Gertrude M. Carr

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(April 18, 1907 – March 6, 2005)

From Cry of the Nameless 111, January 1958.

Known as G. M. Carr or GMC or sometimes Gertie Carr, she was a Seattle fan. She discovered fandom in 1949, and attended Norwescon in 1950. She was a charter member and officer of The Nameless Ones.

She was a member of the N3F and N'APA and a volunteer in the N3F Correspondence Bureau. BuHead Ev Winne commented in TNFF for February–March 1952:

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.

Carr was a member of the First Fandom club. She was a candidate for TAFF in 1956.

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.
G. M. and Frank Carr (1957)

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.

Her papers are housed at the University of Iowa.

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