The first table with the happy AFU gang
Our excellent chefs, Li, Leif and Tobias
The perfect Fortean beer
With my new book now soon in print the next project will be to rearrange the large AFU organizational files which hopefully will result in an extensive monograph on the AFU history and development. The seven shelves with binders containing various historical documents, protocols, articles and correspondence will have to be better structured. It is only one of hundreds of projects in the archive but this one is high on my priority list.
The AFU organizational files
Kjell Jonsson 1977
The practical work of keeping AFU alive then for a time rested on the shoulders of Kjell Jonsson. And it was in the beginning of 1974 that he got the brilliant idea of starting a UFO library. In a letter written February 12, 1974 to a Swedish ufologist he tries to explain the situation: "I am now the only active AFU representative. AFU has closed down all former activities, our magazine Ufologen and field investigations. Instead I am presently engaged in planning a lending library of books and magazines and will also serve ufologists with copies of magazine articles." This was the beginning of what later became the large archive and library. So the credit for this idea should go to Kjell Jonsson who kept AFU going during the first years.
Later Anders Liljegren and I resumed our UFO research activites, especially when AFU moved to new premises in Norrköping in 1980. And beginning in the 1980s we were often interviewed on radio and TV and in magazines and newspapers. The collection of articles on AFU is quite extensive and is for me a source of both amusement and fascinating history.
Anders Liljegren interviewed in Teknikmagasinet no. 5, May 1984
Article from the Swedish daily Aftonbladet January 29, 1989
Anders Liljegren and I interviewed in Folkbladet February 12, 1993