Lars-Olov Strandberg photo archive

(Interaction Guest of Honour)


Lars-Olov Strandberg was born in 1929 and became active in fandom in 1956, when he attended the first Swedish convention, the Luncon. Lars-Olov was one of the founders of the Scandinavian SF Association (SFSF), and served on the organization's board of directors for decades afterward. He also served as chairman of the Alvar Appeltofft Memorial Foundation after it came into being in the late 1970s.

A very active convention fan, Lars-Olov served as treasurer for most Stockholm conventions, starting with the 1965 Stockon, and continuing throughout the decades of the 1970s and 1980s. He became known internationally from his travels to Worldcons, British Eastercons, and continental European SF conventions. This was facilitated by his profession, as head of life insurance investment training with Sweden's largest insurance corporation.

According to John-Henri Holmberg, Strandberg was "Sweden's combination of E. E. Evans, Howard DeVore, and Forry Ackerman: a soft-spoken, self-effacing man whose devotion without any doubt guaranteed the survival of the SFSF."

Lars-Olov has been one of fandom's more active shutter-bugs, and we have a partial archive of some of his photographs documenting conventions past. They are listed below in chronological order.

1966 Malcon66
1969 Eastercon
1969 St. Louiscon (Worldcon)
1970 Eastercon
1970 Heicon '70 (Worldcon)
1971 Eastercon
1972 Eastercon
1972 L.A. Con I (Worldcon)
1977 Fabula77

Seacon 79 (Worldcon)

1980 Sercon 80
1990 ConFiction (Worldcon)
Eurocon 1
Eurocon 5
Sfancon 11
Miscellaneous Others


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