The Fan Writers of America
by Ted White
The FanWriters of America were born in a serendipitous moment at a party in my room one night at the 1984 LACon. The room was packed with fans and the air was thick with smoke (the hotel's airconditioning system endlessly recycled the room's stale and increasingly smoky air for the entire weekend) and as if by magic the smoke shaped itself into thick, balloony letters which hovered over our heads and spelled out “fwa.” It required only moments for us all to realize that we were present at the actual formation of the FanWriters of America. I called up the already sleeping Lucy Huntzinger and told her, “Fanhistory is in the making! You need to be here!” And soon she joined us, a bit bleary-eyed but brightening at the sight of Fandom's Very Best, murkily outlined in the smoke.
It was immediately obvious to us that:
In the Early Years past presidents for the years preceding FWA's founding (going back one more year in each subsequent year's selection) were selected at Worldcons. But quorums of assembled members of FWA were less easily assembled than they had been in 1984, and after the 1986 Worldcon this idea was abandoned. It was decided that the membership of each year's Corflu represented the best quorum (all members of Corflu are considered members of FWA) and that the previous year's president of FWA would be selected at each Corflu. Selecting pre-1980 presidents would not continue. (Occasional exceptions have been made, such as John Foyster's posthumous selection as president for 1975.) The selection process has taken place, beginning with the second Corflu, at the Sunday brunch-banquet—where all of Corflu is assembled and can both nominate and vote. I run the selection process with an iron fist (in a velvet glove).
Biographies and photographs of some past presidents are at the Fan Gallery.
Past Presidents of FWA