Researchers

A list of important and noteworthy researchers of Fortean subject matter.

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[ 1900 – 1930 ] :


Charles Hoy Fort (Born: August 6th 1874, Work Began: 1919 / Age 45, Died: May 3rd 1932 / Aged 57) Anomalous Phenomena collector.

⦁ The Book of the Damned (1919)
⦁ New Lands (1923)
⦁ Lo! (1931)
⦁ Wild Talents (1932)


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[ Work Began 1940 ] :


Ivan Terence Sanderson (Born: January 30th 1911, Work Began: Early 1940s / Age 29-30’s, Died: February 19th 1973 / Aged 62) Biologist and Fortean researcher.

– Began Fortean writings (Early 1940s) –
⦁ Abominable Snowmen: Legend Come To Life (1961)
⦁ Things (essays) (1967)
⦁ More Things (essays) (1969)
⦁ Invisible Residents: The Reality of Underwater UFOs (1970)


Raymond Arthur Palmer (Born: August 1st 1910, Work Began: March 1945 / Age 34, Died: August 15th 1977 / Aged 67) Pulp fiction and Fortean publisher.


Kenneth Albert Arnold (Born: March 29th 1915, Work Began: 1947 / Age 32, Died: January 16th 1984 / Aged 68) UFO witness and researcher.

– Coined the term “Flying Saucer” after UFO sighting (June 1947)


Josef Allen Hynek (Born: May 1st 1910, Work Began: 1947 / Age 37, Died: April 27th 1986 / Aged 75) UFO Skeptic and researcher.


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[ Work Began 1950 ] :


Donald Edward Keyhoe (Born: June 20th 1897 Work Began: January 1950 / Age 53, Died: November 29th 1988 / Aged 91) Pulp fiction writer turned UFO researcher.


Albert K. Bender (Born: June 16th 1921, Work Began: 1952 / Age 31, Died: March 29th 2016 / Aged 94) Pennsylvania UFO researcher.

– Founded the International Flying Saucer Bureau (1952) –
⦁ Space Review Newsletter (1952-53)
⦁ Flying Saucers And The Three Men (1962) (w/ Gray Barker)


Gray Roscoe Barker (Born: May 2nd 1925, Work Began: September 1952 / Age 27, Died: December 6th 1984 / Aged 59) West Virginia UFO researcher, publisher, storyteller and prankster.

– Investigated The Flatwoods Monster (Sept 1952) –
⦁ They Knew Too Much About Flying Saucers (1956)
⦁ The Silver Bridge (1970)
⦁ Men In Black: The Secret Terror Among Us (1983)


James Willett Moseley (Born: August 4th 1931, Work Began: 1953 / Age 22, November 16th 2012 / Aged 81) UFO researcher, skeptic and prankster.

⦁ Shockingly Close To The Truth (2002)


Bernard Heuvelmans (Born: October 10th 1916, Work Began: 1958 / Age 42, Died: 2011 / Aged 84) French monster researcher.


Roger Patterson (Born: February 14th 1933, Work Began: December 1959 / Age 26, Died: January 15th 1972 / Aged 39) California Sasquatch researcher and controversial filmmaker.

Do Abominable Snowmen of America Really Exist? (1966)
– Filmed the famous “Patterson-Gimlin” film with Bob Gimlin (Oct 20th 1967) –


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[ Work Began 1960 ] :


Frederick “Ted” William Holiday (Born: 1921, Work Began: August 1962 / Age 41, Died: 1979 Aged 59) English Loch Ness Monster researcher.

– Went to Loch Ness in attempt to get photos (August 1962) –
⦁ The Great Orm of Loch Ness (1969)
⦁ The Dragon and the Disc (1973)
⦁ The Dyfed Enigma (1979)
⦁ The Goblin Universe (1986)


Coral Lorenzen (Born: 1925, Work Began: 1952 / Age 27, Died 1988 / Aged 63) UFO witness from Wisconsin turned Fortean researcher.

⦁ Founded APRO in 1952


Jacques Fabrice Vallee (Born: September 24th 1939, Work Began: 1964 / Age 25) UFO and fae researcher.


Elliot Budd Hopkins (Born: June 15th 1931, Work Began: August 1964 / Age 33, Died: August 21st 2011 / Aged 80) UFO researcher.


Brad Steiger (Born: February 19th 1936, Work Began: 1965 / Age 29, Died: May 6th 2018 / Aged 82) Fortean researcher.


John Alva Keel (Born: March 25th 1930, Work Began: 1966 / Age 37, Died: July 3rd 2009 / Aged 79) New York writer turned Fortean researcher.

⦁ Jadoo (1957)
– Commissioned to write a UFO article (Early 1966) –
⦁ The Fickle Finger of Fate (1966)
– Arrived in Pt Pleasant WV to investigate Mothman (Dec 1966) –
⦁ Anomaly (newsletter) (1969-74)
⦁ Strange Creatures From Time And Space (SCFTAS) (1970)
⦁ Operation Trojan Horse (OTH) (1970)
⦁ Our Haunted Planet (1971)
⦁ The Mothman Prophecies (1975)
⦁ The Eighth Tower (1975)
⦁ Disneyland of the Gods (1988)

– Founded New York Fortean Society (1984-1989) –
⦁ The Complete Guide to Mysterious Beings (1994) (Revised version of SCFTAS)


Mary E. Hyre (Born: 1915, Work Began: November 1966 / Age 51, Died: February 15th 1970 / Aged 55) West Virginia reporter turned Fortean researcher.

⦁ Where The Waters Mingle (newspaper column of The Athens Messenger) (1966-70)


Loren Coleman (Born: July 12th 1947, Work Began: Late 1960’s & Early 70’s / Age: Early 20s) Fortean researcher, monster investigator and museum founder.


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[ Work Began 1970 – 80 ] :


Rosemary Ellen Guiley (Born: July 8th 1950, Work Began: 1989 / Age 39, Died: July 18th 2019 / Age 69) Paranormal researcher.


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Organizations:


(1931 – 1959) Fortean Society. It was founded in 1931 by friends of Charles Fort and Fortean researchers including Tiffany Thayer. Eventually Thayer became the leader of the organization and the group went inactive with Thayer’s death in 1959. (The International Fortean Society then acquired their files)


(1952 – 1988) APRO – Aerial Phenomena Research Organization. It was founded in January 1952 by Coral Lorenzen and her husband James Lorenzen. The group was based in Tucson, Arizona. It remained active until late 1988 when Coral Lorenzen passed away.


(1952 – 1953) IFSB – International Flying Saucer Bureau. It was founded in 1952 by Albert K. Bender. It was dissolved in 1953 after Bender was supposedly visited by the Men In Black.


(1956 – 1980) NICAP – National Investigations Committee On Aerial Phenomena. It was founded by Donald Keyhoe in October 1956 and became defunct in 1980. (NICAP’s archives on UFO sightings were then reportedly purchased by CUFOS)


(1961 – Active) INFO – International Fortean Organization. It was founded in 1961 by brothers Ron and Paul Willis who acquired the files of the original Fortean Society. Reportedly still active.


(1973 – Active) CUFOS – Center for UFO Studies. It was founded in 1973 by J. Allen Hynek. Reportedly still active.


(1984 – 1989) New York Fortean Society. It was founded in 1984 by Fortean author John Keel. It dissolved in 1989 due to a lack of funding.


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