Tom Olander

(1945—August 26, 2002)

For many years, the only Finnish fan to travel to conventions outside of Finland. In 1981, Ölander helped start the first Finnish semiprozine, Aikakone and the following year organize the first Finnish National Convention. The typical Finncon now attracts nearly 2000 members. Ölander worked to promote fandom outside of Finland to Finnish fans and worked to arrange to translate authors’ work into Finnish.