Thursday, July 29, 2021

"Approach" - $150 per issue on Amazon - rare early South African UFO newsletter (1950s-1960s) - 24 issues online

Some people have previously debated why UFO sightings appear to be rare in Africa and Asia, but without seeming to bother seeking out any African or Asian sources and material regarding UFOs (or at least not sharing any such material online). Speculating before obtaining data is a bit, well, frigging stupid.

More politely, as put by the great Sherlock Holmes (okay, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle...), “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”

So, I've recently been seeking out UFO source material from Africa and Asia.

Before posting some new scans, I'll just mention again one relevant newsletter : "Approach", published by South African ufologist Edgar Sievers in the 1950s-1960s. This is a rather rare publication, with single issues on sale on Amazon for about $150 each.

One seller on Amazon has commented : "Something new and different, even for the churning and seminal UFOlogy/spirituality time period of the 50s: UFO's from a South African / Tibetan Buddhism perspective".

Scans of 24 issues are freely available at the link below, scanned by the AFU in Sweden.

Under South African copyright rules, copyright expires 50 years after the authors death. I have not found any references to Sievers (or any family) after about 1960, so presume he died more than 50 years ago. I also think, given the content of several statements in his newsletter, he wanted it made freely available.

One of Edgar Siever's editorials commented on some of the problems on ufology in the 1950s - with comments that could be echoed in relation to the UFO community today.

Click on the image below for a link to the folder containing relevant issues.

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