R. HANSEN | 9A GREENLEAF ROAD | EAST HAM | LONDON E6 1DX
Since Ken Bulmer got away with calling a TAFF publication 'TAFF STEAM' in 1958 (after the fanzine he then published, STEAM) then I think I can be excused for dispensing with the 'TAFF TALK' title used by the last few administrators and coming up with one recalling a one-off zine I did a while back. (And if 'taffeta' is good enough for the Princess Wales it's certainly good enough for me.) Anyway, enough of such nonsense and on to the..........
RESULTS OF THE 1984/85 TAFF RACE
P&TNH RICH COAD MARTHA BECK
H.O.F. Total votes cast EUROPE: 117 0 6 2 134 N. AMERICA: 144 42 183 10 379 TOTALS 261 51 189 12 513
Thus PATRICK & TERESA NIELSEN HAYDEN have won this year's race on the first ballot and as such they take over from Avedon Carol as North American TAFF administrators and will be coming to the 1985 Eastercon in Leeds. Congratulations, people! And those who voted over here in this race were:
G A FUNNELL
R T HILL
G E KENT
D M SHERWOOD
M P SKELDING
JOHN C STYLES
A total of six ballots were disallowed on this occasion. Two of these were from people who'd voted twice, two were indecipherable (and if I can't read the name on a ballot I can't list the voter or count his vote, so remember to write your names in BLOCK CAPITALS under your signatures next time, eh?), and one, from Bernie Peek, listed nobody and so counted as a spoiled ballot. Bernie apparently just wished to make a donation to the fund, for which we thank him. The final disallowed ballot arrived after the voting deadline. Four of these votes were for P&TNH and one for Martha Beck so the vote was unaffected by their exclusion. Now onto other business.....
For a variety of personal reasons previous European administrator Kevin Smith was unable to get out a list of those who voted over here in the last race (results in ANSIBLE 39) so here, for the record, is that list:
J G DALLMAN
Kevin also wants to extend his thanks to NOVACON 13 for bringing in £65 for TAFF from auctions and through donation, to C.O.F.F.. for raising £14, to R. Earnshaw for a donation of £10, and to Joyce Scrivner for auction material. And this time around my thanks go to NOVACON 14 and C.O.F.F. for raising £82 between them, to ALBACON for a £10 donation, and to Walt Willis and Chris Priest -- both of whom sent £10 with their ballots. Total money raised from European voting fees this time came to £138.92, and now the amount in the European TAFF account stands at £844.69.
There's one final result that must be recorded. As a number of you will be aware Greg and Linda Pickersgill started a petition during this race just past to give voice to the unhappiness with which a lot of fans over here viewed, the nature of the write-in campaign run from the American Midwest for Martha Beck. The final signature-count on that petition was 121, 78 of them being from people who'd also voted in the TAFF race and who constituted 57% of those who voted over here this time. That someone should manage to cause such ill-feeling over something designed to promote transatlantic harmony is incredible ... and also something I don't have room to go into here. Doubtless others will have Much To Say About this.
......ROB HANSEN. 23/1/85