Between Friends (Starsky and Hutch zine)

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Title: Between Friends
Publisher: Elaine Hauptman
Date(s): November 1983-December 1985
Medium: print
Size: digest
Fandom: Starsky & Hutch
Language: English
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insert stapled to the front of the letterzine notifying Kandy Fong that her Between Friends subscription was about to expire
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Between Friends is a gen Starsky and Hutch letterzine edited by Elaine Hauptman. Slash is mentioned, acknowledged, slash zines are advertised, and many fans express an appreciation for it, but it is not strictly a slash zine.

This zine won an Encore Award.

Issues #1-4 were mailed out on the 1st of the month, and after that, on the 15th of the month. Like many early fan publications, some issues were published without any copyright notices and may, in the US, be in the pubic domain.

For other Starsky and Hutch letterzines, see List of Letterzines.

Its Stance on Slash

The editor reminds members in issue #9 of what was stated in issue #1:

I need to reinforce one point for others who might not have been around for my editorial in issue #1. ‘Between Friends’ is clearly intended to be a G-rated S&H letterzine, not S/H. I feel that S/H is limiting, since it only implies the sexual relationship. S&H, to me, designates the total 'universe' of Starsky & Hutch, and that is what I want BF to include. [The letterzine] gratefully acknowledges the existence of S/H, but prefer that it not be discussed in detail in these pages. Also, at the time BF started in January 1984, there was a l/z specifically for S/H; although it has not been published recently, I am assured by the publisher … that Hanky Panky will once again be rolling off the presses. So, BF welcomes your discussions of the guys, the episodes, the actors and what they're currently working on, or any other S&H subject you want to talk about, except detailed discussions of S/H. Save those up and send 'em along to Hanky Panky when it gets started again.

Issue 1

Between Friends 1 was published in January 1984 and contains 24 pages.

the cover art as it originally appeared in Who You Know, What You Know and How You Know It
cover of issue 1, by Marie A
  • unknown content

Issue 2

cover of issue 2

Between Friends 2 was published in 1984 and contains 32 pages.

  • fiction includes: "Tandem" by Pat Massie, "Pedal Pushers" by Sue-Anne Hartwick
  • other unknown content

Issue 3

front cover of issue #3

Between Friends 3 was published in May 1984 and contains 32 pages.

  • a fan writes about another fan: "First, a note to anyone who has been writing [name redacted]: don’t worry, it’s not you. She is not sick, kidnapped, or in jail. She is OUT of fandom and all it entails… and that includes writing to people. I thought her ex-correspondents should know."
  • a fan writes a short bio. She lists her marital status, her job, her fandoms, and concludes with "Oh, yeah. Am a DOB… aren’t we all?"
  • a fan chides another fan for quoting French: "Are you going to be the [BNF name redacted, initials P W] for this zine?"
  • a fan complains about lack of zines: "Once upon a time we heard about a zine named Scales of Justice, and before that, oh, lo, many moons and eons [ago], there was a rumor of Bird of Paradise. There IS a sudden dearth of S&H zines…arrrgh!"
art from issue #3, Carol Davis
  • a fan writes that she’s just gotten a color television and can now watch the eps in full glory. She says she just noticed Starsky’s red socks.
  • a fan comments on Pushin’ the Odds:
    Aside from [name redacted] paranoia problem (non-xeroxable pages, and coded punch-outs so she’ll know who’s Xeroxing… probably the reason they were out late?), the zine wasn’t THAT bad. A lot of the stories, artwork and poetry was good. And the cover was nice, too. I thought ‘Fall With Lucifer’… was very good indeed. I hope the author reads this l/z, otherwise I have no way to let her know that. If [the zine hadn’t been good], I wouldn’t have persevered with the cross-eyed printing. It’s a shame about this zine, too, because the chances of [name redacted] getting PTO #2 off the ground seems remote unless she already has received submissions before this one came out. We need all the writers, artist and zines we can get in fandom, and things like this are a negative factor.
  • a fan is pleased with the letterzine: "I felt it ‘did’ something to me, it was also neutral, no arguments, etc. The print’s not too small, either. Keep up the good work."
  • a fan is mystified by the acronyms “WOTS” and “TSOSASH.” “I don’t know what the FanQ Awards are either.”
  • a British fan chides an American fan for giving away a plot point in a David Soul movie:
    How could you? Please don’t spoil things for us like that. Remember the poor deprived Brits who have to wait sometimes for years for shows like ‘Yellow Rose,’ ‘Casablanca,’ and ‘Princess Daisy.’ – We haven’t even had ‘Wait Til Your Mother Gets Home’ yet, nor have we heard if we ever will.
  • a zined reassures others: “…for those people who wrote panicky letters to me after reading that 3-11 will be our last zine. No, this does not mean we are gafiating from fandom. What is does mean is we will not be producing any more zines… Time spent on zine-production will be spent on writing.”
art from issue #3, Tabby Davis
art from issue #3, Carol Davis
  • a fan applauds another’s earlier letter: "Applause for more S&H stories; the S/H concept spoils what is a beautiful relationship, and I do not agree with it at all."
  • there is talk of a proposed Starsky and Hutch movie. Some fans think this is super, others not so much. The latter fans are worried about how the actors will be too old and the concept will mess with the canon timeline. Another says she has heard that the script is about one of them married, is into trouble and tries to find his old pal who he hasn’t seen in years. "If this is true, we should be lucky not to see that movie, for his is certainly not the S&H we know."
  • a fan writes: "A realization struck me as I read ‘Between Friends’ #2. A letterzine is just that! A letterzine!! Well, gee. I’d never seen a letterzine before now, and I guess I just though it mean skinny… When I wrote my first letter, I didn’t know it was going to be published.” Another fan says, “When Tabby told me my letter was in the l/z, I thought, ‘Eek!"
  • a fan says: "After hearing about all the hullabaloo about the former S&H [1] l/z, I got my grubby paws ahold of some and browsed through them. Hmm. It is a shame that it degenerated into the state that it did. Even while wading through the morass of arguments… I discovered loads of information I didn’t know.” She applauds ‘Between Friends’ for not “falling into that pit” and suggests that those folks who feel an argument coming on to ‘write directly to those who write something that interests them and debate it that way. That way, disagreements can be aired without the whole of the fanworld knowing about it."
  • a fan who absolutely does not believe in the S/H premise says she loves the song “Woman” by John Lennon as it reminds her of Starsky and Hutch. "Change the word ‘woman’ to Hutch or Starsky… and presto!"
  • a fan applauds another’s idea of writing a history of Starsky and Hutch fandom, another fan agrees and says "possibly the best historian would be one new to us, without the biases that some of us have which would color our objectivity."
art from issue #3, Ruth Kurz
  • a gen-only fan writes that she liked “Echoes” in Pushin’ the Odds and comments: "Is THAT way the ‘/’ was printed blue-on-red filigree? Well, I’ll be damned! I asked them what the secret punch number was for but I never got an answer. Do they do that in case someone clones it, they can find out who? Hee, hee… what an idea!"
  • a fans says she readily lends out-of-print zines to people, but only ones in person as postage is too expensive and the post office is too unreliable
  • about the alley scene in “The Fix”: "Another bit that makes the internal organs wobble about."
  • this issue has four pieces of fiction: "Between Friends" by Kandy Fong, "Young Man's Fancy" by Sue-Anne Hartwick, "The Typographical Error" by Regenia Marracino, "Spring Is" by Pat Massie
  • there is an ad for 3-11 "The zine that serves up a cocktail of S&H poetry, fiction, and art, lightly spiced with S/H, and all in the best possible taste... Age statement required."
  • there is an ad for Marzipan & Kisses, "a new l/z devoted to the Lymond Chronicle and other works by Dorothy Dunnett. Published bi-monthly, $2/issue... Letters and checks to Bound in Leather Press."
  • art by Carol Davis, Tabby Davis, Ruth Kurz
  • there is an ad for ZebraCon #5

