Al Ashley was a SF fan from Battle Creek, Michigan, who later in life moved to Los Angeles. He drove a taxi so he could have more time to think of things other than work. One of the things he thought about in Battle Creek was the idea of a Slan Center. He and his wife Abby Lu lived for a time with other SF fans in a house known as the Slan Shack.
Ashley authored the Michicon Booklets in 1943-1945. In the early 1940s he was ranked among the top 25 fans in the country. He perpetrated the Ashley Mythos and was the source of AA194. He published the fanzines En Garde, Meet FAPA, Precipitant, Abed & Bored, Stefan, and Nova. He was acting president of the N3F during the Interregnum in 1943-44. He was a member of the Insurgents.
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