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May 16, 2022
Fanzines: Unless otherwise noted, all scans are by Joe Siclari
--Cinefantastique, Fred Clarke. The glossy magazine you may have read had its orgins as a mimeographed fanzine. We've added #1, 3, and 5 all from 1967.
--Devlins Review, Buck and Juanita Coulson. Added the complete 2 issue run of this reviewzine from the mid 70s.
--Don-o-Saur, Don Thompson. Added 11 issues: #36-41 (Sep 74-Feb 76), 46 (Jul 76) 52 (Oct 88), 54 (Apr 89), and 56-57 (Nov 89-Feb 90).
--Fanactivity Gazette, George Phillies. Added the May issue of this NFFF newsletter. Thanks, George!
--FanewsCard. Added 3 items - #2 (Bob Tucker, Jan 43), and two special editions. One was an NFFF election special (Nov 45) and the other a holiday card from Dec 44.
--Quip, Arnie Katz. Added 3 issues of Quip to start with. This is a new-to-us fanzine from the 1960s. Contributors to these issues include Ted White, John Berry, Shelby Vick, F.M. Busby, Ross Chamberlain, Terry Jeeves, Bill Rotsler, Charles Burbee, Harry Warner, Dick Geis, Dick Lupoff, Bob Tucker, Greg Benford, John D. Berry and Steve Stiles - a stellar lineup. It was a team effort to get permission to put these online - many thanks to Lenny Bailes, Cathy Matthews and of course Arnie Katz for making it happen. Thanks all!
--Spartacus, Guy Lillian III. Added #55 (May 22). Thanks, Guy!
--STEFCARD, Walter Coslet. Added #2, 4, and 16 from 1950-51.
--Wee Tome Tipper, Walt Leibscher. Added issues #1-5 of this cardzine/newszine. According to Pavlat-Evans, there may have been one more issue in Jan 45.

Corrections and Clarifications:
--Ankus, Bruce Pelz. Removed a duplicate line from the index page. Error spotted by Mark Olson. Thanks, Mark!

Conpubs: Unless otherwise noted, all scans are by Mark Olson.
--Worldcon:
---Aussiecon Three added Schedule for September 2, Australia in 1999 button
---BucConeer added Thank you letter to program participants
---ConJose added Do You Know the Way to ConJose - by Rich and Nicki Lynch
---Denvention 3 added Book discussion flier, Newsletter H, Why Denver in 2008 flier, Program Schedule Grid
---Denvention I added Robert Heinlein's Guest of Honor speech
---Denvention Two added Denvention 2 Newsletter #1 p
---Detention added Detention 5
---L.A.con II added Pocket Program
---Millennium Philcon added Milli VaPhilly, Run Kessel Run, Program changes for August 30, Retro Hugo Ceremony program
---Nippon 2007 added Convention update and Hugo nominating ballot
---Noreascon 3 added Monday Pink Sheet
---Noreascon 4 added Galactic Patrol Gazette #5, Galactic Patrol Gazette #4
---Noreascon I added Advertising flyer
---Torcon 3 added Dam Write Daily H

--Balticon:
---Balticon 9 added Program Book, HOPSFA Mini Hymnal
---Balticon 37 added Multipage flier
---Balticon 52 added Daily newsletter for May 24th 2019
---Balticon 53 added Daily newsletter for May 24th 2019
---Balticon 56 added Two-sided postcard flier

--Boskone:
---Boskone 10 added Program Book
---Boskone 14 added Helmuth #3, Pocket Program
---Boskone 15 added Post-Con report, Program
---Boskone 16 added Flyer
---Boskone 18 added Film Program, Progress Report
---Boskone 24 added Helminth, Helmuth minus 2, Merchanter's Helmuth #1, Pocket Program, Scavenger Hunt
---Boskone 45 added Flier

--Capclave:
---Capclave 2001 added flyer
---Capclave 2002 added One page flier

--ConFusion:
---ConFusion 11 added Program Book, Trivia & Story Contest, Restaurant Guide
---Nine Billion Names of ConFusion added Restaurant Guide, Program Book

