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A hoy to one of our spiritual fathers

Post by Your Mom on Sat May 23, 2015 12:07 am

I imagine that many if not all of you are familiar with Charles Hoy Fort, a dedicated explorer and exponent of all things weird which science refuses to acknowledge or accept, from OOPARTs to Fafrotskies and his most famous work is the Book of the Damned, so named as it related incidents which science had damned. Although he died some 80 years ago, he left copious notes (and destroyed his collection on more than one occasion). For those unfamiliar with him, a brief biog:
Charles Fort (August 6, 1874 – May 3, 1932) was an American writer and researcher concerning anomalous phenomena and bizzare topics.. He considered himself a true skeptic, one who opposes all forms of dogmatism, believes nothing, and does not take a position on anything. He stated to being an “intermediatist,” one who believes nothing is real and nothing is unreal, that “all phenomena are approximations one way or the other between realness and unrealness.” Starting in about 1912 he would visit the library and search through the newspaper articles seeking out the odd, strange, bizarre, weird and out of the ordinary stories for his writings. Tiffany Thayer created the Fortean Society back in 1931 (in New York) and he acquired Fort’s notes when he passed away and only a select few had access to Fort’s writings.
http://weekinweird.com/2014/10/23/charles-forts-notes-will-become-available-shortly/

Carl Pabst, who passed away in 2004, painstakingly hand copied all the notes by 1987 and then typed up Fort’s work on 3×5 index cards and lived in his Connecticut house until he died. Pabst was the only person besides the New York Public Library, who possessed all of Fort’s notes.The new owner of the house was unaware of what he had in his possession and was going to throw them out, but they were rescued by John H. Reed, M.D. of the World Institute for Scientific Exploration who  plans to unleash them onto the web soon. I, for one, am eager.

Hats off to the Prof for reminding me of this spiritual father and leading me to discover this exciting news!
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Re: A hoy to one of our spiritual fathers

Post by Your Mom on Sat May 23, 2015 12:12 am

A collection of his books available online:
http://sacred-texts.com/fort/index.htm
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Post by Doug Fisher on Sat May 23, 2015 4:14 pm

New York Public Library has em? I wonder if they make them easily available.
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