Jack Darrow

(14 May 1912—12 May 2001)

"Jack Darrow" is a fannish name adopted by Clifford Kornoelje. He was active in the Chicago Science Fiction League in the 1930s and described by Madle as "one of the period's two most prolific letter writers" and noted by Moskowitz as a "prominent example of readers who won their fame in the letter columns. Darrow wrote for various fanzines, including the CSFL's clubzine, The Fourteen Leaflet. Along with Otto Binder and William Dellenback, he traveled to New York in June 1935 to meet members of the New York chapter of the Science Fiction League, but arrived a day after the meeting on June 29, touring the city with Charles D. Hornig, Mort Weissinger, and Julius Schwartz. He returned to New York four years later to attend the first Worldcon.

Darrow served as assistant director for the re-formed Chicago Science Fiction League in 1939 in William Hamling's attempt to run Chicon I, but the con was run by the Illini Fantasy Fictioneers instead.

Mentioned in Terry Carr's satire "Egoboo for Algernon" (Ragnorok 6, 1962).

Eando Binder's novel The Mind from Out Space is dedicated to Kornoelje, referring to him as the authors' first fan.

from Fancyclopedia 1 ca. 1944
Nickname taken by Clifford Kornoelje.