--Corflu:
---Corflu 13 added Progress Report
---Corflu 16 added Progress report addendum, Progress report
---Corflu 36 added Flier and progress report

--DeepSouthCon:
---DSC 50 added DSC 50. by Rich Lynch
---DSC 52 added Happy Contrails to You by Rich Lynch
---DSC 55 added High Times in High Point by Rich Lynch

--Disclave:
---Disclave 18 added Pocket Program
---Disclave 20 added Program Book
---Disclave 30 added Pocket Program, Program Book

---Coroncon added Loncon 53 in Song and Slightly Dirty Story by Vince Clarke

---Kwintus Kublius added Program Book

---Loscon Sixteen added Program Book

--Lunacon:
---Lunacon 16 added Pocket Program
---Lunacon 19 added Pocket Program
---Lunacon 20 added Pocket Program
---Lunacon 21 added Pocket Program
---Lunacon 25 added Program Invitation

--Midwestcon:
---Midwestcon 52 added two page flier
---Midwestcon 71 added Two page flier

---Minicon 16 added Egoboo Certificate, Program Schedule

--Nasfic:
---Detcon1 added Of Stargates and Superheroes by Rich Lynch
---NorthAmericon '79 added Embroidered cloth patch

--Pghlange:
---PgHLANGE VI added The Mimeo Man playbill, Program
---PgHLANGE VII added Program Book
---PgHLANGE XI added Program

--Philcon:
---Philcon 1975 added Program Book
---Philcon 1976.1 added Pocket Program, Program Book
---Philcon 1979 added Program Book
---Philcon 1984 added Pocket Program
---Philcon 1985 added Film program, Program Book, Pocket Program
---Philcon 1986 added Dealers Room Directory, Pocket Program, Program Book, Restaurant Guide, Space & Hard Science Program
---Philcon 2006 added Multipage flier

--Readercon:
---Readercon 1 added Read Me First, Program Schedule
---Readercon 2 added Flyer

--Rivercon:
---Rivercon III added Flyer
---Rivercon IV added Program Book
---Rivercon XI added Pocket Program, Program Book

--Westercon:
---Conkopelli added John Hertz special publication flier
---Westercon 29 added Pocket Program, Program Book, Membership Card
---Westercon 34 added Program Book, Pocket Program
---Westercon 37 added Hotel card, PR 3, Program questionaire, Pocket Program, PR 2, PR
---Westercone (sic) added Hotel card, Letter, PR 1, PR 2, PR 3, PR 4

---Windycon XI added Pocket Program

--World Fantasy Convention:
---12th World Fantasy Convention added Program Book
---2nd World Fantasy Convention added Pocket Program
---5th World Fantasy Convention added Progress Report

