Eastbay Club

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A club, also called the Eastbay Science Correspondence Club and the Eastbay Scientific Association, supposedly organized in April 1928 in the eastern part of the Bay Area by Aubrey MacDermott, which has a somewhat dubious claim to be the First Club. It also seems to have been called the Golden Gate Scientific Association.

MacDermott describes it in “Aubrey MacDermott on the Origins of Fandom” (which see for a list of members). See also the letter from Fred Patten in File 770 #15 p23 disputing MacDermott’s claims.

Early members included Clifton Amsbury, Louis Smith, and Lester Anderson. Forrest J Ackerman was also a member, although not an active one, being too young to travel across town by himself, according to MacDermott. However, since McDermott’s roster claimed members from as far away as New Zealand, it may well have really been mainly a correspondence club.



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