By John Hertz: Maybe they stay the same and maybe they don’t.
Filling up the corners, as hobbits say, of Hugo and Retro-Hugo nominating ballots, you might have looked at Le Zombie 48 (Brother Tucker’s fanzine, 1943) and noticed Page 4.
If not, I invite you. See here.
They’re answers to a set of questions he mailed.
Compare with fandom today. Never mind, for the moment, whether this was a representative sample. And there was, of course, a war on.
The answers he tabulated and printed were age and occupation.
Sixty-seven including him (27; movie projectionist). Age range, 14 – 48; mean, 28; mode, 21.
Okay, look at the occupations. Never mind the Army (four), the Navy (three), and “offense worker” (one; obviously Tucker couldn’t resist letting it stand). Never mind that eleven of sixteen age 18 or younger were student. In 1943 there was no one to say software engineer; look at the rest.
Tucker’s comment at the end was “What a motley crew!” Then he explained he wanted to know because he was building a space-ship.
I’ll not copy the list. See for yourself.