(March 11, 1936 –)
An American fan who has been active in fandom since joining a local BArea club in December 1955. In 1959, influenced by Leslie Gerber, he started subscribing to fanzines, and at Belle Deitz's urging, joined the N3F apa, N'APA. He moved away from the Bay Area, first to New York City (where he was a member of the Metrofen and ESSFSCCNY) and then to New Hampshire, where he has lived since, when not wintering in North Carolina. He called visits to his home in New Hampshire by other fans a Meskon.
He was one of the founders of Tolkien fandom. He was president of the Tolkien Society of America from 1967-1972, and also edited The Tolkien Journal, Valinorian Times, and Green Dragon. He organized the 1968 Belknap College Tolkien Conference.
Other clubs include ESFA, N3F, and NESFA. He is an associate member of the modern First Fandom club. He was a member of Almack's Society for Heyer Criticism and the Little Men. He was a founder of the Lakes Region SF Group.
Meskys was a member of the Boston in '67 and Boston in 71 Worldcon bids, and helped found Locus as a bidzine for the ’67 bid (he was one of the original rotating editors). He was one of the ill-fated Silvercon committee.
He currently publishes a free-on-request e-fanzine, The View From Entropy Hall which was also distributed through APA-Q. He has also published Polhode, Herpolhode, and Peskys which were sent to N'APA. He was a member of IPSO and The Cult. He published A. Merrit's Fantasy magazine and The Avenger for SAPS. He edited at least one issue of Tightbeam. He contributed to Who Killed Science Fiction?.
He is active in the blind civil rights movement through the National Federation of the Blind, and in Lions Clubs. He lives in rural Moultonboro, NH in the summer and in North Carolina in the winter, with his wife, Sandy, his seeing-eye dog, Gyro, and his fourth-hand cat, Amber.
- A. Merrit's Fantasy magazine (for SAPS)
- The Avenger (for SAPS)
- Green Dragon
- Herpolhode (for N'APA)
- Peskys (for N'APA)
- Polhode (for N'APA)
- The Tolkien Journal
- Valinorian Times
- The View From Entropy Hall
Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1966 -- Best Fanzine Hugo nominee
- 1967 -- Best Fanzine Hugo for Niekas
- 1975 -- Mythcon VI
- 1978 -- Prunecon/Ozymandias
- 1989 -- Best Fanzine Hugo nominee
- 1998 -- Ditto 11
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