Fan Elliott Shorter entered the hospital with a series of issues that indicated a general decline in his overall health. He has been diagnosed with cancer which has spread further than he can cope with. Letters or photos, but no gifts, can be sent to him c/o Harris Health Center, 833 Broadway, East Providence RI 02914. In 1970, Shorter represented North America on a TAFF trip and also was the Fan Guest of Honor at that year’s Worldcon, Heicon. He opened Merlin’s Closet, a used and rare sf bookstore, in Providence in 1979.
Fan artist delphyne woods (a.k.a Joan Hanke-Woods, b.1945) died in early September. Woods won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Artist in 1986 and was a Guest of Honor at Windycon in 1984. Her artwork not only graced fanzines and appeared in convention art shows, but also appeared in Galaxy, Fantastic Films, and The Comics Journal. In recent years, she had become more active in creating art for fanzines again and was slowly scanning some of her older art into electronic formats.
New Zealand fan Dan McCarthy (b.1934) died on August 7. McCarthy was a member of the APA Aotearapa for 25 years, serving as official editor from 1986-1987 and 2001-2003. His contribution, Panopticon, contained his pai9ntings and color illustrations. He won the Best Fan Artist category of the New Zealand Science Fiction Fan Awards in 1989 and 1991. In 1997, he was the Fan Guest of Honour at Conspiracy in Wellington.
Seattle fan Bobbie Dufault (b.1958) died in her sleep on September 14. Dufault was preparing to co-chair Sasquan, the 2015 Worldcon. Previously, she had chaired the 2005 NASFIC, CascadiaCon, and the 2012 Westercon, Conclusion. In 2012, she served as Programming Head for Chicon 7, the Worldcon. She was active in many aspects of Pacific Northwest fandom and worked on many bids to bring cons to the area. Dufault was married to fan Jerry Gieseke.
Comic fan Jeffrey Babbit (b.1951) died on September 9, one day after being assaulted in Union Square in New York. Babbit was a frequent customer at the nearby Forbidden Planet and had attended every NY Comic Con. A retired train conductor, he was the sole caretaker for his 94 year old mother. According to police reports, he was attacked by 31 year old Lashawn Marten, who had announced he was going to punch the next white person he saw in the face. After being hit, Babbit fell to the ground and died the next day at Bellevue Hospital. Marten, who also hit two men who came to Babbit’s rescue, is being held on assault charges which will likely be upgraded.
Fan Bob Booth (b.1957) died on September 6. Booth founded Necon and published The Big Book of Necon in 2009. In 1975, he was one of the founders of World Fantasy Con ans sat on the board of directors until 1990. Booth also published some short fiction, including the stories “Still Life,” “The Play’s the Thing,” and “Old Friends Never Die.”
The First Fandom Awards were Presented at LoneStarCon 3 during the Hugo Award Ceremony on September 1. Erle Korshak and Dave Kyle made the presentation.
First Fandom Hall of Fame
- Sam Basham
- Earl Kemp
- Lester Mayer
- Norman F. Stanley
First Fandom Posthumous Hall of Fame
- Thaddeus E. Dikty (T.E. Dikty)
- Raymond A. Palmer
Sam Moskowitz Archive Award for Excellence in Collecting
- Howard Frank
Thirteen years and one day after being arrested on child molestation charges, Atlanta area fan Ed Kramer has been scheduled to go on trial the weeks of December 2 and 9. Kramer’s trial has been postponed through a series of delaying actions taken on his behalf by his attorneys who have cited a wide variety of health issues including pain related to a cervical (neck) fusion; Type II diabetes; psoriatic arthritis; hypothyroidism; asthma; COPD, or emphysema; sleep apnea; narcoplepsy; fluid retention in his feet; “moderate to severe” hearing loss; and a recent bout with staph infections. Kramer’s trial date may still be changed if the court can’t reach reasonable accomodations for his health issues. Earlier this year, Dragon*Con, which Kramer co-founded, forced a buy-out of Kramer’s shares.
UK fan Pamela Boal (b.1954) died on August 16. After being diagnosed with MS and being given five years to live, Boal became activity in science fiction fandom in Britain through MESCIFIC. She became active in the UK Milford Writers’ conferences and was a regular Eastercon attendee. She was also involved in the campaign for rights for the disabled.
Fan and artist Cynthia Susan Dickinson (b.1954) died on August 9 following a two-year battle against atypical liver cancer. Dickinson attended numerous Worldcons and ConDFWs. Despite being blind from birth, Dickinson worked as an artist, exhibiting her wire-wrap jewelry at numerous art shows. She frequently attended author readings and worked as a librarian at the Dallas Public Library’s Central Branch from 1982 until shortly before her death.