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Gerald Aho:  December 20, died of natural causes.  He was a regular fixture of LASFS meetings.
 
Douglas Crepeau:   December 15, 2016, after a short illness
     Chris Rogers-Poucher (who joined LAFS 12-28-1978) writes, "Missing the last LOSCON I believe was a first for him, he looked forward to it every year.   On behalf of myself (joined in 1978) and his family, I would like to thank the members for being an important part of his life."
      Doug Crepeau left nine boxes of books to the LASFS Library.
 
Lon Atkins:   one-time LASFS attendee, active in various APAs, chaired DeepSouthCon 4 (1966) and received Southern Fandom's 1982 Rebel Award, died on 28 November
 
Bill Warren October 7, 2016 Wikipedia File 770
 
Charles S. Hoff:    Karl Lembke notes that he was the committee head for tech as Loscon and Gallifrey One.
 
Arthur Jean Cox:  death announced at LASFS on October 6, 2016  File 770
 
Lucy Stern (married to Mike Stern, mother of Heather Stern and Alison Stern): September 28, 2016
 
Warren ("Whiskey") Johnson:  LASFS Librarian, former Member of the LASFS Board of Directors, Evan-Freehafer Award winner 2012 (46 years old) 
    August 7th: Megan Johnson Rose (Spanish Fork, UT) posted on Facebook:  "Good thoughts and prayers for my older brother Warren, please. He suffered a hemorrhagic stroke (blood vessel burst) and is in ICU. He doesn't have movement on his right side and isn't able to talk."  This was passed on by Alice Massoglia as a "Shout-out to all who know Warren (Whiskey) from LASFS or Faire, etc."
    August 10:  Eylat Poliner: Warren is on a respiratory device and just went into brain surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. He will be in surgery for about three to four hours. His brother Morgan is here with him. We don't know yet if Warren will lose some of his eye sight, speech recognition and right side movement.
    August 11, 1:30 PM:  Eylat Poliner: I just heard from Morgan Johnson regarding the status of Warren Johnson's brain surgery. The operation was successful and he is in Recovery.    August 11, 7 PM: Megan Johnson Rose: Warren is still the same from this morning. He is sedated and recovering from brain surgery. Tomorrow they are planning on slowly taking him off the sedation and see where he is. There is not a specific time, so we will update when we know something more.
    August 12, 4 PM: Megan Johnson Rose‎ :  Warren was taken off sedation and it is a wait and see game now. More info to follow...
    August 13, 6:24 PM:  Eylat Poliner: Sad sad news.  Warren Johnson is no longer with us. The Poliners send their love to Morgan Johnson, Megan Johnson and to Warren's dad Mr. Johnson.

     August 18:  LASFS Chairman of the Board Karl Lembke (in his APA-Lzine):  Warren "Whiskey" Johnson had a couple of strokes.  He was found and brought to the hospital by his father, so the first stroke occurred sometime during the middle of the night.  He had a second stroke at the hospital and underwent surgery to stop bleeding in his brain and to relieve pressure.
     The surgery was deemed a "success," but apparently that meant that it didn't kill him outright.  However, apparently the damage from strokes was too much, and Warren Johnson was declared dead over the weekend, his organs were harvested for transplant, and life support was terminated.
     A memorial at the LASFS Clubhouse is scheduled. 

     August 25:  LASFS Chairman of the Board Karl Lembke (in his APA-Lzine):  I have learned that Warren's kidneys were donated to needy patients and his heart and liver donated to research. 

    September 17th, Maryann Canfield: Went to a memorial today, for Warren Johnson aka "Whiskey". I will remember him as a kind and generous man.
     In his role as LASFS Librarian, he would tell me when an author I particularly liked had a new book out! At least once, I was in the middle of a game, and he checked the book out to me, and brought it to me. For any of you that don't know, LASFS Librarian is a position of responsibility, and no pay!
     I will remember Whiskey, at Renaissance Faire, which he worked for years.I have never worked Faire, but am instead an occasional faire-goer, and his was a familiar and friendly face to look for.
     I will remember conversations with him about the Santa Clarita Valley, where we both grew up, but in different decades.
    So today, we shared memories, and sadness. Whiskey was toasted with whiskey. A lot of fine food and drink was consumed, including homemade Apple strudel with vanilla ice cream, contributed if I remember right, by a lady who flew in from Austria for the memorial.
    So thanks to Eylat Poliner, for organizing, and all the people who made this "wake" I guess, possible. I think it was a fine send off, maybe one or two hundred people involved.

