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 in the 1960s through at least 1979. After its members graduated, it continued as an informal social club for a while. 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 included Gene Mierzejewski, Alex Vitex, Carol Lynn, Margaret Basta, Laura Basta, Cy Chauvin, Patty Peters, Gary Mattingly, Mark and 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.

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


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