Bill Evans

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(February 26, 1921 – June 24, 1985)

Bill Evans was the name used by Maryland chemist William Harrington Evans for his SF activities. He received a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Oregon State University in 1947 and was sometimes known as “Doc.”

He married Buddie McKnight, the first wife of Jack McKnight (thus becoming close friend Bob Pavlat's stepfather-in-law and Peggy Rae Pavlat’s stepfather).

With Bob Pavlat, Evans edited/published the Evans-Pavlat Fanzine Index during 1952–59. The issues were collected and published in 1965. With Bob Peterson, he produced Index of Science Fiction Magazines 1926 - 1948. With Ron Ellik, he co-authored The Universes of E. E. Smith (1966) for Advent:Publishers. The dustjacket of this book stated that Evans started reading science fiction magazines in 1930.

With Francis T. Laney, Evans published Howard Philips Lovecraft (1890-1937): A Tentative Bibliography (1943).

Evans worked on Discon, the 1963 Worldcon. He was part of the Washington in '77 Worldcon bid. He was Hugo administrator for Constellation, the 1983 Worldcon. He formulated the Evans' Test for Chinese restaurants.

Evans was an associate member of the First Fandom club. He was a member of FAPA and served as Secretary-Treasurer. His publishing house was Weltschmertz Publications.

See File 770 54, p. 4 for a short obituary.

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