Issue 4

cover of issue 4

Between Friends 4 was published in 1984 and contains 40 pages.

  • fiction: "Just in Case" by Pat, "Sparkle in the Night" by Cathy, and "Cracked" by Sue-Anne Hartwick
  • other unknown content

Issue 5

front cover of issue #5, Maureen B.

Between Friends 5 was published in September 1984 and contains 44 pages.

  • contains two pieces of fiction based on the cover of issue #3: "Dum-Duh-Dum-Dum or an Explanation for the cover of issue #3" by Ima Fool, and "All Wet" by Sue-Anne Hartwick
  • an ad for the second IDICon
  • there are several con reports for Z-Con #5
  • art by Maureen B. (front cover), Cheryl Newsome, Tabby Davis, TACS
  • the TOTM is "How did you become a S&H fan?" Many fans came from the Star Trek fandom, others had more roundabout journeys.
  • a fan addresses the question of why there seems to be fewer SH writers than in other fandoms:
    Compared to ST, they're almost non-existent! Why? When I first started writing, I was in ST. And yes, my stories were edited but they were not of 'many colors'... if you get my drift. I thought the purpose of fandom was to share stories, ideas, etc. Not to try to have each and every story printed a Pulitzer Prize nominee or winner... After reading almost every S&H (or S/H or however you want to put it) I can or am willing to, I don't consider my stories any worse or better... While I do appreciate a story being 'near perfect,' I would rather read it with boo-boos than not get to read it at all. What has been so rightly stated: What good are all those stories if they mildew at the bottom of someone's drawer? Or worse yet, put in File 13? It appears to me that editors have gotten too tough (often about things that don't really mean a damn) that a writer feels like saying 'to hell with it.' And we wonder why there's never anything new to read. What is needed are more zines like Rough Cutz... although I do feel the stories could be typed up neatly instead of being true rough drafts.
art from issue #5, Cheryl Newsome
  • a British fan writes: "I dislike any comparisons being made between S&H and The Professionals, and I have yet to see any comparable standard of fanfic, with a couple of exceptions. The dialgue with the cross legs is only from my warped imagination, I'm afraid."
  • a fan "misunderstands" the virgule:
    Long before I was ever aware of '/' being used for same-sex relationships, I used it as a means for shortening and showing that it (he, she, they) belong together. I guess that's why '/' meant nothing to me when I got into fandom. I thought it was just another way of saying S&H and K&S. Live and learn.
  • some proposed zines that didn't make it off the ground: "Changeling" ("a high quality adventure, drama and romance, with each emphasizing a different fandom... #1 Starsky and Hutch and #2 Hill Street Blues... We are seeking specific types of material, especially for issue #2"), "All Sorts of Heroes... Hill Street Blues" ("mini-zine, 22 pages, art work, poetry, wordgrams, wordsearch, crosswords, photographs, recipes, ads, calligraphy. I need a run of 10-120 orders to cover my costs.")
  • submissions were requested for Blue Warriors ("an S&H and HSB fanzine, A4 size. Contains so far: poetry, art, recipes; a la carte menu for all; photos, puzzles, still needs more ideas, no '/'")
  • submissions were requested for: Partners in Verse ("a S&H/P&D poetry zine only, with art, song lyrics. More still needed.")
  • a zined writes:
    All our zines except for 3-11 are sold out and there will be no reprints, so if you can get someone else to do the xeroxing, you have our permission to copy any or all of Ten-Thirteen #1 and #2, One More Mountain and One More River. I don't have the xerox facilities as cheaply as some folk in the U.S., or I'd offer to do it myself.
  • a fan puts in an announcement for another fan that a new A-Team letterzine is being started called On the Jazz, contact Debbi O.
art from issue #5, Tabby Davis?
  • a new SH fan bemoans her predicament:
    I've heard nothing but good things about this fandom and I'm proud to join. Although I did not need another fandom! Explaining being a trekker is bad enough, but at least ST is noble and philosophical, etc. Try explaining this!
  • a fan writes: "I heard of a whole new fandom, this S&H, where one didn't have to just read fanzine stories to see K&S show affection for each other; here these neat cops on TV actually showed outward affection and even touching [on the screen]!" Another fan writes that "S&H makes K&S look like nodding acquaintances!"
  • a fan writes that she got into
    S&H fandom at the beginning of the first letterzine. This was before the '/' premise was even thought of except by maybe one participant. I think it's so great to see regular guys be able to show affection. If they're gay, that negates the value of it. Of course they're gonna be affectionate, no big deal... That's why I'm glad there is once again a S&H letterzine apart from the S/H one... The participants in letterzines seem to be, in general, more liberal, articulate and intelligent than the normal population and with this liberality they accept seeing their favorite characters being portrayed as gay. On the other hand, it's just as valid and okay to prefer the straight style in one's heroes and role models for the utmost in a loving and loyal relationship, that of S&H.
  • a fan remembers the last letterzine:
    The last arguezine, as it came to be called, was dominated in the end by vociferous and strong debates between those declaring S&H on TV had to be gay and those saying they could act that way without being gay. I was one who liked to see straight guys show love, and I was totally and completely outnumbers. It was okay to say anything in defense of and to prove they were gay, but not to try to prove they could just as well be straight. Then you were not being fair to gays to maintain your view of S&H as much as they maintained theirs; you were supposed to shut up and keep quiet about it. Now once again there is a S&H letterzine.
  • a fan puts her two cents in on the '/' argument:
    The S/H concept doesn't 'spoil' a beautiful relationship, it just shows a different side of what is still a beautiful relationship. After all, love is a beautiful thing no matter how it is represented. Some people think it is beautiful that two guys can feel this way and can express it in physical love. I personally think it's just as beautiful that two guys can feel this way about each other and not need to express it in physical love. Either way, they've got a hell of a relationship.
art from issue #5, Cheryl Newsome
  • several fans complain that all the letterzines they subscribe to have deadlines the same time, which could be one reason this issue of "Between Friends" changes its deadline to mid-month
  • a fan says that when she got into S&H fandom, many of the zines were already out of print.
    I just HAD to have copies of them all by myself [as opposed to borrowed copies from friends] so I began writing off to zine eds. Form those zines, I found the names of other zines, so I wrote off to them, too. A couple of them were out of print and I was very kindly given permission to photocopy these.
  • a fan named Tabby says she is not the same Tabby who writes Blake's 7 fiction.
  • a fan writes about her introduction to SH fandom and comments on Z-Con:
    I'd been reading SF and ST since I was a pup. So the ways of fen are not new to me, and the main reason I gafiated was that most of my fannish friends did, or joined fandoms that I wasn't interested in. but I always stuck with zines. So when I realized that Z-Con was minutes from my home, I figured, try it again, even though I went alone. And that is a damn difficult thing to do, to go to a con alone. And this part fen who don't understand the nature of a con, in that cons (especially small ones like Z-Con) are made up of groups of folks who have met, who write, and who can't wait for the next con to get together and see old friends. Though is was easy to meet people, and most folks were friendly enough, I was bored and disappointed waiting for the next events (at the risk of sounding like a whiner), I had no one to play with. That was really my choice, though, as I didn't feel comfortable trotting up to strangers' rooms to see what was playing. Which brings me to complaint #2, which was a real one in terms of programming. I was very disappointed that there was no video room. I had really looked forward to seeing a lot of tapes. [2]
art from issue #5, TACS
  • a fan writes:
    Though I'm a believer in S/H, even if S&H is as far as they go, there is a reason our boys have chosen the women they did. If Terry hadn't died, if Gillian hadn't told Hutch or hadn't' (is Kira related to T'Pring?), I don't think it would have mattered. Starsky and Hutch are engaged in a sort of psychological merger that simply doesn't require a traditional hetero relationship to complete it... They don't need to choose women for lasting relationships. It's almost more a socialized response toward sanctioned hetero contacts.
  • a fan thanks another for copying off a copy of Decorated for Death and sending it to her
  • the zined of Scales of Justice says it is nearly ready for the printer
  • a "review" of Code 7 #3 and 3-11 by Ima Fool:
    From what I can see, the trend these days in fanzine points to numerology and sexuality because both Code 7 #3 and 3-11 have numbers in their titles and hanky panky in their pages. The sum total of these zines is twenty-four. A randy numerologist reading these zines by the light of a patchouli scented candle can get her abacuses worth, if she just follows this simple formula: divide the sum total by 2 leanly-muscled cops, which results in a 12. That that 12 and divide it by 4 seasons. You get a Zebra 3. Multiply that 3 by 8 years on the force (and, may it ever be with us), and you should arrive at the original zine title of 24. In the old days, Starsky and Hutch had zines with words for titles and women for love interests. Now they have code-numbered romantic interludes with each other. But it still adds up the same whether they are platonic-hurt/comfort pals, or uncovered undercover cops. Not even uninteresting plots, unrealistic dialogue, or unusual sexual practices can divide their love.
  • two reviews of 3-11, see that page

