Art Widner was one of the founding members of The Stranger Club, the pioneers of Boston fandom, and chaired Boskone I and Boskone II (1941 and 1942), the first two Boston SF conventions. In 1941 he organized a car pool from the East Coast to Denvention I, an adventurous undertaking in those days. He has published over 160 fanzines, the longest running of which was YHOS (1940-45 and 1979-2001). He helped to published The Stranger Club fanzine Fanfare. He helped found the N3F edited Bonfire in 1941 and 1944, and was president in 1947. He was one of the five people attending Boskone IV.
He invented one of the first science fiction board games, Interplanetary. It was never published commercially, but handmade versions were played at Boskone III and many later conventions. A member of First Fandom and the First Fandom Hall of Fame, he was honored with the Big Heart Award in 1989, was the 1991 DUFF delegate and, in 2001, was selected as Past President of the Fan Writers of America for 2000. Along with the other members of The Stranger Club, he was Fan Guest of Honor at Noreascon 3. He was nominated for the 1946 Best Fan Writer Retro Hugo at L.A.con III in 1996. He received a Special Lifetime Achievement Award at Corflu in 2011. He was FGoH at Norwescon VI in 1983. On August 19, 2011, while attending a birthday party for Randy Smith at Renovation, he claimed to be the World's Oldest Living Fan.
He often signs his name with a variation of R. Twidner (R! Twidner).
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