In 1970, collecting film and television memorabilia
was not even the hobby it eventually became, much less the business it
eventually became, so for a few years Bob and I were among a very small
elite crowd. Displays of props and other artifacts from SF and horror movies
and t.v. now abound at any SF or media con and is expected s.o.p. at such
events. But, 4 decades ago it was an exciting rarity!
||I have been
involved in SF Fandom since 1969 when I first attended a LASFS meeting
in Los Angeles. My first SF convention was the 1970 Westercon XXIII in
Goleta, California where my partner and friend Bob Short and I were exhibitors
and at which we entered and won our first convention masquerade.
Bob and I were in only in our late teens,
but we had been avid fans of the internationally popular t.v. spy series
"The Man From U.N.C.L.E." for several years by then and had amassed a unique
collection of scripts, props,costumes, stills, posters and more.
We began exhibiting our collection at various
SF and media conventions over the years but our very first was the Goleta
Westercon. Our last and biggest display was presented at the 1984 Worldcon
in Anaheim, California and included the famous U.N.C.L.E. car, a rolling
weapon, ala Bond's Aston Martin. I was also personally responsible for
the extensive exhibit from the Ackerman collection on display at that Worldcon.
I attended many L.A. SF and media conventions
throughout that decade and, with Bob Short, won so many awards at masquerades
that we officially took ourselves out of competetion, but continued to
perform as masquerade "half time" entertainment and/or MC's for a few more
For over a decade I was quite actively
involved in fannish activities. For several years Jack Jardine, (aka Larry
Maddock, author of the "Agent of T.E.R.R.A." novels), was a dear friend,
partner and room-mate. Among my best friends I counted David McDaniel (author
of several "Man From U.N.C.L.E." novels and the SF classic "Arsenal Out
Of Time"), Hank Stine (author of "A Day in the Life", book 3 of the Prisoner
novels, and SF classic "Season of the Witch", among others) and cartoonist/author/filmaker
Charles Lee Jackson II. I threw a 16th wedding anniversary party for friends
George Clayton Johnson ("Twilight Zone", "Star Trek", "Logan's Run", etc.)
and his wife Lola in my Santa Monica apartment. I was co-director of the
LOSCON 11 masquerade at which I also arranged a special 60th birthday tribute
for longtime friend Forry Ackerman. Flowers were presented by his God-daughter
Sabra Jardine and a taped message from Phil Farmer was played in his honor
the message). The mid 70's amateur video tape production "The Night
Turkey" (a spoof of "The Night Stalker"), in which I played the villian
(yes, the turkey!) won The Best Film award at the San Diego Comic-Con in
19seventysomething (I'll have to look up the year). You can hear some of
it on Page Three of the Audio Clips section.
I returned to my fannish 'roots' in 2005
after approximately 20 years of GAFIA.
I am now married to, the former Roxie Smith,
(second generation fan, former 'fan brat' and daughter of Tex and Ginger
Smith). We live in Las Vegas, Nevada with our family of pets (cats, fish
I have been an audiophile since
my childhood. The Voices of Fandom web site is merely one manifestation
of this continuing 'affliction'...
I currently produce audio books for REB
Audio Books a division of Renaissance
eBooks Incorporated. My audiobooks are available at our online eStore,
as well as Audible.com, Amazon.com and other fine eTailers.
Photographic evidence of much of the above
can be found in our Mills Photo
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