SUNCON ’91: Progress Report No. One: Bio on Leigh Edmonds

Transcribed by Doug Burbidge

In S.F. Commentary-the Reprint Edition, there is a photograph (dated Easter 69) of Leigh Edmonds with short hair and no beard. It is the only proof that I have seen that Leigh was not born with beard and long hair. (Although this would support Tim Reddan’s theory that to be a Big Name Fan in Oz, one must have a beard, glasses, and short – longish hair. Tim would claim that this photo predates Leigh’s becoming a BNF. I myself have some doubts as to the validity of this theory.)

I don’t dispute, however, the fact that Leigh Edmonds is a BNF. A brief summary of some of Leigh’s considerable fanac will demonstrate this:
  1974: First Australian winner of DUFF
  1975: Vice-Chair of Aussiecon I
  1976: Ditmar for Best Fanzine – Fanew Sletter
  1977: Fan GOH at Q-Con
  1984: Ditmar for Best Fanzine – Rataplan/Ornithopter
  1984: Ditmar for Best Fan Writer
  1985: Nominated for Best Fan Writer Hugo
             Nominated for Best Fanzine Hugo for Rataplan
             Ditmar for Best Fan Writer
  1986: Ditmar for Best Fan Writer

(Patricia has just said to me – remember, we have limited space here) Still, I should list some of the fanzines Leigh has edited: Rataplan, Orinthopter, Fanew Sletter, The Notional (with Valma Brown), Boys Own Fanzine (with John Foyster), Fuck The Tories (with Valma Brown, Joseph Nicholas, Judith Hanna, and Terry Hughes).

I don’t think I have to say anything more to prove that Leigh is a BNF.

About australian sf-history

ASFDAP was set up in 2011 after the rediscovery by the wider SF community of an impressive hoard of Australian SF community related ephemera, fanzines and other materials in the Murdoch University basement.
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