Gertrude M. Carr
(April 18, 1907 – March 6, 2005)
As we got to know her better G. M. Carr of Seattle turned out to be the editor of a well-known zine, a top member of SAPS, a big help on a special N3F project, and Mrs. Gertrude Carr (!) Fortunately our language in letters is circumspect for we firmly beleived G stood for George ..... Here we struck a blow for many male fen with pink faces regarding (Miss) Lee Hoffman and Julian (Judy) May. Mrs. Carr had more than half an idea that ‘Ev’ meant Evelyn or something similar.
She seems to have been a somewhat controversial and difficult person. Walter Breen named her one of the Three Big Bitches of Fandom, but consider the source. She quarreled with Walt Willis in FAPA during the TAFF Wars.
In 1961, she wrote:
I'm currently undergoing a siege of gafia which may or may not turn out to be the beginning of the end of my interest in fandom. It's hard to tell at this point, because fans usually gafiate from time to time (like bears going into hibernation) and it is impossible to tell in advance if or when they'll come out of it.
She remained largely gafiated from fandom, but in the 1960s and ’70s became deeply involved with Star Trek fandom. Her APA activity continued until she was in her late 90s. Other apas of which she was a member included WAPA, BSFA, TLMA, and N'APA.
- Bait Box
- Cry of the Nameless (some issues)
- Epistles & Egoboo (for FAPA),
- Gee Zee (for SAPS)
- Gemel (for N'APA)
- Gemtones (for SAPS)
- Gemzine (for FAPA)
- Stopgap (for SAPS)
- Tightbeam (in 1963 and 1965)
- Unasked Opinion
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