Groups, Organizations, Meetings and Clubs - F Part 1

A list of groups, organizations, meetings, and clubs beginning with the letter F including Fortean Organization, Fiddler's association and Freedom of Information center.

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Fiddlers' Association, American Old-Time, 6141 Morrill Ave., Lincoln, Nebr. 68507

. . . Founded in 1965 "to preserve and promote the art and skill of old-time fiddling and its related arts and skills." Annual dues are $5. Publishes American Fiddlers' News, which gives up-to-date information on fiddling contests, records, music, books, and on fiddling news around the world. 5,000 members.

Flat Earth Research Society, International, P.O. Box 2533, Lancaster, Calif. 93534

. . . Founded in 1800. Aims "to establish as a fact that this earth is flat and plane and that it does not spin and whirl 1,000 mi. an hour and to expose modern astronomical science as a fraud, myth, a false religion." Claims that the society's factual proof that the earth is flat has been ignored because "it's a thing that can't be explained" and that to disprove the round-earth theory "would bring down the government, would bring down education--it would bring down everything." Dues are $5 per year and include a subscription to Flat Earth News. 100 members, 2 chapters.

Fortean Organization, The International, P.O. Box 367, Arlington, Va. 22210

. . . Founded in 1965 and derives its name from American writer Charles Fort (1874-1932) "who demonstrated that we live in a wild, weird, wonderful world." Investigates the borderlands of science and considers open-mindedly "UFOs, sea and lake monsters, falls of blood, psychic phenomena, abominable snowmen, poltergeists, phantom planets, unidentified submarine objects, and the entire spectrum of the mysterious and unknown. . . ." Invites all "adventurous spirits" to join for $6 a year, which includes a subscription to their quarterly, The INFO Journal. Holds annual convention in August. 1,500 members, 4 chapters.

Freedom of Information Center, P.O. Box 858, Columbia, Mo. 65201

. . . Founded in 1958 by the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri, "to report and comment on actions by the government, society, and the media that affect the acquisition, presentation, and dissemination of information." Acts as a "national clearinghouse of information, immediately at hand, on problems of the flow of information, on the debates these problems occasion, and on the solutions, defeats, and victories that come in the unending struggle of the individual to be informed of the purposes of his government and of non-governmental organizations that manipulate information in ways they believe to be in his interest." Membership is $25 annually. Issues 2 monthly reports, a bimonthly Digest, and offers numerous publications for sale. 1,200 members.

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