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The Psychic Bullfighter: "Doc" R.C. Anderson

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posted on Nov, 5 2012 @ 10:03 AM
I was wandering around an antiques store yesterday, and came across a book about psychic phenomena by a man named "Doc" R.C. Anderson. I skimmed through the book for a couple of minutes, and found it rather interesting, but decided not to buy it (I should have). When I got home the name kept popping up in my mind, so I thought I'd do some research on him, but I haven't been able to find very much.

I'm curious if anyone has any additional information other than what I've been able to find. I'd like to know about what predictions he made, and of any other types of psychic abilities he may have had. Like I said, the book seemed very interesting, and had lots of pictures in it, so I thought maybe I'd find quite a bit of information on the internet about him, but there doesn't seem to be very much.

Some of the pictures in the book showed him doing rather incredible things...that's part of what grabbed by my attention.

This is what little bit of information I've been able to uncovered:

Doc Anderson was born in 1908, the son of Nels and Mary Anderson. Early career pursuits, according to a November 8, 1979 Chattanooga Times article, included being a strongman in a circus, a prize fighter, and a bull fighter. The same article described him as planning a final ole’ in Mexico.

Mr. Anderson moved to Chattanooga in 1944 from Dalton, Georgia, and opened an office at 2110 McCallie Avenue. An advertisement in the city directory told of his past experience in locating buried treasure, finding missing persons, and predicting the future. He had told the cowboy comedian Will Rogers that he would be killed in an accident. Rogers, along with aviator Wiley Post, perished in a plane crash in 1935. He had also predicted that Franklin D. Roosevelt would die in office, a prediction fulfilled in 1945.

Customers were welcomed from 10am to 10pm in person, or were served by mail at a cost of $2.00 plus 10 cents postage. Each mailed-in request earned an additional three questions answered free. Doc Anderson proclaimed to be an astrologer, not a fortune teller, and referenced Nostradamus as using the same methods.

Local governments of Chattanooga and Rossville sometimes challenged Doc Anderson’s right to practice. The October 25, 1944 Chattanooga Times reported an early challenge. After his first year of operation in Chattanooga, the board of commissioners at first denied the renewal of his city license. A new ordinance limited the practices of fortune tellers, soothsayers (“sooth” is an old word for “truth”), astrologers, et al. to those who were Chattanooga residents. Doc Anderson had recently bought a home at Lakeview, Georgia.

However, Doc Anderson was able to prevail. The November 1, 1944 Chattanooga Times reported that Mayor E.D. Bass advised the commission that the new law’s intent was to keep transient advisors of the future from operating. Doc Anderson was permitted to do business, since he was local.

Soon, Doc Anderson was a local celebrity. He often appeared on local television shows including “The Morning Show” with Harry Thornton. For those too young or too brief a Chattanoogan to remember, Harry Thornton was the local forerunner to today’s news/talk show hosts.

Doc Anderson was included as a panelist on a WRCB-TV show concerning predictions for the year 1970. By this time, St. Elmo had become the home of Doc Anderson. Since I lived in St. Elmo, I knew of him as being a figure in the community. He had both his supporters and detractors.

Though his success rate was not 100%, Doc Anderson made enough accurate predications, and attracted attention from afar. Some of his clients were celebrities.

Eddie Albert, who starred in the movie “Oklahoma” and on television in “Green Acres,” frequently consulted with Mr. Anderson.

The March 19, 1972 Chattanooga News-Free Press told of the visit of actor Denver Pyle (Briscoe Darling on “Andy Griffith” and Uncle Jesse on “Dukes of Hazzard”) and Texas oil man John Shaw. Doc Anderson had correctly located sixteen of sixteen oil well sites. The two men were in town to announce a plan for a Doc Anderson statue in Rossville, Georgia (no record in the library’s clipping file on whether this was ever erected).

Sadly, Robert C. “Doc” Anderson did not get to do his final ole’ with the taurus in Mexico, as far as the record shows.

The Chattanooga area has historically had flooding during the month of March. The year 1980 was no exception. Doc Anderson lost his life after leaving his flooded vehicle, and trying to wade through the swift current. He was survived by his wife, Ruth, who often challenged local attempts to shut down his practice alongside her husband, and four daughters.

Here's an old postcard with some information about Doc:

DOC. R. C. ANDERSON, a fabulous and fascinating personality, whose sensational predictions of world-shaking events made on Christmas Day 1944 have - so far - proven so amazingly accurate during the course of unfolding history.

Mentioned on the “Meet the Press” TV Program of September 30th 1956. Enjoys nationwide reputation as an Astrologer, Marriage Counsellor and Philosopher of Humanity. Consulted by people from all over the United States and Overseas, who come to him for help, counsel and guidance in their appeals for solutions to their difficult personal problems.


I've found a copy of Search Magazine from February 1957 on that has an article about him, but I can't find an online version.

Here's a newspaper article where he is mentioned:


There's a couple of "testimonials" of support for him that I found as well:

I knew the first time I read a write-up about "Doc" R. C. 'Anderson, Rossville, Ga., fortune-teller, that he was the man for me to see. I finally was able to go see him and the unbelievable has been done. My circumstances have been changed. My faith in "Doc" R.C. Anderson has been unchanged since. I met him. Every mile has been a mental gold, piece since I came to see him.

I'm putting this in the paper for the benefit of thousands of people, who have gone to readers and fortune-tellers all over the country for help. I was one of those people at one time. I went to New Orleans. Birmingham, New York, Chicago, and even to California, and did not get any results until I went to "Doc" R. C. Anderson in my own home town.

Here's another mention of Doc in an old newspaper:


Any addition information would be welcomed.

edit on 5-11-2012 by isyeye because: (no reason given)


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