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November 2015 Jim Mowatt's TAFFWorld #4 carries a more detailed announcement of the 2016 race. Also, photos of Nina Horvath having fun!

23 October 2015 Jim Mowatt announces the plans for 2016 and after: "TAFF race East to West in 2016 The TAFF admins (Nina Horvath, Curt Phillips and Jim Mowatt) have been discussing the forthcoming races and have taken the decision to switch direction and run another East/West race for 2016. This means we are currently looking for nominees from Europe to visit North America in 2016 and to attend MidAmericon II in Kansas City on the 17th to 21st August. The knock-on effect of this decision is that the 2017 race will be West to East so that we can send someone from North America to Helsinki. This would also mean that we are going in the right direction to aim for New Orleans or San José in 2018 and Dublin in 2019. So onwards we go – To Kansas City and Beyond. It’s TAFF nomination time." Comment, if you will, at File 770.

25 August 2015 Ulrika O'Brien reports on the combined fan funds auction at Worldcon. In brief: $1870.00 was raised, of which $747.00 was allotted to TAFF.

August 2015 Nina Horvath's 2015 TAFF trip itinerary has been released and posted at File 770.

July 2015 David Langford has published another ebook of (mostly) fanzine writings: Don't Try This At Home: Selected Convention Reports. For each copy sold, one pound goes to TAFF.

June 2015 The free ebooks page has had several additions since its launch in May: Chris Evans's post-1987-Worldcon symposium Conspiracy Theories, Rob Hansen's history of UK fandom THEN, and David Langford's personal fanthology Wrath of the Fanglord.

May 2015 A new page at this site: free ebooks! Just a few completed TAFF trip reports and other items of fannish memorabilia. More may be added.

12 April 2015 Jim Mowatt's TAFFWorld #3 has the voting breakdown for the just-concluded race, showing Nina Horvath's clear win by a first-round majority.

10 April 2015 Nina Horvath is the 2015 TAFF winner. File 770 has the announcement and figures.

April 2015 The candidates in the current race are mercilessly questioned in Jim Mowatt's TAFFWorld #2.

1 January 2015 The 2015 westbound race has begun precisely on time, with candidates Nina Horvath and Wolf von Witting. Online voting here, continuing to Tuesday 7 April. Also PDF ballot form.

November 2014 Declared candidates so far for the 2015 westbound race from Europe to the Spokane Worldcon (Sasquan) are Nina Horvath and Wolf von Witting. Ballot forms are expected to appear on 1 January: there is still time for further candidates to step forward.

September 2014 Jim Mowatt announces that 2015 TAFF nominations will open on the first day of Novacon, 14 November 2014, with actual voting to begin in January.

26 August 2014 No longer TAFFtastic: the latest TAFF newsletter from Jim Mowatt, reporting on Loncon 3 activities, is TAFFWorld #1.

10 August 2014 Curt Phillips is in the UK.

August 2014 There's an extra post-Loncon 3 fan gathering on Thursday 21 August in the pub venue of the London First Thursday meetings. TAFF delegate Curt Phillips hopes to be there.

July 2014 Here's a teaser preview of stained-glass panels created by Bob Shaw and now destined for the fan funds auctions at Loncon 3 in August. [LATER: The three separately auctioned pieces of stained glass were sold for a total of £790. Thank you, fandom!]

26 April 2014 All you need to know about the 2014 race in the last joint newsletter from administrators Jacq Monahan (soon to step down in favour of Curt Phillips) and Jim Mowatt: TAFFtastic #1:3.

25 April 2014 Here, sent by Jacq Monahan, is the official release with the voting breakdown and voter list for the 2014 race just completed. (Also in PDF format.)

24 April 2014 Curt Phillips has won the 2014 eastbound TAFF race by a clear first-round majority and will attend Loncon 3 as TAFF delegate. Congratulations to Curt; commiserations to the rival candidates Brad and Cindy Foster (standing jointly) and Randy Smith. Voting details to follow in an official TAFF newsletter from our hero administrators.

