Rábanos Radiactivos number 18
Written by Fred Patten, and published on the LASFS Rex Rotary, February 17, 1965. Intended for Apa L, Eighteenth Distribution, LASFS Meeting #1436, February 18, 1965. Address: 1925 Greenfield Avenue, Los Angeles, California, 90025. Phone: GRanite 36321.
LONCON II in 1965! Jock Root for TAFF! Salamander Press #77.

Fanac forever, as we say. Want to know what I've been doing since last Meeting? Well, last Friday was Lincoln's Birthday and a holiday, so I was able to attend the post-Meeting meeting at the Labyrinth to a later hour than usual. I finally crept home Friday morning, to get some sleep in preparation for a weekend of fanac.

Friday was mostly spent in finishing fanzines -- Al's FAPAzine and my OMPAzine. In the afternoon, Dennis Smith came up from San Diego with about 200 more paintings that we hadn't seen yet. Dennis had noted that GAMMA has dropped Morris Dollens as a cover artist, and he hopes to sell to them. After an afternoon of chatter and looking at art, he stayed the night and went out the next day to Ellison's to check on the progress of the story Harlan wrote around the picture of his that Harlan bought at the Pacificon. Cele Lalli should print it Real Soon Now, with Dennis' picture as the illustration, and Harlan wants a couple more of Dennis' pictures to write stories around. Hopefully, this will mean that we'll have a new prozine artist entering from the ranks of fandom, who has both skill and a willingness to use it, and a knowledge of what kind of art the fans want.

Saturday, Al and I finished our fanzines, and I took Al's FAPAzine over to Bruce's for the FAPA mailing. For me, the rest of the afternoon was spent in fangabbing with the Pelzes. I got back home just about the time the Trimbles arrived, bringing Don Simpson with them. Dennis set out all his art in Al's room for a one-man exhibition. John brought Katya Hulan over immediately thereafter, and the women went out shopping for Phyllis' birthday present for the party Monday, while the rest of us collapsed in conversation. Dennis left that night; Don stayed.

Sunday, I got in more work on building my bookcase, which is slowly coming along. The Trimbles returned, both Hulans came by, and Tom Gilbert arrived to work on the LASFS Directory. John, Dave, Don, & Tom all went over to the Pelzes to check on how FAPA was coming along; by the time they returned, Fritz Leiber was here, adding his belated but welcome support to the keep-Coventry-out-of-SHAGGY movement. With fanac going in all directions, this didn't break up until 9 p.m. or so. One of the more worthwhile products of the day was a series of artistic collaborations between Bĵo & Don, the first of which is on our Apa L cover this week. More will follow at intervals, hopefully.

Monday evening was the birthday party for Phyllis, our waitress at Kal's, at the Labyrinth. The party was a great success except for one thing: Phyllis couldn't come. We didn't find this out until the party had already been under way for three hours, though, so it didn't throw too large a wet blanket over things. Cards were the main order of the evening. I sacrificed my principles for profit and sat in a brag game with Barney Bernard. It was hardly worth it, though; I only came out 75¢ ahead. John Trimble had night school and couldn't make it to the party, unfortunately, so I left early (12:20 a.m.) to drive Bĵo and Katwen back to Garden Grove. I got home in time for about 3 hours to sleep, then.

Tuesday, yesterday, the entire Hulan and Cox families came over in the evening to run off apa L zines and other fanzines. Welcome to Apa L, EdCo! Al had brought a case of educational filmstrips home to select which ones to show h is classes, so Katya, Anne, and I watched them and offered helpful suggestions, while Dave and Ed drove over to Bruce's to get Ed's FAPA mailing. It was another late evening when this one broke up.

Wednesday, tonight, I am typing up this issue of RR. If nobody drops by to distract me, I should get it finished. This is my fanac for tonight. Tomorrow is the LASFS Meeting, of course; with Washington's Birthday we have another long weekend coming up; and hopefully Dave Hulan and Ed Cox will want to have zines in next week's Apa L Distribution, too. It looks as though we should be able to keep the fanac going for a fair while longer.

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"Colic and bilious headaches seem unknown to them" [article on praying mantises]
Leland O. Howard, Ph.D., The Insect Book, Doubleday, Page, 1910. p. 327

Can you imagine a praying mantis with a bilious headache?


Dave Van Arnam -- So continue it, continue it, continue it! Let's get into one of the stories -- or continue the one about Zantain. Which of these kingdoms (if any) contains Armassic? ## JT started v.2 of APALling; you can still finish out v.1. ## Yes, the LASFS does have Honorary Members, and I believe the club Librarian was delegated to make a list of them so we'd know who they all were. How about it, Ed? There haven't been any HM's given in years, though, probably not since the '40's. I think both Forry Ackerman and Walt Daughtery are HM's, and I believe that Bob Bloch and Robert Heinlein are also, though I wouldn't swear to any of this. But we haven't seen Heinlein since Dec. 7 1941, which gives you some idea of how long ago these HM's were handed out.

Dick Lupoff -- I refuse to recognize any so-called history of motion picture serials that doesn't even mention Flash Gordon. Tell your friend to get back on his history of the subject.

Jim Lucas -- At least today's paperback covers (excluding the outright newsstand-porno titles) have been toned down a lot from the early '50's, when they all showed near-naked wimmin whether the stories had anything to do with them or not. What they could do with Romeo and Juliet... ## Agreed on children's literature. But while great children's literature is simple, it is also deep, in another sense. There are many books that are pleasant to read, but you forget them almost immediately because they don't have any real body to them. Series books often fall into this class; that's one reason The Wizard of Oz is remembered with so much more clarity than any of the other Oz books. Have you read anything by Nesbit or Eager? Speaking of agelessness, I was reading Nesbit's The Story of the Amulet, and even though I knew when it was written, I became so lost in the timelessness of the plot that when one of the children mentioned that England's head of government was Prime Minister Campbell-Bannerman, I was considerably jarred. ## CalTech trying to take over the LASFS? Funny; I thought it was the other way around.

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