Frank Dietz

(?? — October 22, 2013)

Franklyn M. Dietz, Jr., was a fan who was one of the founding members (and President) of the Lunarians in 1956, he hosted their meetings with his wife Belle Dietz for many years at their apartment at 1750 Walton Ave in the Bronx.

In 1973, he, along with second wife, Ann Dietz, ran for TAFF, losing to Len and June Moffatt in a three way race (the other candidate was Howard DeVore).

Over the years, he published the fanzines Luna, Luna Monthly, and Science, Fantasy, and Science Fiction. His fanzines were always listed as coming from Luna Publications (which also provided the name for the Lunarians.) He published the daily newsletter for the Cinvention. He published Ground Zero.

He served on the concom for Lunacon from 1957 through 1971, chairing the first 15 Lunacons. He chaired Silvercon. In 2007, he was the Fan Guest of Honor at Lunacon 50. He was also a member of the Knights of St. Fantony, having been inducted in 1957 at Loncon. He helped found the International Science Fiction Correspondence Club in 1949. He was a Knight of St. Fantony.

He was known for making recordings at conventions, both on wire and on reel-to-reel which he did under the name Station Luna. He was one of the founder of the Guild of Science Fiction Recordists.

In 1958, he and George Nims Raybin filed a lawsuit against Dave Kyle over funds from the 1956 NYCon which led to the ruin of WSFS Inc.

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