(January 1923 – November 15, 1997)
James Lynn “Jimmy” Kepner, Jr., aka Jike, an LA fan and LASFS member, was was mainly active in fandom in the early 1940s. He was listed as a member of the Claude Degler-created Futurian Society of Los Angeles and the Futurian Society of California, probably without permission. He belonged to FAPA.
And then there is yours truly, aka, James L Kepner, Jr, Jike, Jasker, John or Jean Arnold, Lynn Peterson, Conrad Desty, (Four-)flush(-er) Gordon, and other things unprintable but hintable. I entered fandom in 1942, and after a year in the GGFS, I moved to Los Angeles. I was the first fan to move into the house now known (not to the landlady) as Tendril Towers. I have served as Director, Librarian, Secretary, and am now Treasurer of the LASFS. I was the last active Outsider to quit the LASFS, and came back later with Laney and Brown. Six feet, 135 pounds, twenty-one years, dark hair and eyes, and a part time mustache. I've published such things as TOWARD TOMORROW, ditto YESTERDAY, FEN, MIDGE, and the CAUSTIC SQUARE BULLSHOOTER.
He was found as an abandoned infant in Galveston, Texas, on September 19, 1923. He was adopted by a religious Christian couple railroad worker, James Lynn Kepner, Sr., and his wife, Mary Christina Peterson Kepner. He became a writer, historian and important early gay activist who wrote a wide variety of material during his lifetime, including SF. He wrote under many pseudonyms in the gay press and prozines.
|From Fancyclopedia 1, ca. 1944|
|Jike Pronounced [zike]. Taken as a nickname by Jimmy Kepner, and finally abandoned because nobody'd pronounce it right|
- “James Kepner at LASFS.”
- Encyclopedia.com entry.
- Papers at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, University of Southern California.
- “Jim Kepner and the Sanctuary of Sci-Fi,” video by ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives Director Joseph Hawkins, October 25, 2014.
- Caustic Square Bullshooter  (for FAPA as by Flush Gordon)
- Fen [1943-44] (for FAPA)
- Midge [1944-45] (with Mike Fern)
- The Panty Raiser  (with F. Towner Laney)
- Parnassus (with Art Saha and Alva Rogers)
- Songs for Sorrow and Beauty  (with Arthur Louis Joquel)
- Toward Tomorrow [1944-45]
- Toward Yesterday 
- Western Star 
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