Don Markstein

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(March 21, 1947 – March 11, 2012)

Don Markstein

Donald D. Markstein, a New Orleans fan, was an active member of both SF and comics fandom. He may also have been Harry G. Purvis.

Don was the most active of the DeLasalle High School fan enclave. Between about 1966 and 1969, a strong string of proto-fen attended and graduated from that school. While the prime interest of that group was rooted in comics fandom, a large percentage crossed over to Science Fiction fandom, joining NOSFA and attending local, regional, and Worldcons in support of the New Orleans in 1973 Worldcon bid. Don won the 1978 Rebel Award and was GoH at Nutria Con.

Don was a longtime, and at times, hyper-active member of SFPA (of which he served as OE), Myriad (another long standing Southern apa), the first editor of NOSFAn, held a string of offices in NOSFA, co-chaired (with Stven Carlberg) two Steven & Don's Cons, and generally was the most well-known local fan based on fanzine production. He was the second editor of Nola-Zine. He chaired DeepSouthCon 11 and was a member of CAPA-alpha.

Don Markstein
by Kelly Freas from Guy Lillian's Challenger.

Don was one of the Sons of the Sand, a group of oldtime fen that felt that club and media fans were not giving New Orleans Fandom the character that it should be projecting to fandom at large. He had an infamous feud with Harlan Ellison over Ellison’s appearance at Iguanacon in 1978 (see Harlan's Side).

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