(b. June 14, 1921)
William Lawrence Hamling is a member of First Fandom and currently resides in Palm Springs, California. He was a fan, writer, and editor during science fiction’s Golden Age. He published the fanzine Stardust (five issues in 1940).
He was managing editor of both Amazing and Fantastic Adventures during 1948-1950, and in 1951 became editor/publisher of Imagination, buying the title from Ray Palmer. A companion title, Imaginative Tales (late Space Travel), was later added, and he continued both until late 1958. He was involved in the Richard Shaver affair. After he cancelled his SF magazines, he put his energies into his would-be Playboy clone Rogue.
His company Greenleaf Classics published erotic novels, and he had legal problems because of it.
Hamling wanted to run Chicon I and worked with Jack Darrow to re-form the Chicago Science Fiction League in 1939, but, ultimately, it was run by the Illini Fantasy Fictioneers, instead. He was one of the Committee of Seven which ran Chicon II. He was elected to the First Fandom Hall of Fame in 2004. He was involved in a feud with Earl Singleton.
He was the subject of an Original Member Spotlight article by Jon D. Swartz and John L. Coker III in the most recent issue (New Series #50, 4th Quarter 2016) of Scientifiction: The First Fandom Report.
For more on his career, see http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/hamling_william_l