Tracy Duncan (Star Wars fan active in the 1990s)
You may be looking for Tracy Duncan, a Star Wars zine fan active in the early 1980s.
|Alias(es):||Dark Spork, Dunc or Snarkel|
|Communities:||Club Jade, StarWars.com forums, and Livejournal communities starwars_eu and swrecs.|
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She is the webmaster of Club Jade(link), one of the oldest online Star Wars fan sites and a former moderator on the StarWars.com forums. She also runs the Livejournal communities starwars_eu and swrecs.
In a recent interview she outlined her involvement in the creation and running of Club Jade:
On the other end of the spectrum, one of the things I discovered online that absolutely blew my mind was fan fiction. People actually wrote this stuff and shared it? And that's really how I found CJ - I wrote a praise-filled email to a fic author and he told me I should join the Club and so I did. And it turned out to be full of all my favorite funny and clever people from the AOL boards - though at 17 I was one of the youngest, which I've found is rather atypical. The CJ site back then was basically a fan fiction repository, and much of the fic came out of disappointment with the profic. It wasn't bitterness though, there was this humor and snark and satire about it, too. And without the fanfic I doubt there'd be a CJ site today.
She also founded the online newsletter A Certain Point of View aka CPOV which was posted rec.arts.sf.starwars.misc (RASSM), and maintained a related mailing list. The website version of the newsletter also contained reviews of online fanfic and an archived version of the site can be found here.
In a 2013 blog post she writes:
"I remember what inspired me – browsing the file area at AOL’s Star Wars fan forum, which had several fan-produced newsletters. The most important of these was the HoloCroN, but instead in contributing, I decided to strike off on my own. My concept: A newsletter for fan fiction, with updates and reviews and the like. I called it ‘A Certain Point of View,’ aka CPOV. I was all of 17. Because of the fanfic aspect, there wasn’t much I could do with it on the AOL forum, where talk of fan fiction was prohibited. But I posted it on rec.arts.sf.starwars.misc (RASSM) and maintained a mailing list. Eventually it became a website, hosted on the space provided by AOL. (The no-fanfic thing was a forum rule, not a blanket AOL thing.)"
- Tracy Duncan Interview
- (Personal) fandom history: A Certain Point of View dated Nov 12, 2013; reference link.