Donn P. Brazier

(Oct. 4, 1917-May 27, 2002)

St. Louis faned Donn Paul Brazier published the well-known fanzine Title from 1972-1977 and Farrago from 1975 to 1978. He also published Frontier, Googol, Reverb Howl, and Natterings.

He had been active in the 1940s, gafiated and then de-gafiated in the late 60s to join OSFA.

Brazier was among the earliest fans to use a photocopier for publishing his fanzine instead of the then-usual mimeograph. He was director of the Museum of Science and Natural History in St. Louis. The museum contracted for photocopying service with a specific number of copies each month, and Brazier used the surplus left after museum business to pub his ish, which made a tight limit to the number of copies he could publish.

He made extensive use of the medium by cutting and pasting in his correspondents' locs instead of retyping them, literally slicing them into ribbons to divide up his lettercol by topic, so parts of the same letter might appear in several sections of the zine. This unique way of creating a conversation among regular loccers was sometimes bewildering to new readers.

Brazier was rigorous about requiring active response from recipients or cutting them off his necessarily limited mailing list. That and his lettercolumn style created a tight circle of regulars who came to be called Titlers.

In 1976, Brazier attended AutoClave 1 as the guest of honor. He was a founder of the Frontier Society, a Fortean group, and an early member of VAPA. He was a member of OSFA. In 1941 he was a charter member of The National Fantasy Fan Federation (N3F).

Brazier served as a major in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II and is buried in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

He is the subject of a Founding Members article by Jon D. Swartz in the August 2017 issue (Volume 76, Number 8) of The National Fantasy Fan.

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