Johanna Cantor

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Name: Johanna Cantor
Alias(es): Fran Hitchcock
Type: fanwriter, zine editor
Fandoms: Star Trek: TOS
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URL: Johanna Cantor's stories online at Trektales
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Johanna Cantor was a Star Trek: TOS fanwriter. She contributed to many zines and edited several more, as Yeoman Press.

In 1978, Johanna was interviewed for a newspaper article about Star Trek fandom.

"Trekkies come from all over the country - and all over the world. Fanzine publisher Fran Hitchcock was walking past the Soviet embassy in New York City recently when a ball flew over the fence and landed at her feet. As she threw it back, she noticed the waiting boy wearing a blue Mr. Spock shirt. She made Spock's Vulcan sign for "live long and prosper"....Not a word was said, but the Russian boy returned the Vulcan greeting.....Star Trek offers a hope for the future we don't get on the 6 o'clock news....It is not a religion, but something to believe in."[1]

Zines (Editor)

The following zines were published by Yeoman Press.

Zines (Contributor)

Memories

Johanna Cantor died in 1998.

"From the earliest days of Trek fandom, Fran Hitchcock wrote under the name Johanna Cantor but was known to most by either name. She had no problem with other fans knowing who she was, but she didn't want it leaking back to her place of employment. Fran was a popular and pleasant lady whose Trek involvement was eclectic; she loved the Kirk-Spock relationship, but was also interested in Uhura and feminist writings. She edited R & R, a mildly racy zine that was predominantly gen, or straight. Her own writing was widely dispersed, including a story she gave to the very novice Contact editors for their second issue. Fran/Johanna died in 1998 from complications of diabetes." [2]
"The old order passeth--Fran was an important part of that great heyday of Star Trek zine fandom. She will be remembered fondly."[3]
"Right from the beginning of my fanzine-reading days, I would snap up anything that had a Johanna Cantor story in it. Her short stories were rich in character development, and usually the development of neglected characters such as Uhura. I especially loved her behind-the-scenes stories on Journey to Babel. Only 3 years ago did I finally find in a used zine bin the last work by JC missing from my collection (that I knew of): the rare and elusive R&R 23. I am sorry for the loss of your friend, and I mourn her loss myself. Although we never met, I feel as if I knew her and have just lost a friend."[4]
"I loved and admired Fran, and considered her one of the most important mobilizing forces within fandom. May She Rest In Peace."[5]

References

  1. "Trekkies collect fan magazines, books, records, rings, bumper stickers, The Modesto Bee dated December 10, 1978 (accessed February 10, 2013); (reference link)
  2. Nancy Kippax: Farewell, Dear Fen: In Memorium posted 14 July 2008 (accessed 17 Jan 2010)
  3. Jean Lorrah's announcement of Fran's passing in 2001 on the SimeGen-L mailing list; WebCite, accessed February 10, 2013.
  4. Janice responding to Jean Lorrah's announcement of Fran's passing in 2001 on the SimeGen-L mailing list; WebCite, accessed February 10, 2013.
  5. JL responding to Jean Lorrah's announcement of Fran's passing in 2001 on the SimeGen-L mailing list; WebCite, accessed February 10, 2013.