March 2014 Early fan fund winner Jerome K. Jerome records that familiar feeling of trip report duties: "It would have been a very enjoyable ride altogether, that evening’s spin along the banks of the Rhine, if I had not been haunted at the time by the idea that I should have to write an account of it next day in my diary. As it was, I enjoyed it as a man enjoys a dinner when he has got to make a speech after it, or as a critic enjoys a play." (Diary of a Pilgrimage, 1891)

March 2014 A further newsletter from administrators Jacq Monahan and Jim Mowatt: TAFFtastic #1:2 dated 1 March. In which the 2014 candidates explain themselves.

1 January 2014 The final line-up for the 2014 eastbound TAFF race consists of Brad and Cindy Foster (standing jointly), Curt Phillips, and Randy Smith. Good fans all. Jim Mowatt has set up a PayPal TAFF Voting page. This site now has an HTML page for the actual ballot with the candidates' platforms; there are also PDF and RTF versions. Voting continues to 22 April 2014.

21 November 2013 A couple of hats in the ring for the 2014 eastbound race: Brad and Cindy Foster (as announced at File 770) and Curt Phillips (likewise). There may yet be more. Nominations remain open until 31 December 2013.

16 November 2013 Jim Mowatt has sent me a button – that yellow thing to the left. Use it wisely, for with great power comes great irresponsibility.

5 November 2013 Just received from Jacq Monahan and uploaded to this site: her and Jim Mowatt's newsletter TAFFtastic #1:1 dated 1 November. Heed what they say.

7 October 2013 2014 TAFF nominations open, with nominations needed by 31 December 2013.

25 April 2013 Jim Mowatt has set up a website for his TAFF trip plans and progress.

22 April 2013 Voting breakdown and other details of the just concluded race in TAFFline #6. [Slightly corrected version 23 April.]

20 April 2013 Jim Mowatt wins TAFF 2013. Announcement here.

February 2013 Both 2013 candidates are publishing campaign fanzines hosted at at eFanzines: see what Theresa Derwin and Jim Mowatt have to say for themselves.

11 January 2013 Here are the official 2013 race announcement and 2013 TAFF Ballot (also in RTF format).

8 January 2013 Before any official announcement from TAFF itself, the two 2013 candidates have declared themselves in public: Theresa Derwin and Jim Mowatt.

11 November 2012 Candidates sought for 2013 TAFF race; nomination deadline is 31 December.

29 August 2012 The latest newsletter: TAFFline #5 with news of the Worldcon Fan Fund Auction and 2013 TAFF race announcement.

11 May 2012 Jacq Monahan's TAFF report segment about Eastercon 2012 (File 770).

3 April 2012 The latest newsletter: TAFFline #4 with news of Jacq Monahan's triumphal progress through the UK, and of fan-fund events at Eastercon.

22 March 2012 Jacq Monahan's TAFF trip schedule, as posted at File 770.

9 January 2012 Dated 6 January, here's TAFFline #3 with a full report of the recently concluded race and, at last, the detailed voting breakdown for statistics buffs.

11 December 2011 Jacqueline Monahan wins TAFF. A close race, reportedly.

28 October 2011 A new page on this site offers higher-resolution versions of the TAFF Logo images.

24 October 2011 Podcast interviews with the 2010 candidates on Jim Mowatt's blog.

4 October 2011 The 2012 TAFF ballot is now available from this site in Word (.doc) , RTF and PDF formats. HTML, to match the archive of past ballots, will follow when Langford finds some of that copious spare time.

2 October 2011 Candidates in the 2012 eastbound TAFF race are Warren Buff, Kim Kofmel and Jacq Monahan. Official announcement and ballot to follow soon, with an expected voting deadline of mid-December.

1 September 2011 The 2012 race is announced, with the 2012 UK Eastercon as destination and a nominations deadline of 30 September.

27 April 2011 The voting deadline was midnight on the 26th, and John Coxon (to whom congratulations) is winner of a TAFF race in which the 20% rule played its most dramatic role yet. Se the voting figures here or in Steve Green's newsletter Taffline 2 [PDF]. Concern that the 20% rule could have a harsh effect on races with several candidates was noted on this site several years ago; this is the first race whose unusual voting patterns have brought the issue to life.

12 April 2011 Steve Green whips up a final 2011 voting frenzy with his newsletter Taffline 1 [PDF].

8 March 2011 TAFF 2011 candidate interviews (Pips 5 PDF) – transcribing the podcast reported below (18 January).

29 January 2011 By popular demand, to allow campaigning and voting at Eastercon, the 2011 TAFF voting deadline has been extended to midnight GMT on 26 April 2011 (7pm EST; 4pm PST). Official press release here. The ballot form (all versions – see "TAFF Now" at left) has been suitably amended. Again.

