Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee
kevin_standlee

Thank You, FANAC

WSFS's attorney asked me today if there was anything that showed the Hugo Award trophy in use in its early days, so that if we are asked by the US Patent & Trademark Office (we're in the process of filing a service mark on the rocket trophy design), we could show first use. Thanks to the FANAC fan history web site, I was able to find a page from a 1955 Worldcon progress report that shows pictures of that year's trophy and calls it a Hugo. In those early days, "Hugo" was only the informal name, the formal one being "Science Fiction Achievement Award," a la Oscar/Academy Award.

Note that not only had they prepared their trophies in plenty of time to have pictures of them in their last progress report, but that there was none of the current nonsense about keeping the trophy base design a secret until an unveiling at the ceremony. Of course, in those days the bases were all simple blocks, too.
Tags: hugo award, mark protection, worldcon
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