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), Harry Warner, Jr., John B. Michel, and Jack Speer.
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.