Issue 6

cover of issue 6

Between Friends 6 was published in November 1984 and contains 48 pages.

  • fiction and poetry: "Turkeys are Forever" by Cathy, "Compassion" by Lynna Bright, "Pilgrim's Progress" by Wanda, "Stuffed" by Sue-Anne Hartwick, "A Slight Misunderstanding" by Regenia, "Unexpected Song" by Susan K.
  • other unknown content

Issue 7

Between Friends 7 was published in January 1985 and contains 36 pages.

cover of issue #7
  • the editor writes:
    Starsky & Hutch fandom seems to be alive and well, and growing by leaps and bounds. Of last year's six issues, each one was larger than the one before it, and I'm delighted that so many of the letters are from new fans, or from long-time fans of the show who had only just discovered fandom and/or the letterzine. New blood, new ideas, new enthusiasm. No doubt we enthuse each other. Prior to BETWEEN FRIENDS, our fandom was without a regular all-subjects-included letterzine for about a year. The fandom certainly did not die out, but I personally found it difficult to keep in touch with lots of other fans outside of my own small group of friends, or even to know if a large body of fans was still out there. I started BF for the very simple reason that I missed the old letterzine and missed keeping up with what was going on with S&H and S&H fans around the country… A letterzine is a wonderful way to ‘correspond’ with a large group of people.
  • a con organizer says there will be fiction and art awards at the con The Paul Muni Special called “The Encore Awards.” They would be called “favorites” instead of “best'.
  • a fan asks another about a zine she’s working on:
    How are you coming with submissions to ‘Changeling’? I applaud your desire to do a non-/ zine, and hope to hear from you regarding the story idea I mentioned in my letter to you of a while back. Like you, even though I am more into the "/" relationship for SH, I believe all facets of their universe can and should continue to be explored in fiction. Many of the newer writers are working on non-/ type of fiction and that is probably where most of your stories will come from. What I would like to see in any fanfiction is stories that explore new facets of the characters, stories in which the characters learn something—about their relationship, about life in general, about themselves. Stories that simply rehash themes from well-remembered early stories do not work and since so many good ideas have already been so wel1-executed, many stories that do not, as we might say, 'advance' the relationship seem dull and unimportant. But even "/" stories must continue to cover new ground if they are to be considered worthwhile.
  • a zined announces she is getting together a zine called No Pants, No Badge, No Gun
art from issue #7, TACS
art from issue #7, Ruth Kurz
  • a fan takes issue with another fan’s earlier letter that said it wasn’t that editors were too picky.
    Do you really believe for one minute that "Mojave Crossing" would have earned the reputation it has if it was poorly written? It would not be able to have that all-important impact without its excellent writing. Connie Faddis was a very experienced writer when "Mojave" was published; she knew how to use good grammar and what POV meant, how to show rather than tell--in short how to execute her story with emotion and power. Besides the wonderful hurt/comfort, the life and death situation they're involved in, "Mojave" is an important episode in the lives of Starsky and Hutch. In it they learn what they mean to each other, and to express their caring in a way never before shown either in the aired episodes or in fiction. Because "Mojave Crossing" was published in the infancy of SH fanfiction, it has become the yardstick by which all other stories are measured. Another story with hurt/comfort, life and death situations and an expression of love between the characters seems like a repeat of what Connie did so well. To be equally moving and powerful and memorable, a story must go one step further, have the characters learn something else, change their lives in some other significant way, or it's just a rehash that pales in comparison. "Wilderness" is competently written and well-edited and though I don't think it's quite as powerful a story, it differs from "Mojave" and stands on its own because of the cop story format, because we explore Hutch's guilt over Starsky's grave condition.
  • a fan demonstrates the differing opinions of what the letterzine should reflect:
    I really wish that we could get into more in-depth discussions within the pages of BF. I'm not blaming Elaine for not having a topic of the month; I think that even without it we could do better. I miss discussing the details of the series. If we aspire to writing S&H, if we see their universe as a real one, we need to analyze, to discuss all facets of it. Instead, we fill our allotted pages with ramblings, sending messages to one another based on last ish's comments, and don't really get into anything in depth. Some of us even discuss other fandoms, the theatre, or other hobbies that don't relate at all to SH. If we have to stick to two pages, we should limit ourselves also to the subject matter of BF—Starsky and Hutch and matters related to SH fandom. I'd like to analyze the episodes, the characters, their backgrounds; I'd also like stimulating and in-depth discussions of our favorite outfits the boys have worn on the show, their blue eyes, their tight jeans.
  • a fan apologizes to Ruth for not having her Harry/Johnny story finished, though "I should have gotten a Huggy for having written 43 pages of H/J without a single orgasm."
  • a fan says “I hope that ‘Changeling’ in both its avatars, surmounts the problem and comes out on top.”
  • for a fan looking for out-of-print zines, a suggestion: "Look out for zine auctions, m’dear, and if all else fails trying dropping the editor(s) in question a request for Xerox permission. At worst, they can only say ‘no.’ And most will say ‘go ahead’ as we at 10-13 Enterprises do. But it’s a courtesy to ask first."
  • a fan writes to introduce herself and says: "Surprise, I don’t have a cat."
  • a fan ponders technology:
    I wonder if part of this "generation's" apparent lack of need for zines is tied into the VCR phenomenon. Why write or read when you can just pop in a tape? How can sweating out a story or poem compete with the audible crunching of leather in the throes of h/c? And why would you want to read (that is, merely read) when you can watch and savor and stop the tape at strategic moments?
art from issue #7, TACS
  • a fan writes:
    I am a little perturbed by your comments regarding 'the British counterparts' of Z-Con. As you have never attended a Dobeycon, you are obviously basing your opinions on hearsay! As you and many others are probably aware, there has been a recent spate of unpleasant and untruthful rumours in British SSH fandom which played a large part in the sad demise of the annual Dobeycons… Dobeycons have always been the happiest and friendliest gatherings anyone could hope to attend. Having been present at all the past cons and actually co-organizing D/Con III, I feel I am fully qualified to make such a statement. qualified to make such a statement. It's a great pity that such an amicable 1/z as BF has to contain this kind of comment. (Apologies to the Ed. here) but I hope the Ed. will understand when I say that such thoughtless statements issued by someone with absolutely no knowledge of the facts makes my blood boil. Damn it, S&H fandom is fragile enough right now, as it is, without people poking sticks in the hornet’s nest. We're all trying desperately hard to hold fandom together with words of friendship and encouragement. There has been a very volatile situation in Britain during the past few months, but given time we'll get it together again—providing people think before making senseless comments.
  • fiction: “The Real Thing” by Kate Wallace, “Break a Leg, Partner” by Sue-Anne Hartwick, “Snow” by Pat Massie, “Priorities” by Lucy Cribb
  • zines listed as available and in the works: Half You, Half Me #1, #2, Moonlight and Mists, Long Road Home, Partners in Verse (at the time, a Professionals and S&H poetry zine) by S.J. Ferriday, You & I, Side by Side, “Changeling,” Down to Earth, Magnetism, “Media Slash” (proposed zine of Professionals and S/H). One could also purchase a 7 ½ inch high Starsky “sculpture portrait” for $36.50 including postage
  • there is a notice that "Hanky Panky (you know, the other letterzine) has moved to Los Angeles" and will be revived within the next few months

Issue 8

cover of issue 8, Carol Davis
cover of issue #8, Cheryl Newsome

Between Friends 8 was published in March 1985 and contains 40 pages.

