He is probably best known for playing music of every sort on a melodica at cons, but his involvement in filk goes back to the 70s, where his Filthy Pierre's Microfilk was one of the very first filk books published, well before published filk became common. He was also one of the main forces behind the East Coast Singalong style of filk. He wrote Jophan the Musical.
While at MIT he was a member of MITSFS and chaired Boskone 3 (which as an innovation, was the second Boskone to be held that year and the only one sponsored by MITSFS), and compiled and published the MITSFS Index. He invented the Voodoo Board. He also organized ConVoy and Buscon.
His writings include How to Start Your Own Country, Basement Nukes: the Consequences of Cheap Weapons of Mass Destruction, Complete Guide to Science Fiction Conventions and The Case Against a Libertarian Political Party. He also writes the monthly "SF Conventional Calendar" for Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. He published The Con Game. From 1974 to 1996, he published the SF Convention Register.
Awards, Honors and GoHships:**
- 1996 — Magic Carpet Con
- 1998 — Filk Hall of Fame
- 2002 — Interfilk Guest at Conchord 2002
- 2004 — Special Committee Award from Noreascon 4, Big Heart Award
- 2005 — Astronomicon 2005, Fellow of NESFA
- 2010 — Albacon 2010
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