She has been brightening the scene of Southern Fandom for so many years
now that were she an ordinary person, her presence would be comfortable.
Happily, she is not ordinary and her presence summons an electric
excitement. I've known her almost since her first appearance in fandom,
when she and I were both, of course, still in pre-school, and this gives me
a certain standing in the community. It is a rare convention I attend that
someone does not come up to me and ask The Question.
Why, just what does the P.L. stand for, of course.
There are many rumors regarding what it stands for, of course. For
example, some, who have witnessed her joyous whirlwind tour of room parties
at any good convention, would have you believe it stands for Possibly
Loony. To those unpleasant few who would disrupt a convention with boorish
behavior, it definitely means Please Leave. Those of us who know her best
will be forgiven if we regard the most likely combination to be Phenomenal
Lady. Is that what P.L. stands for? Well, yes and no.
It actually stands for -- maybe I shouldn't say that. At least not just
P.L. lives, these days, in Anniston, Alabama with her husband Larry
Montgomery, who was one of the stalwarts who put Southern fandom together
back in the Eocene Age, that fabled period when fan publishing was done
with stone tablets and mimeographs. They each own a justly deserved Rebel
Award (years before he received his, Larry invented the damned things),
presented to them by the Deep South Science Fiction Convention. In addition
P.L. was, for five years, the driving force behind the Southern Fandom
Confederation and the person who edited its Bulletin.
She is a superb calligrapher, and her fillos can still be seen in a
variety of fanzines. She was a member of the illustrious Southern Fandom
Press Alliance. She has written entertainingly for a variety of fan
publications (once having a column, Dixie Doodling, in Pulsar! ). *p>
She has, in fact, done so much in fandom over a twenty-year span that
one might think the most likely mental image of her would be a blur of
activity. Not so, at least in my case. Thinking back over all the
conventions she and I have both attended, I picture her, usually dressed in
black (though I understand she now indulges in brighter colors on
occasion), seated in a chair, legs crossed, auburn hair aflame, her eyes
aglow with some impish mischief all their own. She is nothing if not Phun
Loving. I su spect she was always surrounded by eager young fans, but I
don't remember them, just her.
So, if this is your first opportunity to meet P.L., by all means walk up
to her and say "Hello." She'll make you feel at home; trust me. And talking
to her is both fun and educational.
That's why they call her Phannish Legend.
by Jerry Page