Widner Named First Lifetime FAPA Member

Art Widner at Torcon III in 2003.

Art Widner at Torcon III in 2003.

Robert Lichtman, Secretary-Treasurer of the Fantasy Amateur Press Association (FAPA), has announced that Art Widner is the organization’s first Lifetime Member, “forever freed of any obligations to pay dues and/or to contribute to the mailings.”

FAPA is fandom’s earliest apa, founded in 1937 by Donald Wollheim and John Michel. (An apa works this way: Members send their printed zines to the OE, who sends back a bundle containing a copy of every contribution. FAPA has a quarterly cycle.)

How did Art Widner qualify for this honor? Lichtman explains –

First, it helps to be 97 years old.  And having a longtime membership doesn’t hurt.  Art first joined FAPA in September 1940 and left in November 1950.  In the Fantasy Amateur for that mailing (the 53rd), it says he was dropped for “dues, activity and square dancing.”  (I take the latter as code for “raising a family and having a career.”)  He rejoined in May 1979 and has been with us ever since.  That’s a total of 46 years, more than half the life of the organization.

This was a surprise for Art, who wrote back —

“Thank U Robert & Happy New Year to all the members.  I will try to be worthy of the honor.  I want to say ‘humble’ but that’s a tricky one — the moment u say Ur Humble — U arnt.  R!”

[Thanks to Robert Lichtman for the story.]

2 thoughts on “Widner Named First Lifetime FAPA Member

  1. Art looks less Interested and Amused in that photo than I remember him usually doing in person, but snapshots are like that. Otherwise… I’m glad, because I think he deserves this Honor. (Mind you, I dropped out of The FAPA many years ago (several times, actually, if memory serves, over the decades), mostly because I felt my writings/contributions weren’t up to the level that organization deserved.)

  2. Don, you were a member from May67 to Feb83, then again from Aug89 to May97, and a third time from Aug97 to Feb98. As for your comment that you “felt my writings/contributions weren’t up to the level that organization deserved,” I don’t agree — and if you’re interested in rejoining there are open slots. I’m still the Secretary-Treasurer and would welcome you. (Same applies to anyone else reading this.)

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