  • for the first time in 'Between Friends,' there is a common letterzine custom, the TOTM. It asks fans to name their Pet Peeves.
  • a fan has a proposal/wish:
    It would be nice if there were 'stepping stone' zines. For the beginner writer who has a good story but who might be intimidated and quit writing, a sort of 'rough zine', one that edited only the grammar and made sure technical and medical aspects of the story were correct. The next type zine would edit a little more (a lot more?). It would get into things like POV and everything else we learn but I don't know what to call. The last type of zine would be for that polished-best-it-can-be story. Now some writers might want to skip the first two and go straight for the last. That's fine. Others may wish to stick with the first or second. Okay by me. To each his/her own… As for price...let the first one be a loaner zine...maybe even the second one… And please, don't ask me how it would work. I don't know. I just wish it would!! So we’d have more stories to read!
  • a fan has lost track of a zine: "Whomever I loaned my One More Mountain to, will you please return it? I will be eternally grateful."
  • a zined asks that the ad for Long Road Home be halted as it is sold out
  • a new fan writes: "I'm especially pleased by the Zine Retrospective feature introduced in issue #6. I find that I don't recognize many of the titles of the classic zines (esp. S/H), so when I see items offered for sale or auction I'm at a loss." She asks if there has ever been a bibliography issued, as that would be a big help.
cover of issue #8, TACS
  • a fan wants to know:
    If no one seems to be offering copies of [past zine] titles for sale or auction, is it ever possible to obtain (authorized) photocopies from people lucky enough to own their own copies? (I assume no one wants to trust her only copy of an irreplaceable zine to the mails, though I would be happy to pay postage or alternative shipping costs, insurance, etc., if someone were.) Do editors ever sell photocopies of their out-of-print zines?... I'm not really a "Collector" nor do I have the kind of funds which would enable me to compete for mint quality originals. I just want stories to read, and what I'm looking for are legible copies for personal use only. (I don't want to violate anyone's copyright, or deny anyone her just due, or in other ways offend against established practice, so if these questions are out of line I hope people will be forgiving and understand the compulsion that prompts them.) … I can trade typing for zines, too — I've helped with a couple of K/S zines in the past, typed numerous professional book manuscripts, etc., have access to a word processor as well as an IBM Selectric, can do some line editing, and would happily negotiate.
  • a fan complains:
    There's a lot of talk going on about writing fan fiction right now, from the trials of the timid neos to the tired pros. I don't write much or often, but one problem I keep running into is unanswered queries and submissions that disappear along with the zine. Could be a lapse of etiquette on my part, but I find it difficult to keep up my enthusiasm when editors don't answer guideline questions, ignore submission ideas, or accept stories and then are never heard from again. I wouldn't say this kind of behavior is the norm, but it happens often enough for me to wonder how committed editors of new zines are...
  • a fan responds to an letter in the previous issue:
    I was interested to read what you said about VCRs maybe replacing some people's need for zines. I've been lucky enough to have a VCR for three years now, albeit rented, and I never tire of watching episodes on tape. But I still love to read zines. I don't think the one thing can replace the other… Our stories can see the continuation of S&H, their relationship, their characters; tapes can only take us over old ground again, although don't get the impression that I'm knocking them. There are things that can be said in fan fiction that never could have been said through the series, some obvious, some not so obvious. There are no restrictions on our imaginations, whereas there were restrictions on what the producers were willing to show in the episodes. I don't think we will ever tire of watching episodes either on tape or TV (I won't!), no matter how many zines we have. But I don't think we can do without zines, either.
cover of issue #8, Cheryl Newsome
  • a zined wants to know:
    Okay, where have all the writers gone? Most of the good ones have moved on to other things, true, but I don't believe there isn't a new batch of writers out there to take their place. There has to be, if we expect this fandom to continue, because the lifeblood of fandom—any fandom—is zines. It's very depressing to hear so many zine eds pleading for submissions, and so few zines actually getting published." She goes on to say that the last issue of Code 7 would be half S/H and half B/D of The Professionals. "It [Code 7] had taken two years to put together, while working on ZCon at the same time (madness!). I was very burned out, and very much caught up in a brand-new obsession (B/D). Hence my remarks in the editorial. But, things have changed. I realized I wasn't quite ready to leave this fandom, not by a long shot. I still love Starsky & Hutch very much. But what I really wanted to do was a B/D zine...and trying to do two zines at the same time is impossible… so, the solution seemed to be a half-and half zine. Mixed media zines are certainly all the rage right now, and there is a tremendous amount of overlap between the two fandoms.
  • fan doesn’t want others to restrict what they send to the letterzine.
    I enjoy the friendly, informal style of BF — it's my way of meeting three-dimensional people. Yes, this is a S&H 1/z, but I'd hate to see the contents ‘elevate’ to a solely analytical level. I feel a desire to "converse" in a relaxed way with other fans — I don't feel a need to analyze. Just an opinion, of course. I think there's a happy medium between one-line exchanges about one's cat/hubby/job/whatever and thesis level explorations. Sorry, but I really choked on the idea of limiting ourselves solely to SH topics. As I mentioned, I enjoy meeting people this way, and enjoy getting to know about their goings-on. Enough said.
  • a fan writes that "There's still so much that hasn't been written that is episode related, so many episodes that have never been dealt with in fiction, so many scenes we didn't see left for some new writer to explore. Fabulous, isn't it?"
