Obituary: Fred Duarte, Jr.

Texas fan Fred Duarte, Jr. (b.1957) died on October 3. Duarte charied several Armadillocons and was the convention’s fan guest of honor in 2011. He also served as co-chair of Westercon 49 in 1996 and chair of SMOFCon 13 and World Fantasy Con in Corpus Christi in 2000.

Obituary: D. West

Fan artist D. West (b.1945) died on September 25 shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. West’s work appeared in numerous fanzines and he won the Nova Award for Best Fan Artist eleven times between 1984 and 2014 as well as the Nova for Best Fan Writer in 1987. In 2011, he declined the Rotsler Award. West was also twice nominated for the Hugo for Best Fan Writer and once for Best Fan Artist. He also won 4 FAAN Awards. In the 1970s, he created the Astral Leauge (sic) in Leeds. His work appeared in Chunga, Izzard, Banana Wings, and other ‘zines.

Obituary: Ann McKnight

Fan Ann McKnight (b.c.1924) died on September 23. McKnight was Jack McKnight’s second wife and step-mother to fan Peggy Rae Sapienza. Prior to moving to Arkansas, Ann was active in Philadelphia fandom.

Brother Guy Promoted

Brother Guy Consolmagno, who has been a long-time fan, attending numerous conventions, and giving a major talk at this year’s Worldcon, has been appointed Director of the Vatican Observatory by Pope Francis.

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Obituary: Jason Jensen

Chicago area fan Jason Jensen (b.1973) died on September 14. Jensen, known as “Jazz” by his friends, was active in running Anime Central and building it into the convention it is today. He was also active in other Chicago cons, both as an attendee and volunteer, working in the Windycon Con Suite for multiple years.

Larry Smith GoFundMe

Following his accident on the drive home from DragonCon, Larry Smith, who is now out of the hospital, has been informed that insurance will not cover the full replacement of his van and the payment of his lost stock is still unknown. For this reason, A GoFundMe campaign has been created (with Larry and Sally’s permission) to try to raise the funds they believe will be necessary to cover their expenses.

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Ackerman Award Winners

Charles Lee Jackson II and Spider Robinson have been named the recipients of the 2015 Forrest Ackerman Award by members of LASFS. The Forry Award is presented for lifetime achievement in science fiction fandom.

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Georgian SF Club Creates Magazine

A relatively new science fiction club in Tbilisi, Georgia has published the first issue of his club magazine, Fantasti, with a focus on Ray Bradbury. The issue includes 8 stories, including 6 which are published in Georgian for the first time. The club has about 500 members and its second issue will focus on H.P. Lovecraft.
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Obituary: William Crolley

Minneapolis fan William Crowley (b.1955) died on September 9. Crolley was a long-term volunteer at CONvergence and MarsCon in Minneapolis.

Obituary: Bart Merrigan

LASFS member Bart Merrigan (b.Louis John Merrigan III, 1957) was murdered on August 22. Two suspects have been arrested in his murder, Kyle Comrie and a 15-year-old boy. Merrigan joined LASFS in 1981, although he was not a particularly active member. His brother, Tim, joined a year earlier as remains an active LASFS member.