So, as you may have noticed recently I got a copy of Jerry Stearns’ old Mpls. in ’73 t-shirt from the surplus archive collection. It was in good enough shape that I scanned it, and gave a passing thought to maybe doing a modern edition—if I could get the various people involved, whoever they were, on board.
So I ran into Jerry Stearns early at Minicon, and confirmed that he thought it was a good enough idea. Also that the artwork was by Ken Fletcher (it’s not signed). And, even more useful, Jerry had with him a collection of paper prints from the same screen. Those are much higher resolution, not as distorted, and much easier to scan.
The best scan seems to be the red channel of a 48-bit color scan of the version with blue ink on orange paper (contrast!). With a bit of cleanup it currently looks like this:
So, I’m getting ahead of myself here, but it’s fun to work the scan and see what I can get. I guess I’d better talk to Ken soon!
I got possession of one of the spares of the shirt with this on it last night (the Minn-StF archives kept the best copy and however many copies they thought they needed). I had one of the original ones, back in the 1970s, but wore it out long ago. It was one of my favorites.
This particular one also has “Video Services” on the back, so I’m particularly happy to get this one now (a year ago, in time to wear in Kansas City, would have been even better, but I don’t think we knew we even had these in the t-shirt collection back then).
This may have been the first local fannish t-shirt; I don’t remember Minicon shirts before this for example.
They were made by local fan Jerry Stearns (now of Great Northern Audio Theater), as I remember it silk-screened by hand at home rather than through a commercial producer. I don’t know where the artwork came from; it doesn’t seem to be signed. Does anybody remember that?