  • an extremely prolific fan artist writes her first letter to "Between Friends": "I'm beginning to realize that it's much easier to draw a bunch of illos for everyone to look at than it is to put ray thoughts down on paper for everybody to read...very intimidating!"
cover of issue #8, TACS
  • a fan alerts another to an incoming long-distance phone call: "I'm letting you know now that I will call you on April 16, 1985 at 8:00 p.m."
  • FICTION: “Birthday Blues” by Regenia Marracino, “The Parade” by Pat Massie, “Happy Anniversary” by Sue-Anne Hartwick
  • there are many ads from fans requesting copies of zines, either loaned or xeroxed
  • there is an ad for the fourth issue of Code 7 #4. It was to be a S/H novel by Dargelos: "formally titled All Our World in Us. To be published by Christmas 1985."
  • there is an ad for the proposed fifth issue of Code 7: "Now accepting submissions. This will be half S/H, half B/D. Projected publication date: Zebra Con #6 (July 1986). I’m looking for stories, poetry, silliness… with an emphasis on unusual themes and ideas. But I’ll take a look at anything – subject or theme… alternate universes, death stories."
  • there is an ad asking for submissions for a zine called Blue Warriors It was to be a "S&H and HSB fanzine. Fiction includes 11-page HSB “Neal’s Wedding” and a S&H story, ‘The Birthday.’ Artwork, poetry, a la carte menu for all characters in centre: different coloured paper. Over 70 pages to date Send 2 IRCs for more info."
  • there is a clipping from the December 27, 1975 issue of TV guide and an ad for IDICon
  • art by Carol Davis (cover), TACS, Cheryl Newsome

Issue 9

cover of issue 9, TACS

Between Friends 9 was published in May 1985 and contains 40 pages.

  • the TOTM is on fans’ Pet Peeves in the Aired Episodes
  • the editor makes a reminder:
    I need to reinforce one point for others who might not have been around for my editorial in issue #1. ‘Between Friends’ is clearly intended to be a G-rated S&H letterzine, not S/H. I feel that S/H is limiting, since it only implies the sexual relationship. S&H, to me, designates the total 'universe' of Starsky & Hutch, and that is what I want BF to include. [The letterzine] gratefully acknowledges the existence of S/H, but prefer that it not be discussed in detail in these pages. Also, at the time BF started in January 1984, there was a l/z specifically for S/H; although it has not been published recently, I am assured by the publisher … that Hanky Panky will once again be rolling off the presses. So, BF welcomes your discussions of the guys, the episodes, the actors and what they're currently working on, or any other S&H subject you want to talk about, except detailed discussions of S/H. Save those up and send 'em along to Hanky Panky when it gets started again.
  • the letterzine’s editor writes at some length about the cease and desist order the editor of Vice Line has received, see that article for more
  • fans are still weighing in on how much other subjects besides the show should be discussed in the letterzine:
    While I do very much want to discuss S&H (and S/H, to a certain degree) in every aspect, way, shape and form, I think we do need to include the other little snippets of news/views etc., too. We need a happy medium.
  • a fan chimes in on the proposed Code 7 that is supposed to be half B/D and half S/H:
    I like the idea of splitting up mixed media zines, if that's what people want. I personally wouldn't want to read or buy B/D, but I might well want to read S/H -- so for me, making CODE 7 a zine which could be sold as two separate halves seems to make sense. [3]
  • a fan defends the Max Franklin books, saying they’re not fabulous but do contains some gems she would have liked to see on the screen
  • the editor thanks Tabby for all her help in distributing the letterzine to fans in the UK
art from issue #9, TACS
  • new fans are starting to read the original zines for the first time, zines they now consider a part of S&H history
  • a fan comments on the question of whether there’s less fanfic because of the VCR:
    Videotaped episodes are not enough because there is not enough in them, limited as they were by the pressures of mass-marketing and blatant commercialism. Zines and novellas fill a very large gap in S&Hism. They are the result of the triggers of peoples' imaginations having been released by the television portrayal, and extended into a mode which TV could never emulate. Thus, our imaginations can be filled with the very pulses of these two mens' hearts, and hence, with immense enjoyment/satisfaction/emotion.
  • a fan writes:
    I personally find emotional/psychological h/c more satisfying than physical. Which is not to say I haven't been moved by the latter, but the way in which one is exposed to each's vulnerability through those emotional revelations to each other and the subsequent bonds of love and understanding, is to me the ultimate in an experience of h/c. This emerges particularly well from good zine writing, but also episodes such as "Gillian," "Starsky's Lady," "Blindfold."
  • a fan responds to another’s comment that Hutch kissing Starsky on the forehead is not slashy, but his kissing him on the cheek is
  • a fan says she has talked to another fan [Teri White] who’s moved out of active fandom and gone pro.
    No title decided on yet for that one or for the third [book] which will come out on Alyson's fall list this year under the pseudo Stephen Lewis. She wanted to call it SAD COWBOY SONGS as it is using the plot from My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys but the publisher didn’t like the word ‘Sad” in the title.
  • this issue has a clipping from the then-current issue of People Magazine featuring an interview and photo of Teri White who has gone pro
  • art by TACS (including cover) and J.A. Jones
  • FICTION: “Photographic Memories” by Sue-Anne Hartwick, “The Secret Life of David Starsky” by Pat Massie, “Breakfast” by B.L. Barr
  • there is an ad for Mobile Ghettos and a Canadian fan (E.D. Productions), probably Entwhistle and Duck, asks for submissions for a Professionals “/” zine that doesn’t have a title and will contain no art.
  • there is an ad asking for submissions for Nightlight #1:
    S/H zine now accepting submissions. Planned for summer '86. Seeking stories, vignettes and poetry exploring the S/H relationship as an integral part of the lives and work of Starsky & Hutch. Fiction may be set during or after the series. Looking for stories of the relationship in transition, heavy on characterization and plot, trauma acceptable, but would prefer no death stories. First times are okay, if explored in new ways, new settings, with new catalysts.
  • there is an ad for "Bullet", a con that was to be held in Wales, see issue #11

