We’d like to celebrate the life of a woman who helped thousands of others explore the unknown. Phyllis Benjamin was a native New Yorker who got her introduction to the unseen, unknown universe by her Grandmother clipping Ripley’s “Believe It Or Not” from the Sunday comics. Her Grandfather was a newspaperman and Phyllis followed in his footstep as an art director of ABC Eyewitness News among other projects. She loved to travel to the world’s ancient sites and helped others do the same through her travel agency and like Charles Fort, whose International Fortean Society she championed, Phyllis lived the teaching -- that we must explore without bias what we do not know.Phyllis helped many people who came to the annual International Fortean Organization and their annual conference on Anomalous Phenomena or who read their papers and magazines, to find new ways to view themselves, each other and the world. Her husband Al survives her and no doubt Phyllis is already planning on the Universal Fortean Society gathering.
Thank you Phyllis for the love of discovery you shared all during your lifetime on earth and your good sense of humor. It is nice to know that you are well and that you join others including your dear friend and mentor John Michell who was there to greet you. Your funeral was sweet and full of love under the two large oak trees on a hill overlooking Baltimore. Travel on our friend, you will be remembered and cherished.From Hieronimus & Co.
Dr. Bob Hieronimus and Dr. Zohara Hieronimus
Phyllis inducting Dr. Bob Hieronimus as the first member of the Fortean Hall of Fame at FortFest 2011.