Tenth Anniversary Willis Fund

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A special fan fund to bring Walt and Madeleine Willis to Chicon III in 1962. (It was the tenth anniversary of WAW With the Crew in '52, the first fan fund.)

It was started by Les Gerber. New York fans Ted and Sylvia White, Pete Graham, and Greg Benford soon signed on and it was announced the January 1961 issue of Benford's fanzine Void and then picked up in Skyrack #32a (May 1961). Larry and Noreen Shaw also championed the cause in Axe. (See Axe #0, p. 1.)

The eventual "executive committee" also included 4E Ackerman, the Coulsons, Joe Sarno (as Chicon III representative), Terry Carr, Arthur Thomson, Shelby Vick and Bob Tucker.

Greyhound lost their luggage setting off a scorching letter from Willis to Greyhound, and a large-scale fan search of Greyhound terminals. Over a year later, one of the two pieces was finally located in Brooklyn.

This visit yielded another Willis trip report, "Twice Upon a Time," which was published in installments in Hyphen. Madeleine wrote her own trip report, which was published in installments by Bruce Pelz.

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