Gretchen Roper (formerly Van Dorn, née Duntemann) is a longtime Chicago fan, filker, conrunner and huckster. She co-founded Dodeka Records with her husband, Bill Roper, received the Pegasus Award and was inducted into the Filk Hall of Fame in 2008.
She chaired Capricon 27. She was one of the creators of The Secret Empire is a company founded in the mid-80s to sell stuffed animals and the like at conventions. In 1986, Gretchen Roper and her husband bought out her partner and since then used used it for their huckstering business at conventions, specializing in filk.
She was a regular at Thursday, which she hosted frequently in her spacious Evanston apartment with then-husband Doug Van Dorn. She created the full-size soft sculptures of Neil Rest and Phyllis Eisenstein displayed in the Thursday analogue fan lounge at Chicon 6. She was part of Mobius Theater.
Her brother is author and fan Jeff Duntemann.
Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1995 -- DucKon 5
- 2003 -- Pegasus Award for Best Original Humorous Song: "My Husband The Filker" (with Bill Roper)
- 2006 -- Consonance 2006
- 2008 -- Filk Hall of Fame
- 2009 -- ConCertino 2009, GAFilk 11
- 2016 -- Balticon 50
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