General Fan Organization
from Fancyclopedia 2 ca. 1959
An organization to include all fans; to be synonymous with fandom, as opposed to locals like WSFA and select groups like FAPA. The SFL was the first important effort at this, and it failed because of its commercial ties. TFG, ISA, and SFA had hopes, as did less important organizations like SF International. During the First Transition Speer began plugging a federal organization, but New Fandom, a centralized dictatorship, was the first to revive the aim. Before it expired, individual fans came forward with other plans, and at the suggestion of damon knight and Art Widner the N3F was formed in late 1940. This suffered the common trouble of cumbersome machinery and too little that the organization as a whole could undertake, and the stress of war conditions gave it the coup de grace despite its zombie-like later existence. However, the Plancom did suggest more activities for it than any previous such organization contemplated.
from Fancyclopedia 1 ca. 1944
An organization to include all fans, to be synonymous with fandom, as opposed to locals like the MFS and select groups like the FAPA. The SFL was the first important effort at this, and it failed because of its commercial ties. TFG, ISA, and SFA had hopes, as did less important organizations of the First Transition, such as SFAA. Speer began plugging a federal organization, but New Fandom, a centralized dictatorship, was the first to revive the aim. Before it expired, individual fans came forward with other plans, and at the suggestion of damon knight and Art Widner, the NFFF was formed in late 1940. It suffered the common trouble of cumbersome machinery and too little that the organization as a whole could undertake, and war conditions gave the coup de grace. However, its Plancom did suggest more activities for it than any previous such org had contemplated.