Monday, February 1, 2021

152 Loch Ness "Nessletters" (Scotland, 1970s-2000s) now online

Rip Hepple of the "Ness Information Service" published "Nessletters" from 1974 onwards. Roland Watson of the "Loch Ness Monster" blog has referred to the Nessletters as the "best" newsletter on "the popular subject of the Loch Ness Monster".

Roland Watson has had a number of Rip Hepple's Nessletters on his blog for many years. Roland helpfully put me in touch with Rip Hepple and also supplied scans of various issues.

Rip Hepple originally indicated to me that he was "somewhat protective and proprietary" about his Nessletters, but after some discussion during the last few weeks he has now kindly given me permission to add searchable scans of the Nessletters to the UK section of the online Fortean archive I have been helping coordinate on the website of the AFU for several years.

The AFU in Sweden has scanned many issues of the Nessletters, with the gaps being filled by Roland Watson. As a result of their combined collections and efforts, all issues from number 1 to number 153 are now online. (I understand from Roland that there was no issue number 13).

Roland Watson has previously commented on his blog as follows:

"In some ways, the Nessletter is THE most important document available on Loch Ness and its Monster for it chronicles a phenomenon, its abode, followers and critics in a continuous manner for nearly 40 years now. Quite simply, a unique publication such as this should not be allowed to disappear from view. If you want a full perspective on the phenomenon that is the Loch Ness Monster, then Nessletter is a requirement."


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