Fred Duarte, Jr. has won the first Copperhead Award, presented by the Alamo Literary Arts Maintenance Organization (ALAMO) to an individual who has made an extraordinary impact on Texas Fandom. Duarte, who died on October 3, chaired or co-chaired two World Fantasy Cons, four Armadillocons, a Westercon, and Smofcon 13. He was vice-chair of LoneStarCon 2 and a Division Head for LoneStarCon 3. The Copperhead is meant to be an occasional award.
Bay area fan Felice Maxam (b.1934) died on December 1. Maxam, then Felice Rolfe, was a member of the Peninsula SF Association in the 1960s. She co-edited Niekas with Ed Meskys, being nominated for two Hugo Awards and winning the Hugo for best fanzine in 1967.
Fan Randy Byers is recovering at home after undergoing brain surgery to remove a tumor. Byers will receive further diagnosis of his tumors and whether or not additional treatment will be needed, in about a week. Byers is a 7-time FAAN Award winner, and a Hugo winner.
The Anthropomorphic Literature and Arts Association (ALAA) announced the 2015 inductees to the ALAA Hall of Fame during Midwest FurFest 2015 in Rosemont the weekend of December 4-6. The Hall of Fame was instituted in 2012 to recognize individuals who helped create furry fandom.
- Walt Kelly
- Hayao Miyazaki
(Edited to remove a name which was erroneously reported).
Through a change in circumstances, Minneapolis fan Ann Totusek has found herself in a situation where she either needs to buy her house or find herself homeless. Ann is currently the caregiver for her mother, suffering dementia, and her teenage son, who suffers SPD. Ann, who helps run conventions throughout the upper Midwest in Iowa, Minneapolis, and Chicago, is running a GoFundMe to raise money for the down payment on their home.
Nigel Rowe has announced that Corflu Chiflu, a convention for fanzine fans, will take place in Chicago from May 13-15 at the Club Quarters Hotel on Adams. Corflu Chiflu joins the Nebula Award Weekend taking place the same weekend two blocks away at the Palmer House, and Book Expo America/Bookcon taking place in Chicago at McCormick Place the same week. Corflu memberships are currently $75 and can be purchased using Paypal through the Corflu website.
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Con runner Adam Beaton has had a run of bad luck in the transportation department. After his car broke down, he purchased a bike for transportation. Unfortunately, when he came out of work last week, he discovered that someone had cut his bike lock and stolen his bike. Beaton is running a gofundme campaign to raise money to purchase a new bike. Beaton ran the Orlando in 2016 Worldcon bid and has worked on various Worldcons and NASFiCs over the past several years.
Fan Daniel Fleetwood (b.1983) died on November 9. Fleetwood, a Star Wars fan, was diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma and given two months to live. His final wish was to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Disney arranged for him to see an unfinished cut at his home last week and he also received a call from director J. J. Abrams.
Chicago fan Kent Farris (b.c.1956) died on November 3. Farris, who used the con name “Goofy,” was a frequent attendee at Chicago area conventions. He died when his car crashed into a retention pond.