Mark Reinsberg

(August 6th 1923 — August 25th 1981)

Reinsberg was an SF fan, author, and book reviewer during the 1930s-1950s. He also did some SF art. He discovered sf in 1936. A year or so later (while still in high school) he had connected with Jack Darrow, Richard Meyer, and William L. Hamling and met Ray Palmer and had actually been co-author of a story in Amazing.

He published the Midwest News & Views newszine. He later published the fapazine, Midwest Marky and the fanzine Ad Astra (with Meyer).

With fellow Chicagoans Erle Korshak and Jack Darrow, he attended the first Worldcon (Nycon) in 1939 and bid for and won the right to hold the second Worldcon, Chicon I in 1940 in Chicago. Reinberg was chairman, Korshak secretary, and Bob Tucker treasurer (since he was over 21….). He missed the first day of the convention due to illness.

He was a member of the Committee of Seven which ran Chicon II in 1952

He was elected to the First Fandom Hall of Fame (posthumously) in 1997.

His photos appear on pages 93 and 94 of Harry Warner's All Our Yesterdays (Advent, 1969).

For an early short biography, see Who's Who in Fandom 1940 p11.