(March 11, 1936 --)
An American fan who has been active in fandom since joining a local club in December of 1955. In 1959, influenced by Leslie Gerber, he started subscribing to fanzines and at Belle Deitz's urging, joined the N3F APA, N'APA. He moved away from the Bay Area, first to New York City (where he was a member of the Metrofen and ESSFSCCNY) and then to New Hampshire where he has lived since when not wintering in North Carolina.
He was one of the founders of Tolkien fandom. He was president of the Tolkien Society of America from 1967-1972, and also edited The Tolkien Journal, Valinorian Times, and Green Dragon. He organized the 1968 Belknap College Tolkien Conference.
He currently publishes a free-on-request e-fanzine, The View From Entropy Hall which was also distributed through APA-Q. He has also published Polhode, Herpolhode, and Peskys which were sent to N'APA. He was a member of IPSO and The Cult. He published A. Merrit's Fantasy magazine and The Avenger for SAPS. He edited at least one issue of Tightbeam.
He is active in the blind civil rights movement through the National Federation of the Blind, and in Lions Clubs. He lives in rural Moultonboro, NH in the summer and in North Carolina in the winter, with his wife, Sandy, his seeing-eye dog, Gyro, and his fourth-hand cat, Amber.
Meskys was a member of the Boston in '67 and Boston in 71 Worldcon bids, the Silvercon committee, and helped found Locus as a bidzine for the 67 bid (he was one of the original rotating editors). He contributed to Who Killed Science Fiction?. He ran the occasional Meskon and was a member of Almack's Society for Heyer Criticism and the Little Men, as well as the ill-fated Silvercon committee. He was a founder of the Lakes Region SF Group.
Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1966 -- Best Fanzine Hugo nominee
- 1967 -- Best Fanzine Hugo for Niekas
- 1975 -- Mythcon VI
- 1978 -- Prunecon/Ozymandias
- 1989 -- Best Fanzine Hugo nominee
- 1998 -- Ditto 11
Also involved: - A. Merrit's Fantasy Magazine - Anne Braude - Baycon (Worldcon) - Boskone 5 - Charlie Brown - Dave Vanderwerf - Faircon (NY) - Guide to Middle Earth - John Closson - Lunarians - Philcon 1961 - Secondary Universe I - Westercon 18
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