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 Richard Monroe “Rick” Sneary

Richard Monroe “Rick” Sneary

South Gate, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death 1999 (aged 71–72)
Henderson, Clark County, Nevada, USA
Burial Henderson, Clark County, Nevada, USA
Memorial ID 64778552 · View Source
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Written by Rick Sneary, circa 1950-55:

I was born Richard Monroe Sneary on July 6, 1927, of rather average upper middle class parents. My Father is a Union Pacific Railway Engineer, and my Mother is an ex-Harvy Girl, from the days when it was staffed from some of the better Eastern families. I have one sister, [Marjorie Lois Sneary] who marryed when I was 11, and thus left me vertually an only child.

In appearance I am told I resemble Ray Palmer some what. A fact that has not prevented me from feuding with that worthy gentalman at times in the past. I'm 5'3", and weigh 100 lbs, with blue eyes and brown hair and, at the moment, mustache. Do to the fact that asthma left me without lungs, I do not smoke, and while not averged to beer, still find it a bitter draft.

My spelling, my apparent greatest clame to fame is soully the result of the asthma which bothered me tell about two years ago. I was unable to attend school, and not being an abnormally bright lad was not overly interested in learning. I had hoped that by writing a great deal that it would improve. But after calqulation the other day that I had written in the neighborhood of a million words, I see there is still much room to improve.

As with most shut-ins, I was an omnifarious reader, but we neather had, nor like so many fan, did I have access to a good library, so I was limited mainly to magazines. I didn't discover science-fiction tell 1944, but be came an ardent reader at once. I read all I could up untell about a year ago, when after finishing most of the good stories that ever appeared in ASF, I turned to other feilds of writing, inwhich I am now exploring deeper and deeper. S-F is now only the frosting.

At the present I am attending a business college learning to be an accountent. Perhaps some day I will be able to get a job taking care of all the money my friends are planning to make as great writers. At the moment though it is taking most of my time, and fandom and friends are finding it quite possable to survive without my guieding hand. I'm still active in clubs, but that will also have to end, except at a local level. I doubt that I'll ever leve it compleetly though, to many nice people.

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Richard (Rick) Sneary was an early science fiction fan who belonged to numerous SF/fantasy organizations, including N3F, SFI, ISFCC, FAPA, SAPS, LASFS and OS, holding office in most of them (chairman of the board of N3F in 1948 and president of N3F in the early 1950s). He also helped to start Young Fandom and The Outlanders.

He was famous in fandom for his quote: "It is a proud and lonely thing to be a fan." He was also famous for running the convention committee to get the World Science Fiction Convention in "Southgate in '58," along with his famous cardboard sign stating the same.

In the late 1980s, he moved from his lifetime home in Southgate, California, to Henderson, Nevada, where he passed away in 1990. His extensive literary collection was bequeathed to the J. Lloyd Eaton Collection of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror at the University of California, Riverside. Unfortunately, the "Southgate in '58" sign was lost by his estate executors before it could be safely housed at the university.

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  • Created by: Daryl & Barbara (Biggs) Mallett
  • Added: 27 Jan 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 64778552
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Richard Monroe “Rick” Sneary (6 Jul 1927–1999), Find A Grave Memorial no. 64778552, citing Palm Mortuary Memorial Park, Henderson, Clark County, Nevada, USA ; Maintained by Daryl & Barbara (Biggs) Mallett (contributor 46984947) .