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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 at least 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.

  • 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."

Issue 3

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

Issue 4

Frienz 4 was published in June 1989 and 28 pages contains

  • "Typewriter Ribbon" (fiction)
  • "Parenthetically Speaking" (fiction)
  • "Doggone" (fiction, part 2)
  • an essay by Pat on the episode "Shootout"
  • other unknown content

Issue 5

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

  • 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" by Maria F, 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 conplete 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'!

Issue 6

Frienz 6 was published in October 1989 and contains 20 pages

Issue 7

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

Issue 8

Frienz 8 was published in March 1990 and contains 20 pages.

Issue 9

Frienz 9 was published in May 1990 and contains 20 pages

  • "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." [5])

Issue 10

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

Issue 11

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

Issue 12

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

Issue 13

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

Issue 14

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

Issue 15

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

Issue 16

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

Issue 17

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

Issue 18

Frienz 18

Issue 19

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

Issue 20

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

Issue 21

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

Issue 22

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

  • 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.

Issue 24

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

Issue 25

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

Issue 26

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

Issue 27

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

Issue 28

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

Issue 29

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

  • 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.

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.



  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. K.S. Langley's reply to the post "Fandom 1994-2000-ish, part 1" by Arduinna, posted April 7, 2012
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