NEW AND OLD ISSUE JUNE 1982
TAFF TALK continues under the new administration, the new administrator considering that the title is mighty fine just as it is, and that to expend rare and valuable brain cells upon devising a new and doubtless inferior one would serve no useful purpose. The new administrator is, of course, me -- narrow victor of the 1981/2 race over the gallant Rog Peyton (who would have been a wide winner) -- KEVIN SMITH, of
10 CLEVES COURT, ST MARK'S HILL, SURBITON, SURREY, KT6 4PS, ENGLAND
but not for much longer. From the end of July 1982 1 shall be in Manchester at an address yet to be determined, but which will receive wide publicity -- Ansible willing -- as soon as it has been. The new administration will be following the tried and trusted fund raising methods of the old: confidence trickery, threats, blackmail, extortion, and any other nefarious chicanery that springs to mind. Why change a winning formula?
Why, indeed? After a brilliantly successful two years as European Administrator, Dave Langford handed over to me the accumulated TAFF fund, a sum of £1,220.97. Enormous thanks are due to him for his tremendous feat, and also for collecting so much money. Some of this sum (as it were) will go towards my TAFF trip to Chicon IV in September; the remainder will remain in the kitty for future TAFF winners. However, do not let this remainder distract your minds from the serious consideration of...
It is one of the immutable laws of fandom that TAFF always requires more money, and once again I do not propose to make any effort to change this. TAFF still requires money. Lots of it. The more the better. Already Martin Hoare has responded to the call and donated One Belgian Franc, a coin worth approximately 1¼p (or, once you try to exchange it in a bank, -58¾p). But never mind: a future North American TAFF delegate may wish to visit Belgium, and he can take the very coin with him there, where it will purchase approximately nothing...
If you have no money to spare, but do have some old junk (as we call it in the trade), TAFF can usually find a way of converting it into cash. Just send your Heinlein first editions, H G Wells first editions, Cyrano de Bergerac first editions, Lucian of Samosata first editions, etc, to me at the above address.
Round about now, STU SHIFFMAN (TAFF's North American Administrator) will be declaring the 1982/3 race open, to bring a selected person to Albacon 2 next Easter. Potential North American candidates and contributors reading this before any of Stu's own publicity pieces should get in touch with him at
19 BROADWAY TERRACE #lD, NEW YORK, NY 10040, U S A.