INVESTIGATOR MAGAZINE HISTORY
HELPERS OF THE PAST THIRTY YEARS
(Investigator 180, 2018 May)
The "psychic" in the first photo is Pamela Winters, the former wife of
Alan Winters who was the assistant editor during Investigator
Magazine's first five years. Pamela was not really a psychic but posed
as one for the cover of Investigator No. 20.
second photo shows both editors collating pages for the 48 copies of
edition No. 9 in 1989. Mr Winters disappeared in 1994 and went to
England. He reappeared about ten years later but was too ill to get
re-involved with the magazine.
has always been at the hobby level, never a commercial venture, and for
years operated on a "shoestring" budget of $5 per week. Hence only 48
To keep Investigator going therefore required that a steady trickle of helpful people show up and voluntarily help in some way.
could be by contributing articles for publication, becoming
subscribers, drawing or otherwise supplying pictures, assisting in
investigations, posing for photos, showing the magazine to others,
supplying information, and teaching the remaining editor how to get
some use out of his computer.
The first subscribers to Investigator
included Peter D. Thomas, Gary Schmitt, "Anonymous", Allan Brunt, and
members of the South Australian Skeptics such as Allan Lang, Laurie Eddie, and Peter Woolcock.
Members of the SA Skeptics c.1990 Allan
Lang, Ron Evans, Laurie Eddie, Peter Woolcock
There followed among others Michael O'Leary, Burjin J. Kotwall, Bob
Potter, Jerry Bergman, Kirk Straughen, Harry Edwards and Brian de
Kretser, all of whom contributed material for publication (especially
Harry Edwards), and others (e.g. Douglas Davies) who were readers only.
editors met librarian Andrea Rankin at the "Port
Adelaide Writers" group in 1990 where the whole group cooperated to
investigate a suspected astrology scam. Andrea has talent in drawing
and drew some pictures for publication in Investigator, one of which is sometimes still used to illustrate page 4.
cat on the cover of #22 to indicate an article about
superstitions involving cats, and the girl, possibly a ballerina,
on the cover of #23 to denote the article "Marry A Virgin" were drawn
by Andrea. Probably not all ballerinas are virgins, but budget
constraints meant utilizing whatever pictures were on hand when
in another way was Neil Bruce of NSW who subscribed from 1990 to 1994.
Before his death he donated a box of old books authored by Judge
WEBSITE and INTERNET
In February 1996 Burgin J. Kotwall contributed an Investigator article to a Norwegian website and announced:
Feb. 26 , 96. The Investigator is launched into Cyberspace today! (#48, page 4)
pointed the way forward and the editor purchased a computer and laser
printer later that year. Purchasing the items was easy but getting some
use out of them was another matter. However, up showed Tracy Kong.
editor went to the Woodville [a suburb of Adelaide] Public Library to
try out the Internet on a library computer but "didn't have a clue". At
another desk sat a young woman who seemed to know what she was doing so
he asked if he could watch.
Kong turned out to be an unemployed teacher of business studies and
offered to give free computer lessons. The lessons continued for a year
after which Ms Kong became a police constable and the lessons stopped.
The next computer helper was a software writer, Richard Schmidt. With his help Investigator got onto the Internet in November 2000 on a trial and practice basis, and successfully longterm on December 31, ready for Day 1 of the new Millennium.
problems, however, continued especially when acquiring new laptops, new
versions of Windows and new software. Danny Di Giacomo, a maintenance
technician, appeared in 2009 and solved many problems and setbacks
thousands of people view Investigator material on the website and
hopefully are benefitting, and much of the credit goes to the helpers
of the past 30 years.
SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO
CONTRIBUTED ARTICLES FOR PUBLICATION
Phillip Adams Columnist; author. Anonymous B.A. (Philosophy); Th.A. Jerry Bergman Author; lecturer; three Ph.Ds. Dr Sydney Bockner Psychological medicine. Jane Brooks UFO Research Inc. Treasurer. Allan Brunt Meteorologist. Eric Bruton Retired public servant. John F. Coffey Author; Catholic. Keith Cornish President Atheist Foundation SA. Brian De Kretser Skeptic in Darwin. Dean Dowling University physics lecturer. Laurie Eddie Psychologist. Harry Edwards Author & skeptic. Kitty Foth-Regner Author. Diane Gholson Editor Tidbits. James A. Haught Editor emeritus of The Charleston Gazette-Mail. John Hutchinson Sheep shearing coach. Carl Olof Jonsson Author in Sweden. Burjin J. Kotwall Former "vice president" Bank of America. Allan Lang Industrial chemist. Vic Lloyd Retail manager. Jim Luke Dentist; Christadelphian. Jim Moyers Psychotherapist. Mark Newbrook Linguist; lecturer; author. Lana Nightingale Author. Michael O’Leary Astronomer. Hans Ossa Complementary medicine practitioner. Bob Potter Ph.D. Psychology. David Reed Former Jehovah's Witness elder. Kevin Rogers Masters of Engineering Science; Diploma of Operations Research. Frank P. Russo Medical & Veterinary Science. Gary Schmitt Former Jehovah's Witness in Perth. Bernhard Stett B.Sc. Zoology. Lance Storm Ph.D. Psychology. Kirk Straughen Skeptic in Queensland. Peter D. Thomas Electronics; Journalism; Flying Saucer Research Society. Carl Wieland Creation Science Foundation. Barry Williams Former editor of the Skeptic. John H. Williams Teacher; Honours B.Sc. (Geology). Alan Winters Skeptics Association member. Peter Woolcock Philosopher.