Issue 10

Between Friends 10 was published in July 1985 and contains 48 pages. Cover art by Ruth Kurz; interior art by TACS, Cheryl Newsome, Tabby Davis, Connie Faddis, Dani Lane, and J. Jones.

cover of issue 10, Ruth Kurz
  • the TOTM: "Who is your favorite minor character(s) whom you feel had a positive impact on Starsky's and/or Hutch's life, and why? (Sweet Alice, Terry, Iron Mike Ferguson, John Blaine???, or the oh-so-many others who appeared in non-regular roles.)" This generates MUCH discussion
  • a fan suggests that if you haven’t read any H/J yet, to start with Magnum Force: Davis
  • the geography of a platonic kiss is discussed: "I guess the difference between Hutch kissing Starsky on the forehead as opposed to the cheek is that it would be less intimate. The cheek is closer to the mouth...we ARE referring to THAT cheek, aren't we?"
  • a fan would like to return copy of Datazine, one with a Mary Sue/Simon & Simon story in it, but she doesn’t remember who lent it to her
art from issue #10, TACS
  • a fan writes:
    Ever since its inception, I've read BF with growing pleasure. The enthusiasm of new fans really is a stimulus to those of us who've labored long and hard back in the days when other fandoms snickered at our affection for the Terrific Twosome, or were aghast that we would leave the nurturing world of Star Trek. Now, almost ten years later, the fresh and never-ending wonder and debates are reminders of our own endless discussions about mustaches and jeans, dark curls and golden hair. There was THAT throat, and THOSE thighs, and THAT chest, and THOSE eyes. Obviously subjects worth hours of careful research. But there was also something else we were aware of: THAT friendship, THAT caring, hallmarks that distinguished S&H from other shows and partnerships. If they hadn't cared, neither would we, nor would the new fans who now watch the show with such enjoyment. That the fans care is evident in the stories featured each issue of BF. Many of them are thoughtful and well-written. Humor is gentle, tongue-in-cheek, and sometimes all too true. They are the fixes we need between fanzines. Elaine has done a fine job in keeping her selections true to the spirit of S&H.
  • a fan simply wants access to the fiction:
    I agree fully with [name redacted] in #9 that classic zines should be available in xerox. I'm funny in that, to me, the most important thing is to be able to read the zine/story. I really am not a collector in the usual sense, i.e., I buy paperbacks not leatherbound first editions. (I know a lot of SF fans who brag about having this or that book—but have never read it!)” Another fan writes: “As another who missed some of those classic zines first time around, I'd agree with you. Is anyone actually willing or able to reproduce them for those of us who did miss out? I'd be interested to know.
art from issue #10, Dani Lane
  • a fan comments about the Cease and Desist letter a Miami Vice zine’s editor received, and is perhaps commenting on Purple Pages:
    It’s very unfortunate that this kind of thing happens. I'm sure Marie must feel angry and hurt by the incident. I would. You're right, the situation is puzzling. Could it be perhaps the producers of MV are aware of the ’intrigues’ surrounding the fandoms of other successful shows—S&H being no exception. I have to admit that some of the heated discussions and references etc. in the S and H could well have trodden-on-the-toes of ‘certain people’ involved with the production of the show. I've been told that certain pieces of my letters have been removed from the whole [of the original letterzine], completely altering their context and actually shown to DS himself. Whether or not he wasted his time in reading them is disputable. We've also experienced discomfort and concern when so-called ‘friends’ in fandom have supposedly shown fan-fic and l/z's, which could be misinterpreted, to the actors themselves. I'm certainly not suggesting that Marie's 1/z contains anything that could be interpreted as distasteful but perhaps the producers of MV are aware/or have been made aware of certain aspects of ‘fandom’ and do not wish their show to be involved.
    art from issue #10, Connie Faddis
  • another fan comments on the Cease and Desist letter:
    I was shocked to learn about the difficulties besetting Vice Line. If everything is as reported, I should think that first amendment rights were being violated. I haven't seen the 1/z myself, but I should think that people discussing anything, TV show or not, among themselves would be protected in any court in the land. I know if I were in that situation I couldn't afford it, but I would hope she might be able to get a lawyer and do something about this. (Isn't this the kind of thing the ACLU takes on?)"
  • a fan comments on modern technology:
    As far as the VCR vs. creativity argument, I don't think VCRs keep one from creating. They just help you get your facts straight... that is, if you aren't too lazy to run through the tapes to look things up. VCRs are the greatest invention since the pocket calculator, maybe greater. Right up there after indoor plumbing and the telephone and ball point pens.
  • A fan writes about her seven cats. Another fan comments: "I don't know about SH fandom, but most people in ST fandom own cats. Lots of cats. I think cat people are loners and people in fandom are loners—they just like to be alone together."
  • a fan remembers the first SH fiction published in the UK in Starsky and Hutch Appreciation Society
art from issue #10, Tabby Davis
  • a fan writes:
    I am gratified that the editors who write are so supportive of new fans giving S&H (or S/H) fiction a shot. I know from experience how hard it is to give someone that you don't even know a story, be it your first or fiftieth, to read. It is like standing naked on the street corner because writing is such a personal thing. We put a lot of ourselves into what we write. I notice, though, that a lot of people are clamoring for stories but all the ads in the back of BF are "/". I don't have anything against /' but there has to be a market for just plain old S&H, too, don’t you think?
  • a fan comments on a tape of music videos:
    Someone sent me a video cassette full of music videos featuring S&H, S&S, B&D and other sundry items. There was one song, the Who's 'Behind Blue Eyes', set to scenes from The Professionals. One shot shows the short-haired guy (see? I don't even know which is which!) punching in the door of a car right before he gives the girl inside the best, most wicked smile I have ever seen! Then, at MW*C this time, I saw lots of art, so if anything, I am interested. Just another note about music and certain songs as they pertain to S&H. In the aforementioned tape, I have S&H put to songs like 'Holding Out For A Hero' and 'Making Love Out Of Nothing At All'. Now, my taste in music is pretty versatile and leaning more heavily in the direction of rock and roll, heavy metal, etc., but I find myself becoming very attached to songs that are put to S&H stuff. Even some (*gasp*) country songs like 'Every Which Way But Loose' and 'My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys'.
  • a fan offers a big thank you:
    I would like to begin by saying something that has been growing in me ever since I started my recent zine re-reading binge… thank you zine editors, story writers, poets, talented artists, cartoonists, typists (and anyone else I've overlooked) for giving me so many happy hours of reading...for taking the time and the part of your lives it took to create your work for me to enjoy. Thank you for sharing with me your personal view of S&H — the partnership, the conflicts, the h/c, the humor of our very special universe. A zine is more than a stack of papers stapled together — it's a compiled, visual physical body of collective emotions (after all, we certainly aren't doing this for the money, right?). I have a personal affection for zines—they are a form of escape in a sense. They reassure me that there are others out there who feel the way I do about the importance of a 'mere' TV show… They are an extension of fandom, and Lord knows what type of person I’d be today without that.
  • a fan offers up assistance: "I am definitely not an editor, and would be miserable help along those lines. However, I do have a house full of videotape and about 20 pounds of hand-scrawled trivia notes on the show. So, if anyone has an episode question they'd like answered, just drop me a line with a SASE and I'll be happy to try to help you out. “
  • a fan complains: “My station just dropped S&H after a two-year run to replace it with S.W.A.T.. I’m sure all two fans of that show are thrilled."
  • a fan refers to the Bonanza Syndrome:
    There's a name for that killing-off-of-the-romantic interest. We refer to it around here as the Bonanza Syndrome. (Think back—none of the Cartwrights could keep a wife over two days before she faded out from a rare disease that only attacks female love interests and elm trees/burned alive in the torched barn/got stomped by a jealous horse.) And let's not forget that dear, undaunted, loveable (if terminal), beloved female must die with her makeup in perfect order. Heaven forbid she keel over gracefully with her eye liner smudged!
art from issue #10, Cheryl Newsome
  • a fan comments on APB, the British letterzine: {{Quotation2|Very interesting topic this month. By the way, I just had the pleasure of reading our cousins-across-the-sea's 1/z APB, and was impressed by the level of discussion, with both an episode of the month and topic of the month in each issue, and they still manage to say 'Hi' to each other."
  • one fan says it was the compliments in the 'Between Friends' letterzine that inspired another’s zine:
    You certainly made Teri's day with your complimentary letter. She was delighted. Because of encouragement like that she has decided to do another S&H zine of vignettes called Coda, which should be ready by the Paul Muni Special. She originally planned it for just a special attending-members-only offering, but your letter and other such responses have convinced her to print enough for everyone and I volunteered to handle the mail orders for her. So anyone who is NOT planning on attending Paul Muni, but who is interested in having a copy of CODA, please let me or Teri know so we know how many to print.

