Hal Shapiro

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(June 26, 1930 – May 19, 1999)

Nancy Moore and Hal Shapiro, 1953.

Harold Eugene “Hal” Shapiro, a 1950s and ’60s Midwest fan, was founder of the BSAW and one of the founders of the Michigan Science Fantasy Society. He was a member of the CFG and attended some of the earliest Midwestcons. He went to and chronicled Beercon.

His publishing house was Outhouse Publications, and he edited and published Ice, Hallucinations, Halberd, Harlan Ellison: The Man, The Writer, and AJ1736. He also edited a STF and FSY Songbook in 1960.

In the ’50s, he claimed to have the Second Largest Collection of porn in Detroit.

He was a member of FAPA and SAPS. He was originator of the First World Invitational Convention (InVention), in Minneapolis in 1952. He ran for TAFF in 1956.

He served in the military from 1951 to 1953.

He was Edith Furcsik’s brother. His first wife was Nancy Moore, whom he married in 1953 in Ohio. He described himself in his 1956 TAFF platform, “Partner in one of the most famous fan mar­riages of the century, being espoused of the beauteous Nancy Moore (now Shapiro).” It lasted just a few years. In the 1960s, he was married to Sandy Shapiro. He seems to have gafiated not long afterward.

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