Sunday, November 14, 2010

Jyrki Ijäs 1943–2010

Portrait of Jyrki at Finncon 2010Sad news this weekend: Jyrki Ijäs, one of the stalwarts of Finnish fandom, died on the night between Thursday and Friday of an advanced cancer. Jyrki was very active in the early days of Finnish fandom, among other things he edited his own zine Ikaros and was a member of the organizing committee of the very first Finncon in 1986. He loved science fiction and movies and a good chat over a beer or two. Even though he was mostly retired from fandom activities, he attended Finncon this year. I’m kind of glad that his last convention was a rather traditional Finncon more in the style of “the old days”—and I’m happy I got one more chance to chat with him there!

Babek nabel has a thread for remembering Jyrki.

Photo by Johan Anglemark

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