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Fred Patten : On November 1st Fred Patten was found "non-responsive" at his convalescent facility, moved to a hospital where he was treated but never regained consciousness, and died on November 12, 2018 (from his sister, Sherry Patten)

Lee Gold wrote:  Fred Patten joined LASFS on July 28, 1960.
     He was a LASFS Patron Saint (meeting #50).
     He won the Evans-Freehafer Award for Service to the LASFS in 1965.
     He won the Forry Award for Service to the Science Fiction Community in 2009.

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Karl Lembke wrote:  It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Fred Patten, LASFS Historian and Special Advisor to the Board. 
      Michael Siladi
wrote:  Sad News. Fred was a *great* Fan Guest of Honor at BayCon a few years ago, even though he was unable to physically attend. He will be missed.
      Kay Shapero wrote.That's awful. Fred was such a big part of so much...
      Charles Lee Jackson II wroteA terrible one-two punch to LASFS. >extremely sad face<
      Matthew B. Tepper wroteI'm very sad to learn of this. Through so much of my fannish life, Fred was there. I'm at a loss for words.  Janet Alvarez wrote:  So sorry to hear this, I enjoyed talking to him over the years 
      Allyn K. Llyr wrote:  I remember Fred Patton, from my days in Los Angeles. He was always a good man with extensive knowledge and a ready smile. Peace be with him, and to his extended family.
     Victor KomanOne of the most amiable, easygoing people at LASFS. It was always a pleasure to be in a room with Fred talking about stuff. I usually just listened. I'm sorry he's gone.
 
Barney Evans wrote:  I first meet Fred Patten in the late 1970s when I was heavy into anime. A group of us from San Diego would go to LA's CF/O meetings to watch videos all day. (Cartoon Fantasy Organization. The is Fred at the 1979 San Diego Comic Con. Fred passed away yesterday, he will be missed.

Craig Miller wrote: And now this. Fred Patten, who I've known since I was in my mid-teens, has died.
     Fred has been ill for quite a long time, living in a convalescent home, but still involved as a writer and editor. According to his sister, he was found unresponsive on November 1st and transported to a hospital where he was treated. Without regaining consciousness, Fred died on Monday the 12th.
     Since the late 1950s, Fred was active in comics fandom, science fiction fandom, and more. When I was young, in the days before home video, Fred would take me along to small gatherings of animation fans held in someone's apartment. Here people would show precious film prints of early animated features and shorts.
     Arguably, Fred was the father of anime fandom. And, later, became involved with the world of Furries.
     Can we please go one day without another old friend dying?


