Dean A. Grennell

(November 1, 1923 — April 10, 2004)

Dean Grennell was an active fan, sometimes called dag and the "good man", who edited the fanzines Grue and La Banshee and was a member of Wisconsin Fandom. He was "warm-hearted, great sense of humor, strong family man, universally beloved in fandom. Seven children. A very solid citizen…widely admired."

He ran the Eastercon-DAG and the first Wiscon. He owned the automobile Jazzy-Belle, had Mafia Press as his publishing house and was a partner in Tentacles Across the Sea. He attended Illwiscon. He was a close friend of Robert Bloch, Robert Silverberg and Redd Boggs.

He was nominated for the 1956 Best Fanzine Hugo for Grue.

He grew up in rural Wisconsin and was in the Army Air Corps during World War II. In the 1950s he became active in fandom. He was married to Jean Grennell. His best-known fanzine was Grue, begun in 1953. The title Grue ("The Fan's Magazine") was a play on words for a popular men's magazine True, "The Man's Magazine". He was one of the biggest of the BNFs of the 50s — one fan later described him as "an adult among children."

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By sometime in the 60s he had moved to LA and was a member of The Petards.

Grennell coined a number of fannish neologisms, including croggle and grotch and helped popularize faunch. He is responsible for Crottled Greeps.

In mundane life, Grennell was an authority on firearms, who authored many books on the subject , as well as being managing editor of Gun World magazine.


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