References To FT In Other Publications / Media

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  1. Andy X

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    I don't need to tell you lot that Fortean Times magazine is only occasionally name-checked in the mainstream press and news media. It's therefore quite gratifying to spot the odd obscure reference from time to time.

    Here, courtesy of the Library Angel, is a gem I immediately stumbled on today whilst looking at some old computer mags which I can't bring myself to chuck out. It's from PC Format's March 1995 issue:

    Anyone got any more to share?

    Bob Rickard_PC Format issue 42_March 1995.png

    I'd completely forgotten it was bi-monthly only in them days.
     
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    Danny Baker mentions it fairly frequently on his Radio 5 show. It's worth a listen for other reasons, too: for a man with a reputation as a motormouth, he has quite a knack of drawing stories out of the callers to his show, as well out of his better-known guests.
     
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    FT is also mentioned in this satirical item about snowfall and awareness thereof this past December ...


    SOURCE: http://www.newsbiscuit.com/2017/12/11/its-snowing-social-media-exclusively-reveals/
     
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    On the other hand, FT's reputation is not so obviously respected in other circles ...

    SOURCE: https://www.worthingherald.co.uk/news/offbeat/video-mermaid-skeleton-spoof-1-8447231
     
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    It was the time the FT had the headline "Boy trapped in refrigerator eats own foot" that clinched it.
     
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    Publish and be damned, I say.
     
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    James_H And I like to roam the land

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    I remember Viz comic quoting 'David Sutton, Fortean Times Editor' in a spoof article about shapes in clouds.
     
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    Ah, that rings a tiny bell. I think it might have been at the time when both titles (FT / Viz) were acquired by - or sold to, or whatever - Dennis Publishing.
     
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    Just to clarify - the link between FT and Viz goes back to when FT first became generally available via the newsstand. It had previously been small-circulation, available only by subscription or via some science fiction / comics / counterculture-type shops (I bought my first subscription at the 1979 SF Worldcon in Brighton). In the early 1990s (as far as I remember), John Brown Publishing gained the distribution and marketing rights, having previously made a huge success of Viz (also previously small-circulation). Presumably to John Brown's disappointment, FT never hit the heights of sales that Viz reached at its peak. A little later, JBP started Bizarre magazine, siphoning off a little of the more 'out-there' medical and behavioural content that FT had been covering (and adding its own kinks to the fold). In 2001, John Brown Publishing, i.e. Viz, FT and Bizarre, was sold to I Feel Good Ltd, run by James (no relation to John or to the Ambassador of Soul) Brown, and a couple of years later IFG was sold to Dennis Publishing (already a big shareholder in IFG, I think).

    Our favourite Viz reference, though, was in an article spoofing tabloid stories of foxes attacking children. The story was about the Loch Ness Monster migrating south and attacking children, and included a quote from "David Sutton, editor of crackpot nutrag Fortean Times". What bliss to be alive that proud day!

    Your friendly neighbourhood historian / pedant / bore.
     
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    You forgot to add "Love Guru" to your title...
     
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    I was kinda hoping you'd forgotten that inebriated evening
     
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    Forget that night of wild passion?!:adored::cheer:
     
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    owenhere Seven And Seven Is Number fortean

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    And can I have my kumquat back now, please?
     
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    Ha ha! Nice turn of phrase!

    Thanks for the elucidation - which wasn't boring at all. I'd forgotten all about IFG but have back issues from the James Brown era and earlier. So the two publications, as you say, have in fact been stablemates for longer than I'd thought... Perhaps FT could have achieved the circulation figures of Viz with the inclusion of a regular comic strip such as "Charlie Fort and his unfeasibly small spectacles"?
     
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    Well, Hunt E. does his best...
     
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    Indeed be does, but I've noticed very little gratuitous scatology in his work (there's another regular column for that sort of thing)

    ;)
     
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    What the scat did Fort do with his spectacles? The world needs to know.
     
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    Couldn't say, but there are some jolly saucy pictures in some of those books in the Britsh Library. Apparently.
     
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    Where would you like it?
     

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