24 January 2011 Ballot form (all versions – see "TAFF Now" at left) slightly amended to clarify PayPal and cheque payment details.

18 January 2011 Jim Mowatt's Pips 05 is a podcast (dread word) of interviews with all four 2011 TAFF candidates. No comment from your friendly TAFF webmaster, who is too deaf to cope with these things; but I'm sure it's all very wonderful.

3 January 2011 PayPal payments can be made to either administrator's e-address. See note under TAFF Now at the left.

20 December 2010 The 2001 TAFF ballot form has been released in Word and PDF format. Here is this site's traditional HTML version.

19 December 2010 Here, in Word as received and also converted to a web page for this site, is the official announcement of a 2011 race with four candidates: Graham Charnock, John Coxon, Liam Proven and Paul Treadaway. Ballot to follow soon.

15 December 2010 Last call for the needed second 2011 candidate. Later: we have a race.

1 December 2010 There is one declared candidate for TAFF 2011, John Coxon. Another is needed for there to be a race.

30 September 2010 There is now a LiveJournal page for TAFF 2011.

26 September 2010 Steve Green writes: "The 2011 TAFF race (Europe > North America) will open for nominations on 12 November (the first day of Novacon 40). The nomination process will be closed on 18 December and candidates announced no later than 20 December. The race itself will run until 12 March 2011, with the winner attending Renovation, the 69th World SF Convention, in Reno, Nevada, 17-21 August 2011. Anyone interested in standing should contact me via e-mail: stevegreen at livejournal dot com."

September 2010 The Corflu Cobalt group photo of past and present TAFF winners.

August 2010 An important addition to this site's historical record: Rob Hansen has scanned the inside back cover of Hyphen #4 (October 1953) – the very first printed announcement of TAFF.

June 2010 The North American administrators were married on 22 May and are now Anne and Brian Gray. Note their new snailmail address: 2726 Sagebrush Cir #203, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103, USA.

March 2010 Brian Gray & Anne KG Murphy are posting their TAFF trip photos as they tour Britain. At Corflu Cobalt in Winchester, Mike Scott photographed them in this group of 15 TAFF winners from 13 races (1968-2010).

23 December 2009 Brian Gray & Anne KG Murphy are announced as the 2010 TAFF winners, The official race report by Chris Garcia is in the latest issue of his newsletter President TAFF's Bathtub.

6 October 2009 The promised HTML version of the 2010 ballot.

5 October 2009 Here's the 2010 TAFF ballot – temporarily here as a Word document. The HTML version to match the past run of ballots will follow.

3 September 2009 The 2010 TAFF race is announced, with nominations closing on 4 October. See press release.

24 April 2009 Chris Garcia sends the latest issue of his newsletter President TAFF's Bathtub with the official 2009 race announcement.

20 April 2009 Suzanne Tompkins has published Jerry's Suzle's 2005 TAFF Trip Report – Travels in the United Kingdom in 2005. Available from her at PO Box 25075, Seattle, WA 98165, USA.

19 April 2009 Steve Green has won the current westbound TAFF race with a first-round majority, as announced here.

Easter 2009 Last-minute improvised campaign video with Steve Green and Tom Womack interviewed by Peter Sullivan. Voting closes 18 April.

19 December 2008 Chris Garcia writes: "I think it's time to open up my TAFF Report to the masses for free. So if you find the time, just remove the password protection and let 'er go!" Front page now freely accessible here.

1 December 2008 By popular demand, here too is a PDF version of the 2009 Westbound TAFF Ballot.

26 November 2008 On this site at last: the 2009 Westbound TAFF Ballot (HTML).

13 November 2008 Update, update – everything you know is wrong! The TAFF candidates are now Steve Green and Tom Womack. Updated LJ announcement.

