Steve Johnson

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(Did you mean the Steve Johnson in Oregon?)


(1956 –)

Steve Johnson, a Midwestern fan, was one of the founders of General Technics at Windycon II. He also served as an editor of and contributor to the DePaul University fanzine, Effen Essef.

Steve's fannish history is entwined with General Technics, DePaul's club, and Chicago-area fandom, but he has semi-gafiated, with occasional attendance at the General Technics Berserkers and other activities, regional conventions, and by passing the torch to his children who have developed close friendships with fannish friends Tullio Proni, Amy Ranger, and many others.

After DePaul, Steve attended graduate school at Ohio State University, where he met and later married Carol Schmidt, the president of OSU's science fiction club, the Terran League. They would later move around the country, becoming more or less involved in Midwestern fandom as distances shrank and grew. For 12 years, they lived in Kalamazoo, and once again became very involved in General Technics, and other fan activities.

In the 1980s, Steve provided equipment for a Moopsball game with the unwitting participation of the DePaul University athletic department. The game, organized by organized by Bill Higgins, Barry Gehm and Renee Sieber, involved fans from all over the Midwest. The Michigan State University team, The Professor George Edward Challenger Memorial Tectonic Plate Pushing and Freestyle Dinosaur Wrestling Team, prevailed.

While in Kalamazoo, Steve was active in Critter Crunch competitions at Midwestern conventions, helping to mentor young participants and frequently winning these competitions with them.

Steve and Carol have lived in Southern California since 2003, where they have utterly failed to penetrate Los Angeles fandom circles.



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