Dr. Christine Haycock (1924-2008)

Andrew Porter writes: “Dr. Christine Haycock, 84, widow of Sam Moskowitz, died after a sudden unexpected illness on January 23 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Wayne, New Jersey. She had been in the process of moving from her home in Newark, NJ, to relatives in the Midwest, and had sold her remaining SF paintings and other collections before becoming ill. An award-winning surgeon and professor, active in cancer research, she was a nurse in World War II, and after becoming an M.D., was the first woman intern at Walter Reed Medical Center. In later years she obtained a Master’s in Political Science at Rutgers, was a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College. She retired from the military with the rank of Colonel in 1984. With her husband, whom she married in 1958, she attended hundreds of local, regional and World conventions, was a GoH at the 1965 Disclave, and was active in New Jersey fandom. She was buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.”

Datclave Redux

One more sign of the Millennium? The Washington Science Fiction Association now holds Datclave more often than Disclave. Yes, Datclave II is about to take place.

The very first Datclave was held Leap Year weekend of 1980 according to a club rule that a con be held whenever there is a fifth Friday in the month of February. This only happens once every 28 years. However, the club stopped holding Disclave, its big Memorial Day convention, in 1997. (WSFA now sponosrs Capclave in the fall.) That’s why the proverbial turtle is going to win this race.

The fellow who chaired the first Datclave, Kent Bloom, claims a prior conrunning commitment this year, so Bob McIntosh has been pressed into service. Datclave II will be, as the flyer says, “the Washington D.C. Relaxacon with the Gettysburg Address.” They’ll hold it at the Hotel Gettysburg on Lincoln Square, February 29-March 2, 2008. For membership information, visit the club website.

Update 3/4/08: Corrected name of chairman.