6 November 2008 Candidates for the 2009 westbound race are John Coxon and Steve Green. Preliminary LJ announcement.

24 September 2008 The second issue of Chris Garcia's newsletter President Taff's Bathtub.

26 August 2008 The westbound TAFF race from Europe to the 2009 Worldcon (Anticipation in Montréal, Canada) is announced.

19 June 2008 Today's amazing double-bill: Suzanne Tompkins's fifth and final TAFF newsletter, and Chris Garcia's first.

10 April 2008 Chris Garcia, man of dynamism, apologizes for the delay in sending Rockets Across the Waters, the complete report on his March 2008 TAFF trip. There is a copy on this site (7.92Mb PDF), but for the time being Chris has requested that access should be reserved for TAFF supporters whom he'll provide with the login ID and password. Ask him: garcia at computerhistory dot org.

10 February 2008 Here is Suzanne Tompkins' latest TAFF newsletter.

6 February 2008 Latest voting figures now added to the Big List, here. • First word of Chris Garcia's itinerary: "He reports that so far he is: arriving on the 15th [March] and leaving on the 30th; traveling to various parts of the UK including Croydon on the 15th/16th, North London for the 17th/18th, and then to Eastercon. After the con, he is planning to visit folks in Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds."

22 January 2008 Our TAFF administrators still haven't managed to release the detailed voting figures. Suzanne Tompkins has stated that Chris Garcia's win was "on the first ballot with 62.7% of the total combined NA/Europe votes. No other candidate received 20% of this combined vote." • Peter Sullivan felt that a link from here to his "Chris for TAFF" site would be inappropriate while the race was still on: but now here it is in all its glory. Just for the record....

November 2007 The winner of the 2008 TAFF race is Chris Garcia – see announcement.

September 2007 Suzanne Tompkins's latest TAFF newsletter: Two-Year Taff-Life #3.

August 2007 The 2008 TAFF race is on, with four NA candidates – Chris Barkley, Linda Deneroff, Chris Garcia and Christian McGuire – and here's the ballot. • Although this site has a policy of HTML documents only, there is a demand for downloadable PDFs of this ballot. Duly added, with much grumbling: European A4 and US Letter formats.

Peter Sullivan has rekeyed the relevant parts of Shelby Vick's fanzine confusion 12 (1952), covering the original Walt Willis trip fund and its final accounts. Later: Peter has also rekeyed the missing issues of Jean Gomoll's newsletter Taffiles, so the set on this site is now complete. What a hero!

July 2007 The 2008 nominations deadline has been extended to 31 July – see announcement.

April 2007 Nominations are now open for the 2008 race – see announcement.

November 2006 The 31 October cancellation of the 2007 Liverpool Eastercon makes the current TAFF race a little problematic. Later: as a result, this TAFF race has been postponed to 2008 -- see announcement.

October 2006 The 2007 eastbound race is on, with candidates Chris Garcia and Mary Kay Kare. Here is the official announcement and here is the ballot form.

September 2006 Another announcement from US administrator Suzanne Tompkins. The current nominations deadline is extended to 30 September 2006, and consideration is being given to the possibility of a TAFF trip later in 2007 should the UK Eastercon be cancelled.

August 2006 Robert Lichtman unearthed Wally Weber's "TAFF report synopsis", briefly describing his 1964 trip.
• US administrator Suzanne Tompkins sends digital text of her second newsletter, Two Year TAFF-Life #2 (published in July).

July 2006 Necronomigone is a TAFF newsletter "Ghostwritten by Claire Brialey & Mark Plummer" for James Bacon, outgoing European administrator. With accounts, statistics, and the names of all the voters in this year's race -- just as it ought to be. Thanks to Claire for providing a digital copy.
• The Japan Expeditionary Travel Scholarship (JETS) is a one-off fund running from Europe to the 2007 Japanese Worldcon.

June 2006 Suzanne Tompkins announces the 2007 eastbound TAFF race.
• Thanks to Rob Jackson for completing the transcription of Dave Langford's 1980 trip report, whose full text can now be read on this site: The TransAtlantic Hearing Aid.

May 2006 The TAFF winner is announced: Bridget "Bug" Bradshaw. Her victory statement appears here, and her trip plans are developing here.
Meet the Candidates: new TAFF pitches written for Chunga by all three 2006 contenders.
• The plokta.con pi TAFF event announcement is now updated with a provisional programme for the day.

