|A brief history of FATE Magazine|
FATE Magazine is the world's
leading magazine of the
paranormal. Started in 1948, it has
published expert opinions and
personal experiences relating to
UFOs, psychic abilities, ghosts and
alternative medicine, and Fortean phenomena for a devoted
readership worldwide. |
||FATE Magazine was established in 1948 by Clark Publishing Company and the first edition of FATE hit world newsstands in the Spring.
Co-founded by Ray Palmer, editor of the venerable Amazing Stories magazine, and Curtis Fuller, an
accomplished editor in his own right, the magazine’s inaugural edition featured an article by Kenneth
Arnold who recounted in it his amazing UFO encounter in 1947. Arnold’s sighting marked the beginning
of the modern UFO era, and his story propelled the fledgling FATE to national recognition.
Curtis Fuller and his wife Mary took full control of FATE in 1955, when Palmer sold his interest in the
venture. The Fullers expanded the magazine’s focus, and increased readership to well over 100,000
FATE Magazine was sold to Llewellyn Publications in 1988. In his farewell column, Curtis Fuller wrote, “Our purpose throughout this long time has
been to explore and to report honestly the strangest facts of this strange world and the ones that don’t
fit into the general beliefs of the way things are.”
FATE underwent a facelift in 1994, when Llewellyn decided to change it from digest size to a full size,
full color magazine.
The magazine celebrated its 50th year of publication in 1998. When
asked to comment on how a magazine like FATE had beat the odds and survived through five
decades, Carl Llewellyn Weschcke said, “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.”
September of 2001 marked the beginning of a new era for the long-running magazine, as Phyllis
Galde, Editor-in-Chief, took over publication. Galde has continued FATE’s fine traditions of objective
reporting of unusual events and active reader involvement in shaping the content of the magazine.
May 2003 marked a return to the familiar, friendly, digest-size FATE.