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Title: Frienz
Publisher: Pat Massie, then Jean Holmes
Date(s): 1988-1996
Frequency: every two months at first, then more sporadically
Medium: print
Language: English
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Frienz is a gen with some slash Starsky and Hutch letterzine. It contains fiction, want ads, flyers and letters. There are 38 issues.

About Some of the Fiction

Similar Zines

For other SH letterzines, see List of Letterzines

Fans Remember

I can't express how important Jean's contribution to fandom was to me--I belonged to Frienz, that beloved ole paper letterzine. It was so exciting to find it in my mailbox! I remember how wonderfully connected I felt to my fandom, even fans in far away countries, when I would open up the letterzine and see names old and new. It was such a pleasure to craft a response to the last issue's comments. It even inspired me to draw a Starsky & Hutch cartoon. The fact that Jean kept Frienz going for so long--long enough for me to discover it not long before the explosion of net fandom--is something I'll always appreciate. [3]

Issue 1

Frienz 1 was published in November 1988 and contains 20 pages.

cover of issue #1, Merle Decker
  • this issue has an essay by [M F] called: "The Starsky and Hutch Pilot -- Then & Now"
  • this issue has some fiction by Ima Fool called "O'Horror Hotel"
  • this issue has an essay [C D] called "Art and the Single Fanzine"
  • this issue has a con report for Zebra Con #9, by [L M], see that page
  • a fan writes:
    First let me say what a terrific idea I think FRIENZ is. There's nothing like a good letterzine to keep fandom alive and kickin'. With all the mumbling I've been hearing (or rather, reading) about how S&H fandom is dying out, I think that any new development, especially a l/z, is a positive step.
  • a fan explains why she thinks Starsky & Hutch fiction is so good:
    Why spend the money? Because for the most part, S&H fans produce quality zines. The fiction seems to be better-written than in many fandoms. I think the reason is that many S&H fans did their journeyman writing in other fandoms; they come to S&H a little more seasoned than they were when they started. I think that's also the case of S&H artists. There's also a commitment to authenticity here; people research their subjects, whether it's gun calibres or physical trauma, and that research strengthens their product. Plot isn't often sacrificed for character, which makes for good reading. I spend money on cons because, with one exception, all my S&H friends live in far-flung places. Getting them all in one place is an absolute joy. There is a love and acceptance among fan friends that sometimes surpasses what one finds in mundane situations.
  • a fan remembers the original Starsky and Hutch letterzine, S and H:
    FRIENZ is very good news, the latest in a long line of SH l/zs. Ten years on, and we still find the discussion, the exchange of views unexhausted-not really surprising with that material. So this is to be the reincarnation of the original S&H l/z? I still go back to read that one for its insights and for the detailed, substantial, series-related arguments with which various POV's were supported... I learned a lot about S&H from that first letterzine... Re-reading the first pioneer l/z is a reminder of all the people who gave me their time and kindness to enlighten me, provide information, addresses, zines, share with me, show me my way into SH fandom. The very word was new to me then. I could never forget all that, and I'll always be grateful for it.
  • a fan comments on the hurt/comfort genre: can count me among the H/C ... aficionados. Maybe it's because it strips away all the socially necessary masks and lets us see what lies beneath. Or maybe it's because Starsky suffers so well - oh god those writhing hip movements - yeah grab for that thigh or that belly.
  • a fan addresses the TOTM:
    I thought I'd address the suggested topic of Fan Angst—why do I bother with this, why do I spend the time, the money, etc.? Good question! I'm 37, and only found "fandom" in 1982, when I discovered Star Trek for the first time. I'm still a big ST fan, but about 3 years ago, I think it was, I'd run out of new K/S zines to read, so decided to try some H/J, loved them, so decided to try watching S&H, which was shown here then, since I knew the blond actor who was Johnny was also "one of those cops" — that's about all I knew of it, though. Well, it didn't take long for me to get hooked on S&H and S/H, and I've been enjoying this fandom very much ever since.
  • a fan invites others to join an APA:
    To all S&H fans who would like yet another outlet for your creativity—how about joining us in the Starsky and Hutch APA? It's called "Tell Me Something I Don't Know!", and by the time you read this, issue #10 will be out. We "publish" every other month—letters, copies of articles on S&H or Paul and David that everyone sends in, etc. If you're at all interested, please SASE me—at this date, we could use 6 more participants (30 is out upper limit.) Spread the word! EDITOR'S NOTE: I love the APA! It has an energy, vitality, and sharing that brings me right back to the early days of S&H fandom. It's great to get one every other month with an original artwork cover and never seen articles and pics inside. You can't go wrong becoming an active part of it.
  • another fan remembers a previous letterzine:
    I got out the box containing all the old l/z's — disinterred it, to be more precise/ from the mountain of boxes at present lurking in our spare bedroom—just to refresh my memory. And several hours later, I surfaced amazed. What a vast amount of subjects were covered—so many views aired (sometimes forcibly, sometimes acidly, sometimes even vitriolic), so many opinions, ideas, discussions, often on the mast trivial of subjects. Looking back, was The Kiss in the Alley (or lack of one) such a big deal? I suppose it was, at the time. And S/H, far from being the Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name, nowadays rarely shuts up. I've heard the complaint that S/H has 'driven' people out of fandom. In a truck? Bus? Torino? But since no one is forced to buy zines, or read them, I can't see that this is a valid statement—unless it's the lack of straight stories that has led the non-S/H contingent to look elsewhere for their fix. This is possible. There's been a dearth of straight stories in the past year. There's been a dearth of any kind of story, but if I go on about that I'll get jumped on for undue pessimism- I'm hoping for a renaissance at Zebra Con. (Zines! Zines! For the love of God, give me zines!) [4]
  • a fan tries to explain the appeal of hurt/comfort:
    I don't know why I like H/C. It isn't the pain & agony. In fact, that can get tiresome, as anyone who has suffered root canal treatment can testify. But the caring that the Hurt brings out — that's the anodyne. That, I would guess, is what most of us like about H/C. The 'C . And while, in S/H, there are a number of soi-disant stories which are nothing but catalogue of sexual gymnastics without plot or meaning, I don't know of any story is purely Hurt, with no Comfort. I may have missed something, mind. If there is one, maybe someone will enlighten me. But, like the 'how-many-positions-can-we-fit-on-one-page' perpetrators, there doesn't seem an awful lot of point to it. I have written the latter. I freely admit it. I've never written just Hurt. At least, not to my knowledge! I suppose I can sum it up by saying I do not like to see them suffer (they suffer so creatively!) but I want' the emotional arnica and bandaid too. You can't have one without the other.
  • a long-time, BNF fan explains the appeal of the show and compares it to Star Trek:
    Why do I bother with this anyway? I'm into SH for entirely different; reasons than I was into Trek. In the old days of ST random, you were in it for the dream, and for the purpose of keeping the dream alive and hoping to get Trek reincarnated in the form of a TV show or film. Now that the fans have achieved those goals, there's something different about the fandom. It could be that after more than ten years, my enthusiasm has slowed considerably but you do get the feeling that the driving need to keep ST on the mind of the public and the studio just isn't there anymore. ST was a cause and to support that cause you did zines, went to cons, wrote letters, etc. SH fandom is another world. It's smaller, but I happen to like it that way. Makes me feel we're a rather select group of people with very good taste. It doesn't have the lofty feel of Trek — we are unabashedly into the 'scenery' of the show (those buns...those thighs...) and though there is some philosophy in the world of SH, questions relating to violence and integrity, and the philosophy of a beautiful love relationship, it doesn't ask the burning questions Trek does about the future of mankind. But that's why I like it. A writer can get deeply into the motivations of a character and see how his actions impact on his partnei Without all the sf folderol, SH seems a deeper, more introspective world, one that I find very challenging to write about. And if it's really the individual that is important in our world, then the feelings and philosophies of Starsky and Hutch do respond to those burning questions of mankind's future. I feel my writing in this fandom is more sophisticated, more mature. That could be because I've now been writing longer, but I also feel it's the subject matter that we're dealing with here.
  • more on hurt/comfort:
    Sometimes, h/c seems to have acquired a negative connotation in this fandom, and that irks me a bit. "Judge and Jury" was bad h/c, yes. And "Mojave Crossing" was excellent — but saying all the same things in another story doesn't repeat what Faddis did so well. Yet nearly all SH has elements that can be called h/c — and what's wrong if it's subtle for a change? I can get Hutch giving Starsky a cup of coffee because he knows he's upset about Helen's death. I'd love to see SH fiction delve into h/c a little more.

Issue 2

Frienz 2 was published in February 1989 and contains 20 pages.

