Some of you undoubtedly recall Bob Lichtman as a member of NAPA in
the early sixties. Bob (P.O. Box 30, Glen Ellen, CA 95442) is still
active in the Fantasy Amateur Press Association (FAPA) founded by
Donald Wollheim and others in 1937. He is recovering from injuries
suffered in an automobile accident last year. I know Bob from my
own period in FAPA from about 1976 to 1991.
Danner is the last of a line of fandom printers beginning with
Charles D. Hornig (The Fantasy Fan) in the 1930s. Most fans could
not afford printing presses and used hectographs, spirit
duplicators, mimeographs or even just carbon paper. But a few,
like many amateur journalists of the same era, were printers. Like
Tryout Smith, Bill Danner kept printing into his nineties, and
fortunately we still have him with us. On a sadder note, one must
note the death in March 1999 of Claire Beck, 79, one of the
proprietors, with his brothers Groo and Clyde, of The Futile Press
of Lakeport, California. The Becks'
Science Fiction Critic
was probably the first creditable "sercon" magazine devoted to the
science fiction field. They also printed the first edition (only
seventy-five copies) of Howard P. Lovecraft's
Notes and Commonplace Book
THOSE STRANGE LINES IN LEATHER OR PRUNELLA #9
Shortly after I picked up my copies of the last issue from Kinko's
Copies here in Glenview, I noticed that my copies contained a
distortionÄon each half-page there was one line of text blown up
from its original 10-point height to about 14-point height. The
deadline was near, so decided to fold my copies and to send them
off to our mailer. For that, I apologize both to the NAPAns and to
the Gissing scholars who saw the last issue.
The defect is not contained in my original paste-up. Let me
explain: I produce
Leather or Prunella
using Wordperfect 5.0 software with Facelift fonts. I take my four
pages and paste them up on both sides of a single sheet so that
they can be folded as a brochure. There's a fair amount of artist's
tape on each side of the sheet although with practice I have
learned to be more economical. Fellow NAPAn Jim Jackson noticed
this defect and wrote to me about it. As it so happened, I had
business at Kinko's Copies shortly after I received Jim's letter,
so I took my original paste-up in to the store, along with the
photocopy of my final product which Jim had sent to me.
Regrettably, the manager was not on duty, but the staff member on
duty theorized that the heavy tape on my paste-up caused the
original to fail to sit evenly on the copier paten, thereby
producing the distortion.
What I still don't understand is this: if this explanation is
correct, I would have expected wavy distortion throughout the text.
Instead what I got was one line on each half of each side of the
paste-up increased in size. On the final page of this issue, I
include at the top a sample portion of my final product and on the
bottom the same portion of my original paste-up. It seems to me
that the third line above the magnified line in this sample page
is truncated in height but I am not sure. Certainly, this defect
is less noticeable than the line which is increased in height. I
still believe the copier must have been operating in some type of
autocorrection mode to produce this strange result. Does anyone
have an explanation?KWF.