Michael Thorsen (August 14th)Warren Johnson (aka "Whiskey), the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society's main librarian, passed away yesterday due to complications from a stroke he had suffered some days ago. His loss will be sorely felt at LASFS, but at the same time, he will remain with us throughout time, because at LASFS, "Death Will Not Release You."  Among his many interests, he enjoyed participating in RenFaire, reading urban fantasy literature such as the Dresden Files novels, appreciating the flavours of imported dark beers, and playing the Battletech miniatures wargame.

Alice Massoglia (August 14th):  I only saw him occasionally, but think of him as a dear friend. Chatting about the authors whom we both enjoyed, sharing 'a taste' of whatever brew or spirit he'd found that he thought suited my palate (and he was always right) or strolling through the Faire - he was one of the few people who made me feel comfortable to be around. There's a hole in my heart.

Bootsie Janette Brenner (August 14th):  
My condolences to Warren's family. I really enjoyed hanging out with Warren at LASFS and Strategicon. He will be missed by so many.

Matthew Tepper (August 15th):   Debra and I are devastated to learn that Whiskey is gone. He was a friendly, good-natured fellow, and when he was sitting in the LASFS Library he was as approachable and kind as anyone could possibly be. He loved sharing his stories of travel, and particularly enjoyed telling me about his adventures in Salzburg a few years ago. A man of gentle wit and great charm, he was one of those people you just loved to be around and to have around. We will both miss him very much.

 

Jim Busby (husband of Arlene Satin Busby):  Died June 1, 2016.
      The family requests no flowers; instead please make a donation in Jim's memory to continue his life's passion to educate and preserve space to the Aerospace Legacy Foundation: www.aerospacelegacyfoundation. com

      If you have any questions, contact Arlene Busby at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

George Clayton Johnson :  December 25, 2015:Greg Koudoulian :
     No, George wasn't a LASFS member.

Felice Rolfe -- later Felice Maxam -- who joined LASFS May 12, 1966, died December 1st at the age of 81  Steve Perrin wrote on Facebook, "Felice introduced me to science fiction fandom, and therefore my life. The poster announcing the first tournament of what was to become the Society for Creative Anachronism was run off on her mimeograph machine, with art by Diana Paxson. If not for Felice, Luise and I would never have met.
She was a grand lady, bright and witty and feeling. I pretty much owe her my life, for all of its ups and downs. She will be greatly missed."  

Marjorie Jennings, August  27, 2015:  heart attack: 

(Bart) Louis John Merrigan III (brother of Tim Merrigan), August 22, 2015 (murdered)

Adrienne  Martine (Martine-Barnes ), July 23, 2015 in Portland

Anne Morrel, July 17 2015:  Bill Ellern's tribute on Facebook
Bill Warren reported on Facebook that Stan Burtsdied on Thursday, April 23rd.  

Bill Ellern has just emailed the webstaff to report that he was just looking up an old fan and friend, Djinn Faine, who married and became Virginia Faine Russell.  According to one of the people finder services, she died in 2007 in Huntington Beach, CA. 

Cal Cotton, died April 16, 2014. Cancer Fund Bio  He was a Loscon dealer and faithful attendee for many years.  He'll be "Ghost of Honor" at Loscon 42 (in 2015) with his wife Theresa as a special guest. [Expires December, 2015]

Patrick Fahey died June 18, 2013: 

Randy Shearer died June 4, 2013

Ray Harryhausen  died May 7, 2013 at the age of 92.

