Bob Briggs

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(1930 – February 5, 2013)

Robert Briggs was one of the DC fans who met at the Philcon, the Philadelphia Worldcon in 1947, and decided to start the Washington Science Fiction Society. Another founder, Franklin Kerkhof, recalls: "We progressed fairly well; we attracted some new and valuable members: Willy Ley attended a couple of meetings and once we had both Mr. Ley and Seabury Quinn. Then disaster threatened. Russell Swanson, who had been acting president, was discharged from the Army and left Ft. Myer for his home in Haddam, Connecticut, sometime in December 1947."

Fortunately, Louis E. Garner, Jr., an energetic newcomer with a flair for organization, attended one meeting then came to the next full of plans and with the rough draft of a new constitution. The group changed its name to WSFA and elected officers. Briggs became WSFA's first vice-president. Additionally, he chaired Disclave 1, Disclave 2, and Disclave 3. He was one of the Elders of WSFA.

An early smof, Briggs was part of the Fannish Underground. He was an artist.

In his later years, his fan activity was limited to membership in SAPS. In SAPS, he had invented the idea of Pillar of SAPS which were recognized by the Pillar Poll.

He wrote a memorable poem about his mimeograph.

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