UPCOMING CONS

MagFest 2020 -- January 2nd - 5th, 2020
Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD

RECENT CONS

IndyFurCon 2019 -- August 23rd - 25th, 2019
Indianapolis Marriott East, Indianapolis, IN

FuMPFest 2019 -- August 9th - 11th, 2019
Holiday Inn Chicago O'Hare, Chicago, IL

Confluence 2019 -- July 26th - 28th, 2019
Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel, Corapolis, PA

Anthrocon 2019 -- July 4th - 7th, 2019
David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Coraopolis, PA


NEWS OF THE CREW

Congratulations to our members who have been nominated for the 2019 Pegasus Awards:
Bill Sutton, Best Filk Song for "Vor"
Bill Roper, Best Sing-Along Song for "Teenage Popsicle Girl"
Mark Bernstein, Best Family Song for "Welcome Home"

You can vote for your favorit or hear the nominated songs at http://www.ovff.org/pegasus/2019finalballot.html. Voting ends midnight Pacific Time on Tuesday, October 22, 2019.

Our very own David Stein was invited to contribute an article to the Apollo XI themed edition of Journey Planet. Issue #46 can be found at http://journeyplanet.weebly.com/journey-planet/journey-planet-46-apollo-xi.

Please raise a glass to toast our newest members, Bill Pearson and Laura Pearson. Welcome and congratulations. Shai Dorsai!




NEWS OF FANDOM
The Smithsonian Magazine has published an article on the origin, use, and evolution of the term "Mary Sue". The article features the story of how and why Paula Smith and Sharon Ferraro, DI, coined the term in their Star Trek fanzine.

The article can be found at the Smithsonian Magazine website, https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/these-women-coined-term-mary-sue-180972182/.


Gary McGath has published a history of filk, "Tomorrow's Songs Today, The History of Filk Music"

Available as a free PDF or ePub at http://www.mcgath.com/tst/, it is a very readable, and deeply researched history of filk around the world. Highly Recommended.






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