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[General] Memorial Garb

What on earth is appropriate to wear to a memorial when almost all of the crowd will be SF/fantasy authors and fandom, and the individual being memorialized is one of the most colorful individuals in Seattle-area SF/fantasy fandom (and later, professional writing)? Wearing something staid and formal just seems... really /wrong/, somehow.

(For those who are curious, F.M. 'Buz' Busby's memorial service is this weekend.)


He wouldn't recognize me as anything; I only knew Buz by reputation. He started or ran several notable fanzines back in 50's, helped run Westercon, moved from the fan world into professional writing himself, and helped get Clarion West organized. Though he's been ill and thus less active for several years, he's still left a huge mark on SF and Fantasy in the area.

At any rate, one of the memorial organizers is trying to get a lot of the local amateur/hopeful writer community there, since Buz was so often a mentor to the previous generation of writers. Hence why I got poked with the poking stick.
Actually, the name sounds familiar to me - probably also by reputation, but then again, I've associated with an awful lot of fen.

In that case, I'd go for something nice, but not overly dressy. You're not there to impress; you're there to remember someone. And being poked in the way that you were is more or less a "just show up" poking, so I wouldn't put major thought into it. Looking just generally nice is fine. :)