Historical Organizatons: CSI-NZ
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jan Aldrich)
Date: Thu, 02 Oct 1997 23:11:14 -0700
Fwd Date: Fri, 03 Oct 1997 02:20:54 -0400
Subject: Historical Organizatons: CSI-NZ
CIVILIAN SAUCER INVESTIGATION N.Z. (CSI-NZ)
(Excerpted from History of UFO Organizations in New Zealand
by Henry Quast that appeared in "Xenology," #100, Sep-Oct
Harold Fulton was undoubtedly the driving force behind
the C.S.I. organisation. It was formed by RNZAF Sargeant Fulton
on 12th October 1952, as a closed organisation associated with
personel of the Air Force Base at Whenuapai. Opened to public
subscription the following year, membership rapidly increased
to some 150 persons within a few months and a little later to
some 500 subscribers - early issues of the first publications
"Flying Saucers" were reprinted, and sold on Auckland bookstalls.
Harold Fulton had been corresponding with his U.S. Air
Force counterparts since 1947 when the UFO scene in America was
the complete preserve of Airforce personel - some of them had
been associated with "Foo-Fighter" activity over Japan and
Germany during the closing stages of World War II.
CSI organised a nation-wide network of observers and
reporters, produced a great deal of written UFO material of
high quality and fostered the idea of extraterrestrial
intelligence through a lethargic, national press, (things
haven't changed much!). "Flying Saucers" presented an open,
enthusiastic, and intelligent approach to the subject (the
name was changed later on to "Spaceprobe"). It acquired an
excellent reputation, and offered a range of differing
opinions on UFO topics of the period - much of this material
still retains its relevance twenty years afterwards.
_Meanwhile_: In 1953, Californian George Adamski
and English co-author Desmond Leslie produced a sensational
book "Flying Saucers Have Landed". A major UFO flap in the
United States and intense public interest in the Adamski/Leslie
book amplified the flying saucer into a social phenomenon
overnight. Air Force buffs were swamped by the response and
officials began to retrench their ideas on UFOs. Associated
civilian organisations lost valuable Air Force support (some
like Major Donald Keyhoe carried on alone) and Adamski flying
saucer fan clubs blossomed throughout America.
The Adamski crusade reached New Zealand in 1954. His
book sold well here, was serialised in magazines and there
were advertisements placed in newspapers inviting interested
persons to write to the author in California.
In late 1954 the Dickesons pioneered the
(Australisian) Adamski Flying Saucer Group, later the Adamski
At their instigation Adamski agreed to make tapes.
These were played over at meetings in Timaru and Christchurch.
Tapes were copied and exchanged with Fred Stone, Australia. In
June 1955 one tape, "75 Questions And Answers" was transcribed
and duplicated for distribution. Tapes originally made for
Timaru by Adamski and Desmond Leslie were later distributed
world wide by Adamski, from California.
Indeed interest from all over the world was sufficiently
great to warrant the designation of individuals as group
organisers of "Adamski Correspondence Groups". The Adamski
Correspondence Groups proved popular and competed for membership
with Harold Fulton's C.S.I.
Harold Fulton provided a variety of comment on Adamski's
ideas and activities from independant sources in America, and
appears to have tolerated this kind of interest. Early articles
on Adamski seem quite enthusiastic, but such material became more
critical as time passed. After Adamski's visit to New Zealand in
January - February 1959, he began to openly challenge the Adamski
approach, and the coexistence between CSI and Adamski organisations
ceased. C.S.I. was put into "recess" in September 1959, prior to
Fulton's being posted to Singapore for two years - no-one else
seemed prepared to carry on the CSI organisation.
Unfortunately, Mr. Quast's interests seem to revolve around
Adamski. Harold Fulton and CSI-NZ involved much more than
just this famous contactee.
CSI-NZ corresponded with Albert Bender in the US and Edgar
Jarrold of the Australian Flying Saucer Bureau in Sydney
in the early 1950s. Later, CSI-NZ corresponded with CSI-NY
After 1957, they had exchanges with NICAP which was support
throughout CSI-NZ publications.
Harold Fulton became a NICAP adviser and continued as
adviser after CSI-NZ folded.
Fulton's and CSI-NZ's files survived, and Murray Bott is
Index: Harold Fulton