(Did you mean a Canadian fan?)
In the 1960s, he lived in an apartment in Manhattan called Towner Hall (after Francis Towner Laney.
He was one of the founders of the Fanoclasts, a Balcony Insurgent at NyCon II, and organized FanHistoriCon 9. He created a publishing house named QWERTYUIOP and followed the old fannish custom of naming cars, with a series of vehicles named Weiss Rak.
He chaired Lunacon 11, Lunacon 12 and Lunacon 13. He has long been a mainstay of Corflu and was on the committee of Corflu 3, and Corflu 24. He has been a member of WSFS (including President), the late 50s Futurians, the Lunarians. He hosts the Falls Church Second Friday group.
In addition to books and stories written under his own name, he has also co-authored novels with Dave van Arnam as Ron Archer, and with Terry Carr as Norman Edwards. He received a Nebula nomination for one of his stories. He was a member of the Guilford Gafia.
He was assistant editor at F&SF from 1963 to 1968, and then edited Amazing Stories and Fantastic until 1979. As editor of Amazing Stories, he reinstated the letter column and ran some fanzine reviews and other fan features.
He was arrested in 1986 for smoking pot and spent some time in jail. See File 770 #60 p23 .
- Blat! (co-edited with Dan Steffan
- Crank (co-edited with Rob Hansen)
- Double Whammy (for OMPA with Larry Stark, John Hichcock, and John Magnus)
- Gafia Newssheet
- The Gafiate's Intelligencer
- Letters from Prison
- Minac (co-edited with Les Gerber)
- Mini (co-edited with Bob Stewart)
- Pong (with Dan Steffan)
- Stellar (co-edited with Larry Stark)
- Void (co-editor)
Awards, Honors and GoHships:
He won the 1968 Best Fan Writer Hugo, and was nominated for the 1973 Best Professional Editor Hugo, the 1974 Best Professional Editor Hugo, the 1975 Best Professional Editor Hugo, the 1976 Best Professional Editor Hugo, and the 1977 Best Professional Editor Hugo. He was also nominated for the 1969 Best Fan Writer Hugo, but declined the nomination. Under his editorship, Amazing and Fantastic received three Best Professional Magazine nominations in 1971 and 1972.
- 1966 -- Ozarkon 1
- 1972 -- Bubonicon 4
- 1976 -- Unicon 2B
- 1980 -- DeepSouthCon 18, Past president of the FWA, V-Con 8 AutoClave 4
- 1985 -- Aussiecon Two
- 1994 -- FAAn Award for Best Fanzine
- 1999 -- FAAn Award for Best Fan Writer
- 2004 -- Corflu Blackjack
- 2010 -- Lifetime Achievement Award from Corflu Cobalt
- 2011 -- CGoH at Corflu 21
- 2016 -- Pulpcon, FanHistoriCon 13, RavenCon 11
Also involved: - 1961 Open ESFA - 1966 Worldcon Site Selection - 1967 Worldcon Site Selection - 1969 TAFF Race - 1969 Worldcon Site Selection - A Corflu 36 Fanthology - A Sense of FAPA - Andy Porter - Baltimore SF Forum - Baycon (Worldcon) - BeABohema - Bob Pavlat - Boonfark - Carl Brandon - Charles Platt - DNQ (Vayne) - Dirce S. Archer - Disclave 12 - Discon 1 Guide: Sunday Evening - Dr. Christine Haycock - Energumen - FAPA - FWA - Fanac (Carr) - Fanac (Holmberg) - Fanarcon - Fancyclopedia 2 - Fanhistorica - Fanthology '89 - Fanthology '93 - Fanthology 1994 - Fanthology 64 - Gafia (White) - Granfalloon - Innuendo - Izzard - Jack Speer - John D. Berry - Larry Shaw - LiSFS - Lighthouse - Lunacon 19 - Lunacon 8 - Mainstream - Mari Wolf - Midwestcon 16 - Midwestcon 19 - N3F - New Frontiers - Noreen Shaw - NyCon3 - Odd - Ontario Science Fictioneers - Ozarkon I - Patia von Sternberg - PulpFest 2016 - QWERTIOPress - Richard Thompson - Science-Fiction Five-Yearly - Sylvia White - Teresa Nielsen Hayden - The BNF of Iz - The Club House - The Portable Carl Brandon - The Reaffirmation - The Science Fiction Fanzine Reader: Focal Points 1930-1960 - Towner Hall - Trap Door - Tropicon VII - Vegas Fandom Weekly - Verklarkte Nacht - Victor Gonzalez - Warhoon - Westercon 18 - Westercon 19 - Xero
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