Dick Smith

Dick Smith (Richard H. E. Smith II, aka Smtih and Uncle Dick) entered fandom in Wisconsin during the 1970s, but has been most active from Chicago. He has been a prominent apahack, convention fan and fanzine publisher.

He and his wife, Leah Zeldes Smith were the 1993 winners of the Down Under Fan Fund and delegates to Swancon 18, the Australian National Science Fiction Convention in Perth, Australia, as well as to fan centers throughout the country. He has been selected as fan guest of honor by numerous science fiction conventions, including Whatcon (1985), Corflu (1991), Windycon (1995), ArmadilloCon (1995), First Contact (1998) and ConQuesT (2000), and has been a toastmaster at such conventions as ConFusion and a frequent speaker and panelist on subjects related to fandom, fan publishing, science fiction and technology.

The Smiths' fanzine STET was a three-time Hugo Award nominee. In the 1980s, Smith published the Hogu Award-winning title Uncle Dick's Little Thing. Dick was extensively active in numerous amateur press associations during the 1970s and '80s, including the Fantasy Amateur Press Association; The Cult, where he was a recipient of the Peter J. Vorzimer Award; ApaTech; MISHAP; SLANapa; TAPS; Anzapa; and APA-H. He co-founded Windyapa and currently belongs to Milwapa, where he and his wife contribute an apazine called Unsettled.

Smith and his wife organized an unnamed relaxacon (sometimes referred to as Old Phart Con) in 1989 and 1990; ditto, a fanzine convention, in 1990 and 2001 (the latter held jointly with FanHistoriCon. He has worked on the concoms of many Worldcons and other science fiction conventions and bids. The Smiths were the U.S. agents who spearheaded bidding efforts for Aussiecon Three, and Dick was appointed Ausssiecon's representative to the World Science Fiction Society's Mark Protection Committee. Smith is a member of the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society, the Cincinnati Fantasy Group and General Technics, and was a regular at Thursday.

Smith is known within fandom for his interest in antique printing techniques and collection of devices, such as hectographs, letterpresses, spirit duplicators, mimeographs and obsolete computers.

A computer consultant in mundane life, he has also been a computer guru to many fans and pros such as Mike Resnick and Frederik Pohl, who dedicated his 2011 novel, All the Lives He Led, to him.

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