Wayne Third Foundation

The Wayne Third Foundation (aka Wayne 3rd Foundation, Wayne Third or W3F) was a fan club that began as a student group at Wayne State University in Detroit. After its members graduated, it continued as an informal social club through at least 1982. The name came from Isaac Asimov's Foundation series.

The W3F published a fanzine called Seldon's Plan, and put on a few one-day conventions called, appropriately enough, Wondaycon. Members of the club were most of the committee for AutoClave, as well, and founded MISHAP.

Members have included Gene Mierzejewski, Carol Lynn, Margaret Basta, Laura Basta, Cy Chauvin, Patty Peters, Gary Mattingly, Mark, Evelyn Leeper, Craig Newmark, Larry Downes, Gregg Trend, John Benson, Denice Hutspeth, Brian Earl Brown, Rich Tucholka, Ed Collins, Paula Blumm, Michael Kucharski, Leah Zeldes and Woody Woo.

Founding members included Stephen Cook, Alan Smith and Alex Vitek.

Many of the members still in the Detroit area and get together for periodic parties. Vitek began running annual reunions in August 2013. He also maintains a Facebook group.


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