     Michael John Donahue wrote: Sorry to hear about Fred passing. He was always completely pleasant and a wonderful conversationalist. R.I.P.
     Jeffrey Briar wrote: I admired Fred tremendously when I first went to meetings of LASFS. 'Was ecstatic when my dittoed pages appeared "with" his in APA-L.
     David Gerrold wrote: Fred was a treasure. You could turn to him and say, "I remember a story about a ... etc." and he would not only identify it by title and author, but where it was published. He was an incredible resource. I admired his encyclopedic knowledge of the field. He was classic old-school fandom. I am so sorry to hear of his passing.
     Tom Sito wrote: Fred was a great guy.
     Karen Schnaubelt wrote: I met Fred through anime fandom in the 1980's, and he was a real treasure there also. This is very sad news.
     Katherine Wadey wrote: Just because we are currently unable to be active in fandom doesn't mean we've forgotten what a treasure Fred was.
     Greg Koudoulian wrote: I met Fred when I was 19! He helped me sell comics!
     Guy Lillian wrote: Rotten news. Fred was a great man who welcomed me into fanzine fandom. A sad loss.
     William Glass wrote: Sad to hear this. Fred was a wonderful, kind, and generous man whose quiet persistent enthusiasm opened the worlds of manga and anime to me.
     Jim R Terry Jr. wrote: Sorry for the loss of a long time LASFS member and friend.
     Elizabeth Fox wrote: Oh I’m so sad to see this news. He was such a nice guy. I’ll always remember him putting his head out of the back room at the Palms playground to call out “Collators!”
     Rick Sternbach wrote: So sorry to hear. Fred was amazingly fun to talk to about SF, and particularly anime, beginning not long after I landed in California in the late 70s.
     Chris W. wrote: A great loss to fandom. God bless him and his family.
     Wendy Pini wrote: Yes, Craig, you could make a very good argument that Fred was the father of anime fandom. It was certainly he who introduced me to those big, thick, chunky tankoobon manga printed in purple ink that looked like ditto master. Speaking of ditto master, it was Fred who helped me publish my contributions to the apa zine Capa Alpha. This is all so long ago it seems like a dream. Fred was always a mysterious person to me...not easy to get to know. But I do know he was kind, generous and took joy in sharing his interests. I'm so glad the end for him was peaceful.
     Joe Pearson wrote: R.I.P. Fred. You were a good man who shared your erudite love of books, animation and zines with many of us in your community. I have fond memories of going on an epic Hollywood Book and Comic Store crawl with you when I back in High School.
     Robert Solomon wrote: Damn. I associate Fred with my earliest days in fandom. I'm sure I saw him at every convention I went to back in the day. I didn't know him well but he was always willing to patiently answer a neofan's question about....well, anything. I believe he was CM of K-a when I joined, although my memory is unclear if I joined then or maybe after he retired from the post. I recall they (we) made him an honorary member after he left the post. Fred was a legendary figure in many, many fandoms. Feeling sad.
     Melissa Conway wrote: This is the saddest news. I feel privileged to have known Fred, whose mind was boundless and whose spirit was indomitable. Even after a stroke that paralyzed the entire right side of his body, he continued to read voraciously, and produce scholarly works, reviews, short stores, and anthologies. He was , without a doubt, the dean of Furry Fandom. He also delighted in animation, and was the first American to appreciate and import Japanese anime. I used to enjoy watching anime with Fred, because I received a graduate-level seminar on the genre in the bargain. My heart is with all his dear friends at LASFS who meant the world to him, and with his amazing sister Sherrill, who dedicated every day of the past twelve years to making sure that Fred had all that he needed to be productive and happy.

 

Chaz Boston Baden: Everything has a beginning.

Before Facebook and AOL and online chat rooms, before everyone had e-mail. When computers weren’t in every business’s office. Before Blu-Ray and DVD and Laserdisc and 500 TV channels you don’t even need an antenna for. Before Yamatocon in 1983, and Anime Expo and Project A-kon.

Before all of that, there was Fred Patten, and the Cartoon/Fantasy Organization he started with a few friends in 1977.

C/FO met at the LASFS clubhouse once a month, and showed videotape copies of Japanese animation. In the early days, you didn’t have fansubs, let alone official dubbed versions. If you were lucky, you had a translated copy of the script and you tried to match it up to the action on the screen.

Fred was active in the worlds of anime, comics, and science fiction. He wrote all the time, including more than two dozen books such as “Watching Anime, Reading Manga.” He founded Streamline Pictures in 1988 with Carl Macek and Jerry Beck, dubbing works such as Akira. Everyone in the anime business and in the fandom knew Fred.

So when Christian B. McGuire and I launched a new convention called Animé Los Angeles, Fred was the obvious choice for our first Guest of Honor. In the photo I've put on my FB banner, Fred is holding our first flyer at a convention in Anaheim.

Everything has a beginning and an end. Fred was found non-responsive on 1 November 2018 and hospitalized, but never regained consciousness. He left us on 12 November.

 

From Wikifur: Fred was the official editor of the Rowrbrazzle APA from 1989 to 2005, having joined the APA in 1984. He was also the founder of the Ursa Major Awards in 2001. He won its award for Best Anthropomorphic Other Literary Work in 2003 for the furry anthology Best In Show, and its award in 2016 for the furry anthology "Gods wth Fur". He was inducted in absentia into MiDFur's Furry Hall of Fame in 2011, and was the Fandom Guest of Honor (in absentia) for RainFurrest 2013.


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Harlan Ellison:  June 28, 2018, in his sleep
Harold Harrigan:  June 1, 2018
June Moffatt :  May 31, 2018:  Patron Saint
http://fancyclopedia.wikidot.com/june-moffatt
see Past LASFS Officers
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Bob Konigsberg posted on Facebook

Sad to say, June (Mom) passed away this evening (May 31).

Thank you to all of her friends who visited her and brightened her days with talk and song.

