By Martin Morse Wooster: Long-time Baltimore fan Amy Paul died on October 4 from lymphoma. She was 54. She was active in Baltimore fandom since the mid-1980s, when she came to Baltimore after getting a minority scholarship (for white people) to Morgan State, a historically black university. She had some Cherokee background, and was very interested in American Indian culture and spirituality and regularly attended Ecumenicon, a convention for people interested in alternative religions. She often used the fannish name Reverend Blessing Bird, although I don’t know who ordained her as a minister.
One story I heard about her involved when she lived in the Baltimore slanshack Fandom Republic in the mid-1980s. She showed up with a single bed, and legendary Baltimore fan Lee Smoire asked how she was going to have sex in such a small bed. Paul responded that she intended to postpone sex until marriage. Smoire was shocked and appalled.
The Baltimore Science Fiction Society is going to have a memorial party for Amy Paul in early November.