Old self-improvement schemes never die. Recently, I spotted this antique advertisement from 1954 that alerted me to the existence of Pelmanism, the brainchild of William Joseph Ennever.

The Pelman Institutes of England and America apparently once claimed over half a million followers. But now they're long gone. Yet that has not stopped at least two folks from trying to resurrect the copyright-abandoned mind-strengthening course and claim and market it as their own. You can see their pages here and here.

Oddly enough, the last vestige of Pelmanism most people know, without realizing its true origin, is the card game we call Concentration or Memory or Pairs.
     Posted By: Paul - Mon Aug 04, 2008
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Kay--how odd that this vestige of a much bigger conceptual system is all that remains, percolating thru the culture. Thanks!
Posted by Paul on 08/04/08 at 04:05 PM
Huw--you too can follow in the footsteps of L. Ron Hubbard!
Posted by Paul on 08/08/08 at 12:12 PM
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