18 June, 2007

It was twenty years ago today...


Sergeant Pepper didn't have anything to do with it, but today is a rather special anniversary.

On Thursday 18 June 1987 - exactly twenty years ago today - myself and a fellow student, Paul Sinkovich, visited Shadows, the University of Auckland campus bar. We had a couple of occasions to celebrate, and decided to do this with a few beers.

Earlier that same day we had produced the very first copies of our own Doctor Who fanzine. Paul and I had decided over lunch that New Zealand fandom needed a Doctor Who fanzine, so in a space of a few weeks we'd created the first issue.

We called the fanzine The Time/Space Visualiser. We didn't know if it would last more than a couple of issues, but here we are, twenty years later. That fanzine - now known as TSV - is still going strong after 74 issues.

The reason I can be so sure about the exact date is that our second cause for celebration was that 18 June 1987 was my nineteenth birthday.

4 comments:

Alden said...

Happy birthday Paul (and TSV!)

Jamas Enright said...

Celebrationss! (For any and all activities this day!)

Foo said...

Yes, I'd like to wish you a happy birthday too Paul. Many happy returns.

Nigel said...

A belated congratulations. I've always appreciated TSV - even if I never subscribed (just lurked on the Website.) Especially since I think it kick-started the fourth wave of Kiwi fandom. I never knew the Shadows connection before. Of course that played a big part in the origins of AUSFS, Norcon 1 and Antecon and countless one day Star Trek minicons during the mid 80's. Cheers. Nigel Rowe