Dear SFC Lovers,
As out-going SFC president Sue Francis has asked in the latest SFC Bulletin and at the business meeting in Nashville, whither SFC? Hard to say where the SFC should go, without knowing where it, and Southern fandom, have been. Hence my proposed project: a summing up of the history of the SFC, DSCs & Southern fandom in general. The project was approved with a $500 budget and a two year time limit at the meeting in Nashville. (Thank you!) But without your help this won't come off. With it, we'll have something great: a tribute to the past as well as a tangible recruiting tool for the future.
After the meeting I was overwhelmed by a wonderful surge of volunteers. Attached to this letter you'll find an outline of what I'd like to see in the fanzine, and a list of those who volunteered. Please note the deadlines. I'm looking for all material to be in to me by Thanksgiving this year. If it is, I think we'll be able to have it ready for next year's DSC on Jekyll Island. Note also that there's no particular reason for the material to be original to this fanzine. By all means crib from previous program books & articles run in other fanzines. But don't forget to include acknowledgement of previous publication in what you send to me.
Please feel free to contact me at any time (well, not after 10:00pm or before 10:00am, but any other times!), to discuss anything to do with the zine. If, for instance, I've left anything obvious out!
Good luck & SFIAWOL*1!
1That's: Southern Fandom is a Way of Life
TO: Bunches of folks
RE: SFC History/Handbook 1996, Nag Letter/Update
Deadline for material: Thanksgiving 1995
Original letter sent to: Steve
& Sue Francis, 5/20
5/24 to: Janice Gelb, Dick & Nicki Lynch, Dennis Dolbear, Gary Robe, Meade & Penny Frierson, Binker Hughes, Lon Atkins, Guy H. Lillian, Joel Zakem, Curt Phillips, Judy Bemis, Charlotte Proctor, PLCM & Larry Montgomery, Don Markstein, Mike Kennedy, JR Madden, Leon Hendee, Tim Gatewood, Irv Koch, Ken Moore, Marie Miesel--returned, need to send again to new address, ditto with Curt Phillips, & Tom Feller.
As of 9/15/95 I have heard back from: Binker, Irv--mucho material!, Tom, Guy, Dennis, mike weber, JoAnn (who will be doing a history of Southern Fried Fandom), Janice, Meade & Steve Francis, who provided me with many addresses.
As of 10/29 actually got material from Tom Feller & Irv Koch. Irv gets the early bird award, Tom gets the on spec & in time award.
My next job is to get this letter out to as many people as possible who are mentioned but haven't yet confirmed commitment to the project. Nevertheless, despite minor bouts of procrastination, I have been working: I spent this weekend excavating the plotz room (i.e. the room where everything not easily classified gets plotzed) so as to get to the crawl space in the attic. Fighting diaper pail fumes, dust dinosaurs, and cobwebs wide enough to engulf Miami, I found a lot of neat stuff to tickle my memory bone, including, wonder of wonders, 2 of the 4 items I was looking for: my old fanzines (including both SFC Handbooks prepared by Meade, the latest dating from 1980--outline attached), and my old con badges, which ought to provide decent spot art. Janice Gelb has also volunteered her badge collection to the cause. (She doesn't know it yet, but she's also going to do all the charts--thanks, Janice! You knew that computer expertise would come in handy some day, didn't you?) So far I've found some good material from the DSC 25 program book on the early history of DSCs, and the DSC 26 program book provides a history of eo-Atlanta fandom to supplement Binker's report. And bunches more, as indicated on the revised outline (attached).
The rest of you are doomed to have your region, zine, con, or club frozen in history at 1980 if real soon I don't get pages (and preferably a DOS disk with the word processor noted on the label) & line art.
I'm looking forward to reading the new material!
THE SOUTHERN FANDOM CONFEDERATION HANDBOOK & 25 YEAR HISTORY (give or take a couple years)
As authorized at the SFC "sex & donuts" business meeting at DSC 33 in Nashville May 14, 1995.
PHOENIX WINNERS--I need volunteers from the committees that awarded these to do a short profile & describe why the person was chosen. The names I have in italics were con chairs; the names listed second and/or in Roman are backup if no one from the con committee is around to do it.
- Richard Meredith--Glenn Brock: Binker can you get in touch with him? (or see DSC 22 prog. book)
- R.A. Lafferty--John Guidry & Rick Norwood; Guy; (or see DSC 22 prog. book)
- Thomas Burnett Swann--Don Markstein--yo, Don, you want to deal with this?; Curt Phillips; (or see DSC 22 prog. book)
- George Alec Effinger--Joe Celko; (or see DSC 22 prog. book)
- Andre Norton--??? (or see DSC 22 prog. book)
- Manly Wade Wellman & Gahan Wilson--aha! It was Binker who chaired this one!