April 2006 James Bacon sends an official announcement of the deadline change and TAFF event as below.
• There will be an informal TAFF event (plokta.con pi) in London on 27 May at the Horseshoe Inn, 26 Melior Street, London, SE1 3QP (not far from London Bridge Station). 12 noon - 12 midnight. £3 reg, students £2.50; all proceeds to fan funds. A mini-convention on the TAFF deadline day, at which the 2006 TAFF results will be announced. Please note that the voting deadline has been brought forward by three hours to 9pm rather than midnight (British Summer Time) on the 27th, to allow vote-counting and announcement at this event.
Steve Stiles stunned the fannish world: "This is to announce that I've finished my TAFF Report, which concludes with the 145th chapter. Entitled 'Harrison Country: The Cutty Sark Affair, or TAFF Report At Sea,' it will appear in the next CHUNGA. • Like previous chapters, this is a historically accurate document, although Phyllis Eisenstein mentions that I left out the wooden women -- story of my life, I'm afraid."

January 2006 Link added to Shelby Vick's fanzine confusion 12 (1952) -- now on line at efanzines.com -- with much about the original Walt Willis trip fund and its final accounts.

December 2005 US administrator Suzanne Tompkins has published her first newsletter, Two Year TAFF-Life #1.

October 2005 The 2006 TAFF Ballot is officially released, with candidates as below. Here's a PDF version.

September 2005 Candidates for the 2006 westbound TAFF race to LAcon are, reportedly, Bridget Bradshaw, ½r Cruttenden, and Mike 'Sparks' Rennie. (Fran Dowd had hoped to stand but withdrew for health reasons.)

August 2005 Suzle Tompkins attended Interaction, the Glasgow Worldcon, as TAFF delegate, and Damien Warman and Juliette Woods as GUFF delegates.

July 2005. Randy Byers published his third and final TAFF newsletter: The Weekly TAFF News #3, July 2005 • Bridget Bradshaw and 1/2r Cruttenden intend to stand for the next westbound TAFF race, to LAcon in 2006. • Bridget's Stakhanovite frenzy continues, with the rekeying of chapters 2 and 3 of Dave Langford's report -- now almost complete in digital form!

June 2005. SCIFI announced its donation of $1,000 to TAFF to mark the publication of James Bacon's and Tobes Valois's trip reports: many thanks! • Mark Plummer sent digital text of Maureen Kincaid Speller's newsletter Taffkin's Bum: #2, Autumn 1999 and #3, Easter 2000. • Bridget Bradshaw heroically rekeyed chapters 4, 5, 6 and 7 of Dave Langford's report, whose full digital version is under construction (rekeying help also volunteered by Mary Kay Kare). Further wanted newsletters now supplied by Robert Lichtman.

May 2005. Robert Lichtman sent his 1989 TAFF Report in Progress. • Damien Warman and Juliette Woods are the 2005 winners of GUFF. • Rob Hansen sent his complete 1984 trip report On The TAFF Trail in electronic form for the site, and Robert Lichtman provided a copy of Ken Bulmer's hefty 1958 newsletter TAFF Steam -- plus the last missing ballot forms. As a result, all past TAFF ballots from 1954 to the present can now be read on line. The wording changed a great deal before settling to something like the modern version in 1971.

April 2005. Thanks to Earl Kemp, Rob Hansen, Robert Lichtman and Paul Vincent for their mighty efforts (as detailed here) to expand our collection of on-line TAFF newsletters. • Suzanne (Suzle) Tompkins won the 2005 TAFF race from North America to the 2005 Worldcon in Glasgow. See the official announcement with voting figures. • Speaking of which, the long list of All the Past TAFF Races now includes tables of votes for most past TAFF elections -- more to be added when traced. Similar tables appear in All the Past GUFF Races (with much-appreciated help from Irwin Hirsh and his Australian Fan Funds Page). • TAFF thanks Joe Siclari and FANAC for donating $200 to the fund to reward the publication of James Bacon's and Peter Weston's reports.

March 2005. James Bacon has completed his TAFF report WorldConNomicon (40pp A4, small print with many photographs), with a "prototype" available at Corflu in February and the finished version to be launched at Eastercon 2005. Also at Eastercon, James had a cunning plan for Tobes Valois's TAFF report ... and did indeed successfully torture the report out of Tobes. See under TAFF Reports below.