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ROBERT V. PRATT Robert Vance Pratt died Sunday, November 20, 2005 at a local hospital following a brief illness. He was born August 12, 1926. He was 79 years old. A journalist and UFO researcher, he retired in April 1999 after 48 years as a newspaper and magazine reporter and editor, writing under the byline of “Bob Pratt.” He studied at the University of California- Berkeley and American University. During the first 22 years of his career, he worked in various reporting and editing positions on the Alexandria (Va.) Gazette, the Charlottesville (Va.) Daily Progress, the Evansville (Ind.) Courier, the Buffalo (N.Y.) Evening News, the Miami (Fla.) News, the Philadelphia (Pa.) Inquirer, the Louisville (Ky.) Times and Courier-Journal. He worked for the Charlottesville newspaper three different times for a total of 10 years, twice as a reporter and the third time as managing editor, for seven years. After leaving the Louisville Times and Courier-Journal where he had been executive assistant to the editor and publisher, he worked for eight and a half years as a writer and reporter for the National Enquirer. The last 17 years of his career he worked in computer page design and production for three other tabloid magazines, the National Examiner, Globe and the Sun. During his newspaper days he was a skeptic on the subject of UFOs, but in May 1975 as a reporter for the National Enquirer he came to believe UFOs are real after interviewing more than 60 people in one week who had seen UFOs. From that moment on UFOs became a major interest in his life, and since then he has interviewed more than 2,000 people who had UFO experiences. He traveled all over the United States and Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Puerto Rico, Peru, Uruguay, the Philippines and Japan looking into reports of UFO sightings. During the six years he worked as a UFO reporter for the Enquirer, he traveled to Brazil four times. He found that UFO encounters there were often more hostile and harmful than anywhere else in the world. As a result, after leaving the Enquirer in 1981 he began investigating UFO reports on his own and traveled to Brazil 10 more times, most recently in 2003. He wrote the book UFO DANGER ZONE: Terror and Death in Brazil - Where Next? (Horus House Press 1996). An updated version in Portuguese was published in Brazil in July 2003. In recognition of his research in Brazil, on May 3, 2003 at a conference in the city of Curitiba in southern Brazil, he was given a diploma naming him an “Ufologo Brasileiro Honorario” or Honorary Brazilian Ufologist. Seventy-eight Brazilian ufologists signed the diploma. He also co-authored (with Dr. J. Allen Hynek and Philip Imbrogno) NIGHT SIEGE: The Hudson Valley UFO Sightings (Ballantine 1987) and the NIGHT SIEGE Second Edition Expanded & Revised (Llewellyn 1998). He was also editor of the MUFON UFO Journal in 1983-84. In more than 28 years as a UFO researcher, he never saw a UFO. He created and maintained a web site devoted to some of his UFO research,, that can still be accessed. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army Air Force. At a New Year's Eve Party in Charlottesville, Virginia, he met Faith Collins. They were married October 22, 1955. She and their son, Alan Collins Pratt of New York City survive him. Another son, Robert Scott Pratt, died in 1975 at the age of 17. A cousin, Richard Taylor of Boca Raton, and numerous nieces and nephews in California also survive him. A private service was held for the family. Faith and Alan welcomed visitors on Friday, November 25, 4:00-6:00pm at Dorsey-E. Earl Smith Funeral Home at 3041 Kirk Rd. in Lake Worth.

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Published in The Palm Beach Post on Nov. 27, 2005.
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November 29, 2005
Siento la pérdida de Bob Pratt, excelente investigador de los OVNIs y mejor persona si es que cabe alguna duda. De los más grandes de la ufología mundial. Lo entreviste para la revista Más Allá en el año pasado y que quede como pequeño homenaje a este gran hombre.
Pablo Villarrubia Mauso
Madrid, España
periodista y escritor
November 28, 2005
I enjoyed knowing and working with you at the Daily Progress. Our love and expressions of sympathy go out to your Family. You were such a nice person.The years I was working for The Daily Progress were 1953 to 1955.

Mabel H. Reed Waynesboro, VA
Mabel Hensley Reed
November 28, 2005
This is terribly distressing news.
Bob, wherever you are (and dear Faith), I hope you know how much you did for me as boss and fellow journalist and mostly as friend.
Karl Runser
November 28, 2005
A light has gone out. Bob was a 1st class journalist, with well-honed skills at balance and brilliance. He always had something interesting to say and he phrased it well every time. He brought the highest standards of journalism wherever he went. It was a joy to know Bob, an inspiration to work with him, and a privilege to be trained by him, My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Rey Barry
November 27, 2005

Thank you Bob for his great research work on UFOs here in Brazil!!
Alexandre de Carvalho Borges
November 27, 2005
I only made contact with Bob via e-mail. He was really helpful and a genuinely nice person. A sad loss.

My thoughts go out to his family.
John Hayes
November 27, 2005
Bob Pratt was an example of journalism at its finest . His character and integrity showed in all his work and investigative posture with people. He will be missed by us all. I was fortunate to meet him in St, Louis several years ago. My condolences and prayers .

Harry Jordan ~
Former ASD/MUFON- Nebraska
Harry Jordan
November 26, 2005
To Mrs. Bob Pratt: May the loving memories you hold close to your heart light your way down a path of comfort and peace.

My only contact with Bob was through two E-Mails, each was a kindly written response to questions and remarks I had made. I am sure we will miss this man whose inquiring mind leaves us a legacy valued by many, equaled by few.
Gary C. Matteson
November 26, 2005
Bob would actually find places in Brazil that nobody else knew.
He not only went there, but knew where he was at the time.

Bob is just unique. A teribble loss.
- Larry Hath
Larry Hatch
November 26, 2005
Bob, you were an example for both journalists and ufologists throughout the world. It was a privilege to have met you a couple of times in Florida.
Jean-Luc Rivera
Jean-Luc Rivera
November 26, 2005
Sorry you're gone, Bob.

You were an example to us all, always interested, and helpful to others.

Ray D
Ray Dickenson
November 25, 2005
You beat me out, you rascal
And I took it very hard a.
Alan Bruns
November 25, 2005
Hi Bob,
It was very nice to meet you and to travel together in this Planet.Till the next adventure!
Chica & Irene Granchi
Chica Granchi
November 25, 2005
Bob Pratt
The Creator of the Universe knows his work on behalf of Ufologia. He will know how to reward him for everything that you taught us. I hope all that are are capable to follow his example.
Until one day.
Wilton Monteiro Sobrinho
Wilton Monteiro Sobrinho
November 25, 2005
A ufologia mundial perde um dos seus maiores pesquisadores . Os ufólogos brasileros também estão tristes e orando pelo grande amigo.
À família enlutada meus sinceros sentimentos
Roberto A. Beck
November 25, 2005
"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." -Dr. Seuss. I will miss my wisest, kindest friend but I will be forever grateful for having known him. Thank you Faith and Alan for sharing him with the rest of us. He loved you all so dearly. Abrazos! Maruchy and the Erics
Maruchy Lachance
November 25, 2005
I am deepenned sad about about the passing of Bob Pratt. Those who study ufo phenomena in Brazil know how great was his contribution to the research. I am sure that now he knows best.
Pedro Cunha
November 25, 2005
please accept my condolences on the passing of a wonderful man.
perry clemens
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