[Fan Gallery] Fan Gallery Contents: Stan Woolston


Picture of Stan Woolston photo Stan Woolston [Print]

16 July 1920 - 25 Dec. 2001

Los Angeles CA area (Garden Grove CA)
FGoH: Loscon 14 (1987).
Big Heart Award 1972.

My first meeting with Stan was at the 1946 Worldcon (Pacificon I) in Los Angeles, where we also met Rick Sneary. The three of us became lifelong friends.

With the possible exception of Harry Warner, Jr., Stan and Rick Sneary may hold fandom's record for living at the same locations for more years than any other fan. Stan's street name and number changed once or twice over the years but it was still the same location which held a small house, a shed with a job press, a small garden, and rabbit pens.

Like most fans from our generation he discovered pulp mag science fiction in the Thirties. Graduating from Santa Ana City College, he became a printer by trade, and indeed was one of the last of the letterpress printers. His own Chandler and Price job press was used primarily for fannish projects as he usually worked in print shops owned by others.

Stan was one of the original members of the Outlander Society, printing covers and sometimes interior headings for THE OUTLANDER MAGAZINE. He was active in FAPA for quite a while co-publishing with Rick and me, as well as on his own.

He joined the NFFF and became one of its hardest working members as well as one of its most loyal ones. He was among those who initiated N'APA, the NFFF's amateur press association, and his welcoming letters (to new members and neofans) must have been the best ever written from reports I have heard over the years.

He and I published the 1950 FAN DIRECTORY (I as editor and he as printer--which included the neat layout of the booklet). He was also official printer for the SOLACON (the 1958 Worldcon). The membership cards were printed on his Lilliputian Press.

He read in many fields and had a marvelous memory. As for imagination, I have always felt that the s-f field lost a great writer because he would not discipline himself to make stories out of the host of unique concepts that he talked about to his friends. He did have a short story published in the old Astounding's Probability Zero Dept.

A kind man, a gentle man, a wild and wonderful thinker. I started missing him back when he was no longer able to recognize friends and relatives. I still do and I always will. (Len Moffatt)

Photo by Joyce Scrivner, Apr. 1981
Data: Nov. 2003

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