May 13, 2022
Fanzines: Unless otherwise noted, all scans are by Joe Siclari
--2000s One Shots. Created an index page for these and started with 2 items (one of which looks very familiar and may be a duplicate): "Festzine - things for john foyster's sexagesimal anniversary" (Yvonne Rousseau, Juliette Woods and Damien Warman), and "On My Sleeve" (John Hertz).
--Booklist, J. Michael Rosenblum. Added the Mar 45 issue, bundled with Futurian War Digest 39.
--British Fantasy Society Bulletin, D.R. Smith. Added 2: issue #5 (Dec 42), bundled with Futurian War Digest 25 and issue #21 (Mar 45), bundled with Futurian War Digest #39.
--Canadian Fandom, Beak Taylor. Added #9 (Jul 45). Contributors include Leslie Croutch, and James Kepner. Canadian Fandom is a core fanzine for us to scan.
--Delerium Tremens, Dennis Tucker. Added #7 (Jan 43). This was bundled with Futurian War Digest 25.
--Deviant, Carol McKinney. Added #3 (Jul 54). Contributors include Gregg Calkins, Rick Sneary and Terry Carr.
--Don-o-Saur, Don Thompson. Added 12 issues: #22 (Jul 73), 24 (Sep 73) 26-35 (Nov 73-Aug 74).
--Dot, Kevin Smith. Added #10 (Apr 81).
--Futurian War Digest, J. Michael Rosenblum. Added 3 issues: V3#2-3 (Nov 42-Jan 43), V5#2 (Mar 45). There was some misnumbering of issues. For a definitive list on issues and numbers, see http://www.fiawol.org.uk/Fanstuff/biblio/thirt.htm#F.NAM. Futurian War Digest is a core fanzine for us to scan.
--Galaxy, Terry Overton. Added #4 (Jan 43). This was bundled with Futurian War Digest 25.
--MT Void, Evelyn and Mark Leeper. Added the 5/13 issue of the Mt. Holtz Science Fiction Society Newsletter. Thanks, Evelyn! Thanks, Mark!
--Pot Pourri, John Berry. Added 3 issues of John Berry's perzine: #3 (Aug 58), #1 (Feb 60), and #19 (Oct 61). Pot Pourri is a core fanzine for us to scan.
--Retro, F.M. Busby. Added #9 (Jul 58) - "The Fanzine of Don'tFenceMeIn-ness".
--Review Section, Ron Holmes. Added 2 issues Nov 42 and Jan 43. These were bundled with Futurian War Digest 24 and 25, respectively.
--Texas SF Inquirer, Dale Denton and Alexander Slate. Added 5 issues: #38-39 (Apr-? 81), 41 (Oct 91), 45 (Sep 92) and 50 (Jun 93). Contributors to these issues include Ellen Datlow, Alicia Austin, and Teddy Harvia, Texas SF Inquirer is a core fanzine for us to scan.
--Tightbeam, George Phillies and John Swartz. Added the May issue. Thanks, George!
--Trumpet, Tom Reamy. Added 2 issues: #5 (Apr 67) and #11 (74). The later issue was co-edited by Alex Eisenstein and Ken Keller. Contributors include Harlan Ellison, Ruth Brman, George Barr, andy offutt, and Jerry Pournelle. Trumpet is a core fanzine for us to scan.

Corrections and Clarifications:
--Thanks to Rich Lynch for spotting a bad link in the What's New last time. Fixed now. Thanks, Rich!
--Thanks to Mark Plummer for detective work in identifying that what we had been calling "Bruce R Gillespie 1" was actually a review supplement to the 8th issue of Tomorrow And.... Thanks, Mark, for figuring it out and for letting us know!

May 9, 2022
Photos: ChattaCon XIII, 1988. A month ago, I uploaded Rich and Nicki Lynch's "Mimosa Live" to the YouTube channel. Today, I added 15 photos taken at that event to the Chattcon XIII photo album. All photos are by Rich Lynch. Thanks, Rich! Also, if you missed the Mimosa Live, you can see it on YouTube at https://youtu.be/cACWKvngyFA 

Fanzines: Unless otherwise noted, all scans are by Joe Siclari
--Celephais, Bill Evans. Added 11 more issues of Celephais. This fanzine provided for scanning by Eric Pavlat. Thanks, Eric!
--Cosmic Cuts, Gordon Holbrow. Added #5 (Dec 43). This issue was bound in with Futurian War Digest 32.
--Intermission, Ahrvid Engholm. Added the May issue,, #120. Thanks, Ahrvid!
--Lamppost, E. Frank Parker. Added issue #1 (Dec 43). This issue was bound in with Futurian War Digest 32.
--Mighty Atom, R. Rowland Johnson. Added #3 (Nov 43). This issue was bound in with Futurian War Digest 32.
--MSA_Bulletin. Added 3 1940 issues of this new-to-us title. The MSA Bulletin was the clubzine of the Maine Scientifiction Association. Issue 4 is exciting - "In a dramatic series of events culminating Feb. 29th, Jim S. Avery, Executive-Secretary of the Maine Scientifiction Association, turned in his resignation papers to President Gerald B. Clarke, together with an announcement of his severing of activities with national fandom!". Fancyclopedia has an interesting article about Jim Avery at https://fancyclopedia.org/Jim_Avery.
--MT Void, Evelyn and Mark Leeper. Added the 5/6 issue of the Mt. Holtz Science Fiction Society Newsletter. Thanks, Evelyn! Thanks, Mark!
--Opuntia, Dale Speirs. Added the middle May 2022 issue. Thanks, Dale!
--Sglodion, Dave Langford. Added the complete 5 issue run of this perzine from 89-92.
--Tin Tacks, Donald J. Doughty. Added #6 (Aug 41). This was bound with Futurian War Digest Mailing #11.
--Twilight Zine. Added 8 items from the 1960s - issues #11-14 (1964-1966), #16 supplement, #19 (Aug 66) and #22 (Aug 67). There's also "Appalling Stories 19", with short stories such as "In Defense of Glory" by Pool Undersun (Cory Seidman) and "3 Terminal Element" by G.S. Bullard (Tony Lewis).

