The recipients of
this year's Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund, Jim Mowatt
of the U.K., and Down Under Fan Fund, Bill Wright
of Australia, visited New Orleans right after WorldCon, from
September 3rd- 5th. Both flew out on the 6th, Jim back home and
Bill on to his next US stop.
A small party was held for them with local fandom at the home of Janice
and David of Metairie.
In case you're asking yourself just what TAFF and DUFF are:
"The Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund, often known as TAFF, was created in
1953 for the purpose of providing funds to bring well-known and popular members
science fiction fandom familiar to fans on
both sides of the ocean, across the Atlantic ...Since that time TAFF has
North American fans to
conventions and European fans to North
American conventions...Winning TAFF candidates are expected to write a trip
report, which customarily takes the form of a
fanzine or a series of fanzine articles.
These fanzines are sometimes sold in order to help raise funds towards future
TAFF trips. In addition, winners take over the administration of the fund for
their region (Europe or North America) until the next regional TAFF delegate is
selected (usually a period of two years, unless the next race is delayed)."
"The Down Under Fan Fund, also known as DUFF, was created by John
Foyster in 1970 as a means of increasing the face-to-face communication between
science fiction fans in Australia and New Zealand, and North America... He based
the procedures of DUFF on the already-existing TAFF."
Rebecca Smith, Commander Area 504