Ray Bradbury died on June 5, 2012 at the age of 91.  Along with Forrest J Ackerman and others, Ray Bradbury was a vital member of the early history of LASFS .  

     Ray Badbury was the first winner of the Forry Award for Service to the Science Fiction Community in 1966.

     Craig Miller wrote TalkFest/LASFS, "When I was 13 years old, I spent an afternoon with Ray Bradbury, talking to him about his life and work. While I was with him, he told me about this club he belonged to that he thought I should join: the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society."

    Ray Bradbury wrote a message "to all my LASFS friends" in connection with the Forry Memorial.

    We have a page of memorials about Ray Bradbury .

Dick Spelman (who used to be a major convention bookdealer) was reported (March 5, 2012) to have moved to a hospice with an intractable cancer.<> He was reported as having died around 6 PM EST Monday, March 5, 2012.
Len Moffat
t passed away on November 30, 2010, about 3 AM.   He joined LASFS on April 16, 1946 and was one of the five founding members of CAPA (Carboniferous Amateur Press Alliance) in 1961.   He and June were TAFF delegates in 1973.  They are LASFS Patron Saints (week 38) and were given the Evans-Freehafer award in 1994 and are longtime official LASFS Board of Directors advisors.  In 1999 they were given a Lifetime Achievement Award by Bouchercon (the mystery convention).  Len was given the Forry award in 2004.   He was a member of First Fandom.  He was Fan GoH at Westercon XXV, Loscon 8, Bouchercon 16, and TraLaLa Con. 

     Len Moffatt Memorial/Wake
     Earl Terry Kemp (2007)
     File 770  Bill Crider  Prose Bibliography  

Merlin R. "Bob" Null, June 21, 2010, member of the Board of Directors and Vice-Chairman of the Board, head of Computers & LASFS Archives, Key Control, and Ministry of Silly Gavels.  He was given the Evans-Freehafer Award for service to the LASFS ("recognizing hard work and dedication to the club") in 1981, 1992, and 2003, the only person (so far) ever to get this award more than twice. File 770 obituary .  See special issue of De Profundis.
See MartyCantor's write-up of the Bob Null Memorial

Takumi Shibano, LASFS's own Samurai-at-Arms, died January 16, 2010.

Ken Porter:  found dead in his apartment, announced December 10, 2009.  Click here for Terry Karney's memories of Ken (plus comments).  

Phil Castora:  Charles Lee Jackson II was told Phil was four months dead when he went to Phil's facility with a load of APA-Ls, in late November, 2009. The Social Security Death Index indicates that Phil died on June 23, 2009. Click here for Phil's autobiography (formatted by Marty Cantor).

William Rotsler died October 8, 1997. Celebration:  Estate-Authorized Site
We have photos of the urn containing his ashes, and also of a page from a book about him.

Rotsler urn #1
Rotsler urn #2  Book
 Rotsler Urn, view 1  Rotsler urn, view 2 Rotsler Book thumbnail

 The lettering on the urn says:
CHARLES WILLIAM ROTSLER
JULY 3, 1926 -- OCTOBER 18, 1997
AUTHOR  SCULPTOR  CARTOONIST  FILMMAKER
RACONTEUR  FATHER  AND  TRUE FRIEND

In Memoriam

Len Moffatt

I don't know a lot about Len's life or fanac. That is to say, I know a little but wouldn't want to do a formal obit without the hard facts. All I know is that I loved that old guy and wish he were still around. It was a most unpleasant shock to wake up this morning to a world, and a LASFS, without him.
--John DeChancie

I gave him a gilt bottle of mimeograph correction fluid for his 50th birthday.  I dressed as Auguste Dupin for him in a presentation at the detective-fiction convention Bouchercon the year he co-chaired.  I drank Chivas Regal with him.

