Mari Beth Wheeler

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(June 14, 1922 – October 19, 1987)

Bob Tucker, Mari Beth Wheeler and Walt and Virginia Daugherty, from left, during Pacificon in 1946, on what looks like a double date. Photo from the collection of Forrest J Ackerman, scan by Andrew Porter.

Mari Beth Wheeler (later Colvin) was a longtime fan and member of LASFS. She attended the Michicon 4 and hung out with the Slan Shack crowd, part of the group that moved from the Midwest to L.A..

She served in the military during World War II, coming from Washington, DC, to Chicago for First Post-Radar-Contact-with-the-Moon Con in 1946, “wear­ing the crow-and-stripe of a third-class Petty Officer, representing a most recent promotion,” according to Bob Tucker’s conrep from Bloomington News-Letter 4 (April 1946).

Her first Worldcon was Pacificon in Los Angeles in 1946 and her last was L.A.con II in Anaheim in 1984.

From the mid-1940s through early 1950s, she lived in Bloomington, Illinois, pubbed her ish and hung out with Tucker. She was the uncredited inspiration behind the notorious Three Fingers published by Tucker and Walt Liebscher in 1945.

Les Croutch was rude about her in his 1948 Torcon conrep (Light 36).

Her photo appears in Harry Warner's history of fandom in the 1940s, All Our Yesterdays.

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