cover of issue #2, J. Jones
  • some TOTM questions were: "Do you have a 'first impression you'd like to share with us? When did you first see S&H? What was it like? How did you feel?" And: "Song lyrics. Send me your fave S&H song lyric... Do we need fan awards? Do they serve any purpose beyond possibly being popularity awards... Do they acknowledge 'the best'?" Episode to discuss: "Running."
  • "Smithereens," Paula Smith's regular column, is about conventions that are not fannish (dog shows, ex-drug abusers, computers)
  • the column, "Forum" is by Tabby Davis and entitled "Further Reflections on the Single Fanzine, a reference to to "Art and the Single Fanzine" by C. Davis is the previous issue -- the topic is about editing, putting together a zine, "sharing" in fandom, and feedback
  • it has an essay by MRK called "First Impressions: Gee, Even the Hit Man Seemed to Know
  • it includes fiction: "Night Bridge" by Leah S
  • it includes a poem, "Touch" by Pat Massie
  • there is much discussion regarding hugging:
    I never thought about the guys' first hug! Good question. I see two scenarios: The first deals with their first Christmas as partners. Perhaps one invited the other to his place (if they weren't working that day); they shared dinner, exchanged gifts, then spontaneously embraced. Or! maybe one of them was going home for the holidays, the other drove his friend to the airport and they hugged before S or H boarded the plane. The second possibility could have occurred the first time one went under cover without his partner. The case was particularly dangerous, with more than a slight threat to the inconspicuous officer's life, that the Partner especially worried, was so relieved when the case was successfully cracked and his friend safe, automatically hugged him when they met up again. I have a question for anyone interested to answer: When was the first time one or both knew the other was his best friend? That he loved him and would give his life for the other?
  • regarding the appeal of hurt/comfort:
    [J] raised a point with her honest 'I don't know' on why we like h/c. I don't know either. But I thought back over my favourite shows and discovered the ones I remember best all had some element of h/c in them. No, I won't give examples, that'd date me too accurately.... I think it's be cause I like emotions up front. We are conditioned not to express our feelings too openly — and repression is not good for the soul. So h/c allows a vicarious escape-hatch? We can exercise our imaginations on how it would feel to be in that situation, without experiencing any of the genuine pain or anguish involved. And anyway, we knew it was just make- believe, so it was okay. I don't know anyone who gets off on real suffering, or real h/c, as we see it on the news. That's an invasion of privacy, and we are embarrassed and offended by it. But the fictional stuff is acceptable to us, because we know it'll all be all right in the end.
  • a fan, [C R], writes:
    Whoa! [P], I think I love you! A S&H letterzine is just what I need! I only 'discovered' fandom not more than a year and a half ago - Blake's 7. Fanzines! Holy cow! Went totally crazy and, quite literally, caught up on 10 years worth of B7 fandom about 10 months. Not bad, eh? But not that hard, either, since B7 is a growing and relatively new (so far as being wide-spread) fandom. Burned out on B7 and cast about for something new. What did I find? You get it, frienz, Starsky & Hutch! I remembered that I adored the show the first time it was on, but it wasn't until I got some copies of the episodes that I realized just how much!... Guess you can see why this 1/z is such a breath of fresh air for me. And reading over the letters from issue #1 it looks like I've fallen into a batch of kindred souls. I, my dear fen, am a world-class wallower. Ask anyone who's ever read my stories in other genre and you'll find at least some - more likely a lot - hurt/comfort in everything. Ohboyohboy do I love a good smarmy story. Let's face it, there has been a lot of "buddy" series' on TV, and a lot of them had the potential for an enormous amount of smarm, am I right? Simon & Simon, for example, or even the perennial favorite, Star Trek. Sure, we see great relationships between the characters but how much of that openness - that wonderful caring - do we really see? Zilch. And after all, isn't that what zines are for? We've built the relationships we want for these people, oftentimes from scratch. Look at Blake 7. Now that's a stretch. Not that we've ever let that stop us, right ladies? But now, finally, we can see the caring and love between the characters. And - my goodness! - the hurt/comfort too! I mean actually see it instead of having to fill in the blanks later. Watched Miami Vice lately? Those' cheaters take us right up to the brink of a smarmy scene and go to a commercial. The finks. But Starsky & Hutch not only carried it through, they carried us through, bless 'em. And yes, I am looking for every zine and episode in existence on the show. I've hung all my other fandoms out to dry 'till then. Not that's hooked.
  • a fan is a fan of One More Mountain:
    "One More Mountain" is my all-time favorite story ever! And I do mean ever! That story is my prime example of exactly what we were talking about - that caring that the hurt brings out. That's the big thing. I've read stories, ostensibly h/c, but all I remember about them was the hurt. Very little comfort. Hated them. I tend to skim over the hurt myself - kind of a fade to black thing - and go straight for the comfort. Purely wish there were more stories of that type. Never could get enough.
  • another fan wants to know where all the "straight" zines are:
    I agree about the lack of straight stories lately. We had a discussion (it was not a panel) at Spectrum, a local media con. Quizzed about all-time favorite zines, almost everyone chose straight zines. The most popular was Zebra Three #1, but also mentioned were Strange Justice and LA Vespers. If everyone loves the ones done in the past, why aren't more being done?
  • a fan's conversion:
    It was a hot day in Phoenix (it being August) of 1986 ... being an avid K/S fan (yes, I too started out as one of The Maniacs!), I had heard from a reliable source that there was more to life than K/S! Can you believe it?! Thinking this as just a treasonous attempt at converting me to another lifestyle, I ignored the temptation for a time. But even the strong weaken given enough time. So, in August, two years ago, I turned on one of our local stations that was playing the Treason called Starsky & Hutch. I figured to remain aloof to their charms and avoid getting seduced-- I lasted about 12 seconds into the opening credits... I was transfixed -- fascinated--reborn-- captured for all time! I hadn't even seen one second of the show yet-- so I stayed glued to my TV, as helpless and as captivated as anyone had ever felt going into a series. The episode being aired that day was "Moonshine" -- certainly not one of their best, but it was Really Something Else to me!! I loved it all -- the scene in the Smoky Mountain Inn was so funny. I laughed through it. And, afterwards, when Hutch had to be the one to drive them home--with his partner's feet sticking out of the window! It was so beautiful watching a show that gave you such a warm feeling throughout! I was officially hooked at the very start. As with all Deep Loves, every show that I saw only made stronger my initial impression of Starsky and Hutch being the TV series that I had been waiting for my whole life ... and I still feel that way about it... The "hugs" Universe has always been very intriguing to me. ALL of the series' that would get me hooked had this exact aspect to them — Man from U.N.C.L.E. -- Star Trek etc. But Starsky and Hutch are the ultimate example of a"tactile-oriented" Universe. I always tended to look for this in my TV, or movies, or even relationships that I had — none had this to the degree that S&H had — even today! That first one that I remember them sharing was the "alley scene" at the end of The Fix. What a hug! I've always loved that scene ...
  • another convert from K/S writes:
    I'm also an obsessive personality, I think. Does it ever scare you how fast you can fall away from a treasured obsession? I was a rabid K/S fan, and now I can hardly bear to read the stuff. I refuse to even examine other fandoms now, because I don't have any desire to leave SH. Is that silly, or what?
  • regarding fan awards:
    Personally, I'm not crazy about them. What is gained by receiving them? I know that it makes the artwork from a zine more valuable, and it makes the author or editor feel good. But is there anyone who would say that the awards consistently go to the best in fandom? Should they? What about encouraging new faces? If you don't get one, does that mean you're no good? I think that the opportunity for abuse is more than the benefits gained by the recipients. I don't know if you want to discuss whether it benefits the readership to review the zines produced each year. Maybe we could do that in a non-competitive way.
  • regarding awards, specifically the Huggy Awards:
    ...there could be as many reasons for voter's choice as there are voters. Voting for a friend's production could well be one influence -- could be because it's the friend's zine which has been read. It's doubtful that every voter has always read every eligible entry. Doubtful, too, that every dedicated SH fan sends in a ballot paper. An imperfect system. But would one want to end the tradition? Can't see that happening somehow. There's always that fascinating distinction between "favourite" and "best". For example. Dotty Barry's poem, "Non constans", a marvelous piece of writing. One might well vote it "best". I could never vote it "favourite". I'd find it hard even to read it again; it's so alien in its coldness and indifference, to the way I see SH. I'd be unhappy confronted with the editorial decision whether to include it in a SH zine. But the views of potential readers would be relevant - could one deprive them? No, I don't think one could.
  • regarding fan awards:
    fan awards. My experience shows me that this sort of thing varies from fandom to fandom. I have long stopped paying attention to most fannish awards, as in one case they seem to be popularity contests and in another case, although begun with excellent intentions, their original intentions have been somewhat distorted. Based on what I've seen the past two years, the Huggies seem to be handled pretty well, are above board and tend to reflect my personal tastes. Are fan awards necessary? I don't know. One could reason that they encourage writers and artists to do their best, and yet this is all supposed to be in the name of fun, right? It's a very thin line to walk. If we do the work for awards, then we run the risk of having worked for nothing, and taking it all much too seriously (IMHO). If we do the work only for the fun, there's very little to lose—unless some clod walks up to you and tells you point blank they think your work is worthless; then again, if it's done in fun and the writer/artist-enjoys the execution, other folks' opinions won't carry much weight, will they? For myself, I tend to participate in fan-ac for the fun, certainly it would be lovely to have my work acknowledged by my peers, but I won't be devastated if I don't have a fan award to adorn my abode. I think the real rewards come from the heart: your own, with the satisfaction of having completed a project you can be proud of; and others', who, if they've enjoyed your work, are generous enough to tell you so.
  • regarding fan awards:
    I think they're an interesting tradition, not only in SH but in ST as well, but I'm not at all sure they are a very accurate way of measuring worth...or the best of what has been produced in a fandom. It's something like Pulitzer Prize winners, most of them are not the authors who have produced enduring classics. The non-nominees are something of a who's-who of literary figures, starting with Hemingway. The same thing was true in Trek. A number of the 'classics' of ST fanfic, that people still remember 10 years later, are not usually the ones that won fan awards. I'm not saying that awards never show true worth, I'm just saying it's not always the case... I'm not against fan awards. They're often fun, and a way of acknowledging people's work. But do they really reward the 'best'? Even trying to define 'best' can open an entire other can of worms. Does it mean the most polished prose, the most technically adept artwork, or something that grabs people around the heart and yanks hard? Or is it something that yanks a little lower? Ten people might have ten separate definitions So what does 'best' really mean?
  • more on awards:
    Do we need Fan awards? Need — not really, I suppose. We buy the zines and enjoy the art and read the stories and poems and that's the core of fandom. But Awards are at least a way of saying 'thanks' to a favourite writer or artist. Even if we never write LOCs, never get to speak to them, we can express our appreciation by voting for them. From the other side -- as a recipient myself -- I can say that it's enormously gratifying to be so recognized. And I'd hope that if all my friends did vote for me, they did it because they enjoyed what I wrote, not our of friendship. Awards may not acknowledge 'the best'— we all like different things, and one fan's best' is another fan's dreck — but yes, they do serve a purpose.
  • regrading song tapes:
    ... songs that remind us of the boys? I have a zillion faves, with unfulfilled songtape plans for many of them.
  • an example of a comment regarding song lyrics and SH:
    My all-time favorite song that best describes my feelings for Ken and David is "Still the One", by Orleans. I also hold dear: "In My Life by the Beatles, of course; "Through the Years", Kenny Rogers; "You Are So Beautiful To Me", Joe Cocker; and, "You're in My Heart", Rod Stewart. "You've Got a Friend" (sung by James Taylor; written by Carol King) has always been my S&H theme song.
  • a fan is wondering if she has missed something:
    This next question, I know is going to qualify as the neo question of the month, but having only recently come into SH fandom and never having seen the last l/z I must ask Terri about something she mentioned in her letter, to it: Terri, as kiss in the alley? WHAT kiss in WHAT alley??? I'm not looking to open up an old can of worms (a distasteful metaphor all by itself) but gad, what'd I miss?
  • a fan addresses another's comments from the prior issue:
    I wanted to comment on your remarks regarding writing SH. You mentioned that you found your own writing more sophisticated and mature than the writing you've done in Star Trek fandom, and that SH allows you to get more into character as opposed to dealing with earth-shattering issues and 'sf folderol'. In some ways I definitely agree with you. I'm not just referring to your writing (although I agree with your assessment of your own stuff), I'm talking about the writing in the fandom in general. Based on what I've read, SH fan-fic definitely lends itself to a much more careful sort of writing. I think that this stems from it being set in our here-and-now as opposed to some far-flung future where every problem has an answer based on whatever kind of supertechnology the writer can concoct. Of course there is character-based fan-fic in ST; that's the main attraction, and when it's done well it's breathtaking. Unfortunately this doesn't happen very often anymore. Yet, because SH is set in our present, in a world we know intimately, there seems to be an attempt by writers across the board to be as true to that world as possible. Writing Trek certainly allows us to let our imaginations run wild and there is merit there. But what some Trek authors sometimes forget, and what becomes a basic tenet of writing SH, is that consistency and believability are necessary for the creation to work, otherwise we, the readers, who know this world so very well, will sit back and say "No, that's not right, I don't buy it" and the construct comes crashing down around us. the writing in SH is better and stronger because the authors know that the reader must be convinced This being the case, I think we're all pretty fortunate. It's rare that I've been disappointed in a new SH zine. Any thoughts?
  • a new fan is very enthusiastic (and gets scolded in the next issue):
    A S&H letterzine is just what I need! I only 'discovered' fandom not more than a year and a half ago - Blake's 7. Fanzines! Holy cow! Went totally crazy and, quite literally, caught up on 10 years worth of B7 fandom in about 10 months. Not bad, eh? But not that hard, either, since B7 is a growing and relatively new (so far as being wide-spread) fandom. Burned out on B7 and cast about for something new. What did I find? You get it, frienz, Starsky & Hutch! I remembered that I adored the show the first time it was on, but it wasn't until I got some copies of the epi- scdes that I realized just how much! So this is - what? - maybe two months ago and here I sat, totally insane over the series and nowhere to go. Bummer. Guess you can see why this 1/z is such a breath of fresh air for me.And reading over the letters from issue #1 it looks like I've fallen in^o a batch of kindred souls. I, my dear fen, am a world-class wallower. Ask anyone who's ever read my stories in other genre and you'll find at least some - more likely a lot - hurt/comfort in everything. Ohboyohboy do I love a good smarmy story. Let's face it, there has been a lot of "buddy" series' on TV, and a lot of them had the potential for an enormous amount of smarm, am I right? Simon & Simon, for example, or even the perennial favorite, Star Trek. Sure, we see great relationships between the characters but how much of that openness - that wonderful caring - do we really see? Zilch. And after all, isn't that what zines are for? We've built the relation ships we want for these people, oftentimes from scratch. Look at Blake 7. Nov that's a stretch. Not that we've ever let that stop us, right ladies? But now, finally, we can see the caring and love between the characters. And - my goodness! - the hurt/comfort too! I mean actually see it instead of having to fill in the blanks later. Watched Miami Vice lately? Those' cheaters take us right up to the brink of a smarmy scene and go to a commercial. The finks. But Starsky & Hutch not only carried it through, they carried us through, bless 'em. And yes, I am looking for every zine and episode in existence on the show. I've hung all my other fandoms out to dry 'till then. Not that's hooked.... [T], I think you may have just hit the nail on the head about the comment that S/H has "driven people out of fandom." No one has to buy or read anything, but there does seem to be a dearth of straight stories wherever slash becomes the 'in' thing. As for myself, there is nothing I enjoy more than a straight hurt/comfort story. But the latest SNITCH seems to be listing 100% slash zines or mixed. Now, as I'm new to this fandom and know next to nothing about it, is this the norm these days? Or is S&H, like the Professionals, almost exclusively slash?

