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Sun, Oct. 7th, 2007, 09:38 am
capybaron: the Noble Rodent visits Japan

I finally finished my blog on my visit to Japan, including my Worldcon trip report, though I added two postings on my walk about Tokyo.

Sun, Oct. 7th, 2007 03:46 pm (UTC)

Good to hear you got back in time. I hope you were adequately compensated for the inconvenience.

I must admit that when I ran into you at the Japanese room party, all I thought was "Oh - man wearing propeller beanie; must be fan". I suppose it speaks volumes about what is considered "acceptable behaviour" around the world...


Mon, Oct. 8th, 2007 11:44 am (UTC)
capybaron: historical note

As the other propeller beanie wearer (at Nippon07) pointed out, this distinctive headgear was invented by Ray Nelson, a fan cartoonist living in Cadillac, Michigan, at the time; he used the propeller beanie frequently in his cartoons. He convinced George Young to wear a propeller beanie at Torcon (1948); these beanies became quite popular in fandom after that. It seems that the beanies influenced a certain fan by the name of Bob Clampett, who went on to create Beany and Cecil.
While I got some of the above information from the web and fellow fans, details can also be found in Harry Warner's books All Our Yesterdays and A Wealth of Fable.