(Did you mean a fanzine by Ted White?)
Gafia is an initialism for Get Away From It All, i.e., to voluntarily quit one's fanac. One who has gafiated is a gafiate.
“Gafia” originally meant the opposite — getting away from mundania into fandom, but that meaning has entirely vanished.
See Fafia, Nydahl's Disease.
|From Fancyclopedia 2 ca 1959
|(Dick Wilson) Get Away From It All. This useful phrase was originally
an escapist slogan, meaning the intent to withdraw from the Macrocosm
to indulge in some intense fanac, but has undergone a complete reversal of
significance so that now "that flash of sanity known as Gafia" refers to a
vacation from fandom back in the world of normalcy, where nobody reads that
crazy Buck Rogers stuff. Diagnostic symptoms are sheer boredom while trying
to read proz or fanzines, allowing correspondence to pile up unanswered, and
wishing that half-finished fanzines could be forgotten for a while. Oh, and
we should mention Gafia Press, Redd Boggs' publishing house, the source of
Skyhook and many another worthy serious publication.
|From Fancyclopedia 1 ca 1944
|(Wilson) - Get Away From It All; motto of escapism.
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