Ralph M. Holland

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(August 29, 1899 — January 26, 1962)

Ralph Merridette Holland was born in Youngstown, OH and lived there until his family moved to Akron in 1914. He received an engineering degree, worked “in the plant” at the Akron Beacon Journal, and later worked for B. G. Goodrich. He spent the last 40 years of his life in Cuyahoga Falls, and had been employed by Vaughn Machnery Company there.

He wrote a book featuring a fantasy character called Ghu. He adopted the alter ego of Rolf Telano because he was interested in paranormal phenomenon and knew his interest in SF would cast doubt on anything he presented as fact in the paranormal field.

As Rolf Telano he wrote A Spacewoman Speaks (1960).

Holland joined the N3F in 1950 and was president from 1958 until his death, and edited the club fanzine, The National fantasy Fan, and received the club's Kaymar Award. The N3F's Ralph M. Holland Award was named after him.

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