There are no immediate plans for a memorial, but I'm sure LASFS will want to do something, and I'll be happy to help.
     Susan Fox
:  I'll be weepy today even though she was over ninety and kept us all company for a good long time.  May her memory be a blessing. What am I saying, of course it is.
     Marlene Willauer:
  She was well known in mystery fandom as well. She will be missed.
     Lee Gold:
 
Yes, there will be so many things I'll want to talk to her about. I'm glad we visited her a few weeks ago and Barry & Bob & I sang filksongs to her.
     George McUrso
:  My good friend June Moffatt passed away today.  According to her daughter Katie she left us peacefully.
     Donald Abrams I pray she's back with Len, doing all the fun things they really enjoyed in the realm of letters and stories. RIP June, we'll miss you.
    
Robbie Bourget
Foo. Such a lovely lady. She will be much missed.

    Sandy Cohen That is incredibly sad news. If there is any sort of heaven Len is waiting for her. 

She was a truly fine lady, and her marriage/partnership with Len an inspiration to everyone. She will be missed.
     Crystal Borck An intelligent and strong woman. I loved her and will miss her dearly.
     Laura Brodian Freas Beraha Oh, NO! such sad news. She shall be surely missed.
     Alice Massoglia Yes - much sadness, but many happy memories of a very good, very fannish friend.
     Craig Miller I'm so sorry to hear this news.
    
Kees van Toorn
My condoleances - sorry for your loss.

     Bill Mills: We are heartbroken to have learned, last night, that yesterday another of our elder fan friends, June M. Moffatt has died. When Roxie and I were young West Coast fans and Lasfs members June and her late husband Len were already beloved and revered by fellow fans, literally, worldwide. I have known many Fugghead fans over the decades as fandom has always had a sizable number of those. But I have also known some tremendously wonderful people in fandom. And June and Len were truly among the very best of the best. They were pillars of the community, fine examples of 'Trufans' and honored members of that elite group known as 'First Fans'. One could hardly hope to know sweeter, kinder, more generous or more genuinely good people than John and June Moffatt. Last night when I learned of Junie's passing I had no words... only tears. I know she missed her dear husband terribly but she marched stalwartly on and remained devoted to her real world and fandom family and friends. We know that Len has been holding her a seat at the convention banquet table at the Tucker Hotel in the sky... where they can now finally be reunited. Bless you dear lady. May you rest in peace.

Victor Koman She and Len were wonderful people, paleofen who made everyone feel as if we were the most welcome of Inner Circle friends.
Selina Phanara Thank you for letting us know. I didn't get to see her, but I know she is with Len, wearing their beanies and giving the best smiles and hugs to all they see. Fandom will be having a room party tonight in the heavens. Good night sweet June. Go with love, you were made of it here on Earth.
Chris Wilson Wow. She was very important to me during my "youthful years" in LASFS as was Len. They were both lovely people who are, and will, be missed by many.
Celia Chapman I am so sorry for your loss. I joined Lasfs in 1975 and June was always a presence. She will be missed.

Astrid Bear So very sorry to hear this. June was a wonderful woman.
Christopher J Garcia Two of my fannish faves. I went to at least one Loscon specifically to get a chance to chat with 'em.
Ed Glaser is feeling heartbroken.

Just read on here, that Co-Founding LASFS-ian; June M. Moffatt, has passed over... in her sleep, at 91!

SF Fandom, will NOT be the same; with the loss of her kindred soul, and essential presence!

David Cox I'm so sorry to hear this. I remember her and Len coming over to our house when we'd hoist the Petards. Such fun times.
Theresa M. Moore My condolences. I did not know her that well but she was a fixture at LASFS and I was included at Moffatt House even if I never really did anything to deserve it! She will be missed.
Regina L Reynante Her presence was always a blessing... She will be missed.
Rob Gustaveson Condolences. She seemed to be a friend to all. Really liked her.
Ed Glaser Oh, no! Ever, at the ready; with her dazzling smile... And, commentary; infused with humor or absolute truth! A LASFS, WITHOUT June; will be, a TRULY SAD place! 8-((
Lisa Deutsch Harrigan Love her and her sense of humor. She will be missed but not forgotten. May memories of her will always be a blessing.


