An Early Howard Days 2011 Update Essay

With the start of the new year, the folks that organize the annual Howard Days each June are already kicking it into high gear. Indy Cavalier just posted an early update over at the REHupa blog. With all the milestones this year, the theme will be “Howard History” — after all, there are no less than four anniversaries devoted to commemorate and celebrate. As for this year’s Guests of Honor, here is a blurb from Indy’s post:

[W]e’ve chosen two Legendary REH publishers to be our Co-Guests of Honor this year: Damon Sasser and Dennis McHaney. Those of you familiar with Howard Fandom will of course recognize Damon and Dennis and we’re happy to have them at Howard Days to talk and be available to their legions of fans. Damon is the publisher of REH: Two-Gun Raconteur (“The Definitive Howard Fanzine”) and runs the REH: TGR blog, and Dennis’ The Howard Review is his ultimate claim to fame (among others) in a nearly 40 year career as a REH publisher. Dennis also runs the biggest REH message board at

Yes you read it right, I’ll be a Guest of Honor this year along with my compadre Dennis McHaney. I must admit I was surprised and honored to be asked, especially this year — a year of many Howardian milestones. Needless to say, I’m already looking forward to June and all the Howard Days festivities and events.

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One of my favorite events is the Silent Auction, held every year at the Friday night Banquet and benefiting Project Pride. Even though Howard Days is months away, it is not too early to start donating Howard and Howard-related items to the Auction. I imagine just about every Howard fan has some duplicates in their collections, and sending them to the Silent Auction is a great way to help out the fine folks of Project Pride and clear out those excess books, magazines, fanzines, posters, artwork and other items you’ve acquired but really don’t need anymore. Box that stuff up today and send it to: Project Pride, P. O. Box 534, Cross Plains, TX 76443.