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MITSFS Annual Banquet, May 15, 1959, at Stuben's Restaurant on Boylston Street in Boston: 1. Philip Spiro, 2. Bill Sarill (pseudomember), 3. Bob Duff (vice-president), 4. J. Martin “Shag” Graetz, 5. Dave Nickles, 6. Harry McCraw, 7. Norm Humer, 8. Anthony Lewis (secretary), 9. Charles Robert Keppel (ex-member), 10. Barbara Keppel, 11. Bob Wagner, 12. Bostwick Wyman, 13. Roy Krupp, 14. Isaac Asimov, 15. L. Court Skinner (president), 16. Joe Cohen (treasurer), 17. Ken Gooen (ex-secretary) and 18. Philip Norris (past president). From the collection of Phil Spiro.

The MIT Science Fiction Society in Cambridge, MA, was founded in 1949, and remains extant. The club has the world's largest open-shelf collection of science fiction, publishes Twilight Zine and has the motto, "We're not fans, we just read the stuff." The MITSFS Index was a somewhat MITSFS project organized by Erwin S. Strauss.

Its officers and committees are unique:

In many respects, NESFA is an outgrowth of MITSFS. Well-known fans who were members include Guy Consolmagno, George Flynn, Richard Harter, Tony Lewis, Fuzzy Pink Niven, Cory Seidman, Erwin S. Strauss, Leslie Turek, Mike Ward, Robert Wiener. Philip Norris, president ca. 1958, deserves to be better known.

Mike Ward founded TAPA in 1968 to encourage fannishness in sercon MITSFS.


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