Len Moffatt (1923-2010) was of First Fandom, that happy band, active among us at least as early as the first World Science Fiction Convention in 1939.  Born in Arizona, by his teens he was a founder of the Western Pennsylvania Science Fictioners, doing fanzines -- a word not yet invented -- and corresponding with fans around the United State and United Kingdom.  In World War II he joined the Navy like his ancestors and served as a hospital corpsman with the Marines.  He was in Nagasaki after the atomic bomb.  In 1945 he joined the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society.  He always pronounced LASFS to rhyme with mass sass.  He did a lot of rhyming, sometimes as the elven Pike Pickens, sometimes clowning himself.

Some fans sell s-f, some become quite active as pros.  In 1949 the LASFS began a yearly Fanquet honoring the member who sold the most words in the previous year.  Moffatt tied for the honor in 1951.  In 2004 the LASFS gave him its Forry Award, named after Forry Ackerman, for lifetime achievement in science fiction, putting him in the company of Ray Bradbury, Kelly Freas and C. L. Moore.  In 2008 his poem "What a Friend We Have in Sherlock" appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

Detective fiction has long been our next-door neighbor.  Bouchercon, of which Len and his second wife June were co-founders, was named for Tony Boucher, a top and, if I may so, tony editor and author there and here.  It gave them its Anthony Award for lifetime achievement in 1999.

Len was probably Rick Sneary's best friend.  Both were active in the Outsiders, one of the many s-f clubs outside the LASFS -- often overlapping the LASFS membership -- that have flourished from time to time.  Sneary lived in South Gate,  In 1948 he began, first as a joke, the slogan South Gate in '58.  It caught on.  The Worldcon moves around so as to be each year in someone's back yard.  In 1957 the con was in London.  It voted for South Gate.  Be careful what you wish.  Luckily the mayors of South Gate and Los Angeles by joint proclamation constituted the premises of the Hotel Alexandria as South Gate for the duration and purposes of the Worldcon.  The con was called "Solacon" in honor of the combination.  It also combined with the year's Westercon, the West Coast Science Fantasy Convention.  Len was in the thick of it all.  A decade and a half later he was Fan Guest of Honor at Westercon XXV. 

Besides fanzines we have apas, amateur publishing associations, which distribute fanzines.  We didn't invent apas, but we gave them our own life.  Our first was the Fantasy Amateur Press Association, older than Worldcons.  The distinction between science fiction and fantasy has long been known and blurred.  The Moffatt FAPAzine was Moonshine.  This was appropriate.  Among Len's achievements was fan fiction -- in our sense, i.e. fiction about fans -- that Terry Carr thought was factual anecdote.  Len and June were in APA-L, much younger than FAPA, for over thirty years until Len's death.  June still is. 

Conviviality, hospitality were with Len's wit, amplified, if possible, by June.  Together clubmen and party hosts -- the suffix -man is not masculine -- they also welcomed and sponsored newcomers with open arms and discernment, for them no paradox.  Fine fannish things happened at Moffatt House and when the Moffatts went abroad.  They went well abroad in 1973 as the Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund delegates, nominated by Terry Jeeves, Ethel Lindsay, Juanita Coulson, Fred Patten, and Roy Tackett, attending the British national s-f con and publishing their TAFF report in good time.  In 1981 they were Fan Guests of Honor at our local s-f con Loscon.  In 1999 they were given the Evans-Freehafer Award for service to the LASFS.  Shortly before I had the honor of co-editing with them the Rick Sneary memorial fanzine Button-Tack.  It seems like yesterday.

He was a lion.  I loved him.  Good-bye.

--John Hertz (republished from APA-L #2378) 

Joyce Potter McDaniel Jumper:  born  January 12, 1937; died December 20, 2013.  Thanks to Victor Koman for tracking down this information

 

In Memoriam

Merlin R. "Bob" Null

John Null, one of Bob's three brothers, wrote the LASFS Board of Directors:  "Bob's family was deeply saddened by his passing and greatly appreciates your collective care and concern.  Bob died at 6:22 AM peacefully, while sleeping, and was not in pain at the time.  As I'm sure you all know, he died as a result of extensive spread of his cancer."


Bob was Vice President of LASFS for 20 terms, a member for over 30 years, and was a member of the Board of Directors when he died. Bob was "George" on the BoD: whenever something needed doing, Bob would take it on if nobody else volunteered.

