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Jun
1st
2020

Calling all fen for Bob Madle · 3:04pm June 1st

A forwarded message from Curt Phillips, which I've edited slightly:

Bob Madle will celebrate his 100th birthday on June 2, 2020. Bob was one of the original members of the fandom we're all part of today, and is almost the last living link we have with our earliest history. Originally there was to be a fairly lavish birthday party at Bob's home in Rockville, MD, but now for obvious reasons that can't happen. So I have a favor to ask of every Fan reading this message, no matter where you are. Would you please join me in sending Bob Madle a birthday card?

Bob was an original member of the Philadelphia SF Society and the Science Fiction League. He was at the 1936 Philadelphia SF Conference, and was at the first Worldcon in 1939. He served in WWII, came home and became a specialty SF book dealer and still operates that business. He wrote the column INSIDE SCIENCE FICTION for the Columbia pulps in the 50's, was the TAFF delegate in 1957, and was for many years a fixture in convention dealer's rooms everywhere. He's a very knowledgeable and passionate science fiction fan and nearly all of his contemporaries are gone now. Please join me in sending Bob a birthday card for his 100th birthday, just to let him know that Fandom remembers and appreciates his lifetime of devotion to science fiction. Bob is a good friend whom I last saw about a year ago when I visited him in Rockville, and I deeply wish that I could be there in person to wish him a happy birthday this year. I would love it if the Post Office delivers a sack full of birthday cards to his home this year, and that's why I'm asking your help. Please take a moment to find a birthday card, or write a note, and drop it in the mail to:

Robert A. Madle
4406 Bestor Drive
Rockville, MD 20853-2137
Tel: (301) 460-4712

Bob doesn't have an email address, and doesn't use a computer so an old fashioned birthday card is the way to go. It will be very easy for each of you to let this request slip by, but I'm asking you to help make Bob's 100th birthday a little happier by sending that card or note. ... No matter what your fannish interests are, no matter what area of fandom you might inhabit, comics fan, Star Trek fan, gamer, filker, cosplayer, fanzine fan, convention fan, or a book & magazine collector; it all traces back to the fandom of the 1930's and Bob Madle is right at the heart of it. He was there in the beginning and he's still here with us. This may be your only chance to ever tell him "thanks" for helping to get Fandom going and for helping to keep it alive for all of us today.

Please copy this request to any fans or fannish groups you can think of. Convention mailing lists, clubs, what have you. This is a once in a lifetime event that we all can share in.

If you live outside the US and don't think you can get a card in the mail in time, you can also email me your greetings for Bob which I'll print out and promptly mail to him.

My personal thanks to all who help celebrate the 100th birthday of our friend, Bob Madle.

Best,
Curt Phillips [email]Absarka_prime at comcast dot net[/email]

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Comments ( 4 )

Makes sense that the party got cancelled, but is also safe for us all to be sending letters? Should I have a mask and gloves on when I write anything to him?

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I doubt that's necessary, though of course I can't be sure. I figure it's his decision how, or whether, to open them.

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This man sounds amazing, and I would like to make his day a bit more special. But how should I pen a message to a person I've never spoken to, and whose name and face I learned less than a day ago?

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I wrote him a card explaining that I'd gotten an email describing what he'd done for fandom, and that I was grateful for it, and hoped he had a happy birthday.

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