When I published The EC Fan Bulletin
in 1953, Bill Gaines probably expected something a bit more classy. He realized it could be done better, so he did a slight upgrade on my title and began planning his EC Fan-Addict Bulletin
. Perhaps anticipating my reaction to seeing my publication and title co-opted, overwhelmed and subsumed, he appointed me Contributing Editor. His ploy worked, and I congratulated myself on this amazing turn of events. I was no longer just EC Fan-Addict #503.
The New York publishing world was begging for the writings of a high school kid in East Texas! It was so exciting, I jumped on my Whizzer motorbike and rode five miles at top speed. When I calmed down, I sat at the Royal typewriter and dashed off several pages, which I immediately mailed to Bill Gaines. However, when his first issue arrived, it turned out to be nothing more than a single sheet promotional newsletter with no room for my ravings. No matter. The Royal was hungry for more words, and I could feed it.
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