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.
Robbins was born in Queens New York and studied art, design, and theater at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. He received his BFA (painting, film history) from New York City’s School of Visual Arts (SVA) where he went on to teach painting for a dozen years. He was also 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 as a deckhand aboard a Norwegian freighter, then traveled the world for a year. He was studio assistant to Abstract Expressionist painter Adolph Gotlieb, studio assistant to American naïve painter William Cply (correct spelling), and general assistant to pioneer kinetic light sculptor Stanley Landsman. Robbins 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 celebrated Mirror Repertory Company. He was a crisis intervention volunteer and shift supervisor for Samaritans International New York City office. Robbins is an experienced New York City walking touring guide and an accomplished photographer.
Lecture topics have included:
- Media, Ridicule and UFOs
- Politics, History and Human Nature: Challenges to UFO Disclosure
- Comets, Cults and Fundamentalist Thinking: A UFO Related Cautionary Tale
- Little Green Men and the New York Times: How America’s Greatest Newspaper Helped Perpetrate America’s Greatest Deception
- UFOs, Organized Religion, and Fundamentalist Thinking
- The Remarkable Life and Strange Death of America’s first Secretary of Defense: Early Casualty of the UFO Cover-up
- Critical Thinking, Deductive Reasoning and Ufology
- UFOs and Alien Imagery in Advertising
- Stress and UFO Studies: Causes, Cases and Management
- The Life and Scientific Discoveries of Dr. Wilhelm Reich: An Introductory Talk
- Wilhelm Reich and UFOs
- The UFO Abduction Phenomenon
- The 1989 Voronezh Incident: Russia’s Best Known CE3
- Britain’s Rendlesham Forest UFO incident
- Controversial Deaths of UFO Investigative Writers
- Talking to Americans About UFOs: An Afternoon/or Evening with Investigative Writer Peter Robbins
- Excerpts and Outtakes: Stories 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, and in the UK, UFO related talks and workshops for children
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, 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. 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 Conference, emcee/ speaker at the Greater New England UFO Conference, Leominster Massachusetts. Amd Pine Bush UFO conferences, NY. Speaker at Budd Hopkins’ Intruders Foundation conferences and seminars, 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. Invited to give testimony at the 2013 Citizen’s Hearings on Disclosure at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., and gave in Paris, Bordeaux and Toulouse France. In 2014 he spoke at the Exobiology International Meeting in Segrate Italy. This past summer he returned to speak at conferences in Roswell New Mexico and Exeter New Hampshire.
Robbins’ longtime interest in and research into the life and scientific discoveries of Dr. Wilhelm Reich have led to series of published papers and conference talks in the US and the UK, and presentations at for the International Conference on the Scientific Discoveries of Wilhelm Reich, Nice France; the American College of Orgonomy’s conferences in New York City and Princeton New Jersey, and For the Orgone Biophysical Research Laboratory conferences held near Ashland Oregon. In 2012 he presented two papers at the Athens-based Academy of Orgonomy conference in Karavomilos, Central Greece, and the following year spoke at the Italian Association of Orgonomy annual conference in Rome. In 2016 and 2017 he returned to Greece to give talks at the “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’Odyssee De L’Etrange” (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.