"Rest in peace, Bob - your good deeds live on."
--Marty Cantor


It is with deep sadness that we must announce the passing of Gallifrey One's long-time logistics director, and our dear friend, Merlin "Bob" Null. Bob passed away last night, Monday, June 21 after a long illness.

There are very few people in the world who have been as integral to the Los Angeles convention community as Bob Null has been. Bob has been central to the material management of countless L.A. conventions, and has been an important part of Gallifrey One since our foundation. Bob made certain our supply truck was ordered, supervised its loading and unloading, and provided material management throughout the convention. He purchased supplies for the Con Suite, organized our office equipment, supervised the loading and unloading of our TARDIS, and verified the usability of equipment such as our art show displays and main stage pipe & drape. Bob was so identified in the Logistics position at conventions that they frequently identified it as "the Bob Null committee position," and his passing is an enormous loss to Gallifrey One and many other conventions in our city.

With Robbie's blessing, we will be dedicating our 2011 convention to Bob's memory. Rest in peace, dear friend.
--Allison Stern

In Memoriam

Forrest J Ackerman

Forry, a charter member of LASFS (joining in 1936), died shortly before midnight on December 4, 2008, at the age of 92.

In Memoriam

Frank Kelly Freas

Frank Kelly Freas, a beloved and talented artist, left this world early in the morning of January 2, 2005.

In Memoriam

Michael Mason

Shuffled off his mortal coil sometime after Christmas 2004 of a diabetic coma due to an undiagnosed diabetic condition.

In Memoriam

Allan Rothstein

Allan Rothstein died on June 24, 2004. He was a founding member of SCIFI and served on the LASFS Board of Directors. Active in con-running, he worked for Loscon , Westercon , NASFiC , and LA Cons. In 1991, he was the fan guest of honor at Loscon 18. He won the Laurel/Wordsworth Award for Poetry in 1990.

A fund to create Allan Rothstein a Pillar of the LASFS has been established. Donations are being collected and held by Karl Lembke. Drop money in the Red Stein at the clubhouse, or hand it to Karl when you see him. If you must hand over a check, please make it payable to Charles R. Lembke .

One of the Rules states that the Club Treasurer is not to be involved in managing the funds until the entire Pillar donation is handed over in one lump sum. If you hand Karl an instrument that can only be cashed by LASFS, you will have it as an encumbrance against your account until the entire donation amount is reached. If you're happy with this situation, I am too. If not, you know what to do.

Donations can be mailed to:

Karl Lembke
2029 Verdugo Blvd. #119
Montrose, CA 91020

In Memoriam

Bruce Pelz

Bruce Pelz (Aug. 11, 1936 - May 9, 2002) spearheaded the drive to incorporate the LASFS and then to build up enough money so that it could buy its own clubhouse. He chaired a Worldcon and many other conventions and served in many ways through fandom. Bruce was Fan Guest of Honor at nine science fiction conventions including the 1980 World Science Fiction Convention in Boston.

Bruce published at least one piece of short fiction, "Cold Service" which appeared in Alternate Worldcons and Again, Alternate Worldcons . He co-edited The White Papers published by NESFA Press in 1996. He was a Master Costumer and won awards at numerous Worldcon, Westercon and other convention Masquerades. He also wrote several filksongs and published The Filksong Manual , which is being kept in print by Lee Gold.

A Pillar has been placed in the LASFS clubhousein his honor.

Memorial about Bruce by Mike Glyer, editor of File 770
Memorial issue of De Profundis (pdf)
Bruce Pelz Fanzine Collection at the UC Riverside's Eaton Collection

At the second Clubhouse that LASFS owned, there were  four parking spaces in front of Building 4SJ. Three of these were named in memory of LASFS Members -- whom Death has not released from membership:

Photo of Robert A. Heinlein and Dan Alderson, together with Jerry Pournelle . Pournelle still attends LASFS meetings.
Left to right: Heinlein, Pournelle, Alderson

 

 

 

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