(1932 -- August 12, 1968)
W. Max Keasler was a long-time St. Louis area fan who was one of the leading fans of the 1950s and of Sixth Fandom, but had largely gafiated by the 60s. Ray Nelson had interested him in fandom and while still in high school, he had published Fanvariety in the very early 50s and for a time in the early 50s was enormously prolific with a rough and ready writing and editing style.
Along with Rich Elsberry and Roger Sims, he was the actual renter of Room 770 at Nolacon, creator of Fanvariety Enterprises, and published Opus. He was known as an enemy of (or, at least, on unfriendly terms with) Grammar. He published Universal Fanvariety with Ray Nelson. He published Al la Baboom.
Opus ran into problems with the Post Office because of content -- fans saw Censorship -- and due to obscure regulations about staples. When one post office refused to mail it, he went to another and later said that "It's the first time I ever border-ran a fanzine."
Lee Hoffman said of him, "Max was the personification of Sixth Fandom in America: young, witty, enthusiastic. He openly avowed that he never read science fiction. He blazed across the fan skies, speaking in interlineations, publishing monthly, filling the world with Ray Nelson drawings. Then he disappeared."
Also involved: - Destiny - The Science Fiction Fanzine Reader: Focal Points 1930-1960
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