Shacktivity means "shacking up."
It spread through FAPA: Most apas allow married couples to share a single membership: One set of dues and one mailing is all they pay and get, respectively, but if both maintain full regular activity requirements, they usually each get to vote in the egoboo poll (if any) and in the election of officers.
In the late 1950s, LASFan Charles Burbee, who was then an official of FAPA, pointed out that some fan couples were choosing to live together and try things out for a while rather than get married only to discover that they were really incompatible. Not to put too fine a point on it, Burbee said, they were "shacking up."
Burbee ruled that these couples could have a dual membership in FAPA, just like a married couple, provided only that they met "shacktivity requirements," i.e., proved to him that they did the same things together that married couples do.
|From Fancyclopedia 2 Supplement, ca. 1960|
|Form of fanac whose name was popularized in LASFS by the inventor, Ron Ellik. Inventor of the name, that is.|
See also: Instant SAPS Member.
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