THE SKYRACK NEWSLETTER – 5th ANNISH
This is SKYRACK number 66, a fifth birthday issue dated 4th April 1964, and published by Ron Bennett, 17 Newcastle Road, Wavertree, Liverpool 15, England. 6d per copy. 2/6d for 6 issues. 35 cents for six issues in the USA (70¢ for 6 issues sent airmail) where subscriptions may be sent to Robert Coulson, Route 3, Wabash, Indiana 46992. News of interest to sf fans always welcomed, as is the return of Arthur “Atom” Thomson with the heading and cartoon this issue.
IT’S NO USE. I’ve tried hard, but even after counting the ballot forms three times, I’ve got to admit that the unlikely event of a tie for first place in the Best Fan Publication section of the SKYRACK 1963 Poll has indeed occurred. SKYRACK and HYPHEN are joint leaders with 191 points each, though I’ve tried hard to slip in a few extra points for SKY here and there!
The actual return was disappointing. 29 worthy fans voted, a slightly larger number than last year, but it should be remembered that over 200 forms were distributed this year, the OMPA mailing being circulated in addition to SKYRACK’s mailing list of 160 list. The top three fanzines were in the lead from the first ballot papers in, though the actual lead changed hands several times. The 28 good people who voted, apart from myself, were: Brian Aldiss, Jill Adams, John Baxter, Sid Birchby, Redd Boggs, Terry Bull, Ken Cheslin, Buck Coulson, Tony Dupla, John Foyster, Colin Freeman, Keith Freeman, Phil Harbottle, John-Henri Holmberg, Terry Jeeves, Eddie Jones, Ethel Lindsay, Jhim Linwood, Ken McIntyre, Archie Mercer, Michael Moorcock, Ella Parker, John Roles, Dick Schultz, Norman Shorrock, Peter Singleton, Charles Smith and Desmond Squire. Special thanks are due to Sid Birchby, Ethel Lindsay, Ella Parker and Norman Shorrock whose names have been on this listing for every one of the five SKYRACK polls.
The actual meagre return forces one to ask the question, “Is there any point in continuing with the poll in future years?” and opinions are solicited on this matter.
It was the intention, following the clean sweep in former ballots of BASTION covers carrying the Best Cover section, to announce that BASTION 4 had won the same section this year too, despite the fact that the magazine made no appearance in 1963. The temptation was resisted.
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THE 1963 SKYRACK POLL, covering the field of British fan activity during the entire year, January- December, 1963.
THE BEST BRITISH FAN PUBLICATION OF 1963
1. HYPHEN (Walt Willis, 170 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast 4,
N. Ireland. 1/- or 15¢. Irregular) 191 points. 2nd last year.
Out of last year’s top ten are Eric Bentcliffe’s and Norman Shorrock’s BASTION, Ella Parker’s ORION and PARKER’S PEREGRINATIONS and Bobbie Gray’s OMPAzine, VAGARY.
Runners-up this year are: 11. ASTOUNDING CHECKLIST (Jeeves) and THE SCARR (Charters) each with 47 points, as is Hunter’s OUTPOST, 14. THE PETERBOROUGH CONVENTION BOOKLET (produced by Eddie Jones) with 35 points, 15. Roy Kay’s CHAOS with 29 points, 16. ENFOCADO (26 points), 17. POINTS OF VIEW/BEYOND (23 pts), 18. ROT (22pts), 19. THE BSFA LIBRARY LIST (21 pts) and equal 20. ICARUS and THE JOHN RUSSELL FEARN APPRECIATION, each with 15 points.
It is realised that any fanzine which conducts a poll is going to have returns weighted in its favour, and accordingly this poll must be seen to be a moral victory, at the very least, for HYPHEN whose publishing staff wins everyone’s most deserved congratulations.
THE BEST INDIVIDUAL FANZINE FEATURE OF 1963
THE BEST FAN COLUMN OF 1963
THE BEST FAN ARTIST OF 1963
the best fanzine cover of 1963 (yes, it should be capitalised)
THE YEAR’S BEST FANZINE REPORT
THE BEST PROFESSIONAL MAGAZINE OF 1963
THE YEAR’S BEST PROFESSIONAL FEATURE
THE BEST PROFESSIONAL WRITER OF 1963
LEADING FAN PERSONALITY OF 1963
THE BEST BRITISH WRITER OF 1963
Out of last year’s top ten rating are those sadly missed ladies, Ella Parker and Bobbie Gray.
Once again, that’s it for another year. And many thanks indeed to all who voted. Several of you asked for a complete listing of past winners, so briefly, here it is.
Change of address: Jhim & Marion Linwood, 10 Meadow Cotts., Netherfield, Notts.
THE FIFTH ANNUAL NIEDERRHEIN CON was held in Duisburg over weekend (?) 21/22 March. Idealist Dieter Steinseifer was awarded a mock scroll as “Fan of the Year”, but refused to accept and spoke seriously against such “foolish” undertakings as the real scroll was awarded to Rolf Gindorf. GoH was Franz Rottensteiner and organiser Franz Ettl spoke of plans to hold the first German fancy dress party at Marquarstein’s August Castle Con. Some 45 fans attended the Duisburg con, amongst them Tom Schluck, Rolf Gindorf, Burkhard Bluem, Mario Kwiat, Thea Grade and Wolf gang Thadewald, all of whom: thanks for the cards. A stamp portraying Ringo Bach, indeed! Sounds almost Welsh!
FOR THE RECORD, congratulations to Sarah Marie Walsh, born 18 Dec 63 and weighing 7 lbs 12 oz for possessing such nice parents. Still, can we expect less from convention chairmen?
STOP DUPER: A full set of RePeterCon Quote Cards can be yours! All 194 without the agony of searching beneath carpets! 5/- or $1 per set on card. Reduction of 1/6 or 20¢ if 100 cards accompany order. From Norman Shorrock or Ron Bennett. All profits go to TAFF. Limited card on hand. Buy now.