Issue 3

Frienz 3 was published in April 1989 and contains 24 pages.

"Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy" by J. Clissold

TOTM: "Dt. Sgt. David Michael Starsky (aka: Starsky, Starsk, dirtball, Gordo). Who is he? Where does he come from? Why is he cop? How did he get partnered with Hutch? Give us ... the fax! Also, any post-SR ideas for him? (Please limit anatomical raptures to one page.) Also, we're looking for vignettes (no overt "/", please), First Impressions; commentaries for Forum; song lyrics; also, see T. Beckett's letter for her wonderful "Just Imagine" idea (give us period, dress, reason why you like it and a little dialogue maybe."

  • "Starsky," poem by Pat Massie
  • "Sons of Enoch," fiction by Cheryl Meier
  • JUST IMAGINE: Imperial Russia, circa 1810: "Vingt-et-un" - T. Beckett (vignette, part one)
  • IMAGINE Post-War America, circa 1946: "Doggone" - P. Massie (vignette)
  • "Play Misty for Me," fiction by Molly D. Brown (part one, a choose-your-own-ending story, one that uses "//" to indicate inner thought -- something that is a practice from older Star Trek fiction)
  • "Hourglass," poem by Angela Talley
  • Forum: by Cindy Rancourt -- "Has anyone noticed the different way the guys react when the other one is injured?"
  • many fans envision a lengthy fanon backstory for Starsky
  • the editor scolds fans a bit, telling them to use more punctuation and be better spellers, as she is spending way to much time deciphering their letters
  • a fan writes of a gathering:
    By the time this letter will be printed, a group of us from the East and Mid-west (and a few from out West) will have gathered for SHare Con in the Baltimore area. A portion of us who attended Z-Con felt S&H weren't represented nearly enough and Pat and Nancy decided to rectify that grossly negligent situation by organizing an "All-S&H weekend party" to be held ASAP! A con report will be included next issue ...
  • a fan addresses another:
    Enjoyed your letter. As you said, the greatest appeal of S&H is that not only were they loving and caring, but they were open in demonstrating their feelings and that display of affection entranced us. NO, "/" is NOT the norm of S&H fandom. There are a number of us who see the guys as straight, despite the majority of fans believing the men to be otherwise. It's good that we can all abide opposing viewpoints and still participate happily in fandom, but S&H fandom isn't exclusively "/".
  • a fan is struggling with a sort of writer's block regarding slash:
    I would hope that maybe a few more straight (or non-/) stories will eventually surface, by the way -- I love 'em just as much as the '/', if not more so, but I'm having trouble writing them, let's see if I can explain that coherently. I have a plot. S'right, it's straight (well, as straight as anything they're in can be), and everything is going along just swimmingly until I look at the page and damme if they're not snuggled in a corner canoodling. If I ignore it and hope no one will notice, next thing I know they've hauled each other into bed and nothing but nothing is being left to imagination. Now this does not auger well for my 'straight' plot. Okay, rip it up and try again. And guess what happens on page 34, or 45, or whatever? Right. At it like minks. Do I sound a tad jaded with S/H? I have reason. If that's not bad enough, it" been creeping in to my other writing, and that way lies — if not madness, at least severe mental trauma. And please don't anyone ask when they can see those aborted attempts at a story. Please.
  • a fan explains The Kiss in the Alley Debate:
    A quick peek inside the old can, okay? In FIX, just before the tag, there is a hug in the alley. It is a beauty of a hug, and there was a school of fandom who saw a kiss right in there with it. Me, I didn't. Unless smooching an earlobe can be thus construed. Our Noble Editor had it right when she told you you had missed nothing.
  • a fan writes of The Huntingdon Chronicles:
    ...the activity of let's-put-S&H-in-an- historical-setting has always been a favorite activity of mine. I don't know if I'd really want to write a whole story in that mode, but fantasizing them in various time periods can be quite satisfying. (If people at work knew what I was thinking of when that blank look settles on my face...) Huntington Chronicles is the result of an entire universe that Carol Davis and I came up with after hours and tours of phone conversations. (Thank heaven we're not long distance or we'd both be bankrupt.)
  • a fan touches on the past in SH fandom:
    Returning to those thousand faces, and the variety and the versatility they represent, I dislike the suggestion (page 2), in reference to people (numerically or individually unspecified) alleged to have been 'driven out' of SH fandom. The suggestion pre-supposes driver(s). But who? Fandom has to have a place and space for all who want to participate; any decision not to participate in any aspect is a matter for free personal choice, rather than acceptance of some edict from some hypothetical 'driver' — 'Depart!' Is it really like that? I want a welcome for every one of those thousand faces. I can't imagine that's an isolated attitude? (Ed. note: Not these days, anyway. Fandom being a much friendlier place. Unfortunately, I can remember 'drivers', several who gave me a hard time as a neo-letter writer and fan. Yes, fandom today is a much kinder place, pm)
  • a fan, [J M H], scolds another new one [C R] a bit, warning her to slow down and not fan old wank:
    Wow! Seems like you blew into our fandom and were impressed with what you found. I'm happy that you like it; we certainly do. But I think you might want to take things a little more slowly here. Ten years of B7 in ten months? I hope that you realize that this is a small, close-knit fandom, and are ready to fit yourself in. That is not to say that you must enjoy, read, or even discuss anything you don't want to, but please don't go out of your way to fan the flames of old battles. If you want some perspective on the history of SH fandom, I highly recommend the old SH (Ed. note: Or, as it was known in the old days, S & H. pm) letterzines as well as the more recent Between Friends and Who Do We Trust Times. You can often find someone selling an old set if you keep your eyes open. I encourage you to write quality straight fiction, it's pretty clear that almost everyone enjoys a good straight story when they can get their hands on one.
  • a fan, [C R], writes:
    ...if everyone likes straight stories so well, why aren't people writing them? I refuse to be the only one in an entire fandom writing straight stories. It's just not done...I'd kill for some good straight S&H stories. How's "TLC" coming, [April Valentine]? Is it turning out to be straight hurt/comfort or slash hurt/comfort? Which are people writing as opposed to what is being advertised for? And you readers, what are you looking for? Straight or slash? Action/adventure or hurt/comfort? I'm curious to see if there's a difference between what people are writing and what people want to read or whether it's all the same. How 'bout it, ladies?

