23 November 1914 - 6 October 2006
Hugo: Best Fan Writer (1969).
Retro-Hugo: Best Fanzine (1951) for SCIENCE FICTION NEWSLETTER, awarded in 2001.
E.E. Smith Memorial Award. Big Heart Award, 1962. Rebel Award, 1998. Past President of fwa, 1992.
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.