Connor Cochran:
June Moffatt -- the most important woman in the world to me, other than my wife and daughter -- died peacefully in her sleep yesterday evening....In 1969, just a few months shy of turning 15, I discovered science fiction fandom and fanzines. This was a world-wide communications network running on paper and postage stamps, the geek culture ancestor of today’s social media. Participation in it expanded my universe exponentially. Fanzines led to learning that the world’s oldest SF fan group, the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (shorthanded as LASFS, and pronounced lahss-fuss), met weekly at Palms Park in Los Angeles, just 43 miles away. I couldn’t yet get to these meetings on my own, but I could participate with the group’s APA (Amateur Press Association) by mail. June was the person who made this possible. When she found out I wanted to join in the fun, remotely, she volunteered to make that possible. Every Thursday night she would collect a copy of the week’s APA-L compilation for me. Every Friday morning she would mail it off. And every Monday I would mail back to her the typed-up ditto masters for my own L-zine, full of my own original material and comments on everyone else’s L-zines, which she would run off at work and take to the next LASFS meeting to be added to that week’s compilation. (For my L-zine title I went to the dictionary and chose the word abecedarian, which means “beginner.”)
     I finally met June and her husband Len in person when I found a way to get to the 1970 Westercon, in Santa Barbara. There is no way to adequately explain what followed. Basically, they adopted me.Entirely on their own -- it wasn’t MY suggestion -- June and Len decided to drive an extra 150 miles every Thursday in order to come collect me from my home in Placentia, CA, take me out to dinner and to LASFS with them, then return me home again before finally going back to their own place in Downey. They did this without fail for months. In addition, I would also stay with them from time to time for entire weekends, so we could attend fannish social events together. And talk, and talk, and talk. Our conversations were wide-ranging and endless.      Once I got a driver’s license, June and Len didn’t have to come collect me for Thursday night LASFS meetings any more. But the weekend visits continued.

     When I left home at 17, and needed a place to stay while figuring out what to do next, it was June and Len I turned to. As the years passed we always stayed in touch, and I visited as regularly as I could. When Terri and I got married, her parents came from Denver to be at our weekend-long retreat/ceremony, and June and Len came up from southern California as their equivalents on my side of the event.

     In every way that matters, other than the act of physical birth. June Moffatt was my mom. She taught me what it felt like to be loved and believed in. And she surely knew how much I loved her.

     Go safe and gentle wherever it is we go, June. Say hello to Len for me. And, if possible, save a seat somewhere nearby, so we can laugh and joke and smile together again when I follow you on the path.

Thank you for...everything.

Ulrika O'Brien She will be missed. She and Len were marvelously kind and welcoming and generous and many of us owe them both a great debt of gratitude for how they brought us into the family and the fold of LASFS fandom.

Scott Tracy Griffin Sorry to hear this. She and Len were charter members of the Los Angeles SubERBs chapter of the Burroughs Bibliophiles, and was always a cheerful presence at our meetings. I don't believe she attended after Len passed, but I still occasionally saw her around town at bookfairs and other events. My condolences on your loss.

 
 
     Astrid Bear wrote March 17th:  My mother, Karen Anderson, died last night. It was a peaceful and unexpected passing -- she died in her bed and was found by the Sunday visiting nurse. Thank you to Martin Tays for being on the ground and being there today. Memorial gathering plans to be announced later, but in the meantime, raise a glass to the memory of a fine woman. If you are moved to make a donation, please consider the SFWA Emergency Medical Fund or the UCLA Medical School.
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     Jessica Amanda Salmonson wrote March 17th:  Karen Anderson, widow of SF giant Poul Anderson, passed away this morning. She colaborated on some of Poul's works, and ocassionally published tales entirely her own. She was a leader in filking, costuming, and co-founder of the Society for Creative Anachronists. She passed some of these interests on to her daughter Astrid Bear, whose lovely hubby Greg Bear, another giant of SF, could boast being the son-in-law of the incredible Karen and Poul, now both equally lost to us. Astrid reported that her mom passed "peaceful and unexpectedly." My heart goes out to this incredible clan that has contributed to so many of the pleasurable reading moments of my whole life.
     Martin Tays wrote March 18th:  Karen Anderson: September 16, 1932 - March 18, 2018.  She was my friend, and I will miss her terribly.
 
