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Cheers from Well-Wishers
Thanks to all those who have sent in the following endorsements. If you agree with the aims of the CFI and would like to have your own encouraging message added here, send an email to CFI.
NB: The promoters of CFI reserve the right to edit submissions.
"The need for a non-political, centralized, Fortean research library and archive is long overdue. I feel confident enough about it to want to take an active part."
Dr SUSAN BLACKMOREUK - author, psychologist (University of West of England), Fellow of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims for the Paranormal (CSICOP)
"Until we understand which strange claims are worth pursuing and which not, we need a reliable collection and classification of them all."
"I support the idea 100%."
JEROME CLARKUSA - author, compiler of The UFO Encyclopedia (3 vols); Encyclopedia of Strange and Unexplained Physical Phenomena; ex-editor of Fate magazine; editor of International UFO Reporter
"The Charles Fort Institute is an excellent idea. A central repository of documents and other materials on the world's anomalies would be of immense value to scholars from a broad variety of disciplines. Through Fortean Times, Fortean Studies, and the Fortean books they have published, Bob and his colleagues have proven that no one is better qualified than they to put such an institute together."
LOREN COLEMANUSA - author, cryptozoologist, ex-researcher at the Ed. Muskie Institute of Public Affairs in Portland, Maine
"I wish that from the CFI's books and files will issue the future reflections of mankind; a foundation of treasures to be explored by tomorrow's great thinkers."
WILLIAM CORLISSUS - author, publisher, encyclopedist, geologist
"My experience has been that one cannot trust the altruism of other individuals or foundations. They can help, but a steady base is needed."
PETER COSTELLOIreland - author, historian, Honorary Librarian at the Central Catholic Library in Dublin
"I applaud [the attempt] to get such an institute underway. It is certainly needed, if only as an obvious place for collections to be deposited."
"Forteana cries out for a central archive. Computerized access would be essential. It should be a growing resource ... It would become the information exchange. I know Bob has dreamed of this for the last two decades ... it really is time it became a reality.
"I am delighted to hear that you are planning to take the first step in this great venture. I cannot think of any activity in which I would be more keen to take part."
"I endorse the idea of preserving data and documenting current belief systems. This is perfectly sensible."
"I agree ... The database [project] seems of considerable importance to me."
MICHEL MEURGERFrance - author, folklorist
"Count me among the knights of the CFI round table. I warmly support the project. The ghost of free inquiry and dissent needs a place to haunt."
"The idea of the CFI is inspired - certainly something that is needed so that Fortean research ca grow in scope and understanding. It is time to learn from history ... we don't want the old 'burning the shoeboxes' scenario again. This is the first conscious attempt to preserve collections of the weird and wonderful.
"[The CFI] is a very valuable pioneering venture."
DENNIS STILLINGSUS - author, archivist, editor of Artifex
"Such projects tweak my nose. I put together the 'Bakken Library and Museum of Electricity in Life' and worked with the Pavek Radio Museum and consulted on a number of similar projects, not to mention gathering materials for my own Archaeus Project. You are generating a lot of worthwhile trouble for yourself."
"I endorse the idea of a CFI with great enthusiasm and, next to seeing the Pope do a guest shot in the next Madonna video, I can't think of anything that would delight me more."
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