PDF conversions: Leprechaun, Larry Shaw. Replaced #1 with a searchable PDF. Scan by Rich Lynch. Thanks, Rich!

May 6, 2022
You'll see something a little different in the Futurian War Digest  arena. Joe is scanning fanzines that came in a FIDO mailing, and I am putting them online separately under their own name, with a "Mailing" column indicating which FIDO aka FWD mailing they were associated with. At a later time, we will dynamically assemble the individual mailing index pages. Our plan is to do this not only for FIDO, but to gradually be able to assemble FAPA and OMPA mailings, even though they are partial and represent only the zines we have online.

Fanzines: Unless otherwise noted, all scans are by Joe Siclari
--Astra's Tower Special Leaflet, Marion Zimmer Bradley. Added 4 interesting items in this new-to-us title - 1) Astra's Tower Special Leaflet 2 (Mar 58), Lesbiana and variant novels, (2) Astra's Tower Special Leaflet 3 (Mar 59), a checklist of lesbian literature; 3) Astra's Tower Special Leaflet 5 (May 61) - Men, Halflings and Hero Worship; and 4) Astra's Tower Special Leaflet 6 (Aug 62), A meeting in the Hyades (on interlocking fantasy worlds).
--Bibliophan, R. G. Medhurst. Added 2 issues: #1-2 (Aug-Nov 41)) of this new-to-us title. The Bibliophan issues were bound into Futurian War Digest Mailing #11 and 16 respectively.
--Celephais, Bill Evans. Added 12 issues - #13-15 (Nov 57 - May 58), 17-25 (Oct 58- Nov 60). These zines provided for scanning by Eric Pavlat. Thanks, Eric!
--Dawn Shadows, James Rathbone. Added 2 issues - #2 (Nov 40), and #3 (Aug 41) of this new-to-us title. They were bound into Futurian War Digest Maiing #4 and 11, respectively.
--Delerium Tremens, Dennis Tucker. Added #12 (No 43). This was bound in the Futurian War Digest mailing #32. --Erg, Terry Jeeves. Added #144 (Jan 99). Erg is a core fanzine for us to scan. Scan by Rich Lynch. Thanks, Rich!
--Futurian War Digest, J. Michael Rosenblum. Added 9 issues - Added V1#4 (Jan 41), V1#9 (Jun 41), V1#11 (Aug 41), V2#1 (Oct 41), V2#4-7 (Jan42-Apr 42), along with V3#9 (Dec 43). Futurian War Digest is a core fanzine for us to scan.
--The Gentlest Art, Douglas Webster. Added #2 (Jan 41). This was part of the Futurian War Digest #4 mailing.
--Masiform D, Devra Langsam. Added 2 issues: #9-10 (Aug 79-May 80). These zines provided for scanning by Ben Yalow. Thanks, Ben!
--Perryscope, Perry Middlemiss. Added #22 (May 22) of Perry's perzine. Thanks, Perry!
--Sands of Time, Ted Carnell. Added #3 (Mar 42). These were bound with Futurian War Digest. Issue #3 was with FWD 18.
--Southern Fandom Confederation Bulletin. Added 3 issues: Warren Buff - V9#1 (Jun 08); R. B. Clearly - V8#13 (Aug 07) and V8#15 (Mar 08). Scans by Rich Lynch. Thanks, Rich!
--Zenith, Harry Turner. Added the June 53 issue, with contributions from F.T. Laney, Vince Clarke and others.

