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FATE Magazine 50th Anniversary Issue

This article was written on March 01, 1998 posted under

For fifty years as of 1998, Fate Magazine has been the world’s foremost monthly publication dedicated to the exploration of paranormal phenomena, leading-edge science, and alternative spirituality. Founded by Ray Palmer and Curtis Fuller, the first issue of Fate hit world newsstands in the spring of 1948. The cover story of the inaugural edition was written by Kenneth Arnold, who described in his feature article the circumstances behind his amazing UFO sighting in 1947, which is widely recognized as the beginning of the modern UFO era.

In 1955, co-founder Ray Palmer sold his interest in Fate to Mary and Curtis Fuller. At its peak under the Fullers, the magazine had a regular distribution of over 100,000 copies. The Fuller family sold Fate to Carl Weschcke of Llewellyn Worldwide Publications in 1988. In his farewell editorial, Curtis Fuller wrote:

"Our purpose throughout this long time has been to explore and to report honestly the strangest facts of this strange world—the ones that don’t fit into the general beliefs of the way things are. All of us see the world distorted by our upbringing and our training. We hope that our perspectives have helped to expand your horizons and, more importantly, to help you understand that there are many realities that may be as valid as the ones that are familiar to us."

So how has a magazine like Fate survived as long as it has? Fate’s current owner and publisher Carl Weschcke says, “I have to believe that no product, especially a magazine, can stay around for fifty years unless it meets a need. Fate recognizes that the impossible can be possible; we explore the unknown so that it can be known.”

From personal accounts of UFO’s and ghosts, to scientific examinations of psychic phenomena, to monthly columns by leading investigators in the paranormal field, Fate’s main purpose has always been and will continue to be honest reporting of strange, unexplainable events.


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