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Charles K. Johnson

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Charles Kenneth Johnson (July 24, 1924 – March 19, 2001) was, from 1972 until his death, the president of the International Flat Earth Research Society, which he and his wife ran from their home in California. He claimed that the Apollo Moon landings, and space exploration in general, were faked to lead people away from the biblical truth that the world was flat.[1]


According to Johnson, he had doubted the round earth theory since an elementary school teacher tried, unsuccessfully, to teach him about gravity.[2]

Originally an airplane mechanic in San Francisco, Johnson took over the Society from Samuel Shenton on the latter's death in 1972, from his ranch, near Edwards Air Force Base. While president, his organization had only around 200 members in 1980.[1] Johnson once said that "if earth were a ball spinning in space, there would be no up or down."[3]

In his obituary, Tim Bullamore wrote, "Although the world at large was slow to accept his work, Johnson remained cheerful and unruffled. He enjoyed smoking a cigar while watching the sun set over the flat desert. He was regularly interviewed by curious journalists and was often invited to speak about his subject. He received large quantities of mail, not all of it ridiculing his work, and on one occasion he starred in an ice-cream advertisement."[4]

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  1. ^ a b Scott, Eugenie C. (1997). "Antievolution and Creationism in the United States". Annual Review of Anthropology. 26: 263–289. doi:10.1146/annurev.anthro.26.1.263. ISSN 0084-6570. JSTOR 2952523.
  2. ^ SPRUCH, GRACE MARMOR (2002). "The Legend of Christopher Columbus". The American Scholar. 71 (4): 61–68. ISSN 0003-0937. JSTOR 41213366.
  3. ^ Belot, Gordon (2005). "Dust, Time and Symmetry". The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. 56 (2): 255–291. doi:10.1093/bjps/axi116. ISSN 0007-0882. JSTOR 3541702.
  4. ^ Bullamore, Tim (2001). "Obituary: Charles Johnson". The Independent. Archived from the original on 2007-12-12.

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