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Pat Sims (née Patricia Oswalt), a Midwestern fan, has been involved in fandom since the early 1960s, when she finished grad school and moved to Chicago. Friends introduced her to local fan Ann Dinkleman, and they began sharing an apartment. Ann took Pat to a few meetings of the University of Chicago Science Fiction Club; Pat began reading sf, and she was recruited to work on registration for Chicon 3, the 1962 Worldcon.
The next summer, Al Lewis, making his way across the country from L.A. on fan visits, stopped in Chicago and convinced the roommates to accompany him to Midwestcon 14. There, Pat met Roger Sims; they were married just over a year later, on August 16, 1964.
Pat was active in Detroit fandom for many years, then in Cincinnati, where she was a mainstay of the CFG and of Midwestcon. She now lives near Orlando, FL. She is a member of the Orlando Area Science Fiction Society and served as its vice president.
She co-chaired Ditto V, Ditto 10, Ditto 17, and FanHistoriCon 9, and was part of the Louisville in '94 bidcom. The Simses were DUFF delegates in 1995. They have been regulars at Worldcons, Midwestcon and other regionals.
Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1993 -- Transcendental ConFusion
- 1995 -- DUFF
- 1999 -- Rivercon XXIV
- 2002 -- Big Heart Award
- 2012 -- OASIS 25
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