Frederick Walter Patten was born in Los Angeles and learned to read from the comic strips in the Los Angeles Times. At age nine he was reading SF in magazines and books. In 1960 he discovered SF fandom, becoming active in LASFS. As a member of LASFS, he became interested in comic book and anime fandom. He and fellow club members dressed as members of the Justice Society of America at Chicon III, the 1962 Worldcon in Chicago, Patten as The Flash. He was a member of the ISL.
He was a member of The Petards. He chaired Loscon XIV and Westercon 27 as well as working on numerous other conventions. He was part of the planned Expo '81. He was a member of the PanPacificon, LA in '72 Worldcon bid
His fanzines include Vukat, Foofaraw, Salamander, Selake, and Shangri L'Affaires. He has had an apazine in each and every issue of APA-L. He was OE of N'APA in the 60s. He was a member of IPSO and published an unofficial 7th mailing of it after its demise. He was a founding member of APA-L and contributed to every distribution from #1 to #2290 in 2009 as well as being official collator. He was a member and OE of CAPA-ALPHA, and a member of FAPA, SAPS, OMPA (Lefnui), The Cult and others.
In 1972 Patten and Richard Kyle started the Graphic Story Bookshop in Long Beach, California. In 1977 he was one of the founders of the Cartoon/Fantasy Organization, the first anime fan club.
In March, 2005, he suffered a stroke and donated all his books and fanzines to the J. Lloyd Eaton Collection at The University of California, Riverside.
Awards and Honors:
- 1965 — Evans Freehafer Trophy
- 1971 — Sampo Award
- 1971 — DeepSouthCon 9
- 1984 — ConQuistador 1
- 2006 — Loscon 33
- 2009 — Baycon 27, Forry Award