- Michael Bishop--Penny Frierson--Meade can you ask her for me? (or see DSC 22 prog. book)
- Karl Edward Wagner--Linda Krawecke
- Jo Clayton--Justin Winston; (or see DSC 22 prog. book)
- Piers Anthony--Cliff Biggers--How 'bout it, Cliff?; (or see DSC 22 prog. book)
- Mary Elizabeth Conselman--???; (or see DSC 22 prog. book)
- Frank Kelly Freas--mike weber--How 'bout it, mike? (or Di Fate in DSC 26 program book) (or Kevin Ward in Constellation 3 1984 program book)
- Doug Chaffee & Joe Haldeman--Vern Clark; (or see DSC 22 prog. book)
- David Drake--Irv Koch; Sandra Miesel
- Sharon Webb--??? (see DSC 22 prog. book)
- Andrew J. Offutt--Sue Francis & Ken Moore (see Rivercon 1984 program book)
- Orson Scott Card & Hugh B. Cave--we can use OSC bio by Richard Gilliam in Constellation '86 program book & we can use the DSC 25 program book bio for Cave
- Gerald W. Page--get Reinhardt to do this? +
- no award
- Wilson Bob Tucker--me
- Charles Grant--Maurine? +
- Brad Lineweaver & Brad Strickland--Sue Phillips
- Terry Bisson--Pat Molloy +
- Toni Weisskopf--Julie Wall +
- Darrell Richardson--Dal Coger +
Rebel Winners--Guy, you did this for the DSC '23 (1985) program book: Rebel Mettle. All you have to do is update the last ten years.
- Al Andrews
- David Hulan
- Irvin M. Koch
- Janie Lamb
- Hank Reinhardt--see Jerry's piece in DSC 26 book and/or "Behind the Legend" from Guy's SFC newsletter, vol 2 no 2, heh, heh.
- Ken Moore
- Meade Frierson III
- Ned Brooks
- Cliff & Susan Biggers
- Don Markstein
- Cliff Amos--founded Louisville's SF fan community in 1970 as a "free university" course in science fiction at the University of Louisville. Later, as an independent club, this group became FOSFA, the Falls of the Ohio Science Fiction Association, which is still in existence (see entry on Fosfax, the fanzine). Cliff served as convention chair of Rivercon for the first seven years, plus the 1979 Nasfic. He was also one of many party hosts throughout the South for the New Orleans 1988 worldcon bid. (From the Rivercon 20 program book.)
- Jerry Page
- Dick & Nicki Lynch
- Lon Atkins
- John Guidry & Lynn Hickman
- Guy H. Lillian
- P.L. Caruthers-Montgomery (see SFC Bulletin #6, Jan. '90, page 11, "Who To Blame" for PL's autobio) & Larry Montgomery
- John A.R. Hollis
- Penny Frierson & Lee Hoffman
- Sue Phillips & mike weber
- Steven Carlberg & Maurine Dorris (see Uncle Timmy's bio in Constellation 3 program book)
- Charlotte Proctor
- Samanda b Jeude
- Steve & Sue Francis--Have chaired Rivercon since 1983. Which doesn't even begin to describe their impact on Southern fandom. Sue was president of the SFC for two important transitional years (1993-1995), and succeeded in keeping the SFC Bulletin going. (See also program book for DSC 33/Parthekhan, by Bob Roehm)
- G. Patrick Molloy (see SFC Bulletin #6, Jan. '90, page 11, "Who To Blame" for minibio)
- Don Cook & Bob Shaw (see also this DSC program book)
What Meade Had in the Last SFC Handbook: (in 24 pages of eensy weensy type)
* = pieces I'll probably reprint as is or with minor updates
WARNING NOTE: What I'm planning is a bit different. Ain't no way I'm going to be able to cover all the fringe fandoms & Star Trek clubs, for instance. This outline is useful, though, as a guide to what future SFC Bulletins ought to be listing and keeping up with.
With the 1996 Handbook & History I will try to provide a decent history of Southern Fandom and an introduction to it as it more or less is today. I'm seeing it as both a history and a recruiting tool. Which will be as accurate, in-depth, and far-reaching as you, the contributors, will make it. Be warned that my bias/base of knowledge is centered on convention activity in the early 1980's in Huntsville, Chattanooga, Louisville, Nashville, Atlanta & Birmingham, and zine activity in SFPA in the 1990s.
Also, ain't no way this is going to squeeze into 24 pages. Fifty at the absolute minimum. And since this is going to be written by many hands, and using articles adapted from many sources, it's not going to read as smoothly as Meade's tour de force. Them's the breaks.