Spending 13 years of his career as a criminal investigator, trained in forensics and crime scene investigation as well as 5 years working as an Assistant Chief of Police. Impressively enough, Lombardo has been with MUFON for the entirety of the organization. As an amateur Astronomer, he greatly enjoys watching the skies using a 6 inch reflector telescope.
Journal: How did you come to join MUFON?
Lombardo: As far as I can remember I was always interested in the UFO phenomena. Back in the late 60's there were many flaps occurring that were being talked about in the media. Western New York had its share of sightings back then, out over Lake Erie and along the Dunkirk/Angola shoreline. The reports intrigued me and I wanted to know more. I became a subscriber and member of APRO in the late sixties. As we all know, APRO eventually became the Midwest UFO network and then MUFON. I believe Walt Andrus was the director of MUFON when I first became involved as a field investigator and later became state section director for MUFON in 1987.
Journal: Is there anyone in MUFON that you have never met and would love to just sit down and talk with?
Lombardo: I guess I would love to sit down with our current director Jan Harzan. I know the stress of running an organization as I was an assistant chief of a police department. My Officers took orders but MUFON being an all-volunteer group is different. We have our mission statement and I would love to discuss with him how he maintains “the focus” of all members and investigators, ensuring that MUFON is the go to organization when some unknown is reported in our skies. It’s a huge responsibility to maintain our credibility and so far he has done a great job I believe.