El Coyote Gordo (supergee) wrote,
El Coyote Gordo

Dave Locke (1944-2012)

In the mid-70s, as I was trying to get my nerve up to do a fanzine, Dave Locke wrote an article about stupid things not to do in your first fanzine. I'm sure there were a few on that list that I had realized all by myself that I shouldn't do, but there were a number that I hadn't. When I pubbed my first ish, I didn't do them, and I found a place in fandom.

I traded zines with him, and a few years later when he started the amateur press association he called FLAP (Fannish Little Amateur Press), he invited me to be a charter member. I am still there. In later years he adapted to cyberspace; he said, "Computers are all Geek to me," but he learned about them, contributing not only his excellent writing but his computer skills to several fannish mailing lists. Wherever he went, he was intelligent, witty, skeptical, and cantankerous.

A few years ago, he had a heart attack that was supposed to be fatal, but he had a case of the stubborns or something and didn't die. He returned to his fannish venues, writing as well as ever, but he knew he was living on borrowed time. He had now had to return it.
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