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1958 was known as The Year of the Jackpot because of the previously unheard-of number of deaths.

February Ackerman publicizes "sci-fi" in Famous Monsters of Filmland #1
February 4 Henry Kuttner dies
February 23 WSFS, Inc., formally incorporated in New York
February 24 Fanac by Terry Carr and Ron Ellik begins publication
early Mutual lawsuits between Dave Kyle and the Dietz-Raybin faction over NYCon II funds and WSFS, Inc.
March 15 2000th anniversary of the death of Julius Caesar
March 21 Cyril Kornbluth dies
March CRAP formed
Easter Cytricon IV, British Science Fiction Association organized
June 8 F. Towner Laney dies
June 10 Vernon McCain dies
mid Second Futurian Society of New York formed
July 6 Dallas Futurian Society disbanded
August 29 - September 1 (Labor Day) Solacon (Worldcon), the culmination of South Gate in '58
August 31 WSFS, Inc., effectively killed by Anna Moffatt at Solacon
October 13 Kent Moomaw suicide
December 2 E. E. Evans dies
Ron Bennett TAFF trip

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1958 Open ESFAA David English SketchbookA Foggy DayAgamenon WeeklyAlan GutierrezAlice in ThrillingwonderlandAllen M. SteeleAmbrosiaAmy ThomsonBEMBaltimore SF ForumBell the CatBest of FandomBobbie DuFaultBradley DentonBrett CoxBrilligC. M. KornbluthCRAPCarl SlaughterChulaCole FaxColleen SavitzkyCriFanAcDaily DynamicDallas Futurian SocietyDebbie HughesDiablerieDiana Harlan SteinDjellabahDon AyresE. Everett EvansElizabeth Klein-LebbinkEllen 'Blade' McMickingFIJAGHFafhrdFafhrdFamous Monsters of FilmlandFanacFanarconFapaconForry-FortyTwo ConFoutFrancis Towner LaneyFrank CatalanoGafiaGary FarberGoojie PublicationsHenry KuttnerHenry Kuttner: A Memorial SymposiumHiIllwisconImaginationImpasseIncompleat BurbeeInfinity Science FictionJames Branch CabellJames GurneyJeff CanfieldJody LeeJohn BlakerJohn G. McDaidJudith BermanJulie BellKaren SchafferKate ElliottKeith ParkinsonKent MoomawLaundryLeah Dillon GadzikowskiLighthouseLimboLou AronicaLunacon 2MammonMark RichMarsoloMetroconMetrocon IIMetrofenMidwestcon 9MoorparkNYSFCircleNic FareyObOutstanding Movie HugoPat Sayre McCoyPatty PetersPaul CherryPealsPhilcon 1958ProfanityR. DeWitt MillerRURRace to the StarsRichard BinzelRoad RashRoslee OrndorffRumbleS. T. JoshiSFScience Fiction AdventuresScience Fiction QuarterlySodaconSolaconSam Moskowitz' Solacon ReminiscenceSome Important Information Concerning Unicorn ProductionsSouth Gate in '58Southwestercon VISpace TravelSteve DavidsonSuzanne FeldmanTeddy BearTerri WindlingThe Purple PasturesThisTim MarionTra-LaTravelcon to the SolaconVernon McCainVile Deeds at MidnightVoice of the ProphetWAW and Mate to the Gate in '58Wayne Barlowe

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