International interest in Storsie is growing and I would like to mention the work I am involved in here in Jämtland (County) in getting witnesses to talk on record. It started with me publishing RETROFUTURE 2 back in 2010, handing out nearly 2.000 copies for free around the lake. This issue sported about 50 classic cases from the old days (1895-1910 period) and I thought that a campaign to highlight my new magazine was in order.
What I did not expect was that people would start to call me up, or contact me in various ways because they wanted to discuss the subject (or personal experiences). I realised that something rather interesting was taking place so I decided to continue, only in a more focused way. I knew that my hobby (creating magazines) was coming to an end and that a few final publications with the RETROFUTURE name would be The Last Hurrah. So why not go out with a bang? Why not include a project that would really matter in my neck of the woods?
So I started to print 1.000 copies of my magazines, rather than the 400 that had been the norm for the last couple of decades, and of these I handed out about 900 of each around the lake. Every issue of RETROFUTURE now sported interesting material, much of it previously unknown, but also forgotten tales from the archives. Some pretty amazing cases emerged as I dived into it, and I could tell by the response that people payed attention. At this point, five years into the project, I have handed out nearly 13.000 magazines and an additional 3.000 flyers for free. And the response is growing with each season.
Many people just want to talk, they just want me to hear them out (knowing that I will not laugh at them). They may not be ready to go public, but they obviously have a need to talk to somebody. In fact, most people I talk to are not ready to go public, but I keep hearing all these personal accounts. It really is an amazing project to be involved in.
Right now phase 9 in is full gear and I am busy handing out copies of the last two issues (6 & 7) around the lake as we speak (part of the fun on this holiday). An additional 2.000 flyers will come in from the printers in a week or two, and they will be the last ones that will be going out as part of this project (last flyers that is). The flyer presents a page about Storsie taken from RETROFUTURE 7 on one side and information about the project on the other (see top image).
In the summer of 2016 the project will reach the end of the road, as will the magazine and this hobby of mine. But I dare say the word will be out by then that somebody is paying attention. I hope to write a book some day, that would be the logical way to wrap things up.
It was a door that accidentally opened but some doors are more interesting than others. In any case, I couldn´t think of a more interesting way to bow out. I never would have believed it, and here I am living it.