Issue 4

Frienz 4 was published in June 1989 and contains 28 pages.

uncredited, "Broll" is the signature
  • TOTM: "Coffin"/"Shootout" -- If you have to choose, which do you prefer? Compare/contrast realism, plotline, bad guys, time frame, h/c quotient. TEENY-TINY-TENDERS: These are the moments, minutes, and nuances that really touch, delight, and make you go "ahhh". FIRST SEASON, please. Here's an open invite to "get it off your chest or bust"! Tell us about ATTENTION MEDICO'S procedure errors. Also, any comments about Starsky's post S'Rev injuries, scars, ability to return to normal routines very welcome."
  • the editor writes that she will be continuing the letterzine after issue #6 (the original run she'd promised) as response has been so good, but the catch-22 is if the response is good, the letterzine is bigger and more expensive -- she is not raising the cost of it, but is begging for cover art
  • a fan writes of the fan casting she did for her zine No Easy Answers
  • "How to Change a Typewriter Ribbon in One Easy Lesson" by MRK (fiction)
  • "PARENTHETICALLY SPEAKING (An exercise in the art of a minor wallow) by Cindy Rancourt (fiction)
  • Report from Left Field by Ima Fool
  • "Doggone" by Pat Massie (fiction, part 2)
  • "Play Misty for Me," part two, fiction by Pat Charles
  • THE MENTAL VIDEO SHOW: Fanny Goes to the Laundromat, humorous vignette by Pat Massie
  • JUST IMAGINE: Vingt-et-Un, part two, fiction by T. Beckett
  • an essay by Janna Silverstein on the episode "Sweet Revenge"
  • TEENY/TINY/TENDERS — The Very ESSENCE of S&H -- FIRST SEASON: "There are so many" by Maria Farina
  • many, many fans compare and contrast the episodes "Shootout" and "A Coffin for Starsky"
  • a fan writes:
    As for you, [T], from your letter I judge you to be a very silly person and I think I like you! What is it about Brits anyway? I just found another beautiful beautiful wallow called "Decorated for Death" which kept me in ecstasy at a Blake's 7 con, for crying out loud! How can you Brits write such wonderful h/c and yet so far as I know there's practically none on your television shows? The Professionals had such great promise but no h/c at all! Lot's of hurt, but... Hope you keep it up, anyway!
  • a fan responds to other's comments about S&H in historical settings:
    [T] and everyone: setting the characters down in past scenarios is always interesting. Everybody seems to be enjoying this ides, but it makes me wonder one thing — why did so many seem not to like it when the first couple of installments of "Lost" by Lynna Bright began to appear in THE FIX? Lots of you said it was really hard to get into the characters of Christian and Manfred — taking S&H out of L.A. made them not the guys we've learned to love, it was said. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad to see the apparent change in opinion and I know now that many of you have grown to love "Lost", but it did strike me as kinda odd. I guess once we get used to an idea, it's easier to expand on it.
  • a fan comments on S&H in historical settings:
    ...dropping our boys into a historical period does require a knowledge of history — it's got to be done well to work.' It does depend on what you're aiming to do, though. The light-hearted stories are fine, provided one never thinks of them as historical. Fantasy...olde-tyme romance...fine. On that level, credibility isn't a consideration and one can just enjoy. But to set S&H in the recorded documented past is something else again. The values and truths inherent in their kind of friendship/relationship are, of course, always valid and may be found at any time or place in human affairs. But the modes of expression, the background style of the individual characters, their day-to-day assumptions, the 'furniture' of their minds, all the contemporary imagery — all these have to be so different from late-20th century L.A., that wisdom would suggest, as a minimum, the choice of different names. S&H somehow risk being lost in the whole process, though a kind of other time counterpart could be possible, perhaps, preferably, with different physical appearance. The characters themselves, apart from exemplifying a depths of relationship which some human beings, in all times, have been able to know, cannot, by definition, be S&H. I'm not sure that those two transplant so easily. We're still enriched by the characters we know in the inexhaustible scope of their own time. And we can still have a lot of fun with all those other stories.
  • a fan asks another fan about her comments in the previous issue:
    And [T], again: what do you mean by saying you're jaded about S/H? You sound really down on it as a theme, and that perplexes me. I don't know if that's really what you meant to imply or not. Surely you don't disagree with the premise — if you did the characters would not be trying to jump into bed every time you tried to write about them. It is pretty difficult to write characters other than the way we see them — if you don't see them as lovers, it's nigh onto impossible to get them to act that way, and visa versa. Speaking of NEA — [J] got her copy (Saturday), so I'm hoping I'll have mine in hand by Monday as this letter is going out. I'm very anxious (to put it mildly) to have a good read! I hope you get lots of LoC's once we all have a chance to get our hot little hands on your story.
  • a fan remembers the not-so-good-olden days:
    like you I can remember the 'drivers' who made things so difficult for neo-fans- Frankly, fandom is a nicer place without such people. It's credit to us that we hung in there and didn't let ourselves be 'driven'!
  • a fan writes about some drawerfic and straight stories:
    about those straight stories that no one is writing any more. It has been brought to my mind that Chris and I wrote about a dozen straight SH stories before we got into fandom. A couple of them have been published — KILLING GROUND, QUIET COUNTRY WEEKEND — once we'd rewritten extensively. Where are the rest, you cry? I'm ahead of you. They're not good enough. Really. That isn't false modesty. In our defence, let me say we wrote them without the benefits of VTR, of fannish feedback — we thought we were on our own. So they're more or less a form of shorthand mnemonic for our own mental video shows. Some of the ideas weren't too bad — they get recycled. But I have no intention of publishing them. If you don't believe me about the lack of quality, ask Tabby. She was too kind to criticise, but she'll know what I'm talking about. So... maybe the other straight story writers are still hiding their lights under bushels? Your other point of communication — I've found that men are much less able to communicate on an intimate level — which would fit with the difficulties we see in fourth season...
  • a fan says she prefers straight stories:
    I believe Starsky and Hutch love each other, but not physically. If they did, their relationship would be so different than any other sexual relationship. But it is different - noble even. (That's a word I haven't heard in a long time. I guess it went wherever "chivalry" went.) Anyway, I see "pure love" here.
  • a fan writes:
    SHareCon was FUN! The "Starsky & Hutch Party" took place March 17-19 in Md and was a warm, casual, mutual give-and-take. All attendees freely mingled, shared precious collections, personal histories, read stories, made food runs. We viewed and discussed episodes, played trivia, "pin the wound on Starsky" (a sick bunch, no?) and "psychodrama" - re-enactments of key scenes from certain episodes(such fun playing a "dead" Gillian!). We were able to dub long-sought tapes and copy articles; we even welcomed 2 new fans, which is always encouraging, but the highlight for me, however, was the discovery, after 13 years, that H calls S "Babe" in Shootout!! How could I have missed such an exquisite moment all these years??!! I'm ecstatic to know about it now, though!! Everyone present seemed to enjoy themselves and I sincerely hope we'll have another one to look forward to next year ...
  • a fan writes about putting ambiguity in her fanfiction so that zines will publish it:
    Jumping into the discussion of slash vs. non-slash stories, I still write straight stories. In fact, contrary to what some think, everything I write is straight. [5] But I find myself often adding elements of ambiguity simply to make sure the stories get published. I've had stories rejected because they weren't slash and the editors felt their readers wouldn't be interested. And when most zines requesting submissions are identified as slash, it can get pretty tough for those of us who prefer to write straight.
  • a fan ruminates on fandom:
    ...many zines, cons and friends later, I've discovered that there's a chemistry not just between our dear partners, but between ourselves. We've created, in the friendships we've made in fandom, the kind of friendship we watch and enjoy so much in Starsky and Hutch, the kind of "go-for-it-at-all-costs" friendship that is so well portrayed in "Sweet Revenge": the love, the sharing, the trust, the nurturing and growth that good friendship inspires. Those kinds of friendships are very rare—and very sweet indeed.

Issue 5

Frienz 5 was published in August 1989 and contains 16 pages.

cover of issue #5
  • this issue has much discussion (the TOTM) about the character of Kenneth Hutchinson (background, what makes him tick...)
  • "Cool Blue" (poem) by uncredited
  • "Shootout," vignette by Ima Fool
  • "Alternate Interpretations," fiction by MRK
  • "P.O.V." "by KH as told to Pat Massie" (Hutch writes about Starsky)
  • "More Magic Moments" -- 2nd Season Teeny/Tiny/Tenders by Maria Farina, memorable tidbits from season two
  • a fanwriter says:
    I too am hoping for LoCs on NEA — the few I've had so far have been interesting reading. 5 to 2 in favour, which is gratifying... Speaking of sequels — to those of you who want to know where the sequel to NEA is — ARE YOU KIDDING? The RED LIGHT trilogy is now complete and that universe is closed. Any other SH we write will be set in an alternate time-frame. This is one of the reasons I love fanfic — it's possible to do this kind of thing. Every story can start afresh, which we can't do with our real lives. There's always another 'what if...' around the corner in fanfic!
  • a fan is eager for more fiction:
    I too think we should gang up on Terri and Chris and everybody who has S&H stories in their drawers and won't share! In a small fandom, we're all hungry for everything, darlin'!
  • dependent on her 13 episodes on tape, and the fact that (like so many other fans) re-runs of the show are non-existent where she lives, a fan is struggling with the TOTM:
    I need some help. The TOTM is Hutch, and I can't write about him because I don't know much about him. Most of what I know about him I learned from this 1/z and from the few zines I've collected so far.
  • more canon?:
    Hmmm... though I've always thought a revival movie of S&H would fall short of our expectations, to say nothing of negating hundreds of post S'REV stories, something in me would love to see them together again in the proposed ABC MYSTERY MOVE segments.
  • a fan is interested in some origin fanon:
    I wonder where we could trace the first appearance in fan-fiction of the widely-held (and also convincing) theory that father was with the NYPD. In 'Zebra Three'#4, [Melanie R] has a story - 'Join Me in L.A.' - which refers to the NY past. Is that the first such reference? It's interesting to meet a new and different idea.
  • regarding the story by Lynna Bright: Lost:
    For me, 'LOST' came suddenly alive in' the last issue. I don't know why. I started believing in the characters as themselves and not as S&H playing fantasy. Don't get me wrong — playing fantasies is fine, and I have fun with the idea. But I believe in Christian and Manfred now, and I'd want to know what happens even if they weren't S&H. Which is about the highest compliment I can give, I think. As for S/H — maybe it's post-zine-itis. [6] You know, the feeling that you really never want to put together another zine ever ever again? I have no trouble at all with the premise, as anyone can see, but I'd like now and again to read a taut, well-plotted story where they aren't trying to get each other into bed on every other page. Preferably where the idea hasn't even entered their pointy little heads. But where there's lots of caring and good relationship stuff.
  • a fan comments on Decorated for Death:
    Maybe we Brits write such good h/c because we don't get it on the screen. You know, sort of as a compensation? DFD was a milestone in fanfic, I think just wish Jill would write the sequel she promised me!
  • a fan looks back at some very early fanfiction:
    I enjoyed those stories you mention as I'm sure others also did, and would still. I checked back to all the (invited) comment I'd offered (almost a young book!) - filed with the stories,and would still say now, as then, that the narrative seat, the gift for telling a story, produced some satisfying reading. I'm not sure about 'lack of quality'...Maybe, like a lot of fan-fiction, they kept close, in characterization, to the studio handout with its calculated, strong contrasts but I'm sure that all the positive greatly outweighed any reservations. They're very readable and I have an affection for them. Not just sentimental. They do reflect that response of First Season. The Way They Were.

