Mark Reinsberg

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(August 6, 1923 ā€“ August 25, 1981)

Mark Simon Reinsberg, aka Midwest Marky, a Chicago SF fan, author, and book reviewer, was active during the 1930sā€“50s. He also did some SF art. Reinsberg discovered sf in 1936. A year or so later (while still in high school) he had connected with Jack Darrow, Richard Meyer, and William L. Hamling and met Ray Palmer and co-authored a story in Amazing.

With fellow Chicagoans Erle Korshak (whom he introduced to fandom) and Jack Darrow, he attended the first Worldcon (Nycon) in 1939. At Philcon 1939, he bid for and won the right to hold the second Worldcon, Chicon I in 1940 in Chicago. Reinsberg was chairman, Korshak secretary, and Bob Tucker treasurer (since he was over 21). Reinsberg missed the first day of the convention due to illness (reported in some places as due to nervousness.)

He was also a member of the Committee of Seven which ran Chicon II in 1952. He was elected to the First Fandom Hall of Fame (posthumously) in 1997. He sold a few stories to prozines.

Reinsberg was born in Minnesota, the son of Adolph Reinsberg and Bertha Vehon Spronz. His mother and sister, Helene, came to Chicon, too. He married Diane Senor on January 31, 1948; they had divorced by 1968.

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During the first Worldcon, fans took the opportunity to visit Coney Island, where this foto-op took place. Front, from left: Mark Reinsberg, Jack Agnew, Ross Rocklynne. Rear: Vincent Kidwell, Robert A. Madle, Erle Korshak, Ray Bradbury, July 4, 1939. Courtesy of Robert Madle.

Person 1923ā€”1981
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