Peggy Rae Sapienza
(June 28, 1945 – March 22, 2015)
Long a stalwart of Washington-Baltimore fandom, she was famous for getting people to get things done. Her efforts as vice chairman of ConFrancisco, the 1993 Worldcon, are widely credited with keeping a fractious concom on track. she also co-chaired the 2014 World Fantasy Convention and was a member of the DC17 bid committee.
She chaired Smofcon 9, the Washington in '77 Worldcon bid, and the 2014 World Fantasy Convention. She was one of the founders of FanHistoriCon. She was a member of the Young Science Fiction Reading Group and PSFS. She published the FAPAzines Adventures on Earth, Of Cabbages and Kings and Baby Turtles (also in FHAPA), and the fanzine Etwas.
Peggy Rae was a second-generation fan, the daughter of Jack McKnight, who manufactured the first Hugo Award rockets, and Buddie McKnight. She married BNF Bob Pavlat, nearly 20 years her senior (whom she met at her first Worldcon, Pittcon in 1960), in 1964. They had two children, Melissa (Missy) and Eric. They jointly received the Big Heart Award in 1983. On August 14, 1999, she married fannish lawyer John Sapienza.
- 1992: Smofcon 9
- 1998: BucConeer
- 2010: Nebula Award Weekend (co-chair with Steven H Silver)
- 2011: Nebula Award Weekend
- 2012: Nebula Award Weekend
- 2014: 2014 World Fantasy Convention
I Mowed Peggy Rae's Lawn
The phrase "I Mowed Peggy Rae's Lawn" grew from an incident at her house and has come to mean someone's fannish activity has been inspired by Peggy Rae.
Peggy Rae was outside tending her flower garden one day prior to a concom meeting. When Terry Sisk Grabill arrived for the meeting, rather than going into the house, she stayed outside to help Peggy Rae. As more fans arrived, many stayed outside, and one even began to mow the lawn. When Joe Mayhew showed up, he saw this scene and began warning people that if they worked on conventions with Peggy Rae, they would end up mowing her lawn.
By Nippon 2007, the concom made badge ribbons stating "I Mowed Peggy Rae's Lawn." When she was Guest of Honor at Chicon 7, one of the exhibits was a piece of artificial grass, a white picket fence, and a toy lawnmower.
Even after her death in 2015, fans whose activities were inspired by Peggy Rae continued to wear ribbons stating "Still Mowing Peggy Rae's Lawn."
Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1983 -- Big Heart Award
- 1984 -- Unicon '84
- 1994 -- Norwescon XVII
- 1997 -- Disclave 41
- 2012 -- Chicon 7
- 2015 -- Capclave 2015 (Ghost of Honor)
- 2017 -- Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award
- Chicon 7 created the Peggy Rae Sapienza Endowment in her honor using surplus funds
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