Corrections and Clarifications:
--Thanks to Sandra Bond for pointing out the broken link on Bob Pavlat's Dogie. #1. Fixed now. Thanks, Sandra!
--Thanks to Rob Hansen for pointing out broken links on Frank Dietz's Luna  #1 and #2. Fixed now. Thanks, Rob!

PDF conversions: All OCR and PDFing not otherwise credited was done by Joe Siclari.
--Fantasy Times, Jimmy Taurasi. Replaced 22 more issues with searchable PDFs between Jan-Dec 1952.
--File 770, Mike Glyer - Replaced the remaining 6 JPG issues with searchable PDFs. File 770 issues are now completely searchable.
--Moonshine, John Burke. Replaced #1 (Jan 41) with a searchable PDF.
--Sands of Time, Ted Carnell. Replaced #1, 10 with searchable PDFs.
--Science Fiction Times, Jimmy Taurasi, Ray Van Houton, Frank Prieto. Replaced 6 issues with searchable PDFs from 1958.

Fancyclopedia: Thanks to Michele Combs for her recent Fancyclopedia contributions. She was thanked before only by username. Thanks, Michele!

April 30, 2022
Core List: https://fanac.org/fanzines/core_fanzine_list_to_scan.pdf. I've updated our core list with new numbers on what we have online. Amazingly, with a core list of over 3650 issues, we have a whopping 81.6% online. And it only took us 25ish years. Thanks to everyone who has helped, is helping or will help in the future. A partial contributor list is at https://fanac.org/FANAC_Inc/fancont.html. If you are not on the list and should be, then please let me know by sending a note to fanac@fanac.org.

Fanzines: Unless otherwise noted, all scans are by Joe Siclari
--1950s One Shots. Added 5 items - Bob Pavlat's Aonia 1 (Apr 51), Foggy Day 1 (Mar 58), Philosophical Dissertation on Abtruse Phenomena (1950) and Fan Maggot (along with Robert Briggs, Jul 54); and Lee Hoffman's "End of a Fine Old Tradition (Feb 57). The Pavlat zines were provided for scanning by Eric Pavlat. Thanks, Eric!
--1960s One Shots. Added 3 items - Dick Eney's "In Part Scal'd", 1963 Fan Poll Results; Jargon 1 from Dave Van Arnam, which includes an article by Ted White, and the "Science-Fiction Fan Club Questionaire" from Pete Campbell.
--brg, Bruce Gillespie. Added 1 issue of Bruce's perzine - #2 (1991).
--Celephais, Bill Evans. Added 10 issues of this FAPAzine, #3 (Aug 50) - #12 (Aug 57). Zines provided for scanning by Eric Pavlat. Thanks, Eric!
--Cyrille, Bill Evans. Added 4 issues of this new-to-us OMPAzine from the early 60s. Fanzines provided for scanning by Eric Pavlat. Thanks, Eric!
--Dogie, Bob Pavlat. Added 4 issues of this new-to-us late 50s OMPAzine from Bob Pavlat. Paper issues were provided for scanning by Eric Pavlat. Thanks, Eric!
--Gillespie - Other Publications. Added Bruce R. Gillespie 1 (1971). It's a smaller section of a larger publication. Thanks, Bruce!
--MT Void, Evelyn and Mark Leeper. Added the Apr 29 issue of this, the Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society Newsletter. Thanks, Evelyn! Thanks, Mark!
--Triode, Eric Bentcliffe, Terry Jeeves. Added Triode 11 (Aug 57), thereby completing the run. In addition to the editors, contributors include Mal Ashworth, Sid Birchby, Eddie Jones, Bill Rotsler and Harry Turner. Triode is a core fanzine for us to scan. Scan provided by Rob Hansen. Thanks, Rob!
--Twilight Zine. Added 10 issues of this new-to-us title. Twilight Zine is a clubzine of the MIT Science Fiction Society (MITSFS). Thanks to MITSFS for their permission to put this online.
--QX, Ken Kreuger. Added #31 (Nov 46) of this newszie, presented by the Fantasy Book Club.

