Seattle fan Wrai Ballard (b.1924) died on July 24. Ballard was an active contributor to FAPA and official editor and contributor to SAPS. Lee Jacobs created a series of pulp-style adventures in SAPS entitled “The Ballard Chronicles,” starring a fictionalized version of Ballard. In the early 1950s, Ballard refused to publish Jacobs’s essay “The Influence of Science Fiction on Modern American Filk Music,” which inadvertantly coined the term filk because of fear that its bawdy nature could get SAPS in trouble with post office censors. Ballard thereafter promoted the typo. Ballard has been suffering from cancer.
The Science Fiction Museum has announced the inductees for the class of 2009. This year’s class will be inducted the weekend of June 26 at the Seattle museum. This year’s inductees include Connie Willis, Michael Whelan, Frank R. Paul, and Edward L. Ferman.
Christina Orr-Cahall has been named the new CEO and Director of the Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum in Seattle, Washington. Orr-Cahall replaces interim CEO Josi Callan. Orr-Cahall comes to the museum from the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, FL, where she held a similar position. When Orr-Cahall took over the Norton Museum nineteen years ago, it had 16 employees and is now considered a major regional museum. She is expected to begin at the EMP/SFM on July 1.