EYE TO THE PAST

LAST TIME I promised to review two last postmailings to the 48th FAPA mailing, and, despite their lateness, here are those reviews:

Sketlios. Are you kidding about the play over the St. Louis county radio station? It occurs to me that Samuel D. Russell had, or almost had (I forget which), a fantasy play presented over the University radio station here when he lived in Minneapolis. This news is only 7 or 8 years old. # "Class of '49" amused me, but revealed how little you know about the fapate. Tabbing me as a future senator is about the ultimate! I rather enjoyed the item about Burb becoming New Yorker editor and sending review copies to the Saturday Review, though.

Cygni. Well, the Seagram Seven cover was clever.

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COMMENTS ON THE 49TH FAPA MAILING

Fan Rocket. Noted.

Fantasy Fountain. Interesting, but of little utility, the way it is arranged and the way incorrect and incomplete information is included.

Fan-Dango. If "The Cortico-Thalmic Pause" was about Al Ashley, it would be one of the best of the Ashley Chronicles. But of course it wasn't. # Marijane deserves consideration in the FAPA poll as a humorist for "Fission at Lakeside." # Towner's "If I Had A Million" is one of the best articles in the mailing, and of course it inspires one to write a parallel pipe-dream article. Now if I had a million dollars I'd spend a lot of it for such things as sponsoring radio programs or angeling legitimate plays or motion pictures that interested me but had little chance of obtaining financial support because of their lack of popular appeal. Of course, I'd like to use my money to buy up tenement districts and erect modern apartment houses, and to set up scholarships at various colleges. If I had a really unlimited supply of green stuff, I'd like to establish a medical lab about as big and well-staffed as the atomic research group that produced the a-bomb and that need solving. I don't mean to imply that philanthropic matters would be my sole concern, but I think I'd have just as much fun shoveling money into a worthwhile project like the multimillion dollar Foundation for Medical Research as I would sunning myself on the Riviera. # What's wrong with provincialism -- if that's what college spirit is a manifestation of? These days we tend to think too much in terms of the nation and the world. It is hard to become the best football team in the U. S., and the odds against it are discouraging, but it is not so hard to be the best team in southern California or New England. Local or provincial rivalry in football may well carry over into other fields where, perhaps, it will once again play the role it did in the city-states of ancient Greece and the Italian Renaissance -- developing a healthy rivalry among neighbors, in which many are encouraged to enter merely to outdo those in the next state, without worrying about being the best in the world. As Bertrand Russell points out, art in the past has flourished best in an atmosphere of local rivalry in small communities. # Intramural football? But must colleges already have intramural football programs -- which are supported by money earned from intercollegiate football.

Horizons. I intend to borrow The Art of Plain Talk from the library when I get around to it, but from what I have read of it at the bookshop, it resembles Language in Action. If he's against using words nobody has seen since Merriam last met Webster, just because that's the "right" word, I'm for him. I thought the Chinese language was almost as elaborate and intricate as English. Didn't de Camp say something to this effect in "Language for Time Travelers," or one of the articles he wrote for Astounding? # Look, Harry, Horizons is always wonderful, but every issue without "When We Were Very Young" is a slight disappointment. Couldn't you revive this feature?

Mindwarp. When Henry Wilcoxen was here publicizing "Samson and Delilah," local columnist Will Jones asked him why de Mille didn't follow the Minoan custom concerning the low-cut gown, and received the obvious answer. Wonder why people were so interested in that aspect of the Minoan culture? After all, there must be some other aspects that de Mille didn't make completely authentic. # Courzen is a lot more apprehensible in "basic" English, but as rewritten, his article is almost as hard to read as the original, due to the lack of connective phrases and smooth continuity. # "Old Mother Who?" was excellent parody throughout, with particular praise due to part #2 -- Sneary? -- and #3 -- Courzen?

Bu 8798 B -- which might better be called Pro Session -- was a good idea, even if there seems little reason for reviewing stories nearly two years old. Let's get up to date!

Moonshine. Sneary was best reading here, although Woolston's ruminations were (according to my notes, though now I can't remember what he said) generally very interesting.

Phanteur. Much as I like college football, I don't think lack of it would permanently affect the pros, no more than the unemphasized form of baseball played in colleges affects big league baseball. The pro scouts would merely have to comb the park leagues and sandlots instead of the campuses. There would be a temporary drop in ability of recruits, until the pros built up a farm system, but I don't think the cost would be prohibitive, because without college football, the pros would draw millions more fans than they do now.

Spaceship. The emphasis on fan science fiction is unfortunate, but items like the humorous "Multiple Choice" and "Saul's Spot" give promise that someday this fanzine will do an Horizons and grow up into an individzine worth reading. Good luck.

Light. "Light Flashes -- where the editor toots his bugle!" Must be a new-fangled musical instrument invented by Spike Jones. # "Mimeo Ink in My Veins": the tirade about the banning of a Light from a mailing by a long-ago OE is surprising, especially when one reflects that it probably was banned because of post office restrictions on revealing the secret "that women are different from men," not because of the OE's prudery. # I agree that the FAPA constitution should be amended to allow officers to succeed themselves.

Faparade. Very absorbing and useful as a reference.

Dambala. This strikes me as a very good example of an individzine devoted to ramblings. Welcome back and come again soon.

Prism. Rasch was his usual interesting self in the genial discussion of "Finis." # Wonder where Al Laney got his inspiration for the poem "Congo Square"? # I'd still like to see more words delivered direct from the "Ebony Tower" in this magazine.

Late Night Final. Cinvention coverage was the best part of the Coswal-zine this time. # Gad, what brought on all the cracks concerning Ackerman? There must be half a dozen in this one issue -- more than appear in many issues of Fan-Dango!

POSTMAILINGS

Sky Hook. Mentioned, as is traditional, merely for the record.

Doodad. Good, but superficial.

Fantasy Collector. "A Few Notes on H. Rider Haggard" was more interesting to me than all his novels combined. I've never been able to read any of them, though I skimmed through a few of them by forcing myself to pay attention. # The item on bookbinding fired my ambitions anew to learn this handicraft -- but how about some tips?


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