The Fanvets (more formally the Fantasy Veterans Association or FVA) were a group of fans headquartered in New York City who were veterans of the War. James Taurasi and Raymond Van Houten were the officers. It sponsored the Fanvet Convention and providing reading matter for overseas fans. It seems to have been formed around 1950 and died early in the 60s.
In A Wealth of Fable, Harry Warner says "The FanVets somehow survived the decade [the 1950s], despite the basic incompatibility between fandom and the armed forces. Reorganization was necessary in 1961 because, ironically, some key members had been called to active military duty."
Ray van Houton published its fanzine of the same name.
Fanvets online at fanac.org
|From Fancyclopedia 2 ca 1959|
|A short-lived New York organization, named from "Fantasy Veterans". It put on conventions in the mid-50s. The 1955 con was big enough to draw personalities like JWCjr, Sturgeon, Ley, Merril, etc.|
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