In the late 1940s, Ontario fandom was centered around the Toronto Science Fiction Society, aka the Toronto Derelicts (founded 1947), and the fanzine Canadian Fandom. Beak Taylor, John Millard, Bill Grant, Art Ludlam and Ned McKeown were prominent members. They put on Torcon. They took their nickname from the title of an essay by Doc Lowndes.
As typical insurgents, they indulged in lighthearted, nonserious behavior. Besides fanzines, the Insurgents were known for their liking of Beat poetry, jazz, leather jackets and fast cars. They were affiliated with the CSFA. However, they, too, faded away, and the club ended by 1959.
In the mid- to late 1970s, the Derelicts name covered a group including Patrick Hayden, Wayne MacDonald, Phil Paine, Alan Rosenthal, Janet Small, Bob Webber, Bob Wilson and Victoria Vayne. They were intense fanzine pubbers and inveterate walkers.
|From Fancyclopedia 2, ca. 1959|
|Toronto fans, hosts to the 1948 TorCon and continuing up to the present time. Ned McKeown, Bill Grant, Howard Lyons, and Ger Steward were/are members. The Derelict Insurgents include Steward and Boyd Raeburn.|
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