Recruiting
from Fancyclopedia 2 ca. 1959
A heartbreaking job. Aside from publicity, some fans go to work on their personal acquaintances, flooding them with supply of proz and presently fanzines, only to have them turn away with an evasive or pitying look. Other recruiters send letters and fanzine samples to writers of promising letters in the readers' sections of the pro mags, getting little or no response. The N3F WelCommittee was originally set up to do this sort of thing. According to the IPO, most fans of 1938 got in touch with fandom by answering ads of fanzines in the proz; only a few thru personal contacts. Later personal contacts and publicity of club meetings played a larger role in spreading the infection. Cons and large locals like the old QSFL — or hyperactive ones like WSFA and the Nameless Ones — encourage the stfnist to become an active fan once he's wandered into our toils.
from Fancyclopedia 1 ca. 1944
A heartbreaking job. Aside from publicity, some fans go to work on their personal acquaintances, flooding them with supply of proz and presently fanzines, only to have them turn away with a pitying of evasive look. Other recruiters send letters and fanzine samples to writers of promising letters in the readers' sections of the pro mags, getting little or no response. The NFFF set up a Welcom to do this sort of thing. According to the IPO, most fans of 1938 got in touch with fandom by answering ads of fanzines in the pro zines; only a few thru personal contacts. Later personal contacts and publicity of club meetings played a larger role in spreading the infection. Conventions and large locals like the old QSFL encourage the stfnist to become an active fan once he's wandered into our toils.