Pulpcon Chairman Bob Gorton

Jun 19, 2018 by

PulpFest has learned that Bob Gorton, former chairman of Pulpcon, passed away on May 31. A retired mathematics professor at the University of Dayton, Bob was known for his dry sense of humor. He served as an important bridge between the lengthy term of Rusty Hevelin as Pulpcon chairman and the founding of PulpFest in 2009. A quiet man, Bob was the winner of the Lamont Award in 2002, presented at Pulpcon 31 in Dayton, Ohio. He will be missed.

(Rudolph Belarski painted the cover for the September 1934 issue of WINGS.)

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PulpCon founder Rusty Hevelin’s Collection now Housed at the University of Iowa

Jan 12, 2015 by

Al Tonik (L) & Rusty Hevelin (R) at Pulpcon 1999

Al Tonik (L) & Rusty Hevelin (R) at Pulpcon 1999
(Photo by Chuck Welch)

An article in a recent edition of the Des Moines Register highlights the University of Iowa’s acquisition of the Rusty Hevelin Collection. Donated by the PulpCon founder upon his death, the collection is now partially accessible to the public.

“The scope of the collection is astounding,” said Peter Balestrieri, the UI curator in charge of cataloging the Hevelin Collection. “There are fanzines that date back to before World War I all the way into the 21st century. Every topic you could imagine is covered there, and we’ve just begun to unpack it.”

Columnist Daniel Finney writes that “Hevelin was by most accounts the greatest science fiction convention collector and attendee of all time. He built a massive archive in more than 70 years of collecting.” Rusty is, of course, well-known to the PulpFest crowd. His PulpCon was the precursor to the summer pulp festival now held in Columbus, OH.

On why Hevelin donated his collection to UI, Finney writes: “He helped found the two largest conventions in Iowa — Icon in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area, and DemiCon in Des Moines. His positive experiences apparently led him to donate his archives to UI.”

For more information on the Hevelin Collection please contact the University of Iowa Library Special Collections at lib-spec@uiowa.edu

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