Fancyclopedia: Recent contributors to Fancyclopedia include: John Bray, Luke Bretscher, Thomas Bull, Darrah Chavey, Paul Gadzikowski, Michael Lowrey, Perry Middlemiss, DelphiPsmith, Jan Vanek Jr., Steven Silver, and of course Mark Olson. Apologies for the username for one of the contributors. I'll put the proper name in the update when I get it.

April 24, 2022
History Zoom on YouTube: Joe and Gay Haldeman - Fandom From Both Sides, a Fan History zoom with Joe Siclari
Esteemed icons in the field, Joe and Gay Haldeman have been involved with science fiction fandom since discovering it in the early 1960s. With long, successful careers, they have a view on science fiction from both the fan and the professional side. Joe Haldeman’s highly regarded writing career has included 5 Hugo awards, 5 Nebulas, 3 Rhysling Awards, and many other honors; Big Heart award winner Gay Haldeman has managed the business as well as been a literary agent. But in this delightful zoom interview, the focus is primarily on fandom. Interviewer Joe Siclari knows just what to ask, having been friends with the Haldemans for decades.
Part 1 https://youtu.be/yfrOhqzPEts: Joe and Gay describe how they first found fandom, their experiences at their first convention (Discon I, 1963), and how (and why) they became fans. They tell anecdotes of fans and professionals, their connections with non-US fandom, and the surprising identity of Joe’s Italian editor. Joe tells the story of how he single-handedly (if unintentionally) started I-Con in 1975, his work on convention program (some of it while serving in Viet Nam), his contributions to fanzines and more. There’s serious discussion about the reaction of fandom to him as a returning vet, along with Gay’s fannish activities while Joe was overseas. You’ll also hear much more, including the relationship between book advances and house mortgages, and the ultimate story of how far a science fiction novel can go. Highly recommended.
Part 2 https://youtu.be/4M-le9XebPg: In this Part 2 of the interview, the conversation continues with discussion and personal anecdotes about well-known authors and Big Name Fans. Rusty Hevelin was a particularly good friend, and Joe and Gay tell how they met him, and some impressive travel stories (especially the bicycle ones!). They offer stories and insights on Keith Laumer, Gordon Dickson, Robert Heinlein, Harlan Ellison, and others outside the field as well. This part of the zoom has audience Q&A, ranging from a literary question about the role of women in the Forever War to favorite means of writing (which leads to samples of Joe’s artwork). Many of the questions begin with “I first met you in xxxx”, and the tone of the session is that of close friends, sharing a cherished time together. As one of the attendees says, “You are some of the best people I know”.

Fanzines: All issues not otherwise credited were scanned by Joe Siclari.
--1950s One Shots. The prize addition of the day, I think. Added 5 items. The star is "Hymen", a one of a kind wedding present from Chuck Harris and Arthur Thomson for James and Peggy White. James gave it to us as a gift in Sept 92, as a thank you for MagiCon. He told us that Chuck had come on the honeymoon with them (!), a story corroborated by Walt Willis (which Madeline also said was true). Also added: Fan Press 1 (Ken Slater; Nov 52); Detention 5 (George Young; Feb 58); I Dreamt I Crept in Marble Crypts (Mal Ashworth, Nov 55); and Tasfic in Retrospect (Bill Venable, 1953). Tasfic In Retrospect includes articles by Frank Dietz, Hal Shapiro, Harlan Ellison, and others.
--Alexiad, Joseph and Lisa Major. Added #122 (Apr 22). Thanks, Joseph!
--Bobolings, Bob Pavlat. Added the remaining 14 issues to complete the run. Thanks to Eric Pavlat for providing them. The perzine ran from 1950 to 1982.
--Contour, Bob Pavlat. Added #11 (May 57). Thanks to Eric Pavlat for providing the issue.
--Fanactivity Gazette, George Phillies. Added the April issue of this NFFF newsletter. Thanks, George!
--MT Void, Evelyn Leeper, Mark Leeper. Added the Apr 22 issue of the Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society Newsletter. Thanks, Evelyn! Thanks, Mark!
--Of Cabbages & Kings (and Baby Turtles), Peggy Rae Pavlat. Added 9 issues of this new-to-us APAzine, from 1980-1992. The paper copies were supplied for scanning by Eric Pavlat. Thanks, Eric!
--Of Members & 'Zines (and Egoboo Polls), Peggy Rae Pavlat. Added 5 issues of this new-to-us APAzine, from 1986-1991. "The intention of the index is to make it easier to vote in the FAPA Egoboo Poll which should be included in this mailing." The paper copies were supplied for scanning by Eric Pavlat. Thanks, Eric!
--Opuntia, Dale Speirs. Added #523 (late Apr 22). Thanks, Dale!
--TNFF, George Phillies and Jon Swartz. Added the April issue of The National Fantasy Fan, volume 81#4. Thanks, George!

