TAFF Winner: John Coxon

John Coxon was declared the winner of a four-way TAFF race the day after the deadline. Coxon won with 27 European votes and 11 North American votes. A minimum of 27 European votes and 10 North American votes were required for victory. Graham Charnock received 20 North American votes, but only 20 European votes, Liam Proven received 75 European votes, but fell short of the North American vote requirement by one, and Paul Treadway received 10 European and 9 North American votes. A total of 189 votes were cast. Coxon will travel to the US to attend Renovation as this year’s TAFF delegate and will take over Steve Green’s administrative duties.
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TAFF Podcast

All four contenders for this year’s Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund race to travel from Europe to North America, have participated in a podcast of interviews with Jim Mowatt. This year’s candidates include Graham Charnock, John Coxen, Liam Proven, and Paul Treadaway. TAFF voting is open until March 12, 2011.

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TAFF Race Underway

TAFF Administrators Steve Green and Brian & Anne Gray have announced this year’s slate of four candidates vying for the westbound trip from Europe to North America. The winner will attend Renovation, the 2011 Worldcon in Reno, Nevada. Anyone active in fandom may vote through March 12, 2011.

  • Graham Charnock, nominated by Harry Bell, Sandra Bond, Rich Coad, Mike Meara, and Robert Lichtman;
  • John Coxon, nominated by James Bacon, Claire Brialey, Chris Garcia, Dave Langford, and Steve
  • Liam Proven, nominated by Bridget Bradshaw, Lillian Edwards, Nic Farey, Lloyd Penney, and James Shields; and
  • Paul Treadway, nominated by Vincent Docherty, Fran Dowd, Mike Glyer, Tim Illingworth, and Maureen Kincaid Speller.

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TAFF Looking for Candidates

The Westbound TAFF (Trans Atlantic Fan Fund) race, from Europe to North America, is looking for candidates. The nomination period will be open from November 12 through December 18, with candidates announced no later than December 20. Any European who wishes to run must provide three nominations from European fans and two from North American fans, a written platform not to exceed 101 words, a £10 bond, and a pledge to make the trip upon winning. This year’s TAFF race is being conducted by Steve Green (Europe), and Anne & Brian Gray (North America).

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TAFF Nominee Call

TAFF administrators Steve Green and Chris Garcia have called for candidates to stand for the 2010 TAFF race to bring a fan from North America to Europe for the 2010 Eastercon, Odyssey. Candidates need to have five nominators (3 North Americans, 2 Europeans), a written platform of 101 words, post a $20 bond, and a pledge to make the trip if they win. At least two candidates are required for the race to happen.

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Obituary: Abigail Frost

UK Fan Abigail Frost died on May 1. Frost wrote for fanzines and worked as a journalist, although her lack of computer skills limited her fannish interaction in recent years. Frost won the 1993 TAFF race, traveling to the US. Following her trip, Frost suffered financial setbacks and her use of TAFF funds raised red flags in the fannish community. Frost’s fanzines included New River Blues (with Roz Kaveny, 1979-81), Le Nouveau Revue Bleu (1984), Mexicon 2 – The Fanzine (with Pam Wells, 1986), and Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (1989).

TAFF Winner

Steve Green has won the Westbound TAFF Race for 2009. Green beat out Tom Womack for the opportunity to travel to Montreal for Anticipation, this year’s Worldcon. TAFF was founded in order to help create closer ties between European and North American fandom.

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