Lou Tabakow

(January 14, 1915—May 16, 1981)

Founding Secretary/Treasurer of CFG, he was introduced to fandom by Dale Tarr, whose dry cleaner Tabakow was. Tabakow made sure that CFG ran a hospitality suite at every worldcon. Tabakow shared a birthday, January 14, with CFG co-founder Don Ford, and the date was often celebrated by the group. He was the founder of Midwestcon and Octocon in Sandusky and one of the founders of First Fandom.

In the 1950s, he published a handful of short stories and later published some shorts in collaboration with Mike Resnick: "The Astounding Adventures of Isaac Intrepid." Tabakow was the Fan Guest of Honor at Windycon I, Dubuquon II, and Rivercon V in 1980. In 1977, he entered the Masquerade at Suncon with Joan Bledig as "TAFF and DUFF, two visitors from the planet FIAWOL," which won awards for Best Presentation and Best Alien.

Tabakow received the Big Heart Award at Noreascon Two, the last convention he was able to attend.