|From Fancyclopedia 2 ca 1959|
|The Queens branch of the SFL. Queens is the borough of New York in which Flushing, Long Island City, etc are located, but membership has included fans from other boroughs and even from Newark and area.
Originally established late in 1937, the QSFL was made up of young fans like Taurasi [!!]. When the Wollheimists joined, the name was changed to GNYSFL; after this broke up, the QSFL was reestablished under a new charter, and pretty much run by the Triumvirs for several years. With good publicity from the proz, it gathered a large number of stfnists, some of whom became fans. They even set up an offshoot, the Newark SFL.
Brief infamy came when the January '41 meeting, one of record size with around 60 stfnists and pro celebrities, was the occasion of rough stuff; Dick Wilson and another Futurian attended and the Triumvirs, Racic, and Mrs Sykora tried to throw them out, to the disgust of the celebrities. The manager of the hall finally put everybody out.
|From Fancyclopedia 1 ca 1944|
|The Queens Branch of the SFL. Queens, of course, is the borough of New York in which Flushing, Richmond Hill, Long Island City, etc, are located, but membership has included fans from other boroughs and even from Newark and nearby.
Originally established late in 1937, the QSFL was made up of young fans like Taurasi, Gillespie, and Wilson for the most part. When the Wollheimist unit joined it, the name was changed to Greater New York SFL. After the breakup of the GNYSFL, the QSFL was reestablished under a new charter, and pretty much run by the Triumvirs for several years. With good publicity from the pros, especially Thrilling Wonder and Startling, it gathered a large membership of scientifictionists, a number of whom became fans. They even set up an offshoot, the Newark SFL.
The last historical note on the QSFL was the attempted ejection of Dick Wilson and Dan Burford from the January 41 meeting. Thru the efforts of current Director Scott Feldman and Hyman Tiger, a record attendance of around 60 stfists and pro celebrities was secured. They had given an invitation to the Futurian Society, which was declined, and unbeknownst to Dick Wilson. Wilson brot Dan Burford, michelist, just back in town, and to the QSFL meeting, and the Triumvirs and Racic threatened to throw them out. Delay was requested while a vote was taken, but other things intervened, and [Wilson and Burford came in while pros were making speeches. Presently seeing them, the Triumvirs, Racic, and Mrs Sykora gave battle, to the distaste of the celebrities. The manager of the hall finally put everyone out. Feldman and Tiger resigned. Later, some people remembered that under the constitution, one vote would have been sufficient to exclude a person if the vote had been taken. According to Feldman (denied to a considerable extent by Mrs Sykora), at the time of the meeting Taurasi, Moskowitz, and Racic had allowed their memberships to lapse thru non-payment of dues.
QSFL ad from 1939 Worldcon Program Book
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