Betty Knight:  October, 2017 (reported by Tom Locke, who says she was 92)

Dian Crayne:  October, 2017 (announced on Facebook October 5, 2017 by Bill Mills who heard of it from mutual friend Peggy Hebrand who also lives in Willits)
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Milt Stevens, November 16, 1942 - October 2, 2017, Pillar of LASFS and Patron Saint & LASFS Luminary: 
Milt donated his SF library to the CSUN Oviatt Library -- and they put on an exhibition
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Marty Cantor writes:  "Milt Stevens was hospitalized on Thursday, September 28th, and I believe it was initially thought to be pneumonia. A little while ago, I got a call from Marcia Minsky (who lived not all that far from him in Simi Valley and usually [with her brother] drove Milt to LASFS meetings), telling me that Milt had died of a heart attack at 4 am this morning.
     "Milt had donated about 8 couches (for our previous clubhouse) and was very active in helping LASFS' Board of Directors in looking for its next clubhouse.
     "Milt was a wonderful writer and I was happy to pub in my genzines his 'deconstructions', er, reviews of various sf books.
     "ilt was also part of my Corflu concom, handling programming. And, I will say it here, he personally paid off the con's $1200+ budget deficit, and he did so happily as he felt that Corflu was a fannish good and he wanted this series of cons to continue."

Leonard (Tex) Smith, September 19, 2017:  Father of of his son Jared Smith and his daughter Roxanne Smith Mills.   Also known as Baron Viscount Sir Christian of Orange, First Prince of CAID.  Passed at approx. 5pm in Lake Havasu, Arizona as a result of complications in the heart surgery which he was undergoing there. "Tex" (a name he was known by in West Coast fandom back in the Sixties. 
     "Leonard Lee Smith (78) passed away in Lake Havasu, Arizona (where he was a resident) on Tuesday, September 19th 2017, from complications following surgery. He is survived by two children, Roxanne and Jared, two ex-wives, his sister Carroll Lee, and two grand-children. Leonard worked most of his life as boat builder and factory supervisor, but he also enjoyed cooking and was an early member of The Society for Creative Anachronism. In recent years he became an avid Karaoke enthusiast, owned thousands of karaoke music files and with them Leonard often hosted/MC'd Karaoke nights at various Lake Havasu locations. As a happy Lake Havasu resident Leonard spent much of his time at the Lake Havasu Senior Center where he volunteered as a cook and worked with the Meals on Wheels program."
Len Wein , joined LASFS 7-16-1987:   September 10, 2017

Jerry Pournelle :  (August 7, 1933 - September 8, 2017), Pillar of the LASFS
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Dwain Kaiser
:  July 3, 2017, shot to death
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There is a GoFundMe page to help with final Expenses.  "We are raising money to help his wife, JoAnn Kaiser, who is in her 80s and lives well below the poverty level. Dwain and JoAnn owned one of the last used bookstores in Pomona, not because they made a enough money to live on, but because they loved educating our community. More importantly, they loved BOOKS. JoAnn is unable to cover the overwhelming expenses she will incur during this time of great loss: funeral, a memorial service, moving, and paying store bills.  We reach out to all of you for support. Any assistance you can provide will impact JoAnn's ability to grieve the loss of her best friend and husband without the burden of wondering how she is going to survive financially. All proceeds will go toward Dwain’s funeral, a memorial service, and moving expenses."
     Dwain’s widow, JoAnn Kaiser, is selling the Magic Door's books at 30% off.  She has comitted to keeping the bookstore open until the end of 2017. She wants to work to help the books that Dwain loved get to the next people that will love them. She would love a hand in pricing books, culling books for GoodWill, and shelving books. So if you can help please call or text her at 909-472-2990 The store is in downtown Pomona CA.
     John Welsh (on the Valhallans mailing list) says "JoAnn now has an apartment on 3rd Street at the east end of the Mall.  It is in a complex where many students from the medical school live. She plans to keep the store [Magic Door IV] open until the end of the year."
 
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
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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]

Jerry Kidd:  chief NASA engineer on the Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-25, otherwise known as the Space Shuttle main engine (SSME),at Rocketdyne from 1969 - 2006, April 7, 2014

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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