organization out of The Fossils and with definite standards of
membership, even if we have no more than 100 ever."
Helm to Vondy, 4/16/50: "By this time you surely know that Ralph
had nothing to do with the four-page
It was a skillful job, but I fear that it has done considerable
harm. Knowing Ralph as well as I do, I could not be sure that it
wasn't his. But the more I examined it the more it looked like a
hoax. The burlesque of Cornwall, those fake appointments by Ellis and
the mischievous gossip, the tongue-in-cheek praise of Carrier all
sounded counterfeit. Though dispatched in Great Neck, it was not
mailed as second-class matter, and no one is more aware than Ralph
of the value of that mailing privilege.
"Of course the printing wasn't Ralph'sunless he wished to turn
his back on all standards of craftsmanship. But who is guy? If you
all compare notes at the Fossil dinner I hope you'll let me know your
Also, ending his letter: "I hope Alf can be elected president, not
just because he's earned it but also because I think he could pull
us out of the doldrums. We've had a disappointing year, and it's not
entirely Al Lee's fault."
Vondy to Helm, 4/19/50: "This whole year in NAPA has been such a huge
burlesque that I am not surprised to learn the March
is a hoax, though I confess I did not think so until your letter arrived.
True, I did not analyze it too carefully, having other things to do, and
I did harbor the thought for a few moments, but I did not 'put it past'
Ralph to issue just such a number in a pique. I am aghast at the