George Flynn and 1.37

George Flynn had a widely-respected reputation in fandom for taking a careful analytical look at things most smofs just guessed at: convention growth, convention demographics, budgets, sizes of fandoms, voting patters, etc.

A a Worldcon the convention newsletter was edited by an LA fan (this was probably Chicon IV in 1982 where Mike Glyer was editor) and each issue, the newsletter found an opportunity to tease George by adding a comment to the effect that "George Flynn said the drink served was 1.37 time larger than any previous Nuclear Fizz." Each time, the statistic was always 1.37.

This jest was repeated during the Connie Bailout when the SCIFI donation consisted of 100 checks for $13.70 plus a single check for the remaining balance.