CFG Rules

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CFG rules denote a prohibition against the saving of seats at fan gatherings, as practiced for decades by the Cincinnati Fantasy Group, a fan club. CFG rules state that any vacant chair is fair game, even if the previous occupant got up only to get another drink.

Taking the chair under such circumstances, a new possessor may triumphantly announce, “CFG rules!” The custom, complete with announcement, applies at many room parties and fannish social events far beyond Cincinnati and often when no member of the CFG is actually present.

(Probably post-1950s. No present-day CFG member can date the custom definitively, but it seems to go back to the 1960s.)

Contributor: Leah Zeldes Smith, from STET 9.

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