(April 2, 1941 –)
Barret Eugene "Barry" Hansen, now best known as Dr. Demento, has been involved with fandom since his school days at the University of Minnesota High School in the late 1950s, where he found other fans (Eleanor Arnason, Ron Whyte and Ruth Berman), and the group published a fanzine as well as attempting to start the Twin Cities Fantasy Society.
Dr. Demento is an American radio broadcaster and record collector specializing in novelty songs, comedy, and strange or unusual recordings dating from the early days of phonograph records to the present. His personal sound collection exceeds 85,000 recordings.
Hansen created the Demento persona in 1970 while working at Pasadena, CA, station KPPC-FM. He has a degree in ethnomusicology. Hansen was married to Sue Hansen (née Sue Charles) from 1983 until her death on September 10, 2017.
Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1995 — ConClave XX
- 1997 — InConJunction XVII
- 2000 — Marcon 35
- 2002 — Capricon 22
- 2004 — MarsCon 2004
- 2005 — Comedy Music Hall of Fame
- 2009 — National Radio Hall of Fame
- 2012 — DeepSouthCon 50
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