Issue 11

cover of issue 11

Between Friends 11 was published in September 1985 and contains 48 pages.

  • the TOTM: "How have the last ten years changed your life, and... what do you think Starsky and Hutch would be doing if the show was still on the air/how are they living their lives in 1985?"
  • there is much speculation when answering the TOTM. Almost all fans say the guys will remain together in some way, though not necessarily on the force. A couple saw them married, but most not, with each man remaining the most important relationship in each other's life, but in a "completely straight" way. A couple say they see then getting gunned down in a blaze of glory like Butch and Sundance. One said:
    As for what the characters have done in the past ten years, I'm of the opinion, and hope, that the relationship continued and grew. Yes, I do see a physical relationship evolving, even throughout the aired episodes, and no, I won't go into specifics. I think this aspect of their lives together was inevitable, given their work, personalities, and singular dependence on each other. I do admit that, had the show gone on, I could never imagine that aspect openly portrayed on the air. This society is not ready for such a premise, and would be too concerned with the ‘mechanics’ to focus on how they dealt with everyday problems as a couple. Too bad. Maybe we'll see more along these lines in the fan fiction.
  • a fan writes of her appreciation for
    four exceptional men… Hutch, Paul and David have enriched my life by showing me "LOVE" in the truest sense of the word: these men cared for, respected, trusted and supported each other AT ALL TIMES, regardless of situations; they loved each other more than most siblings, even though they were ‘just friends.’ I don't believe in the ‘/’ theory pertaining to S&H, and the fact that they're ‘straight’makes their beautiful,exemplary relationship all the more special and rewarding. It's a privilege and joy to see (and KNOW) how much these two disparate people deeply love one another! To see how well they ‘know’ each other; to watch how they humor (and annoy!) each other; comfort one another; listen to and advise each other. In short, what Starsky and Hutch display and share with us is an honest, human relationship that we’d ALL LOVE to be a part of!... I sincerely believe that the reason many of us are Starsky and Hutch fans is because, tragically, a TRUE friend is practically impossible to find. We'd all love to belong in a relationship with people who're as close and loyal to each other, who appreciate and enjoy one another as S&H do each other.
art from issue #11, Sandy Goodall
art from issue #11, Cheryl Newsome
  • a fan has lost patience with a certain canon time period: "If I read anymore about post-SR, I'm going to put a .357 Magnum to my head -- I'll say goodbye now, since this will be the last letter I’ll be alive to write…”
  • a zined of a gen zine in the letterzine’s want ads says it disproves another fan’s statement that all the zines being made are slash zines: "Don't Give Up On Us will be straight for as long as I’m around… which leads me to a public service I want to make. All future issues of my zine will have normal covers."
  • regarding the TOTM:
    The show has changed my life all right. It taught me to believe in love, and in a better world where people are judged by who they are and not what. During the first two seasons my life was at an all time low, and S§H came along just in time, to help me make it through. I owe a lot to that show, and am dedicated to repaying that by doing my part to keep this fandom alive. That is why I am always saddened, and a little confused when I hear of someone leaving to go on to something else. To me this is much more than a show, much more than a hobby. I guess to me this is a way of life.
  • a fan loves the zine No Pants, No Badge, No Gun:
    Maybe I should throw in my $5 here and recommend that zine to any S/H fan who hasn't gotten it...and they'd better hurry. Any S&H fan who is contemplating the switch to "/" should get it too. It's fairly graphic and explicit for the most part...but ooohhh! The love!!! And the writing… and the poetry! [April Valentine] writes fantastic love poems. Plus two of the most terrific illustrations I have seen in a long time. It’s basically an ‘up’ fanzine… no guilt trips, no death stories, no major hassles.
flyer advertising the convention in Between Friends issue #9, Bullet was a Starsky & Hutch fan convention that was planned to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the airing of the show. It was advertised in a flyer in the letterzine Between Friends #9 with a planned date of October 25-27, 1986 and a location to be determined in Wales. The organizer was Stephanie Jones. This con didn’t materialize.
  • a fan scolds others for not participating more in the Huggy Award ballots
  • a fan announces that the con “Bullet” has been canceled due to lack of interest in PMG:
    It seems DS is pulling all the favour in the UK these days – PMG doesn’t get a lookin! Perhaps it’s because DS is still appearing on our screens and PMG is seldom seen. It’s certainly surprising how quickly some people forget… A lot of people in the UK are all geared up to celebrate 10 years of S&H at a SoulMates convention. Ye God, I mean DS could rustle my sheets any time, but we’re talking about a different universe here – S&H. Hutch does have a partner and a cute one at that. You can’t possibly have a Hutch without a Starsky!
  • a fan writes: "The last ten years have turned any aspirations I might have had for being a professional writer into being a profession fan, letter writer, and xeroxer."
  • fiction: "S.O.S." by Leah S., "Piece of Cake" by Sue-Anne Hartwick, "Moving On" by Tabby Davis, "Heads I Tail" by Aprile and Ima Fool

