March 23rd, 2015

Kevin 1994

Peggy Rae Sapienza, RIP

As has been reported in many places, Peggy Rae (McKnight Pavlat) Sapienza died today at the age of 70 of complications from heart surgery a few weeks ago. Like many conrunners, she had a special place in my life. She could be said to be one of the people who put me along the road where I am today in my fannish life, and she certainly can be credited with holding together the 1993 Worldcon committee during a period of crisis.

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Peggy Rae was a second-generation fan. (Her father was one of the people who built the first Hugo Awards.) She was a giant among conrunners. Fandom is diminished by her departure.