In the early 1970s Marcello Truzzi published a small newsletter titled
It's name was changed to The Zetetic. The publication described
itself as "a newsletter of academic research into occultisms." One
of the issues is shown above.
In 1976 Truzzi helped found the Committee for the Scientific Investigation
of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP). He became editor of its journal,
which took the name of his newsletter. The Fall/Winter 1976 issue
of the CSICOP journal was designated Vol. 1, No. 1.
On page 3 of that issue, Truzzi explained: "The word zetetic
means 'skeptical seeker' and refers to the ancient Greek followers of the
In 1977 Truzzi produced a second issue of The Zetetic and then
resigned from the Committee. Kendrick Frazier became editor, and
the cover name of the CSICOP periodical was changed to "The Zetetic The
Skeptical Inquirer" then to "The Skeptical Inquirer The Zetetic" and finally
to "The Skeptical Inquirer."
In 1978 Truzzi began publishing the Zetetic Scholar.