(Some questions will not be answered in this column due to the following reasons: a )The answer would .involve more space than is at my disposal. b) The question deals with a subject on which I am not an authority. c) The question itself is not clear enough in meaning and intent to be answerable. Please take these factors into consideration when asking questions for this column.....NGB)

YOU ASKED?

HAVE YOU EVER READ ANY EXPANSIONS ON THE THEORY OF EXISTENTIONALISM? DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS?

Never heard of it. Have you read any expansions on the theory of Conceptionism and do you know what that is? Possibly it would be an idea if you and I each to do an article on our subjects and have them printed in some fanzine.That way, we as well as fandom would benefit.

HOW ABOUT QUESTIONS ON FANDOM AND STF IN GENERAL?

I have left space on this issue's questionaire for such questions and would appreciate you as well as all other readers listing all you can think up.

DID YOU HITCH-HIKE TO NEW ORLEANS?

I guess you mean did I hitch-hike to the Nolacon. Harry B. Moore, chairman of the Nolacon, answers that question rather egobooishly as follows; "...It is an exceedingly rare thing to find a fan with guts, self-respect, tenacity, responsibility dependability, or honor. Your feat of hitch-.hiking here .from Vancouver stands out astoundingly amidst such a morass of pseudo-persons..." Only I didn't start out from Vancouver. I started out from Missoula, Mont., and h-h to Vancouver via New York, Toronto and New Orleans.

TO DATE, HOW MANY PERSONS HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO VANATIONS? (NO PERSONAL PEN-NAMES)

The stastistics break down as follows:
	No. 1		4				3	3		9
	No. 2		6				2	2		9
	No. 3		8				1	4		12
	No. 4		10				1	4		14
	TOTALS		23				6	9		30

The difference in the totals is because in some cases more than one type of material was contributed by the same person, or the same person contributed to more than one issue. These figures do not take into account those who contributed filler, letters, questions, news, etc.

DO YOU THINK VANATIONS IS REALLY WORTH THE BOTHER AND WHY?

Boy, you people sure do come up with some dandy questions. You must lay awake at nights thinking them up. I know I lay awake trying to think up answers to them.... Your question contradicts itself. Vn. is a part of my hobby, and a hobby by its very definition can't under any circumstances be a "bother",

HOW OLD ARE YOU?

I was born on the 3rd of June, 1932. That, of course is my physical age. No one, unfortunatly, has yet asked me what my mental age is...

WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH THOSE 500 COPIES OF VANATIONS?

I keep about 25 for later requests - such as yours - and distribute the rest in fandom. As a matter of fact, my distribution list looks like a directory of fandom. All BNFs get it, many pros get Vn., most members of NFFF, BSAW, and FAPA get Vn. Besides this, about 50 are distributed in Canada and another 100 are sent to miscelanious fen in the States, England, and Australia.

WHAT MAKES YOU SO GENEROUS? ARE YOU SURE THERE ISN'T A SOCIAL BEARING?

Generosity is when you put more into a thing than you get out of it. I get a lot out of fandom - possibly even more than I put into it. I don't think I am generous; I think I am lucky - lucky to belong to a hobby group that is one of the most inexpensive there is. I don't know anything about a "social bearing". Most people are of' the opinion that the trouble is ball-bearings - they keep falling out of the holes in my head....

WHAT DOES THE "G" IN YOUR NAME STAND FOR?

When I was born, my parents called me many names - but they needed one that would be acceptable in our modern society. After long hours of research discussion and thought, they came up with the very original idea of calling me Norman - after my father. Then they showed more originality and forethought in picking my second name. You see I was born on the same day as George V of England....

WHY DON'T YOU DISCARD THE PAR SYSTEM AND CHARGE A REGULAR PRICE?

- Paul Mittelbuscher

Hah! And be the same as everyone else? Do you realize how much publicity I and Vn. got through the PAR system? It pays to be different. Besides, those that send in money send in more than I would normaly get if I charged a regular price.


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