April 22, 2022
YouTube: https://youtu.be/a3fWrhyOT6o  FanHistoriCon 6 (1997) - From MITSFS to NESFA to MCFI - Meskys, Harter, Lewis and Clement
FanHistoriCon 6 was held February 13-16, 1997 in conjunction with Boskone 34 in Framingham, MA. In this 35 minute excerpt of the panel "From MITSFS to NESFA to MCFI". Ed Meskys, Richard Harter, Tony Lewis and Hal Clement tell us stories of Boston area fandom from the Stranger Club in the 1940s, through area fandom's evolution by way of conventions, MIT and worldcon bids to NESFA and MCFI in the 90s. Beginning with the readers' club of the 40s and giving way to the more active projects of MITSFS and NESFA, the panel fondly remembers the people and pastimes that were the substance of Boston area fandom. Anecdotes mention well known names such as L. Ron Hubbard and Hugo Gernsback, the price of an interior illo from Amazing Magazine in the 1940s, and the storybook romance of Larry Niven and Fuzzy Pink. You'll learn the rules of the MITSFS game "Insanity", the originally proposed name for NESFA, the origins of Locus and much more. You'll even get a first hand report of why/how Hal Clement was "fired" from the Noreascon 1 committee. If you're interested in 20th century Boston fandom, here's your chance to listen to four of the folks that made it happen.

Fanzines: All issues not otherwise credited were scanned by Joe Siclari.
--Bobolings, Bob Pavlat. Added 16 issues from the late 1960s to early 1980s. Issue #30 has the Shadow FAPA Index for 1960-1966.
--CyberCozen, Leybl Botwinik. Added the April issue. Thnks, Leyl
--MT Void, Evelyn and Mark Leeper. Added the last 3 issues - Apr 1 - Apr 15 - of the Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society Newsletter. Thanks, Mark! Thanks, Evelyn!
--Opuntia, Dale Speirs. Added the latest issue, Early April 2022. Thanks, Dale!
--Perryscope, Perry Middlemiss. Added the latest issue, #21. Thanks, Perry!
--TAFF. Added 5 items: First, a (we think) fake TAFF Ballot from 1996. Also, a PDF version of Steam 16 (Ken Bulmer, Fall 58), "A Few Words About Bilbo Bentcliffe" (Mal Ashworth, Jun 60), Moffatt House Abroad (Len and June Moffatt, 1974) and TAFFiles 3.1 (Jeanne Gomoll, Apr 88).
--Tightbeam, George Phillies and John Swartz. Added the April issue. Thanks, George!
--Trap Door, Robert Lichtman. Added #20 (July 00), thereby completing the run. Trap Door is a core fanzine for us to scan. Issue supplied by Robert Lichtman. Thanks, Robert!
--WSFA Journal. Added 5 issues: Sam Lubell - Jun 98, Sep 03; Keith Lynch - Nov 04, Aug-Sep 09. Scans provided by Rich Lynch. Thanks, Rich!

Corrections and Clarifications:
--Southern Fandom Confederation Publications. Thanks to Rich Lynch for finding a broken link on the index page. Fixed now. Thanks, Rich!


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