Ken Krueger

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(October 7, 1926 – November 21, 2009)

Kenneth J. Krueger attended the first Worldcon in 1939 and was a part of the group photograph taken at the Slan Shack (where he stayed for a few weeks) that appeared in All Our Yesterdays. He helped to found the Buffalo Fantasy League, was one of the organizers of the 1952 Buffalocon, and was active in fandom throughout his life. His fannish publishing house was Pegasus Publications.

When he joined the N3F, he was described in the N.F.F.F. Committeeman (October 1950, p. 3):

Kenneth J. Krueger—11 Pearl Place, Buffalo 2, N.Y. Book dealer, 24, read stf 12 yrs. Pres. Buffalo Fantasy League. Collects books. Yes to N3F working .

He was involved in the Buffalo Book Company, an early publishing venture with Donald M. Grant and Thomas P. Hadley, as well as Shroud: Publishers, Kenneth J. Krueger: Publisher, Valcour-Krueger, and Fantasy House. He later owned a bookstore in San Diego, became an independent comics publisher and helped found the San Diego Comics Con and also helped found Golden State Comic Con. He also ran bookstores.

He was married to Frances Krueger in 1947; they had six children before divorcing. He had two more later, at least one with his second wife, Patty (d. December 31, 2006). His obituary notes he was predeceased by a wife named Sylvia.

At the end of his life, Ken had been on dialysis for an extended period of time. Then in late October 2009, he broke his hip in a fall, contracted pneumonia and died of a heart attack in November.

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