Military University in Budapest, graduating in 1932 as a First
Lieutenant with a Master of Military Science and Engineering
(MMSE). Promoted to Major in 1938, he was the founder and Chief
of the Audio-Visual Military Education Department at the Royal
Hungarian Army General Staff until 1945. After the war, Colman
worked for the 3rd US Army Constabulary in Heidelberg, Germany,
as motion picture director, cameraman and public relations
officre until 1952, when he emigrated to the United States. It
was also the great American flying saucer wave of 1952 which
"alerted my military eye," as Colman used to say, and so he
began collecting UFO reports and photos. Although he was an
American citizen for many years, Colman's military rank was
officially recognized by the post-communist Hungarian
government, which gave him a retroactive promotion to full
colonel. He was also a member of the American Institute of
Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Colman lectured at many international UFO Congresses in the US,
Mexico, Brazil, Japan, Germany, Austria, Hungary and several
other European nations. He was invited by the late Lord
Clancarty to speak at the House of Lords UFO Study Group in
1980, briefed the president of Austria, Dr. Rudolph Kirchlagger
in 1983, and also lectured at the Dag Hammarjskold Auditorium in
the United Nations in 1987. He worked himself at the UN Public
Information Office in the 1960's, where he was the very first to
attempt to bring the UFO issue to the United Nations.
Secretary-General U Thant, was actually favorably disposed
toward the subject.

"In February of 1966, I sent a memorandum to Secretary General U
Thant, indicating that the UN should coordinate some kind of
[UFO] project," Colman told me during our first recorded
interview in 1979. "The high authorities had certain prejudices
about UFO people. Nevertheless, through a media liaison, the
Secretary General contacted me personally and assigned me to
establish an analytical group within the Secretariat."
Unfortunately, that initiative never took off--it was opposed by
the US UN Mission, and Colman maintained that eventually it cost
him his UN job. Undaunted, he formed ICUFON and went on writing
memoranda addressed to the United Nations, the White House,
members of Congress, and anybody who would listen.

Occasionally, some did. "The magazine presents some interesting
concepts concerning the existence of extraterrestrial concepts,"
wrote Col. Edwin Patterson, Ass. Dean of the US Military Academy
in West Point, thanking Colman for a copy of his detailed
military analysis of the famous October 1973 UFO flap across
North America, published in a special issue of 'Official UFO'
magazine in 1975. And when Colman sent Prof. Hermann Oberth, the
German inventor of rocketry, the draft of his "International
Space Security Pact--Space Law" in 1966, regulating how mankind
should deal with 'Homo Cosmicus' in a legal global way, Prof.
Oberth wrote him: "Your proposals seem me the only logical we
can do in this situation in the case that UFO's are strange
spaceships indeed. By the way, I think the first step will be
made by the Uranides." The term 'Uranides' was coined by Oberth
from the Greek word Ouranos for sky, thus Sky people, while von
Keviczky coined the Latin term 'Homo Cosmicus' (Cosmic Man).

Nor was Colman at all shy in confronting anyone about his views.
Colman was a prominent member of the Hungarian-American
community and was once part of a delegation that attended a
briefing organized by the Reagan White House at the adjacent Old
Executive House. When the president's science advisor George
Keyworth was explaining the SDI research program, Colman pointed
out with that roaring voice he had that 'star wars' was really
aimed against the galactic forces and not the Soviets. The
science advisor was not pleased. On another occasion he
confronted his fellow Hungarian-American, Dr. Edward Teller, the
inventor of the H bomb.

Colman's thesis took a boost a few years ago when President
Reagan made a number of cryptic speeches about how the USA and
USSR would unite "if we were facing an alien threat from outside
this world." Colman dodged every American president from Richard
Nixon to Bill Clinton with various UFO memoranda. Regardless of
what one thinks about his ufological ideas, one had to admire
the man. He kept in excellent physical and mental health with
more energy and dedication than most ufologists I know
(including myself), tirelessly pursuing his UFO crusade into his
late 80's. He was still contributing to the Hungarian UFO
magazine just a few weeks before prostate cancer finally sent
him to the hospital. Perhaps now that he has crossed to the
other side he has finally learned the truth about UFOs. We will
miss him, but his legacy will continue in his memoranda and in
the large ICUFON Archives and Photo Collection he amassed during
45 years of UFO research.

Those who wish to send condolences to his widow Yolanda, can do
it through me: Antonio Huneeus, P.O. Box 1989, New York, NY
10159-1989. E-mail: huneeus@idt.net

 

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