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("Hoy Ping Pong")

23 November 1914 - 6 October 2006

Bloomington IL
Fan writer, letterhack.

FGoH: Torcon (1948 Worldcon); NyCon3 (1967 Worldcon); Minicon 8 (1974); OryCon 5 (1983); CopperCon 10 (1990); ConFusion 10101 (1995); DemiCon VI (1995); and many other conventions.
GoH: WindyCon 2 (1975); Disclave 1978; Archon 4 (1980); Capricon 1 (1981); Lastcon Too (1982). Artist GoH: Minicon 13 (1978).
MC/TM: Chicon III (1962 Worldcon); MidAmeriCon (1976 Worldcon); BYOB-Con 4*, 5, 7 (1974-'77); Novacon 9 West (Albany NY, 1979); Chattacons (nine, 1979-'90); Minicon 16 (1980); Lunacon 1988; Archon 13 (1989); Windycon 1, 5, 7, 15, 16 (1974, '78, '80, '88, '89); DeepSouthCon 36/B'hamamcon IV (1998).
Smoooth GoH: Minicon 18 (1984). Special Guest: Con*Stellation 4 (1985); Corflu 10 (1993); ConQuesT 30 (1999).
Attended Aussiecon (1975 Worldcon) via the special "Tucker Bag" Fund.
*(At BYOB-Con 4 and ConQuesT 30, "Wilson Tucker" was also GoH and "Hoy Ping Pong" was FGoH.)

Hugo: Best Fan Writer (1970). Retro Hugo: Best Fan Writer, 1954. Retro Hugo: Best Fanzine (1951) for SCIENCE FICTION NEWSLETTER, awarded in 2001.
Big Heart Award, 1962. E.E. Smith Memorial Award (Skylark Award), 1986. Rebel Award, 1998. Past President of fwa, 1992.
Archon Hall of Fame Award, Grand Master (1997).

Co-Chair, ditto 14 (2001). Secretary-Treasurer: Chicon (2nd Worldcon).

Fanzines: PLANETOID (1932, one of the first fanzines), LE ZOMBIE, BLOOMINGTON NEWSLETTER/SCIENCE FICTION NEWSLETTER, E-ZOMBIE (e-zine).

Generally credited with inventing fan humor. In 1934 he started the "First Staple War" in Brass Tacks (the ASTOUNDING lettercol), by announcing the formation of "the Society for the Prevention of Wire Staples in Science Fiction Magazines" (SPWSSTFM). Most of the Staple Wars were fought (against Don Wollheim) in the lettercolumns of the prozines. Was a heavy contributor to lettercols in other fanzines. Many sly and hilarious letters were written under his pseudonym "Hoy Ping Pong," and also other members of the Pong clan.

Author of THE NEO-FAN'S GUIDE TO SCIENCE FICTION FANDOM.
Invented the terms "space opera", "faan", and the prototypical "Joe Fann."
Other contributions to fandom: tuckerisms, The Tucker Hotel, and the "Smooooth!" ceremony.

Photo by Bruce Pelz, June 1998
Data: Aug. 2014

Rev. 08-Nov-2016