Bob was living in the Baltimore-Washington area when he became prominent throughout fandom as an active bidder for the successful Baltimore in '83 Worldcon bid. He traveled to numerous conventions around the country to throw bidding parties and give "Backrubs for Baltimore," usually accompanied by Scott Dennis ("Squirrel").
He became part of the Xanadu Project and moved to California along with Roger Gregory, Hugh Daniel and other fans who worked on what almost (but not quite) invented the World Wide Web. He had by that time married Toots Lovell and gafiated. Later, he lived in the Chicago area, and had moved to Houghton, Michigan, at the time of his death.
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