A club founded in December 1945 in Rahway, NJ when George R. Fox, Sam Moskowitz, Lloyd Alpaugh, Bob Gaulin and Joe Kennedy decided to start a club and to call it the NULL-A Men. Moskowitz noted that it was the only club in history named after a story that no member liked, but was quickly re-named ESFA, the Eastern Science Fiction Association. (Harry Warner describes the Null-A Men as having been "gobbled-up" by the ESFA.) Its members were called ESFAns. Other early members included Lester Mayer, and Julius Postal.
In March 1946 it organized the FPWESFC — the First Post-War Eastern Science Fiction Conference chaired by Sam Moskowitz, who continued to lead the club. (Mike McInerney remembered that "Sam was the main force and authority in the club. His large stature and booming voice commanded attention.") In April 1946, it held a (re-)organizational meeting during which it finally adopted the name ESFA, adopted bylaws, and suchlike. There were around 15 members.
It met monthly on Sunday afternoons. During the 50s it met at Slovak-Sokel Hall, then at the (even dingier) Academy Hall and then in the 60s in the basement of the YMCA in Newark, NJ and often had New York pros as speakers. Following the formal meeting, there was usually a dinner after-meeting at a local cafeteria.
It was a very sercon organization — towards the end of 1947 meetings degenerated into bitter arguments whether there was such a thing as fantasy music or whether to boycott Amazing for printing the Shaver Mysteries. Gerry de la Ree (and a few others) quit the club in disgust over this sort of bickering. What Joe Kennedy remembered most fondly, though, was the bull sessions after the meetings.
ESFA ran an annual convention in March called Open ESFA which the club insisted was merely an open meeting of the club with a program, but with no business conducted. For many years it was held at the Newark YMCA. The Open ESFA remained a one-day affair long after most other regionals went to two or three days. The convention usually has a main speaker or special honoree, but not always a GoH as such.
|FPWESFC||March 1946||L. Sprague de Camp|
|1948 Open ESFA||March 7, 1948|
|1949 Open ESFA||March 6, 1949|
|1950 Open ESFA||1950|
|1951 Open ESFA||1951|
|1952 Open ESFA||1952|
|1953 Open ESFA||1953|
|1954 Open ESFA||1954|
|1955 Open ESFA||1955|
|1956 Open ESFA||1956|
|1957 Open ESFA||1957|
|1958 Open ESFA||March 2, 1958||Robert A. Heinlein|
|1959 Eastern Science Fiction Conference||1959|
|1961 Open ESFA||Amazing Stories|
|1962 Open ESFA||1962|
|#17 1963 Open ESFA||March 3, 1963||John W. Campbell|
|1964 Open ESFA||March 1, 1964||Virgil Finlay|
|1965 Open ESFA||March 7, 1965||Galaxy|
|1966 Open ESFA||March 1966||Willy Ley|
|1967 Open ESFA||March 5, 1967||Robert Lowndes|
|1968 Open ESFA||March 3, 1968||Murray Leinster|
|1969 Open ESFA||March 2, 1969||L. Sprague de Camp|
|1970 Open ESFA||October 3-4, 1970||Hans Stefan Santesson|
|1971 Open ESFA||1971|
|from Fancyclopedia 2 ca. 1959|
|Eastern SF Association of New York City and New Jersey; Sam Moskowitz' group. It was first organized as the Null-A Men in December 1945 ("Just missed being named the Odd Johns", records Kennedy) with such members as SaM, Alpaugh, and Joe Kennedy. 28 April 1946, after this group had put on the FPWESFC, the club was reorganized as the ESFA, incorporating new blood turned up at the con.|
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