Fantasy Amateur Press Association
The Fantasy Amateur Press Association (FAPA) was founded by Donald Wollheim in 1937. It was the first science fiction Amateur Press Association and was initially designed to be a method for distributing fanzines to as many interested readers as possible. Early FAPAns included Forrest J Ackerman, Myrtle Douglas (Morojo), Gertrude Kuslan, John B. Michel, Harry Warner, Jr., and Olon F. Wiggins.
At times, there have been long waiting lists to join. During the peak of APAs in the 1960s, there was a three-plus year waiting list and many people dropped off the waiting list before they made it to the active roster. In recent years, membership has dropped to the point where there are fewer than forty members.
Over the years, many significant members of science fiction fandom have been members, including Karen Anderson, Abby Lu Ashley, Al Ashley, Redd Boggs, Elinor Busby, Terry Carr, Walter Coslet, Leslie Croutch, Bill Donaho, Miriam Dyches/Carr/Knight/Lloyd, Georgina Ellis, Dean Grennell, Lee Hoffman, Ben Indick, David Kyle, Bruce Pelz, Larry Shaw, Larry Stark, Charles Wells, Art Widner, Rosco E. Wright, and Jean Young.