Dave Rike

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(May 1, 1935 – November 1, 2014)

A Bay Area fan artist, Dave Rike, also known as DaV, was an important member of 1950s and ’60s fandom. He was one of the ACC (Adolescent California Crowd) and later the Berkeley Bhoys. He helped organize the Second International Beanie Brigade in the early 1980s.

With Terry Carr, he co-edited the original issue of Innuendo in 1956 and worked on The Incompleat Burbee, an important collection of fan writing published in 1958 as Charles Burbee's birthday present. He was one of the fan artists who helped popularize Ray Nelson’s iconic image of a fan wearing a propeller beanie. He was a founder of the Golden Gate Futurians.

He was one of the Bay Area fans responsible for the mythic Bheer Can Tower to the Moon (along with Terry Carr and Boob Stewart), which can be read about in Mimosa #15. He was one of the creators of Carl Brandon.

He was a member of The Cult including a time as Official Arbiter. He belonged to OMPA.

He was politically a Leftie, and at the height of the Cold War he applied for a position that required an investigation by Army Intelligence. In A Wealth of Fable, Harry Warner describes the chaos that spread throughout fandom as they did their background check.

Rike had an impish sense of humor and enjoyed stirring up controversy. Before the first FanHistoriCon in 1994, which was held in Hagerstown, MD, specifically so Harry Warner could be there, he so riled up Harry with the suggestion that fans were coming to steal his fanzine collection, that Warner not only refused to attend the convention, but permitted only limited visits of two or three fen at a time.

For a short description of him in 1954, see Peter Vorzimer in Abstract #8 p61.

He donated his fanzine collection (some 30 boxes) to the University of Miami. See David Rike Science Fiction Fanzine collection at the University of Miami.

A collection of photographs of fans and pros, accumulated by Dave Rike, is online at the Dave Rike Collection at the Internet Archive.

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