Issue 6

Frienz 6 was published in October 1989 and contains 20 pages

Suzan Lovett is the artist -- shows Starsky as a centaur and Hutch along for a ride... reprinted in 2000 for SHareCon -- One fan writes: "Spectacular... as finely executed as all of Suzan's work... Hutch appears to be suffering from the Prince Charles Syndrome, i.e. he's none too secure in the saddle. This could be why his -- ah -- mount is grabbing his knee. Then again, it may not. One can never tell, with kentaurs." [7]
  • TOTM: This is the 'Catch Up' (no, not ketchup) issue. Fill-in the blanks of those topics you haven't had time-space for. Also, there were some recent absolutely great phrases in the last issues that may suggest humor topics: "THE ESOTERIC COP CODE"; "IS STARSKY'S FRAMISTAN ON THE LEFT OR THE RIGHT? and "THE FURNITURE OF THEIR MINDS".
  • "Vingt-et-un" part four, fiction by T. Beckett
  • "P.O.V.", fiction by Pat Massie (Hutch expounds on Starsky)
  • "The True Tale of Two Torinos" by Laura Scarsdale, non-fiction about finding and owning a Torino
  • "Remember," fiction by Betsy Barr
  • "Rebuttal, P.O.V." fiction by David Michael Starsky (as told to his typewriter) by MRK
  • Forum: Image Busters by Tabby Davis (don't typecast the characters, when did they start to deviate from TPTB's vision?)
  • episode titles in German
  • "Living with AIDS" lyrics by Ron Romanovsky and Paul Phillips, plus talk of the tragedy faced by the Glaser family, discussion of the AIDS quilt (which fans are encouraged to work on during ZCon)
  • regarding fanon and older fanfiction:
    A lot of fan-fiction, too, has stayed closely with the original simplifications— and is, of course, none the worse for that. Readable, re-readable, enjoyable. The earlier fanzines don't lose their special quality and appeal. The emergence of new interpretations reminds us that there's a place for all kinds. One kind doesn't exclude another.
  • a fan is feeling... out-classed:
    I've debated with myself long and wide about whether I should write again. All the comments I read in the past issues of FRIENDZ were intelligent, meaningful, witty and/or fun- And I'm just a daft little sod.
  • a British fan writes:
    I could really empathize with [B], her situation is so close to what mine once was. I'd read all those earliest SH L/Zs, garnering fact, speculation, comment — without actually having seen most episodes. One - just one - motive which prompted a pilgrimage to California in 1980 was the need to watch The Fix and other episodes, which BBC, for its own strange reasons, has never shown us, and to try to do something to make them available to the underprivileged fans over here.
  • regarding fanart:
    I think no art is better than awful art, but then awfulness is a matter of taste, and artists do improve if you'don't stomp tneir tender egos. Everyone is a critic, even if most of us can't even hold a pencil. Some of my favorite SH zines haven't even had artwork... But some of my favorite artwork doesn't need a story. Clear as mud?
  • regarding old drawerfic:
    Well, I dunno -- you can try ganging up on me and Chris for 'not sharing' those ancient attempts at writing SH... But you'd have to be real hungry to enjoy them. Kind of like getting served old dry bread when you expected French Toast? I looked at a few of them the other day while looking for something else entirely...and I stick by my opinion. For first tries, they are not all terrible. They even have the odd good bit, which by now has been recycled. But they don't stand up to close scrutiny....I'd hesitate to say that the only way fandom could enjoy them now would be to laugh at the awful howlers we perpetrated because we didn't know any better, but honestly, the thought of all that rewriting turns me cold... Still not convinced? Okay, I'll bite the bullet and give you a few plot outline's! aid then tell me you-all want to read 'em. Get this. IDENTIKILL (good title, I grant you) has Starsky accused of murdering a girlfriend. It takes thirty pages to establish it was a ringer. ARCTURUS RISING involved a mildly crazy guy who thought he was being menaced by aliens from Outer Space. (I liked this one, I confess. The idea of Starsky impersonating a tomcat in someone's backyard appealed to me.) [8] In this one the lads also made the acquaintance of two sisters who had telepathic tendencies, which trait was to come in useful in EGO ASSASSIN, which I flinch to relate is so over the top it has disappeared. Probably into orbit. That had Starsky being kidnapped and programmed a la Manchurian Canditate. Hutch had to shoot him. God, I'm blushing at the thought. Then there was SOUL BROTHER, in which an old Academy Buddy turned up (and got killed) and CANTERBURY TALE, where they acted as protection for a rock star... Now if you're thinking that this lot sounds as if we took all the aired plots and some of our favourite movies and tossed them in a bag and hauled them out by the handful, you might not be far from the truth. In our defence, I have to say that we didn't know fandom existed, and so they were Just For Us. I don't suppose there's any defence for the fact that we kept putting poor Starsky through the wringer... He'd have been a basket-case by the time we were through... I hope this soul-baring classifies as therapeutic, because I have succeeded in embarrassing myself thoroughly here. I suppose it would be possible to resurrect some of this old stuff and dust it off, but — what editor would be brave enough to print it? You'd all be demanding your money back! 'They can write better than this!' you'd cry, and you'd be right. Actually, this does bring me on to another related topic, based on a loC recently received. Why do we write what we write? Why the 'realism' instead of 'romance'? (Particularly as so many want the 'romance'!) The answer has to be that we write the kind of stuff we want to read. We have to believe in the validity of what we write. Our highest praise is to say 'I wish I'd written that'. And we share what we write only if we think it's the best we can do. Fandom is composed of reasoning and highly-literate adults, and so we try for quality adult writing, as with NEA...
  • a fan writes of the fiction she has contributed to the letterzine:
    Now, as for VINGT-ET-UN -- my mind, like the Bellman's map, is a complete blank. For the straight version, that is. The X-rated alternate is another matter, but Pat can't put that in a g-rated 1/z, and I don't want to be accused of rocking what is at present a most stable and unsinkable boat. So how's this for a compromise? If you want the straight stuff, continue crossing your fingers that I don't run out of inspiration. If you want SOMETHING ON ACCOUNT, write to me, or to Jody Lynn Nye. I'll ask her to xerox copies, and you can drop her a couple of bucks for postage and costs. (Any excess pennies will go to the Lemon Aid Fund, which has been able to contribute considerably to various charities close to our hearts. I'll list 'em one day, just so you know!)
  • a fan writes of a piece of unfinished drawerfic another fan had been working on called "Driftwood":
    She got as far as having Starsky lying in the Hutchinson family bathroom (or one of them) bleeding quietly to death. HE'S STILL THERE. By now a withered husk! Since she began the story seven years ago, it could rival BIRD OF PARADISE as a no-show. Maybe we should point this out to her...

Issue 7

Frienz 7 was published in December 1989 and contains 24 pages.

cover of issue #7
  • TOTM: Holiday stuff. C'iron [B], send us that Hanukkah story! Also, Zcon reports, song lyrics, vignettes, and, of course, comments on the S&H XMAS episode, LITTLE GIRL LOST.
  • the editor notes that 20 issues of this letterzine are to UK subscribers
  • "A S/H Christmas, (or 'Fowl Play')" fiction by Betsy Barr
  • "Vingt-et-un," fiction, part 5 by Terri Beckett
  • "Teeny/Tiny/Tenders" for season three by Maria Farina
  • "Answers for My Lonely Soul," poem by Pat Massie
  • "No Apologies, No Cigar," poem by Lucy Cribb Walk
  • "Rebuttal," fiction by MRK, another in the "P.O.V." series in which Starsky and Hutch write letters to fans/readers explaining why they act like they do
  • an ad for Zircon, an ad for RevelCon
  • a long con report for ZCon #9 by Ruth Kurz
  • other recollections of ZCon
  • from the editor:
    Frienz, I need your help. I need to know if you want this publication to continue. I need feedback. I need response. I need letters. Without you, FRIENZ CANNOT continue. AS you can see, the format of this issue is a bit different. This change not only shows just how few letters we received, but also highlights this fine story by B. Barr. This lovely holiday moment breaks our non-"/" policy a bit. It is not graphic, however, but it is definitely "/". So, if you don't enjoy that premise, read ahead to the next contribution.... Well, that's enough begging. I've prostrated myself enough before the altar of your neglect. (Grovel, Grovel) I'm committed thru issue #9. And, I need more than those regulars (ie. Farina, Davis, Beckett, [MRK]) to make this baby viable. I've received locs and renewal checks that say you like to read FRIENZ, but without the the form of a LOC, VIGNETTE, CARTOON, ARTICLE, OPINION, SUGGESTION, GRIPE, SNIDE REMARK, INSULT, LETTER BOMB... these pages will become blank, silent, and cancelled. I'd really hate FRIENZ and S&H FANDOM to become the dead letter office, wouldn't you?
  • a fan is puzzled:
    The 'violence' that so many mundanes associate with S&H always puzzled me -- I still have the correspondence from the BBC 'explaining' why they would not be showing THE FIX or the other three 'banned' episodes. Their reasons didn't make any sense to me then, nor do they now, when the screened violence has escalated to a point when the most 'violent' S&H scene would be mild by comparison.

