Mark Reinsberg

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(August 6, 1923 ā€“ August 25, 1981)

Mark Reinsberg, aka Midwest Marky, a Chicago SF fan, author, and book reviewer, was active during the 1930sā€“50s. He discovered sf in 1936. He also did some SF art. 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.

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Person Reasonator 1923ā€”1981
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