Samuel D. Russell

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(March 1, 1919 — July 14, 1975)

A fan who became active in the MFS in Minneapolis in the early 40s and then was very active in LASFS in Los Angeles during the War. He was deeply interested in H. P. Lovecraft and was co-editor with Francis Towner Laney of The Acolyte in the 40s and published Haunted in the 60s. He published Have at Thee Knanves as part of the War of the Knanves. He was a member of FAPA September 1942 to August 1948 and again (briefly, as he did not contribute and was dropped for inactivity) in 1969-70.

During and after the war, Russell was an undercover FBI agent who, among other things, investigated many LASFS members who were members of the Communist Party. He testified against them — blowing his cover — during the McCarthy era (with no consequences), but later reconciled with some of them. He moved to England in 1972 where he died.

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