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The Year Was 1982 and One Starsky & Hutch Fanzine Publisher Was On Fire - Morgan Dawn Livejournal:The Here And Now
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The Year Was 1982 and One Starsky & Hutch Fanzine Publisher Was On Fire
 The editor: "To the sanctimonious bigots who have terrorized several innocent S/H fanzines into hiding by making a big point of pushing them in front of Goldberg, Spelling et all I hereby see your threat and raise you double. ' I am throwing down the gauntlet -- with my fist in it. Pick it up at your own risk. "

In the early days of Starsky & Hutch fandom (1980s), there were strong objections to the existence of slash fan fiction. One of the early slash fanzinesCode 7 was published under threat of copies being mailed to TPTB in the hopes of driving slash fans and fan fiction underground.

In response, another zine editor published her slash stories anyway with blue ink on a red background.

Fanlore explains: “In the end, the slash stories were printed in blue ink on a reddish background. The zine came with a sheet of red plastic the reader was to put over the page to make it legible. The editor also required a signed “statement of compliance,” numbered the copies, and used coded hole-punches on the pages, supposedly to identify the purchaser of any copy that “fell into unauthorized hands.” These machinations were all an attempt to keep the zine, one of the first slash fanworks, from being dispersed and read by those (including some fans who’d threatened to send it to the studio and otherTPTB) who were not supporters and would do the genre harm “

You can read more about her zine  Pushing the Odds here and the tensions between Starsky & Hutch fans over slash fan fiction here.

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catalenamara From: catalenamara Date: April 28th, 2015 12:51 am (UTC) (Link)
I remember seeing that zine when it came out - pretty damn hard to read...! But the paranoia at the time was more than justified.
morgandawn From: morgandawn Date: April 28th, 2015 12:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I know there were strong objections to K/S but the negativity against slash in SH fandom seemed particularly virulent.

FYI, I just sent copies of the scans to Leslie Fish - she had asked that if I ever found a good copy to scan to send it her way.
catalenamara From: catalenamara Date: April 28th, 2015 01:06 am (UTC) (Link)
K/S had the quasi-approval of Gene Roddenberry and as a result we didn't have much fear of what TPBT would do. From what I was told, Roddenberry stopped the only C&D ever sent to a K/S zine editor (the zine was "Thrust"). We sold zines publicly at massive Trek conventions with the actors and production people in attendance.

So yeah, let the wankers wank; we just carried on with what we were doing. S/H - different story. Marian K. told me in detail about how a certain fan deliberately pretended to be a slash fan so she could get in on the ground floor of Code 7 to get material to send to TPTB. According to Marian, one of them sent copies of S/H stories planned for the zine to Spelling & Co., and also outed a S/H author to people in her ultraconservative town. According to Marian, this author's home was vandalized and she got a lot of blowback from people in her church.
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