Myrtle Rebecca Douglas
--520 07 0328
I Remember Morojo
by Forrest J Ackerman
February 11, 1965
Los Angeles, Calif.
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Robert Lichtman introduces Morojo:
Myrtle R. Douglas was a fellow Esperanto enthusiast who Forrest J Ackerman met at a “world language meeting” according to Harry Warner Jr. in All Our Yesterdays. He soon introduced her to the LASFS, and the rest is…well, fan history.
She made the first costumes ever worn at a Worldcon for her and Forry at the very first one in 1939, as pictured on page 11 of Elmer and Forry’s memorial fanzine, and followed that up with costumes at the two other pre-WW2 Worldcons. Additionally, she was coeditor of Voice of the Imagi-Nation (aka VoM) throughout its run, and as Forry writes, that fanzine might not have existed were it not for her devotion to stenciling and mimeographing each issue.
Her Room 689 at the first Chicon in 1940 was legendary in much the same way Room 770 was a decade later. In a posting on File770.com, Bill Warren refers to her as “Forry’s old girlfriend,” but there’s no one around to ask whether they were more than just a fannish couple. She was an important early fan, one of the first women in fandom prominent on her own (despite the Ackerman connection), and this memorial fanzine gives details on her unavailable elsewhere by two who knew her well. (520 07 0328 was Elmer B. Perdue).
Rylan Bachman on Morojo and Esperanto:
One of the early LASFS members was a Esperantist named Myrtle Rebecca Douglas. This fanzine is about her passing and her profound effect on other fans and notable people in science fiction. I scanned this fanzine in particular because I am currently helping a project that is being collaborated on by Esperantists and science fiction fans.
Every year for the past six years, director Christopher R. Mihm, his family, friends, and local actors have made an imitation 1950's low budget science fiction / monster movie.
Last year we made a movie called Attack of the Moon Zombies. This is a movie set on an international moonbase reached by atomic bomb propelled rockets.
See also Christopher Mihm's own site.
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