(1924 -- July 24, 2009)
Wrai Ballard was a farmer in North Dakota who was an active contributor to FAPA and Official Editor and contributor to SAPS. He was married to fellow fan Carol Ballard. Lee Jacobs created a series of pulp-style adventures in SAPS entitled "The Ballard Chronicles," starring a fictionalized version of Ballard. Ballard published his fan history series "Tiny Acorn" in SAPS and also sparked the SAPS revelations about Virgin Cows. He was also a participant in FATE. He was a member of the N3F and ISFCC
In the early 1950s, Ballard refused to publish Lee Jacobs's essay "The Influence of Science Fiction on Modern American Filk Music," which inadvertently coined the term filk because of fear that its bawdy nature could get SAPS in trouble with post office censors. Ballard thereafter promoted the typo. He invented the Ballard Code for Fan Feuds, a sort of fannish equivalent of the dueling code of honor, 200th Fandom, and the art form Non-Poetry. He was reputed to be Built Like a Gorilla.
In 1961 he said he "gathers things and has the remnants of a stf collection and a hundred odd records. Corresponds with a dozen or so [fans] regularly, and many more on an irregular basis. Shooting and an interest in guns, particularly pre-cartridge or early cartridge weapons."
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