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3 members of the Manchester Interplanetary Society after a Research Meeting
left to right: Mr. J. Broadbent holding CR-4, Mr. E. Burgess holding rocket CR-6
Mr. M.G.E. Wade holding rocket CR3. The launch rack (X) can be seen behind them.
The meeting was a huge success. Much valuable information was obtained
Rocketeers Stan Davies, Eric Burgess & Malcolm Wade
with one of their infernal devices.
|Manchester Interplanetary Society rocketeers at the home of Eric Burgess in Clayton, Manchester, building rockets.|
left to right: Broadbent, Cusack, Cummins, Burgess
|Manchester Interplanetary Society rocketeers in Clayton Vale, Manchester.|
Group around the rocket (l to r): Eric Burgess, Bill Heeley, Trevor Cusack (holding the big gloves), and Harry Turner, who built Rocket No. 2
|Harry Turner in Clayton Vale, Manchester, with rocket|
[Thanks to Peter Weston for these 3 pix from Michael Rosenblum's collection]
|M.I.S members at Harry Turner's home in Manchester|
The rocket that exploded at the Manchester Interplanetary Society March 1937
meeting being shown off by its maker, Bill Heeley. The two gents on the far right expressed interest in membership, but proved to be plain clothes detectives...
H.T. wrote: "Yes, we did get on the newsreels I remember dashing to
the local news theatre to see a few-second shot of our activities!"
4SJ, Forry Ackerman, Forrest J. Ackerman (1916-2008) — leading light of the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society,
inspirer of Voice of the Imagi-Nation, and invaluable US fannish contact in early SFA days (1939).
Way back in the Thirties: The London Science Fiction Association "stalwarts"
at Leeds in January of 1937 for the first ever SF convention
Wally Gillings, Arthur C. Clarke and Ted Carnell
[for more on the convention, see Rob Hansen's website,
the source of this better picture than the one I had originally. P.H.T.]
Manchester fans Harry Turner, George Ellis and Eric Needham, Leeds 1938
Leeds, 1938 back row: Harry Turner with hosts Vic Gillard, Doug Mayer and 2 unidentified Leeds fans
front row: Eric Needham and George Ellis from Manchester
|Update Note: According to the info with the above picture, the unknown 2 are tagged as Harry Warnes and George Airey. Rob Hansen was "a bit puzzled by the identification" as the gents in question look nothing like Airey and Warnes. He was able to tell me that H.T. questioned Airey & Warnes when they met again at CONCEPTION in 1987. They confirmed that they are not in the picture.
Founders of the Leeds SFA, 1937. back row: Berry, Dobby, Miller, Gillard. front row:Airey, Mayer, Warnes
"My first meeting with Marion F. Eadie, president of the Junior Astronomical Association and editor of its journal, Urania,
was at the 1938 Empire Exhibition in Glasgow."
"At a prewar BAA get-together, Marion is on the right, with Joyce Fairbairn, (in the stripy dress), who later married Sam Youd."
"Arthur Clarke was also at this meeting of members of the British Astronomical
Association and the Junior Astronomical Association."
At the Chingford home of R.A.Smith (then HQ of the British Interplanetary Society) on Sunday 17 July 1938
L to R: J.H. Edwards, Eric Burgess, Harry Turner, Guest of Honour Midshipman Robert C. Truax, USN,
holding an experimental liquid-fuel rocket motor, R.A. Smith, Maurice Hanson & Arthur C. Clarke.
Alternative group from the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, Vol. 9, No. 3 (May 1950)
L to R: H.E. Ross (author of the article Gone With The Efflux), J.H. Edwards, H.E. Turner,
Midshipman R.C. Truax, R.A. Smith, M.K. Hanson & A.C. Clarke.
|Bill Heeley at the seaside on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 11th, 1939.|
left : Eric Frank Russell, right : Harold Gottliffe, who took the picture in Liverpool (?) in 1937 and gave
a copy of the photograph to Harry Turner during a visit to Manchester in the summer of 1937
H.T. wrote: "According to Mike Rosenblum, H.G. returned to Leeds when demobbed after the war,
married, then promptly departed from fandom; and so far as I know he never returned to the fold."
Supermancon, 1954, picture from Peter Weston (collection of JMR).
Back row identifed as: E.R. James, Harry Turner, John Birchby
and J.M. Rosenblum
left: Eric Needham (1921-1983), Enlightened Empiricist, one-time window cleaner, Douglas motorbike pilot, originator of advertising jingles for WIDOWER'S WONDERFUL PRODUCTS and Now & Then co-conspirator caught in an off-duty moment at his Longsight flat in 1954.
Archie Mercer & the celebrated Mercatorial Caravan, his residence at the time of Eric Needham's visit in 1955 to bestow membership of the RFV&SDS.
left: 'Helen Highwater' with Eric Needham
above: 'Helen Highwater' with Nigel Lindsay
during Eric's summer 1955 visit to the Torquay
Happy Fans & Lampshade Makers.
Pamela & Ken Bulmer
British SF authors of the 1950s: Sam Youd (John Christopher), Dave McIlwaine (Charles Eric Maine),
William Temple, A. Bertram Chandler. front row Ted Tubb and Arthur Clarke, who is holding his
International Fantasy Award (non-fiction) for The Exploration of Space (1952) © ILLUSTRATED, 1953/09/12
Surely Harry Turner (right) can't be making a serious comment about Eric Bentcliffe? (centre) Picture from Peter Weston [Thanks!] The unusual film poster is from 1958
Sandy Sanderson (right) on a visit to Harry Turner (left)
they're in the back garden at 10 Carlton Avenue, Romiley
Another picture from Peter Weston [Thanks!] A 1950s visit to the Turner family in Romiley:
back row: Marion & Harry,
middle row: Vin¢ Clarke, Sandy Sanderson, Joy Clarke,
front row: Robert (left) and William (centre)
[No one remembers where Philip, the eldest son, was lurking at the time]
left: Lisa Conesa, Harry Turner and Robert Turner at the 1974 Tynecon, right: Lisa Conesa portrait, 1975
At Conception, 1987 : above Eric Bentcliffe and Harry Turner / below Harry Turner, Bert Warnes and Vin¢ Clarke
Brian Varley in a teeshirt with an impossible object design from 1995
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