A newsletter published July 1992 by Jeanne Bowman, North American Administrator P.O. Box 982 Glen Ellen California 95442-0982 USA Phone 1(707) 9969009. Sandra Pongor executed the logo design, Robert Lichtman the mailing list(updated), Don Herron proofread and supported my morals.

NOMINATIONS OPEN -- Great Britain to ConFrancisco 1993

The next Trans Atlantic Fan Fund exchange will transport one (or more...) of your favorite United Kingdom fans to San Francisco's Worldcon. Candidates require two nominators from the United States and three from over there. So, fire up those fannish juices and start smoffing now to crack that famous British reserve. Don't be shy. Believe me, there is no shortage of fascinating, qualified fans for us to import, however briefly! Qualifications? Able to attend and have fun at the 1993 World Science Fiction convention in San Francisco and willing to manage and restore the coffers of the Fund through two further elections. Big Fun.

August 1st: Nominations Open
October 1st: Nominations Close
November 1st: Ballots Available
May 1st 1993: the Voting Deadline


Special thanks to these folks who have contributed to the fund. Dave McClintock and Joe Wesson sent *interesting* fanzines for future auction. Patty Peters donated 7 ditto 2 T-shirts. Amy Thompson's signed copies of "Female Man", "Dreamsnake" and "Tehanu" sold at auction during Illumination, as did several of Donna Nassar's rubber stamps. Richard Brandt gave us 10 copies of Fanthology 87. Andi Shechter forwarded $6 from sales of Mimosa at Orycon ('91) and Bruce Pelz with the Corflu 9 auction raised $222. Carol Springs cleaned out our soon to be replenished supply of "Trans Atlantic Hearing Aid." Teddy Harvia liked the TAFF T-shirt art and sent in $2 for postage costs. And that's just this side of the pond... since February. Your donations are what keep the fund solvent; please let me know if I can help you clean out and recycle those no longer used but still good fan articles, artwork and zines. Pick up and delivery can be arranged, please do call.


Some of you eagle eyed readers will notice the next TAFF ballot has no place for the "write-in" vote. That's right, you'll have to make do with "no preference" and "hold over funds." This decision was reached by TAFF administrators, past candidates and international fan honchos in response to prodding by D. West and some others. I think it makes sense. Hey, if I could get last minute nominations, put out a fanzine of my own (of sorts) and a joint zine with Richard, and still get elected, why set up any more surprises?

In answer to the second most often asked TAFF question, Yes, I am writing a trip report. it may be the first with parts published before, and during the trip. Check out Outworlds 61 (61 Bowers P0 Box 58174 Cincinnati Ohio 45258-0174) and Ansible 57 1/2 (special Easter edition) (Dave Langford 94 London Road, Reading. Berkshire RG1 5AU Great Britain). Are you publishing a fanzine that would like one of the next chapters? Keep me inspired and send deadlines. In point of fact, a great many segments of previous TAFF winners reports have been penned (and published), but had limited distribution. I'd like to get them together in one place and make them available. How about that?


Mail Auction

Yes, the thrills of fine faanish finds continue. Only those who voted in the last TAFF election received Robert Lichtman's final newsletter. These lucky ones have been bidding on the following items -- now open to the entire mailing list! I can't bear the suspense of more than one mailing's worth of bidding, and will close out this round August 2 1st. Send an SASE or postcard and I will apprise you of your bid's status. All Items for sale are postpaid.

A. Pong all 40 issues, all original (but No. 4, photocopied on same color paper as original). Published from October 1980 through August 1982 by Dan Steffan and Ted White. Without this fanzine I wouldn't be here, or as Robert Lichtman says "The focal point of its time: a humorous, faanish, frequent fanzine that did much to revive contact between North American and British fandom ... Aside from Dan and Ted, many leading fans of the day from both sides of the Atlantic appeared in these pages." Excellent condition. Minimum bid $25. Met by Richard Brandt, raised to $35 by Kim Huett and Craig Smith, Craig Smith $40 tops at this time.

B. Cover No. 9, March 1978 Jeff Schalles' perzine. 10 pages on "Zen and the Art of Walking (Without Tripping Over Cracks in the Sidewalk)," subtitled 'How I Celebrated the Bicentennial." Minimum bid $2. Met by Richard Brandt.

C. Cover No.10, November 1981, 21 pages. Jeff leaves Pittsburg, Rob Jackson has an automotive adventure and Jack Hennigan does an "Interview with a Gafiate." Mr. Brandt in the lead with $3 min

D. Genre Plat No. 2 Summer 1977, 42 pages. Edited by Allyn Cadogan & Susan Wood. doug barbour reviews Michael Bishop novels, Bill Beard on "Star Wars I Rabid" (one he considers a little masterpiece,), Susan introduces John Bangsund's "John W Campbell and the Meat Market" reprint. Inspiring. $5 Minimum bid in from Richard Brandt.

E. Hitchhike No. 26, May 1976, 46 pages.John D. Berry's personal journal. Will Straw and Jeff Schalles travel Canada. Fine, in depth letter column. Minimum $5 bid received from R. Brandt.

100% white cotton with red (or hot pink in a few cases), white and blue variations of the TAFFun logo on the front . Stark black Art back. Let me say about the Art, by Kevin Evans (on loan from the collection of John Law) that science fiction meets a local landmark and humour survives. All sizes available today, please give a second choice if for small or medium. $15
Or, if you are small and would like a white hand coloured A. Fein creation featuring the word "Taff" uttered by a peacock critter in appropriate shades... Or, you size mediums might like a suitably pea green Ditto 2 T-shirt with its nautical tattoo style art by J. Kinney, "Born to Dupe" always gets me lots of comments! Any of the these $10

Mall Order
Platen Stories by Dave Langford $4
Fanthology 87 edited by R Brandt $5
A Fans' Christmas In Ireland with Walt Willis and fannish neighbors. Why don't we do something like this in Glen Ellen? Time binding fun. Art by Stu Shiffman. Limited & numbered edition. $6


Roger Weddall now heads the Down Under Fan Fund -- get his newsletter at P0 Box 273, Fitzroy Victoria 3065 Australia. I'd write soon as he says ".. after attending the World Con in Florida I hope to travel for about 6 months, visiting most if not all of the major fan centers. Suggestion as to where to visit/who to meet are very welcome." Hope he will stay in Glen Ellen during this walkabout. Oh, nominations are open now for DUFF to Australia's SwanCon April 8-12,1993; and close Sept 15, 1992. (Ballots out October 1, voting deadline February 1, 1993.) Send nominations to North American Administrator Art Widner P0 Box 677 Gualala CA 95445 (Bill Bowers says he is finking, again, this time... Hey, Joe; lots of straight roads and good beer...)