Richard 'Rich' Lynch, a fanzine fan, apahack, club fan and fanhistorian, started his fan career in Chattanooga, Tennessee, before moving to the Washington, D.C., area. He and his wife, Nicki Lynch, published the Hugo-winning fanzine Mimosa, and previously, CHAT.
He chaired Chattacon 5 (1980)and has been a member of the WSFA, Southern Fandom Confederation and the Chattanooga Science Fiction Association, and belonged to SFPA, LASFAPA and The Cult (of which he was OA). He was a Rotsler Award judge 1998-2002.
Until about 1999, Rich was generally known as Dick Lynch. Perhaps because both couples then published popular mimeographed fanzines, there was a certain amount of fannish confusion between Dick & Nicki Lynch and Dick & Leah Smith, to the extent that each sometimes received locs intended for the other couple. Lynch has never said what prompted his change of nicknames, but the switch prompted the Smiths print a gently twitting Widowers verse in STET 9:
Richard Lynch has lost his name.
Why he did so we haven't a clue.
You won't lose your Dick
If you always stick with
Widowers' Wonderful Glue.
Other Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1980 — Roc*Kon
- 1981 — Rebel Award
- 1986 — Rivercon
- 1990 — Chattacon XV, SciCon
- 1999 — ConuCopia
- 2002 — DeepSouthCon 40
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