Help Finding A Source About INFO

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  1. The Truth

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    I am currently writing a book about Charles Fort's influence on SF and am searching endlessly for a whatever source has been used for the wikipedia entry on INFO. User "sagemab" (who used to be a user on these forums) added much of the article that interests me, specifically that:

    The Willis brothers owned a bookstore in the States (Arlington, Virginia) and were also publishers of SF fanzines and magazines of speculative fiction and non-fiction, notably "Anubis". They enjoyed a long-time correspondence and relationship with many Fort-inspired science fiction writers such as Fritz Leiber, Philip K. Dick, Robert Anton Wilson and, especially Robert A. Heinlein, who remained a loyal member and friend to INFO until his death. Paul was an exceptionally avid letter and article writer and had long-running data exchanges with an international group of nascent forteans including Bob Rickard who went on to found "The Times" in 1967, later the "Fortean Times", which was encouraged to expand with the help of corporate sponsorship. Rickard, and others, urged Paul Willis to publish. INFO was incorporated as a non-profit in 1965. The "INFO Journal: Science and the Unknown" was born shortly thereafter in the Spring of 1967.

    Membership was set at $12US and Heinlein would dutifully send in a check which was promptly framed and put on the wall. Heinlein would then send in a letter complaining that his check had not been cashed, along with suggestions for articles and improvements and, that too, would be framed and put on the wall. This incident is mentioned more than a few times in the "INFO Journal".

    Does anyone have any idea where this information comes from? I cannot find the letters between the Willis Brothers and these SF giants or where the reference to Heinlein's checks being hung up on the wall. I searched through the INFO Journal but had a limited number of issues to look through in a local library and the incident wasn't mentioned in any of them.

    Can anyone here help me? I am quite desperate and have been looking for these letters or sources for months now.

    Thanks,

    TT
     
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    can't help but it's a great hunt!
     
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    Yeah really hoping something comes of my search! I've got a few contacts I need to email and call but there have been a lot of dead ends.
     
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