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Issue #72, January 3rd, 1997

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In this issue:

Victor has been crunching numbers. The subject is Apak itself, in the most self-referential twist we've seen so far this year. Take a tour through the near-distant past of our printed edition in Fanzine Counts. (Web-caution: includes tables.)

Greg Benford takes time out to sum up 25 years of writing in part two of his memoir, Hard Physics: The Many-Volume Series II.

Ted White speaks of ordinary work, shifting gender, and sums up the ongoing aggressive driving discussion in The Trickle-Down Theory of Dr. Fandom.

Lesley Reece signs up for A Three-Hour Tour.

Andy Hooper does some historical excavations of The Mounds of Brown.

Our correspondents join the conversation in the letter column.

We finish with Andy's Fanzine Countdown.

This is the seventy-second issue of a tri-weekly fanzine, edited and published by Andy Hooper,
carl juarez and Victor Gonzalez, members & founding member fwa, supporters afal,
at The Starliter Building, 4228 Francis Ave. N. #103, Seattle, WA 98103, also available at fanmailAPH@aol.com. Correspondence for Victor should be sent to 403 1/2 Garfield Street S., #11, Tacoma, WA 98444, and at vxg@p.tribnet.com. carl accepts e-mail contact at cjuarez@oz.net. See below for availability and trade info, including the addresses of our British and Australian mailing agents. This is Drag Bunt Press Production #280. Apparatchiki: Jae Leslie Adams, Dr. Gregory Benford, Randy Byers, Steve Green, Woody Harrelson, Irwin Hirsh, Lesley Reece, Martin Tudor, Pam Wells & Ted White.

APPARATCHIK is the Brian G. Hughes of fandom, a Brooklyn banker and practical joker who loved to drop boxes of glass beads on the sidewalk in front of Tiffany's, who once announced a plan to exhibit a rare South American animal known as a "reetsa," which eluded capture despite running backwards. When reporters gathered at the quay, led down the gangway was -- of curse -- a steer. Apak is still available for the usual, but note that trades must be sent to both Andy and Victor (carl just wants the good ones, sent care of Andy), and/or you can get Apparatchik for $3.00 for a 3 month supply, or a year's worth for $12.00 or a lifetime subscription for $19.73, or in exchange for a bottle of orange Jarritos.

For readers in the United Kingdom, Martin Tudor will accept #10.00 for an annual subscription, #19.37 for a lifetime sub, from 24 Ravensbourne Grove, Off Clarke's Lane, Willenhall, West Midlands, WV13 1HX, UK. Australian readers can subscribe through Irwin Hirsh, 26 Jessamine Ave., East Prahran, Victoria 3181 Australia, for $4.50 (single issue), $17.00 (annual) and $28.09 (lifetime) Australian.

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