Louis Russell Chauvenet

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(February 12, 1920 -- June 24, 2003)

Louis Russell Chauvenet started reading SF at age 11 when he read "Awlo of Ulm." He discovered fandom by meeting R. D. Swisher and reading his fanzines. He was one of the founders of SF Fandom and of The Stranger Club of Boston. (The Stranger Club was the FGoH of the 1989 Worldcon, Noreascon 3) With Damon Knight and Art Widner he also co-founded the N3F (he was President in 1941-1942 and at one time in 1944 he and Samuel J. Russell were the only members in good standing), and was a member of First Fandom.

In the October 1940 issue of his fanzine Detours he coined the word "fanzine" and is generally also credited with coining the word prozine years later.

He was for many years a member of FAPA and Hokum House Publications and Aimless Press were his publishing houses.

In mundane life, he became chess champion of the state of Virginia, 1942 through 1948, and of Maryland in 1963, 1969, and 1976. He was also an avid sailor, built his own Windmill class sailboat, and participated in regattas.

He was the subject of a N3F Founders article by Jon D. Swartz in the July, 2015 (Volume 74, Number 7) issue of The National Fantasy Fan.

For an early short biography, see Who's Who in Fandom 1940 (IA).

Fanzines and Apazines:

Person Search: Fanac, Fan, Pro, SFE, Wikipedia, Reasonator 19202003

Also involved: - Aimless Publishers - Earl Singleton - Ephemeron - Nepenthe - The Fantasy Amateur

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