Dick Eney

(September 13, 1932 — December 22, 2006)

Richard H. Eney was a fan who lived mainly in the Washington, DC area was married to fellow fan Tamar Lindsay.

He published numerous fanzines since discovering fandom in 1949. Perhaps most famously, in 1959 he published Fancyclopedia 2, a 200+ page encyclopedia of fandom and fannish lore. (He also did an addendum in 1960 which was bound with the 1959 version and in 1962, the Rejected Canon/Fancyclopedia 2. In 1968 he published FANCYCLOPDigest, a shorter collection of just the good stuff.) Two years later, Eney ran for TAFF, losing to Ron Ellik.

Eney worked on committees for Discon I, Discon II, and Constellation and was the Fan Guest of Honor at L.A.Con II, the 1984 Worldcon. He served as OE of FAPA and SAPS and was a member of The Cult and the Washington in '77 Worldcon bid. He was toastmaster at Conterpoint 1993. He was made a Knight of St. Fantony in 1965. He was a member of WSFA and served in multiple offices. He was a member of the N3F (and edited Tightbeam 28 in November 1964.) With Alva Rogers, he reprinted Francis Towner Laney's Ah! Sweet Idiocy!.

Operation Crifanac was his publishing house. He was OE and VP of FAPA and OE of SAPS. And, of course, It's Eney's Fault!.

Professionally, he was employed by the US Agency for International Development, a branch of the State Department that handles international foreign aid and humanitarian assistance. There was a wide-spread rumor that he was involved in covert activities while in Vietnam, which Eney thought might have been started by John Boardman after he referred to himself as being employed by 'The Agency' without mentioning which Agency. In an issue of Boardman's fanzine Graustark, Eney was described as a warmongering CIA double agent. In a case of "life imitating art", Eney reports that he was once approached by the super-secret U.S. National Security Agency, but "when they found out that I published fanzines, they backed off. They must have thought that showed I was too social and communicative."

He was in Vietnam from 1966 until early 1970s, stationed in Saigon, in Kien Phong province, and in Can Tho (in the Mekong River delta). In mid 1966, he was nearly hit by machine gun fire when South Vietnam sentries were shooting wildly at a suspected Viet Cong terrorist. He said, "I haven't ducked for cover so fast in years!" He continued to be an active fan, publishing Curse You, Red Baron!, a letter substitute which was about Vietnam as he saw and experienced it. He managed to keep his membership in The Cult, though it was downgraded from the active roster, and managed to publish Fantasy Rotators for from Vietnam. He managed to visit other places in Southeast Asia besides Vietnam; during in the 60s, he published the first ever fanzines mailed from Hong Kong, Macau, and Bangkok, and in the 80s, on other assignments for AID, went on to publish the first fanzines from Tanzania, Kenya, Djibouti, and Addis Ababa.

His publications included


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