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[page 36] {Cursive: The tape goes ever on} Good news for those interested in taping! The N3F Tape Bureau has come to life, headed by Joanne Burger, who has already pubbed REPLAY, the TB newsletter. Joanne is not only listing those persons interested in individual tape exchanged, but is hoping to work up a library of conventions, radio shows, TV shows, etc. of interest to the fen. She already lists several recordings which can be obtained from the library, either for borrowing or with arrangements for dubbing. Joanne offers assistance to those new to taping. . .so certainly there should be something here for everyone. Do get in touch with Joanne if you are interested in taping. Her address is: 55 Blue Bonnet Ct., Lake Jackson, Texas, 77566. HOOM is happy to report enough response to get one Tolkien round-robin tape on its way, and we are all looking forward to getting it back home again with lots of good Tolkien conversation to report in the next issue of HOOM. With the names from Joanne's REPLAY, we also hope to get a general SF robin going very shortly. We at HOOM have offered our assistance to Joanne, which she has graciously accepted, so any contacts we make through this column [page 37] will be turned over to the Tape Bureau in order to get a lively bunch of contacts going. There are all sorts of possibilities in tape contacts. The round robin, for instance, will give you an hour of interesting conversation with other members of the robin for 10 or 15 minutes of your own time--something to think about because it seems that all fen stay pretty busy (swamped is the word!). Or personal exchanges permit you to get really acquainted with another fan and after you get used to the idea, will be far easier than getting out the typer or the good old ball-point. Actually, time is an element here, too--it is possible to make a tape and say all the things you want to say in far less time than you would spend transmitting the same information via the typer. You can really discuss a book, for example, reading pertinent passages and pointing out various incidents, while if you had to pound it out on the typewriter or write it out by hand, you might limit yourself to "it's a pretty good book." Other doors might open, too, with a really active Tape Bureau. Overseas contacts with the fen of other countries would not only be interesting, but make for closer contact with fanac groups. The tape could be played for a club group, for instance, and they might take part of their meeting time to make the exchange tape. Certainly a far closer contact than the exchange of a few letters or zines; you could really talk to these people and get and give stimulating ideas which would help fandom on both sides of the ocean. There would be the idea, too, of bringing fandom into the lives of handicapped persons. How about reading some of your favorite SF or fantasy books on tape to send to the blind. While there are undoubtedly some SF books available in braile, certainly there would not be as many as other forms of literature. This would be something to build up in library form before "advertising" the fact. . .but if several of us were to read books on tape as time permitted, it should not be many months before we could offer this material on loan to the blind. I have been reading LotR on tape over a period of several months, and have not finished it yet. However, I can picture how much it would be enjoyed by some blind person when it has been completed, and how an unlikely prospect for fandom could find a new and enjoyable world through this means. Be sure that when you write Joanne you send along the list of your taping equipment--what tracks your machine has available and what speeds and how large a reel. Fortunately, reel-to-reel equipment has become fairly standardized. Those, of course, owning casette equipment could get together, too. If these differences of equipment show up on the published list of prospective tapers, you can pick out those with similar equipment to your own --AND START TALKING.