Issue 12

cover of issue 12, TACS
art from issue #12, the con cake at The Paul Muni Special

Between Friends 12 was published in November/December 1985 and contains 56 pages.

  • art by TACS (cover), Dani Lane, Sandy Goodall, J. Jones
  • many, many fans thank the editor for doing the letterzine, and the editor thanks the fans for making it such a pleasurable experience
  • there are many, many goodbyes and fans hope for a new letterzine, one fan hopes "to see some of you in the revived Hanky Panky."
  • one fan says the end of the letterzine "comes at a good time… at a time when I’m finding myself captivated by S&H’s sibling MV… and I find I would rather pursue that and Simon and Simon."
  • the TOTM is to pick a favorite scene where S&H show their affection for each other; this question generates many comments
  • a fan writes that she is planning a “pilgrimage” to Duluth, driving there for a two-day trip after Zebra Con to see where "Blondie grew up."
  • a fan notes there were six Starsky and Hutch zines published in 1985
art from issue #12, Sandy Goodall
  • this issue contains many con reports for The Paul Muni Special
  • a fan talks of how she became a fan of S&H in a roundabout way through Doctor Who
  • a fan complains about the portrayal of police captains in other fandoms:
    I am beginning to tire of police captains who are morons. All they seem to care about is the press and following the police manual. It has reached the point where it has become a big joke for the "heroes" to make fools of their superior officers (which isn't too hard). Why can't they make the captain kind, gruff, but supportive, especially of the cops who seem to be getting the job done instead of getting bogged down in red tape and procedure. I guess I want to see more Captain Dobey's. With Dobey, we had a man who had a thankless job -- caught in the middle between the press, the commissioner and his two favorite detectives. But no matter how bad the situation, he always backed them up, giving them the time to solve the case on their own. He trusted them not to let him down.
  • a fan writes a con report for The Paul Muni Special, one tidbit:
    The video song tape contest got a bit confused as we broke in the middle to watch PMG’s Miami Vice episode, and then reconvened amid some confusion. No voting got done. I'd like to cast mine here -- Pam Perry's "I'm So Excited" was something not to be missed. So was the audience reaction. Whew!” That, and the “Song Tape Award [for the Encore Award] didn’t get announced at the banquet. We’ll mail it.” A nice acceptance speech mailed to the con organizer also didn’t get read out loud as she forgot about it. “It was very nice, trust me.
art from issue #12, Sandy Goodall
  • one of the con organizer comments on some of the attendees: “My Trek friends, who wore buttons reading "greater love hath no woman than to help at the con of a friend in another fandom," came through…”
  • one of the con organizers is glad the con went well but complains about the hotel: “Yes, the BWI Holiday Inn turned out to be in reality worse than we had dreamed… If we EVER do this again, the con won’t be held at that establishment. Promise.”
  • a fan gets a little meta:
    Fandom does, in one way, remind me of an iceberg: there is a kind of "fanberg"—so many people, so many aspects, so many different, chosen ways of participating. There is a variety and a versatility which are incompatible with attempts to generalize, and which can never be confined within particular categories. Fandom eludes such narrow definitions, is protean in the forms it may take. The diversity is enriching.
  • there is a mention that The Paul Muni Special was videotaped, and it was done by the only man in attendance (a fan’s husband)
  • a fan thanks another one for sending her some Riptide pass around fiction
  • a fan describes a fan all-day gathering called Ten Years On at a London hotel on October 12th. There were thirty-six fans there , cake was eaten, and many zines were bought and sold, including Scales of Justice and 3-11
art from issue #12, TACS
art from issue #12, Sandy Goodall
  • several fans comment on another fan’s original characters in a series of fiction. The characters are Vas (Vastarnyi) and Dex
  • a fan comments on UK S&H fandom:
    I'd just like to say, in response to some of the comments I've heard in BF and other 1/z's recently, that UK fandom is not in the kind of state that some seem to want people to believe. We have been together for almost ten years now and in that time, we were bound to lose a few people, and have the odd argument along the way. But I do believe that those of us who are still involved have lost none of the enthusiasm and love that we came in with. I certainly haven't! From my own experiences, I can only say that the love and commitment are still as strong as ever.
  • fiction: “Blue Moon” by Sue-Anne Hartwick, “Those Who Believe” by Jatona Walker, “Twas the Week Before Xmas” by Leah S., The Twelve Days of Christmas” by Ima Fool
  • there is a review of The Thousandth Man, see that page
  • there is a review of Coda, see that page
  • there is a review of Scales of Justice, see that page
  • there is a review of Day by Day, see that page
  • there is a review of Moonlight and Mists, see that page
  • there is an announcement about All Our World in Us :
    ALL OUR WORLD IN US, a S/H novel has now been cancelled. However, the first two drafts are available to anyone who wishes to read them. Each is several hundred pages long, and they are quite different from each other. They may be borrowed on a Lending Library basis, for a period of 2 weeks, reimbursing the postage when you return the story. Requests will be handled on a first-come, first-serve basis.


  1. S and H
  2. Her comments also include a longer con report.
  3. Almost all fans respond to her that they aren’t interested in reading about the Professionals and would like to just purchase the S/H half of the zine.
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