From the Editor

Bob Ladendorf

We were all shocked to learn about the loss of Carl Sagan in December. (See a tribute to him on page 3.) I had read his Demon-Haunted World and was impressed with his comprehensive survey of paranormal and pseudoscientific beliefs and activities. His criticism of Velikovsky's ideas opened my eyes about skepticism and critical thinking nearly 20 years ago. In a sense, his thinking stimulated me into eventually helping to found REALL and to edit this newsletter.

The lead article on a "psychic detective" case by Gary Posner of the Tampa Bay Skeptics can serve as an example on how to investigate claims of the paranormal.

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Corrupted computer files knocked this newsletter off schedule. I had to redesign the newsletter from scratch. (Being the graphic designer and typesetter stretches the ability [and patience!] of this long-time editor.) For those interested, The REALL News is produced on a Macintosh Performa 6300CD using Clarisworks 4.0 software, with text set in 10-point Palatino and headlines in Benguiat Frisky. The original is printed on a Hewlett-Packard DeskJet 855C ink-jet printer, and final copies are produced at Kinko's.

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