APA-L

APA-L, based in Los Angeles, is one of the few weekly apae extant, and one of a not very much larger group of local apas.

Inspired by APA-F (the first weekly fan APA, put out in New York) Bruce Pelz felt that a weekly APA should be collated at LASFS meetings (though APA-L is not officially a part of LASFS). With the help of his then-wife, Dian (who became the first Official Collator of the APA). and several other local members, APA-L started its weekly run with its first disty on October 22, 1964. As of the beginning of 2015, APA-L had produced just under 2,600 distributions.

Most APAs call the bundles they produce "mailings". Even though APA-L usually has out-of-area contributors, some even outside of the US, most contributors are LASFS attendees and pick up their copies right after collation. Therefore, instead of “mailings,” APA-Lers call the collated APA issues "distributions". It is usually shortened to “disty”.

At one point, the APA ceased production for a period of about 11 weeks. However, once it recommenced distribution, there have been no further gaps in its production. There have been a few of what have been called “Fractional distributions” along the way (e.g., APA-L #30.5). In at least one case, this was done so that a certain contributor would break his string of contributing to each distribution. He managed to hear about it and contribute a zine to that distribution, anyway.

Of considerable note is APA-L contributor Fred Patten, who has had a zine in each and every distribution of APA-L. Fred had a stroke a few years ago, and he now resides in a convalescent hospital, able to move only his left leg and left arm. The right-handed Fred still produces a zine each week, typing it on a laptop computer with his left hand. It has been posited that if Fred ever stops producing a zine for APA-L, the world will come to an end. He also published The Best from APA-L.

APA-L's previous Official Collator Tim Merrigan put in more than 18 years at that job. When APA-L and APA-F were at their height, Dave Van Arnam was publishing four weekly fanzines -– two for APA-F and two for APA-L–some of them 20pp or more in length.

Mailings Dates OE
1 — ?? October 1964 — ?? Dian Pelz
?? - ?? ?? — ?? Tim Merrigan
?? — current ?? — current Marty Cantor

Members and Apazines:

See "APA-L" by Lee Gold.

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