Issue 8

Frienz 8 was published in March 1990 and contains 20 pages. At this point, the letterzine has just under 50 subscribers.

cover of issue #8
  • from the editor:
    Hello to all of you out there and many thanks for the great response to the editorial letter last issue. I've heard from some new voices and from some new subscribers and also from some old-timers. This all made me feel like you really do like me. Okay, so I sound like Sally Field, but I was definitely having editor angst there around Christmas/Hannukah. From your response, I feel inspired to carry on this project and am committing to ISSUES 10-11-12. I think there are still things to say, not only about SH, but about ourselves as fans, as writers, as readers, and as women. Your renewals will show me how interested you are in the future of FRIENZ.... FRIENZ, WE HAVE VOICES... LET'S USE THEM. Let's talk about who we are, what we like, what we think, what we read, what we watch on video, what we listen to, what we care about... WHO WE ARE.
  • "I Am More Desirous of the Passionate Embrace of Life Even Now as I Decay," poem by Pat Massie
  • "The End of Love," fiction by Leah S.
  • untitled vignette by Jackie Wagner
  • "Vingt-et-un," part six, by Terri Beckett
  • a fan writes:
    I have not read such a splendid grovel (as demonstrated by ye ed) for many years. Very touching it was. I was immediately stricken with guilt and had to go and lie down for half an hour. Of course, Pat is quite right. If we want to want to see Frienz continue then we do. have to contribute although, to be fair, those who do not write letters are making a contribution simply by having a subscription to the letterzine. It would be just as unsatisfactory if fourteen people wrote letters but those same fourteen people were the only ones to be buying the zine. All the S&H letterzines over the years have been entertaining, thought-provoking and instructive. But, more than the sum of those things, they have kept members of fandom in touch with one another and that has to be the most important thing of all. For that reason alone I should like to see Frienz continue, and I hope that it receives enough support to keep it going for a few more issues at least.
  • a fan writes of lack of feedback from two perspectives:
    I confess! I am one of the non-writing culprits. I feel horribly guilty, and will commit ritual suicide as soon as I finish this letter, okay? There's no why except terminal laziness. I still love the boys, I still love to get Frienz, and I just haven't been doing my part lately. That's why Terri doesn't have an NEA LOC from me yet. I kept wanting to do a good job of it, I was going to reread it to refresh my memory, and well, you know.... It's not just a distance problem either, Carol and Merle are local, I loved Shadowplay, but I haven't written yet. As to [M's] question of why or why not LOC's], I can tell you from an author's and an editor's POV that they are wonderful. By whining continuously, we managed to elicit fewer than ten LOC's on Lifeline. We had a print run of 150. Nonetheless, the responses we got were encouraging, and most went into a deeper analysis than "I liked it," we were very pleased to pass these along to the authors.
  • a fan writes:
    Oh, Lawd, I can't stand it! The thought of Pat waiting fruitlessly beside her mailbox in the bleak midwinter... Move over, Tiny Tim! Please, please, PLEASE everybody write letters? Then Pat will die happy, crushed under the weight of our deathless prose as it pours from the postman's hands. DoweWANTa1/z? Well, yes, naturally, it goes without saying, or we wouldn't be buying this, would we? I guess the question has to be What arewewi11ingtodotokeepitgoing? If your answer,like mine, was 'just about anything', then FRIENZ is gonna continue into the new decade with lots of new correspondents. Okay?... Or do you really want to read a skinny little l/z every time? Huh?... It has been often said that you get out of fandom as much as you put into it. This isn't strictly true -- I've certainly got far more out of fandom that I could ever have contributed -- but let's face it, no one likes to write into a vacuum. Without 1/zs, Cons, LoCs, without FEEDBACK, fandom withers. It doesn't die, not while we hoard our tapes and zines and dreams, but it can't flourish. I want it to flourish. We all do, don't we? Well, it CAN'T without YOU.
  • the author of the Vas & Dex stories has been encouraging fans to write her distributor about a story, but isn't getting the response she wants:
    Also, as Jody reports a dearth of interest in SOMETHING ON ACCOUNT, anyone who wants it had better write direct to me, then I can see if it's worth putting my private fantasies down on paper!
  • a fan writes:
    There's a lot to be said for LOCs. Next best thing to direct, face-to-face discussion, and in some ways, more satisfying than reviews. They serve different purposes, but the scope of an LOC may offer more immediacy. Reviews may require more concise, abbreviated treatment: LOCs can spread themselves, enter into more detail and dialogue (hopefully) between writer and reader. Reviews are fine — especially when everyone is clear that they can be no more and no less than one person's opinion among any number of valid opinions. A' review' which(a) summarizes story-line and (b) indicates reviewer's preferences doesn't make the most interesting reading or take us very far. Reviewing makes big demands—if it is to be competent - concerning adequate terms of reference. Could mean there's even more to be said for LOCs.
  • a fan writes:
    You've shamed me into writing at last. I have been part of this fandom almost from the beginning, and my conscience tells me I've not been playing fair recently, in failing to contribute in any material way... Personally, I would prefer FRIENZ to continue as a letterzine, or at least with part devoted to letters. Some fiction is always welcome (thank you, Betsy, for the lovely Christmas story in this issue), but letters are a way of snaring thoughts, ideas, reminiscing about the episodes and finding new interpretations of certain scenes and aspects of the characters. Clearly this can only work if people actually write letters, and I'm hanging my head, and endorse every one of the points made in your editorial. Obviously we have all become too complacent, too ready to sit back and enjoy, leaving the participating to others. I would hate to see the l/z fold, and can only hope others will have been stirred into action, and put pen to paper.
  • a fan writes:
    Yes, those who create, no matter how insignificant others believe the creation to be, like a little feedback. In the case of fandom's response to said creations we're talking about LOCs. No, I am not going to scream and shout; I am just as guilty as the next person when it comes to not sitting down and writing to a zine ed. Merle and I got no LOCs on 'Good Kisser', nor did we expect any. When I got promises from people at Zebra that they would send LOCs for SHADOWPLAY, my natural instinct was not to hold my breath. Luckily, I didn't. I will not pretend that no LOCs trickled in, we did get 5. I suppose we should be thrilled. Now, in case no one knows what happens to LOCs when a zine editor gets them — this is the accepted route. They are xeroxed and passed on to the contributors (unless there is a notation that the LOCer wishes otherwise). They don't even have to be signed. The reason LOCs are important is not so much the fact that the editors see that fandom is completely indifferent to their work if they don't get any, but it is usually the only way the authors get any feel for what those reading their pieces thought about them. How else can they judge what people are interested in reading? How will they know if they're on the right track? Why the hell should they bother to continue writing if no one cares? Will there be a SHADOWPLAY 2? I doubt it. We're doing' Flesh Wound' not only for the fun of it, (there isn't that much work involved in an unedited publication aside from typing), but we're hoping to make up some of the money that we lost in our larger zine. Profit? I dare anyone to find one. Speaking of 'What Do You Mean It's Only a Flesh Wound', we have three stories so far. Our deadline is the Ides of March. If you'd like to see this thing published, some of you might think of submitting some stories. We've badgered all the folks in our immediate area and gotten promises, (and that's as good as the story in hand), but we'd like to hear from some of you other authors out there. In case anyone missed our ad in SNITCH, this is going to be another FRIENZ size, unedited goodie. Will you get to read an LOC on your work? Well, I won't promise a thing.
  • a fan writes:
    I want to see FRIENZ continue. To keep Pat happy (and too busy to get into any trouble!). To continue a letterzine in fandom. But do I want to do what it takes (write in) to keep it going? In all honesty, not really. I'm at a "passive" stage in this fandom... I still like to read what's being said, but I don't feel any urge to write in with my own opinions. Since I "Captained" the S&H Apa for over a year, I do know how frustrating it is to try to keep something going with few contributors. The obvious problem with S&H fandom is that there's noting new coming out, and neither of our beloved actors are doing much acting in other new things, either. Since most of us have been involved in this fandom for some time, this means we've run out of much that is new or insightful to say. In my own case, I've also had a resurgence in my love of my first fandom, Star Trek, this past year, and added to lots of stress at work, I generally only have enough time to feel much real involvement in one fandom, which is ST for me, for now. I'm sorry about it, because there are lots of wonderful women in this fandom, but that's how things are from my perspective.
  • where's Penny Warren when you need her?
    By the way, Pat, I don't think it's your breath, interest waning, or fandom being dead. The problem is we don't have a Penny Warren. What you need is to get someone to say something so off-the-wall that no one can resist writing in to explain in long and loving detail why said person is an idiot and an asshole. In all probability, neither side will be right, but you can have a really good fight. Nothing perks up a letterzine like vengeance, hatred, and vitriol. Don't like that idea? Then why not try a prize for the letter with the most typos. Maybe a free issue or the movie rights to" Judge and Jury". My question is: is there anything left to write a letter about? After the original SH Letterzine, Between Friends, the Times, Hanky Panky, Intermission, and any other letter-type zines that I've omitted, do we have anything left to say in this form? It seems most of the original ideas are being crafted into stories — which is good, I'm not knocking it. Thankfully we've gone beyond the do-they-don't-they, anti and pro slash arguments that were a trademark of years gone by. But what are we going to replace them with? If the Dreaded SH TV Movie ever comes about, I'm sure that will engender some discussion, is there an interest in re-re-hashing the episodes? What do people want to talk about? What kind of letters do people want to read? Why have I rambled on for so long and not given you any answers?...

