APA-L, based in Los Angeles, is one of the few weekly apae extant, and one of a not very much larger group of local apas. It was founded in 1964 and as of January 2022 was still active with over 2957 (!!) mailings.
Inspired by APA-F (the first weekly fan APA, put out in New York), Bruce Pelz felt that a weekly APA should be collated at LASFS meetings (though APA-L is not officially a part of LASFS). With the help of his then-wife, Dian (who became the first Official Collator of the APA). and several other local members, APA-L started its weekly run with its first disty on October 22, 1964. As of the beginning of 2015, APA-L had produced just under 2,600 distributions.
Lenny Bailes remembered that when APA-L was started, Dian Pelz stated that it was for LASFS members only, but Redd Boggs and Tom Gilbert decided to pull off a coup. Gilbert wrote to several APA-F members including Dave Van Arnam, Pat Lupoff, Dick Lupoff, Rich Mann, and Bailes. He told them about the creation of APA-L, invited them to send in LASFS dues that he would present to the sec-treasurer and submit contributions. As Bailes remembered it, they did this for the first or second "disty" of APA-L and dumbfounded Bruce and Dian.
Marty Cantor was OC as of 2022.
Most APAs call the bundles they produce "mailings". Even though APA-L usually has out-of-area contributors, some even outside of the US, most contributors are LASFS attendees and pick up their copies right after collation. Therefore, instead of "mailings," APA-Lers call the collated APA issues "distributions". It is usually shortened to "disty".
At one point, the APA ceased production for a period of about 11 weeks. However, once it recommenced distribution, there have been no further gaps in its production. There have been a few of what have been called "Fractional distributions" along the way (e.g., APA-L #30.5). In at least one case, this was done so that a certain contributor would break his string of contributing to each distribution. He managed to hear about it and contribute a zine to that distribution, anyway.
The period in 1972 when APA-L was invaded by large numbers of crudzines is known as the Crud Crisis.
Of considerable note is APA-L contributor Fred Patten, who had a zine in each and every distribution of APA-L even after sufffering a stroke, able to move only his left leg and left arm. It had been said that if Fred ever stopped producing a zine for APA-L, the world would come to an end. (He did stop after disty 2680, but APA-L (and the world) went on!) He also published The Best from APA-L.
APA-L's previous Official Collator Tim Merrigan put in more than 18 years at that job. When APA-L and APA-F were at their height, Dave Van Arnam was publishing four weekly fanzines -– two for APA-F and two for APA-L–some of them 20pp or more in length.
- LASFS 40th / Apa-L 10th Anniversary issue of Prehensile (1974).
- "APA-L" by Lee Gold.
|1 -- ??||October 1964 -- ??||Dian Pelz|
|172-175 (at least)||1968||Marty Cantor|
|?? - ??||?? -- ??||Tim Merrigan|
|Late 500s||?? -- ??||Marty Cantor|
|800 -- 824||?? -- ??||Marty Cantor|
|?? -- ??||2001 -- ??||Marty Cantor|
Members and Apazines:
- Alpajpuri -- Djinn
- Lenny Bailes --IPZIK!
- Bill Blackbeard
- Stan Burns -- Conversations With a Pregnant Donut Lady
- Marty Cantor
- Dan Deckert -- Entropy
- Tom Digby -- Probably Something
- Don Fitch -- From Sunday to Saturday
- Mike Glyer -- Galactic Jive Tales
- Dan Goodman
- Ed Green -- Knight of the Pens
- Hilda Hannifen -- Mockturtle
- Marty Helgesen
- John Hertz -- Vanamonde, The Cowbird of Wonder
- Al Lewis -- A Statement of Posture, Why Not
- Dick Lupoff -- OSO, OPOSO
- Pat Lupoff
- Richard Mann
- Mike McInerney
- June Moffatt -- De Jueves
- Patrick Nielsen Hayden -- Sing Ye Now the Praises of CorFlu
- Marilyn Niven -- Fuzzily
- Ulrika O'Brien
- Fred Patten -- Rabanos Radiactivos!
- Bruce Pelz
- Dian Pelz
- Andy Porter
- Bill Rotsler -- Masque
- Heath Row -- Telegraphs & Tar Pits
- Jan Ryan
- John Ryan
- Gretchen Schwenn
- Kay Shapero
- Criss Stevens -- Barefoot Contessa
- Milt Stevens -- All Digression Weekly
- Dave Van Arnam -- First Draft
- Ted White
- Rick Young
- Bernie Zuber
- Unknown -- Woody Allen Is a Hobbit...Really!
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