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Hello and welcome to Florida Fandom on line.  Florida Fandom has been around since 1976 as a Fanzine.  We have stayed with the times as well as we could.  When we started we would type up articles on an electric typewriter and then cut and paste them together, using rubber cement, adding press type for the titles and pasting on original artwork. We would then take the paste up to a printer and have it printed off set.  We would latter move to a computer to type it up on, but still had to cut and paste to put it together and instead of original artwork, we could use photo copies of the artwork.  Titles could also be handled by computer. We changed from off set printing to the then much cheaper photocopies (They had dropped from over 25¢ for a one side fuzzy copy to about 7¢ for a two sided sharp copy). Computers and their programs got better and we were able to put together entire issue on the computer.  In 1996 we took the next step and started this online version.  Our hope were for an ever growing site retaining the original departments from the zine. In October 2011 we went the next step...we wanted to do something that would be more like the old print edition - so our 35th anniversary issue came out in PDF and we started project revision to make updated editions of all the original issues so that they could also be done in PDF versions.

Back in 1976 Ruth and I wanted to start a Florida based fanzine being both for and about Florida fans.  Having been introduced to Fanzines by John Ellis (of Star Trek Federation of Fans) and having co-edited with John many of the STFF newszines Tholian Registry, I was ready to start.  After a few issues we realized that the zine was for more than just Florida fans, as we had readers and contributors from all over the country.  Most copies were given away free in exchange for other zines, artwork and articles.  This was sort of an early version of the Internet except we depended on snail mail to stay in touch.  We never changed the name because by this time everyone knew us as Florida Fandom.  Today we live in the mountains of East Tennessee and we still are keeping our original name: Florida Fandom.

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