In the early 1940s Battle Creek, Michigan, was the home of considerable fannish activity, including the slan shack, a house where several fans lived together. The Shack was supposedly the first step in the creation of an entire city block where fans would live together.
Some of those involved in this project were E. E. Evans, Al Ashley and his wife Abby Lu Ashley, Frank Robinson, Jack Wiedenbeck, Dal Coger, and Walt Liebscher (the Galactic Roomers). The Ashleys owned the house.
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