Glenn Lord, the Godfather of Howard Fandom, will turning the big eight-oh next month. As was the case in the past few years, a group of Howard fans will be celebrating it with him. This is also a big year for Glenn’s seminal Howard journal, The Howard Collector — the first issue appeared 50 years ago.
Glenn literally built, stone by stone, the foundation upon which present day Howard Fandom resides. In 1956, fresh out of the Army, Glenn searched the country for Howard stories, poems, and letters. In the process, he became the ultimate Howard collector. Having been at it for some 55 years, today Glenn possesses world’s largest collection of Howard books, publications and original manuscripts. In addition to his collection, Glenn is also known for his outstanding work as literary agent for the owners of Howard’s literary works, a position he held for some 32 years, from 1965 to 1997.
As for the celebration, here are the details from the Master of Ceremonies, Paul Herman:
We will again be celebrating the birth of Glenn Lord. This year is especially special as it will be his 80th birthday!
We’ll be getting together on Saturday, November 19, 2PM, at The Monument Inn Restaurant, in La Porte, Texas, just to the east of Houston. Glenn and his blushing bride of way too many years will be on hand to chat it up, swap lies, and eat some very good seafood. They always enjoy meeting the fans, shaking hands, and signing books. Dennis McHaney’s fine book Anniversary would certainly make a nice item to get signed, for instance . . .
For those thinking about coming in early, I know at least two REHF board members are going to be spending Friday night at Quality Inn & Suites, Galveston. Rooms can be had for as little as $65, right across the street from the beach and the Gulf of Mexico, a view from every room. A fun Friday night enjoying the night life of Galveston is expected. Anybody that would like to come join us, please do!
So if you can make it, head on down and spend some time with a true living Howard legend and help us celebrate this milestone event in his life.
11/05/2011 Update: It is not too late to make plans to attend Glenn’s birthday bash on the 19th. If you can make it, e-mail Paul and RSVP. If you can’t come, then please mail Glenn your birthday wishes to him at P.O. Box 775, Pasadena, TX 77501.