Issue 9

Frienz 9 was published in May 1990 and contains 20 pages

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  • LOC TOTM: Should we lift our G-rating? Should Beckett be allowed to finally give us that sex scene? What episode have you recently RE-viewed? FIC TOTM: "Spring Fling" — write an outdoor, off duty scene or vignette.
  • "You Can Take this Backpack and...," fiction by Cinda Gillilan
  • "Minnie's, fiction" by Oyella Dean
  • another installment of "P.O.V." by MRK
  • "A Special Place," vignette by Alison Wilson
  • "Sometimes Spring," vignette by Pat Massie
  • the editor writes:
    "CONTROL, THIS IS COOTIE-THREE!" I just had to use that. Someone came up with that saying at Sharecon 1990 this past March and made it up for me as a button. Somehow it seems to summarize ALL the fun and madness we had at that mini-con. It feels So good to be with other SH fans and friends and live together for a week-end that the post-con letdown is fierce at times... kind of like being separated from a co-joined twin, I think. If you've never gone to a con, you really ought to sometime to MEET and GET to KNOW other fen. You're ... none of us ... are alone out there. I have been getting the feeling lately of a bi-coastal fandom in S&H. The Westcoasters get together often and the Eastcoasters do so as well. That's great, but let's not get so cozy in our coastal groups that we forget there's a lot of other fans who are NEW to S&H, and NEW to fandom in general. Why not reach out to them when you see a new name in these pages? You can say hello in that letter you've been MEANING to write since #4. Also, some of our new frienz need episodes... desperately!!! These fen would be able to write US stories IF they had some episodes. And, with the show not being in any regular syndy market that I know of, we need to co-ordinate our efforts to get them at least several of the BEST ones. I am working on getting some kind of cloning network together. My problem is that my tapes are Beta and I have one VCR.
  • a fan writes:
    I think a "G-rated" letterzine is refreshing. [April Valentine's] "Fix" accepts "/" material, so those who relate to that, can send subscriptions and submissions there. I know the thought is that those who don't believe the slash premise can just skip over writings dealing with the subject, but why does "/" have to permeate every S&H publication? Regardless, Frienz will continue to have my support, for it's a perfect mix of letters and fiction and a vital lifeline to fellow S&H fans.
  • a fan ponders exclusivity and IDIC:
    Some interesting topics came up that last afternoon at SHareCon. One in particular is probably worth debating in these pages. Should SH fandom remain small, or should we be making an active effort to reach out to new people? It's already clear to me that one of the aspects of this fandom that nearly everyone likes is the special feeling of community that comes from belonging to a fandom in which everyone knows everyone else. I felt it myself at SHareCon. I felt like a long-lost sibling being welcomed back into a very large family. You don't find that a lot these days — it's definitely something I treasure. On the other hand, while SH fandom seems to be a prolific producer of zines and other products. I've read in these very pages about the lack of LOCs to zines, about low participation level in this letterzine, about too few submissions to proposed zines. Some new blood might help. Also, there is some concern among us that we are being deliberately exclusive. As we say in the computer biz is this a feature, or a bug? This growth issue is somewhat related to the TOTM: whether this letterzine should lift its G-rating. I've been a fan of K/S since the late 70's. Even though I wasn't into SH slash back then, to me it's a natural outgrowth of their evolving relationship. I think I've been comfortable with the idea of slash for so long that I no longer have a good appreciation of just how shocking the notion is to someone who has never considered it before. (Best response I've ever heard from an outraged neofan when the concept was explained: "Oh, leave it to Beaver!") In a larger fandom. those of us interested in slash have learned to be cautious about we say in mixed audiences. We have lost some of our freedom of expression. One of the things that impressed me the most at SHareCon was how well the pro-slash and anti-slash fans (if I may use those somewhat bellicose terms) co-existed and respected each other's views. Never have I seen a better example of Trek IDIC. I think one of the reasons it works in SH fandom is because it is so small; everyone is valued as an individual. Thai's something that tends to gel lost in larger fandoms.
  • a fan wants to know if remaining a small, closed fandom vs a larger, more well-known one is worth the challenges, and she brings up, for the first time in a Starsky & Hutch letterzine, the Internet:
    The growth question comes up in part because of an offer I made to Pat Massie to publicize this letterzine on the Internet, a wide-area computer network that reaches hundreds of universities and organizations world-wide. (If any of you arc affiliated in any way with a college or university, there is a fair chance that you have access to the Internet newsgroups.) In the year or so that I've been reading the Internet newsgroups. I've never seen any mention of SH. But I'll bet there are plenty of people out there who remember it and who love the boys just like we do. If we do decide to grow, we face some challenges that other fandoms don't. Most people haven't seen SH in over ten years. It's difficult to remember the episodes in any detail. And since the show isn't being aired anywhere, it's hard to get people caught up with fandom as it exists here and now. Fan fiction demands an intimate knowledge of the episodes, whether you're a reader or a writer. I picked up a new Beauty & the Beast letterzine titled Tunneltalk during a brief excursion I made to Fan-Out, the media con that was being held across the street from SHareCon. I haven't digested the whole thing yet. but I did read a really interesting letter from Victoria Clark (of ST zine Nome fame) on the nature of fandom. She proposes that television is modern folklore, accurately reflecting the society which created it, and that we, the fans, are folklorists who have accepted the responsibility of keeping it alive and nurturing it. Rather than be ashamed of our interest in a television show, we should be proud, for we are continuing a tradition that has existed for millennia. Food for thought the next time someone says "You're into what?" and a factor to be weighed as we consider the growth question.[9]
  • a traveling suggestion: audio!:
    Here's an idea to help make those long plane, train or automobile trips seem shorter: audio tape your favorite SH episode and listen to it on the car cassette player or on a Walkman. If you've never listened to just the audio portion of the show, you'll be amazed at how much of the video your mind remembers when prompted only by the sound. I'll be taking "Coffin" and "Shootout" with me as I drive the New Jersey turnpike this summer.
  • aside from a few exceptions, fans equate "G-rating" with "straight" fiction:
    I'd like to see the G-rating on the L/Z lifted, slash is a fact of S&H fandom and as such should not be ignored. However, I know there are those who would like to keep the G-rating - each to his/her own. Maybe we could settle for something half-way between the two. For example, Betsy's story in the Christmas issue was definitely S/H, but surely can't have offended anyone. S/H isn't just about explicit sex as some anti-S/Hers seem to think.
  • a fan weighs in on "G-rated" and "allowing slash" in the letterzine:
    Should the G rating be lifted on this l/z? I thought that was done in #7, sort of, considering the slash story (which was fun reading even though I'm not into slash. Love Starsky's sweatshirt!). I assume that question is meant mainly to mean whether or not to allow slash references or fiction with explicit scenes. Well, since I'm not into slash, I'd prefer that this 1/z stay straight. However, if the majority of votes go for allowing slash, I'll accept that. I do have two requests though. One: Can we eliminate explicit stuff? Two: Most importantly, in the interests of peace and having this 1/z continue in a healthy state, if slash is allowed, let's be mature and "agree to disagree". I don't want this 1/z to turn into a war zone of bitter verbal hostility between those who believe in slash and those who don't (which seemed to happen to the original S&H l/z, from what I've heard).
  • a fan writes of slash in the letterzine, and offers one of her stories up to fans who would like to continue it on their own:
    I imagine the G-rating may be a restriction for some, but I don't mind it. After all, there are still fans out there who don't subscribe to the S/H premise and don't want it rammed down their throats on every page of the 1/z... We've gone past the arguments, thankfully, as Carol says -- we don't need to thrash out the yes-they-do, no-they-don't possibilities. What do we talk about instead? Speaking personally, I just ramble on about anything that springs to mind. As for this sex-scene -- WHAT sex scene? To date, it does not exist on paper, and may never do so, so I hope no one is holding their breath... Likewise Part VII of VINGT-ET-UN. Anyone else want to take it up? Feel free.
  • a fan addresses another's letter from the previous issue:
    You made a point when you said we don't have a Penny Warren. Not that I ever found her letters irritating or even off-the-wall -- but they certainly made you think! Whether we have another such in our ranks, as yet undiscovered, is something we'll have to wait and see... I'd rather not fight,however. I'm basically a pacifist-type.

Issue 10

Frienz 10 was published in July 1990 and contains 20 pages.

