Aug. 29 to
Sept. 2, 2002
Fans - John & Bjo Trimble
John and Bjo Trimble are rare fans in that they have changed the face of fandom significantly not once but twice.
Most people know about Bjo's campaign to save 'Star Trek,' and the concomitant influx of female fans, the rise of media fandom and the growth of the Trek conventions. That was a major influence on fandom as we know it now. But before that, they created something that we all take for granted.
Without John and Bjo, conventions might not have art shows. Their Project Art Show, and its fanzine 'Pas-Tell,' changed the way fans look at art. In the early days of fandom, the art at cons was donated by publishers (generally magazine publishers) for auctions to help cover the convention expenses. Since the art shows started, they have become one of the major sources of new professional artists (George Barr, Alicia Austin, Tim Kirk and many more started there) and artists in SF have taken on a great deal more power and respect. Add in their personal support of such artists as George and Alicia, and you'll see the Trimbles put real effort into those they believe in.
And this ignores John's fan writing, Bjo's cartoons and posters, and their other efforts to maintain fandom as a new and exciting place for people to grow. We'll tell you a lot more about them as we move toward the con. For now, know that they will be interesting, intelligent and caring guests, and that we are very proud to honor them.
- Tom Whitmore
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