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29 November 2016 @ 05:46 am
2016 Strikes Again  
Lon Atkins (1942-2016) Guy Lillian said it well enough that I won’t try to improve:
Lon Atkins, lost either yesterday or just this morning, was a titan in our Southern fannish world. His Rebel Award, his Fan GoHship at the DSC, were beautiful if finally inadequate reflections of his contribution to our early days as a regional fandom and our growth into the vibrant and important segment of SFdom we’ve become. He was Official Editor of SFPA for four years and kept it going through its slimmest days. His fabled battles at the Hearts table with his great friend Hank Reinhardt were not only legendary, but entertaining, helping to build the sense of community that marks the region and its game. He did the best apazines — the best-written, the best-reproed, the most comprehensive — I have ever seen. And he was a gentleman.

I am lost in regret. Lon was a mentor and a model for how a good man conducts himself in science fiction fandom. MELIKAPHKAZ forever!
Lavender Took: script by candlelightlavendertook on November 30th, 2016 12:11 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry for your loss. <3
(Anonymous) on December 13th, 2016 02:35 am (UTC)
Thank You
Arthur, while searching the web for mentions of Lon, I came upon your lovely post. Thank you for the kind words about my father. ~Emerald Dawn (Ramoth's Weyr, SFPA c.1986)
El Coyote Gordo: actualsupergee on December 13th, 2016 10:02 am (UTC)
Re: Thank You
They are Guy's words of course, but they represent my feelings too. Even before you mentioned it, I remembered you from SFPA. I always enjoyed hanging out with you there and hope you are doing well.
(Anonymous) on December 15th, 2016 12:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Thank You
We're well. My husband has successfully switched careers and is now working as a sous chef; I'm within pages of completing my first novel with an eye towards publication (of course); our son is surviving middle school. I tried to find some contact information for you here but cannot locate it... If you still have SFPA mailings from c.2009-2011 I participated briefly and the email should still work: I hesitate to post it in public.
El Coyote Gordo: thumbsupergee on December 15th, 2016 01:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Thank You
Wonderful. hlavaty@panix.com