September 8, 2017
Guest: Peter Robbins
Peter Robbins is an investigative writer, author and lecturer best known for his books, columns, articles, radio commentaries, interviews and conference talks. He has appeared as a guest on and been consultant to numerous television programs and documentaries.
Peter was born in Queens New York and studied art, design and theater at the University of Bridgeport in Connectucut. He received his BFA (painting, film history) from New York City’s School of Visual Arts (SVA) where he also taught painting for a dozen years. He was a member of the art faculties of St. Anns School in Brooklyn Heights, and an Oklahoma Council on the Arts summer program. Following his graduation from SVA, Peter worked on a freighter, then traveled the world for a year. He was studio assistant for the legendary Abstract Expressionist painter Adolph Gotlieb, studio assistant to American primitive painter William Cply (correct spelling), and general assistant to pioneer kinetic light sculptor Stanley Landsman. He also worked as a carpenter, art gallery assistant, punk band manager, copywriter, editor, website director (ufocity.com, 1998-2004), and throughout most of the Eighties was House Manager for New York City’s noted Mirror Repertory Company. For eight years he served as a crisis intervention volunteer and shift supervisor with Samaritans International New York office. Robbins is an experienced New York City walking touring guide and an accomplished photographer. He is co-author of the British bestseller, Left at East Gate: A First-Hand Account of the Rendlesham Forest UFO Incident, Its Cover-Up and Investigation, and author of Deliberate Deception: A Case of Disinformation in the UFO Research Community, and Halt In Woodbridge: An Air Force Colonel’s Thirty-Year Fight to Silence an Authentic UFO Whistle-Blower.
Lecture topics have included:
• The United Kingdom’s Rendlesham Forest UFO Incident
• Media, Ridicule and UFOs
• Politics, History and Human Nature: Challenges to UFO Disclosure
• Comets, Cults and Fundamentalist Thinking in UFO Studies
• UFOs, Organized Religion, and Fundamentalist Thinking
• The Strange Death of James Forrestal, First Secretary of Defense and Early casualty of
• Critical Thinking, Deductive Reasoning and Ufology
• UFOs and Alien Imagery in Advertising
• Stress and UFO Studies: Causes, Cases and Management
• The Life, Work and Scientific Discoveries of Dr. Wilhelm Reich
• Wilhelm Reich and UFOs
• The UFO Abduction Phenomenon
• Controversial Deaths of UFO Investigative Writers
• Talking to Americans About UFOs: An Afternoon with Investigative Writer Peter Robbins
• A Conversation Between Richard M. Dolan and Peter Robbins
• Excerpts and Outtakes from Thirty Plus Years in Ufology
• The Graphics and the Classics: An Illustrated History of the Golden Age of UFO Literature
• Workshops on case investigation
Speaking venues have included, in the UK: 1997 fourteen-city book tour, Royal College of Science and Technology, London, the Universities of Hallam, Sheffield, Leeds, Yorkshire, Glasgow, and Cardiff. For the faculty and students of the Summerhill School in Suffolk, East Anglia, and at the Rendlesham UFO Incident 30th Anniversary Conference in Woodbridge Suffolk. Quest International Conferences, East Midlands UFO Research (EMPHORA) Conference in Nottingham. ‘Conference of The Centre for Fortean Zoology,’ Devon; the ‘Beyond Knowledge Conference,’ Liverpool; BUFORA (British UFO Research Association) conferences, and the ‘UFO Truth Magazine Conference,’ Holmfirth, West Yorkshire.
At home and otherwise abroad, Peter has spoken at X-Conferences in Washington, D.C. and Virginia; at the UFO Reykjavik Summit in Lawrence Kansas, and the International UFO Congresses in Phoenix Arizona and Laughlin Nevada. Emcee and speaker, Annual MUFON International Symposiums, and numerous MUFON state affiliates. Michigan MUFON’s 2016 Swamp Gas UFO Conference; the Scientific Bureau of Investigation UFO Symposium in Albany NY, and the Experiencers Speak Conferences emcee and speaker, Portland Maine. Keynote speaker, National Conference of the UFO Organization of Japan, Tokyo, presenter at the 6th World UFO Forum in southern Brazil. Robbins is a co-founder, speaker/emcee of Travis Walton’s Skyfire UFO Summit conference in Heber Arizona, co-founder, emcee and speaker at the Exeter (New Hampshire) UFO Festival, and emcee/ speaker at New England UFO Conference, Leominster Massachusetts. At Budd Hopkins’ Intruders Foundation conferences, NYC; Omega UFO Conferences, North Haven Connecticut; McMinnville Oregon UFO Festival/conferences; Crash/Retrieval UFO Conferences, Las Vegas; Gulf Coast UFO Conference, Gulf Breeze Florida; Biloxi UFO Conference, Biloxi Mississippi; Metaphysical Center of New Jersey, and the Fortean Research Center, Lincoln, Nebraska. Made a member of the French Académie d'Ufologie in 2012 and in 2013 the invited to give testimony at the Citizen’s Hearings on Disclosure held at the National Press Club, and gave talks in Paris, Bordeaux and Toulouse France. In 2014 he spoke at the Exobiology International Meeting in Segrate, Italy.