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  • FICTION TOTM: "HOT" (It's July; it's true love; it's a stake-out in the dessert; the AC is broken and you're feeling decidedly DC; Capt. Dobey's emotional state as he reads your latest 'flashy' report got it? WRITE IT!) NOTE: I will print '/' of a non-explicit nature and will let non-'/' readers know to avoid it. TV TOTM (SUGGESTED BY [M R K]:) Best Buns Shot from an episode use good journalistic style, WHO-WHAT-WHEN...ha!
  • "Dessert Song," fiction by Oyella Dean
  • "Caitlin," fiction by Alison Wilson
  • "Castles in the Sand (Fall into the Sea... Eventually)," poem by Pat Massie
  • moving on to better tech:
    It's only in recent years that I've had a VCR and certainly know the enjoyment to be found in listening to audio-tapes of episodes, it's all I had for a long time.
  • a mention, and glimpse, into the future:
    I'd love to get some info on internet from you, too!
  • a fan writes:
    I certainly want FRIENZ to continue. It's just that with all our lives so busy it's difficult to make deadlines and keep up with all the necessary fannish correspondence. I always enjoy receiving FRIENZ in the mail and read eagerly keep up with all the news of fandom. I think that we've always discussed the size of this fandom and worried about whether it's dying out. But if the enthusiasm of SHarecon is any indication, to say nothing about the fact that I'm continuing to get stories to publish for my zines, we aren't in ay real trouble. Everything goes through stages. Right now, like Starsky says in "Missives", we seem to do more phone calling than letter writing. And those of us who live in areas where there are lots of other fen, as we do here in the Baltimore-Washington area, are lucky — we can hang out together, watch episodes and chat about the characters as much as we want. It's a shame some people are more scattered and don't have any local fan friends to share tapes, zines and talk with. That's why we do still need letterzines.
  • a fan was frustrated by the popularity and focus of ZCon:
    I sent my money in for Zcon '91 and am told I am #11 on the waiting list. 175 people are already signed up, which is the maximum, and the editor of the S&H l/z gets her money in one year and several months in advance and I'm put on a waiting list. What I wonder is...who are those 175 fans, surely not all S&H fans? So, unless the folks ahead of me die or something, the S&H l/z will not even be represented at Zcon. I am somewhat...uh, disturbed by all of this and wonder if anyone else is on a waiting list? Also, has Zcon changed for you? Or, is it still fun? Why do you go? Surely not for the S&H programming, it gets worse every year. The people? And, if it is the people, why not have our own S&H only con established (like SHareCon) and leave Zcon to the professional con promoters and vendors. Yes, I'm hot, but that is the TOTM, isn't it?
  • a fan and zined describes LoCs and why feedback is important:
    You're the one we're writing for! You are knowledgeable about the characters, you know what you like and don't like... as much as anyone who purchases and reads a zine. Everyone's opinion is valuable to us. And since we don't get paid in money for the work of writing these things, letters of comment are all the more desperately wanted. It's the only payment we receive. To know someone liked our story, to find out that they were moved by it, enjoyed it, even disagreed with it... that's the icing on the cake. For someone like me who does write, crafting a story is a pleasure in and of itself. I do it because I still have things to say about these characters and because I enjoy expressing those ideas on paper. I could keep all my stories in my bottom desk drawer, happy to have done them for their own sake, but that's somehow not enough. I publish them and then sit back and wait for some kind of reaction. And when it isn't forthcoming, it's a terrible disappointment. People are always asking for new stuff to read, but we don't know how our work is being received. If nobody sends letterbombs, we figure okay, it must not have been too awful. And we write the next story, and wait again. If there is silence, it begins to feel that publishing zines is a terribly thankless task.... You don't have to have a degree in literary criticism, just send your thoughts. We would get more out of it if you say a little more than "I loved the whole zine", but at least that's a start.
  • regarding slash and this letterzine:
    Our G rating? I don't thin stories in FRIENZ need to be explicit. There are plenty of places for that, and since this zine is read by all, we don't need another publication where we have to "warn" people about stories they might not want to read before they begin them. As I've always said, if you don't read any slash at all, you miss a good portion of SH fiction. (If all you know of slash, by the way, is KS, you should know that it bears little resemblance to S/H fiction.) Anyway, some people see the relationship as more intimate, others as simply friends, but we all care about the Relationship, don't we? So if someone writes a story that includes the slash premise but isn't graphic, I think it should be included in FRIENZ. [M], I know you see it the relationship the other way, but don't say you wish "/" wouldn't "permeate" all our publications. It's not a matter of any "side" taking over. As much as I welcome non-slash material for FIX, I would like to think slash was welcome in FRIENZ, too. There should be both types of stories in this letterzine. (There are in THE FIX, too. Friendship stories are always welcome, though I do receive more "/". But hey, I can't print what I don't get, can I?) There's room for us all here — this fandom would shrink if there were to be a big schism again.
  • a fan writes:
    I hope 1 haven't ruined anyone's summer by not continuing with VINGT-ET-UN. I just ran out of ideas, I'm afraid. Printable ones, anyway. Once, very late at night, I did play around with some alternatives for Part VII... The Count pulls the trigger. A flag pops out of the end of the pistol, with 'BANG' written in large friendly letters thereon. The Englishman falls dead... Or -- the Count pulls the trigger. The gun fires. Hutchinson lunges, and the ball zips neatly through the fabric of his shirt, merely grazing the skin, and then he bears the Count to the floor under his weight and... Ah, yes, well, that's another story. As I said last issue, if anyone cares to speculate on what happens next, feel free. Betty -- Cinda -- I'm pleased you enjoyed it as far as it went, anyway!
  • a fan writes of her original character series:
    I was deeply touched to see that our own Vas and Dex have made it into the 'featured fandoms' at the S&H 15-year Anniversary Con... The only team who aren't and never have been on the screen.
  • a fan tells another:
    A word of reassurance for [A]. The arguments that once raged over '/' are, hopefully, dead and buried. The issue is no longer up for discussion in the sense that it once was. Over the years we have learned tolerance, and now agree to disagree in the nicest possible way. Fandom is certainly better for that.
  • regarding the "closed" aspects of SH fandom: the case of S&H fandom, small is beautiful. That's not to say we don't welcome new people. I'm sure we've never consciously sought to be exclusive. Yet, I'll admit a smaller, close-knit group attracts me more than the idea of a vast, impersonal fandom. However, there must still be fans of the show out there, who don't know we exist. They could provide us with a needed boost, even rekindle enthusiasm.
  • fandom outreach?:
    Should we try to expand fandom? Well, I often wonder how many people there are around who love S&H as much as us, and have never even heard of fandom. Knowing how much it's given me, I feel sad that they are missing out on so much. Fandom could bring so much to them and they could bring so much to fandom. On the other hand, I do feel special belonging to a group that people seem to enter by first knowing someone who's already discovered it.
  • should SH fandom remain small?:
    How small is small? Guess it should be as large as people want it to be, and it readily expands to welcome all who want to participate. And there's no single, definitive-type fan. And no password. Should we actively try to reach new people? Betsy suggested one possible way to do that. I'm not quite sure how it can be done otherwise than by publicising projects/interests/activities in fan publications and by extending a very warm welcome to anyone who's interested as/when we learn of their existence. There must be some sort of grapevine? I hear constantly from people who are discovering or re-discovering the delights ef S&H and who want to know more. SNITCH does a great job there. Just one name, one address, is often the key to so much more for anyone who wants to know more. That was my own experience ... years ago... Maybe finding an address was just a lucky chance, but I think it was more a real interest which set me searching and asking.

Issue 11

Frienz 11 was published in September 1990 and contains 20 pages.

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Issue 12

Frienz 12 was published in December 1990 and contains 24 pages.

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Issue 13

Frienz 13 was published in April 1991 and contains 20 pages.

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Issue 14

Frienz 14 was published in July 1991 and contains 80 pages.

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Issue 15

Frienz 15 was published in October 1991 and contains 20 pages.

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Issue 16

Frienz 16 was published in December 1991 and contains 18 pages.

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Issue 17

Frienz 17 was published in February 1992 and contains 20 pages.

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Issue 18

Frienz 18

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Issue 19

Frienz 19 was published in June 1992 and contains 16 pages.

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Issue 20

Frienz 20 was published in September 1992 and contains 28 pages.

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Issue 21

Frienz 21 was published in November 1992 and contains 20 pages.

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Issue 22

Frienz 22 was published March/April 1993 and contains 24 pages.

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  • It has the missing piece of "Hutch Fever" that was published two years earlier in The Fix #22, see that issue
  • this issue has a con report for Media West*Con 1992: some highlights she mentions -- being on the Sunday morning panel with April Valentine, Pat Massie, and Linda McGee, a fan's lovely red Torino dress, buying an old button that said "Starsky & Hutch Fans Unite!", eating at the Red Lobster, and sitting at a table selling slash zines while wearing another fan's badge as to "not besmirch my own reputation -- at least among people who don't know me."
  • a fan has some lengthy comments on the story, "The Last Charade," in Who You Know, What You Know, & How You Know It, see that page
  • the TOTM is fannish memories of favorite moments from zines and fans have lengthy comments on this subject
  • a fan -- very tentatively -- asks the editor why the letterzine costs so much per issue; she's done the math and just can't figure it out:
    I'm not trying to embarrass you or put you on the defensive, but could you please explain this? I'm not the only one wondering. Thanks. Personally, I might not even care if you made a small profit, though, it'd also be nice if you managed to pass on any profit to charity, like Terri and Tabby did/do.
  • a fan in Germany writes and complains that despite phone calls, offers to help, numerous letters of inquiry, and years of waiting, Amapola Press has been unresponsive, rude, and hasn't delivered what she ordered:
    I'm afraid there's already a lot of damage that can't be undone. Yes, it is sad that all this is caused by one single press (and let's not mince words: one single person), but rather understandable if that single press is about the only one still publishing S&H zines.
  • the editor says the TOTM for next issue is "Clearing the Air" and:
    We should say what we need to say here. Vote. Give opinions. Talk about experiences with Amapola Press, good and not so good. Make suggestions, address the issues.
  • a fan writes of the recent tensions in SH fandom:
    I haven't written to FRIENZ in a while, but I have been keeping tabs on what's been going on. Which is why, to be honest, I haven't been writing. And if all the bickering and arguing is turning me off, I can't help but wonder what it will do to prospective new fans. Starsky & Hutch is a small fandom, a closed fandom. No one advertises outside. But we need new blood if we're to continue to flourish. Is it that we don't want to flourish? Is it like the last season of S&H, we just want to get it over with? If so, the thing to do is step aside for the next generation. If not, we've got to show them that we can overccme our problems and pull together—show them the warm and open people that I encountered when I first ventured in all those years ago. I'm talking about most of you! Yes, believe it or not, there are new fans anxious to join in. Most of them never even realized we existed. I don't want this fandom to die, I don't want the message of love S&H taught us to be lost — disillusionment is rampant enough in the 'real' world... Love each other, be good to each other, respect each other. Failing that, don't spoil it for the others who are coming to bring us a breath of fresh air. They are our future. Remember your good experiences in the beginning, and let them have the same chance. Show them how special it can be. If you don't, eventually this fandom will cease to exist, and Starsky & Hutch will no longer live forever in our hearts.

Issue 23

Frienz 23 was published in August 1993 and contains 20 pages.

cover of issue #23

Issue 24

Frienz 24 was published in March 1992 and contains 20 pages.

cover of issue #24

Issue 25

Frienz 25 was published in June 1994 and contains 20 pages.

cover of issue #25

Issue 26

Frienz 26 was published in August 1994 and contains 28 pages.

cover of issue #26

Issue 27

Frienz 27 was published in November 1994 and contains 32 pages.

cover of issue #27

Issue 28

Frienz 28 was published in January 1995 and contains 28 pages.

cover of issue #28

Issue 29

Frienz 29 was published in March 1995 and contains 36 pages.

cover of issue #29
  • contains the Huggy Award winner, "The View from Under the Bed"
  • other unknown content

Issue 30

Frienz 30 was published in May 1995 and contains 28 pages.

cover of issue #30

Issue 31

Frienz 31

Issue 32

Frienz 32

Issue 33

Frienz 33

Issue 34

Frienz 34

Issue 35

Frienz 35

Issue 36

Frienz 36 was published in May 1996.

Issue 37

Frienz 37 was published in July 1996.

Issue 38

Frienz 38 was published in September 1996.

cover of issue #38


  1. Starsky & Hutch Archive -- "This story was published in "The Fix 10" in 1991, and later that year won the Huggy for S&H's best humorous story of the year. Before submitting this story I cut out two scenes because I thought it made the story too long for "The Fix", which usually ran less than 100 pages. (For those who are curious, it's the scenes that take place on Friday afternoon and Friday evening.) In 1993 the extracted part was printed in the S&H letterzine "Frienz", titled "Missing Scene from 'Hutch Fever.'"
  2. Starsky and Hutch Archive, posted October 25,2011, accessed November 1, 2011
  3. from Kath Moonshine at And Now a Word from our Sponsors..., posted 2002, accessed December 18, 2012
  4. from Frienz #1
  5. Sometime after 1989 when this letter was published, this fan started writing a lot of slash.
  6. She has just published No Easy Answers.
  7. from Frienz #7
  8. Later published in Bonaventure.
  9. "The first mention I recall of USENET was in the ST letterzine INTERSTAT in June 1984. In May 1990 a S&H letterzine, FRIENZ, made the first mention I saw of 'the Internet--a wide-area computer network that reaches hundreds of universities and organizations worldwide.'" -- see K.S. Langley's reply to the post "Fandom 1994-2000-ish, part 1" by Arduinna, posted April 7, 2012
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