Robbins’ longtime involvement in and fascination with the life and scientific discoveries of Dr. Wilhelm Reich have led to other speaking opportunities, including ones for the International Conference on the Scientific Discoveries of Wilhelm Reich, Nice France; the American College of Orgonomy conferences in New York City and Princeton New Jersey, and Orgone Biophysical Research Laboratory conferences held near Ashland Oregon. In 2012 Peter presented two papers at the Athens-based Academy of Orgonomy conference in Karavomilos, Central Greece, and in 2013 spoke for the Italian Association of Orgonomy at their Rome conference. This past summer he gave two talks at the first annual “Contact With Space Conference” held in Athens.
Professional credits include, Editorial Assistant on United Nations’ Secretary General's (requested) report “for the establishment of a UN-UFO Department,” and Editorial Assistant for Member of Parliament, the Honourable Brinsley Le Pour Trench, Earl of Clancarty’s (requested) paper for The House of Lords 1980 Debate on UFOs. A founding member of Budd Hopkins’ Intruders Foundation, member of its Advisory Board, and Executive Assistant to Mr. Hopkins. Peter was Event Coordinator for the SCI FI Channel’s ‘Alien Abduction Phenomenon: A Symposium, organized to promote the release of the Steven Spielberg miniseries ‘Taken,’ and writer, planner and commentator for the "Ultimate UFO" and “Ultimate Crop Circle” DVD sets. He has written for Open Minds magazine, FATE, Phenomena (UK) UFO Data Magazine (UK), UFO Matrix (UK), UFO Magazine (both the UK & US publications), OUR-J Journal of UFO Studies (Japan), and numerous other publications and websites. He was the first American columnist for West Yorkshire’s UFO Truth Magazine, and has been a consultant to the McMinnville UFO Festival, the Experiencers Speak Conference, the New England UFO Conference, the Exeter UFO Festival and conference, and the Skyfire UFO Summit in Heber Arizona. From 2007 until 2010 Robbins served as consultant to the City of Roswell New Mexico, liaison to Gov. Richardson’s office on UFO-related matters, and coordinator of the city’s annual UFO symposium. In 2013 he testified before the (ret) Senate committee at the Disclosure Hearings held at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C. He is also an Associate Producer of the award-winning documentary “Travis: The True Story of Travis Walton.”
Peter has appeared on the History Channel’s “Britain’s Roswell;” "Unsolved Mysteries;" "Good Day New York;" “The O’Reilly Factor,” FOX-NY; “The Real Roswell,” National Geographic Channel; The SCI FI Channel documentary “UFO Invasion At Rendlesham;” “The Early Show,” CBS; “Cultural Odyssey;” Voice of America TV Chinese Branch; “The Geraldo Show,” NYC; "L'Odyssée de L'Étrange"(France); “The Nina Hagen Show” (Germany); "Network First: UFO" (UK); Lifetime Network and “Conspiracy” (Film One Production) Canada; "EXOCILIZATIONS," La Locale Television, Paris; as well as numerous BBC TV affiliates around the United Kingdom.
Radio interviews include “Coast To Coast” with hosts George Noory and George Knapp; "The Art Bell Show;” “21st Century Radio” (Baltimore); “The Richard Dolan Show,” Rochester, NY; “The Paracast;” “Wake Up U.S.A.” and “UFO Undercover” (New Orleans); "Sightings On the Radio with Jeff Rense” (LA); “The James Whale Show” (London); “The Alan Colmes Show” (NYC); “The Paracast;” “Through the Keyhole” (Rochester, NY); WBAI-NY's "UFO Desk;" ”The Kate Valentine UFO Show,” NYC; “The Jerry Pippin Show;” “Cold Cases, Hot Leads,” “The Vixen’s Vault”, “Beyond the Paranormal,” BBC World Service "UFO's - Fact, Fiction or Fantasy?" (Iran), and numerous BBC Radio affiliates. He is a cohost of the “Encounters” radio show on KGRA.
The updated, expanded edition of Left at East Gate is published by Cosimo Books, NYC and can be ordered from the publisher, online book sources, or directly from author.
Halt in Woodbridge is available from Amazon Books. In paper:
and in Kindle edition:
(Peter's March 17, 2017 interview and May 8th interview (with additional guest Kate Thorvaldsen) can be found at: http://kgraradioarchives.com/shows/global-newsmaker-focus/?loc=2017)