documents nearly 2 decades of science fiction, fantasy, and horror
fandom at UNC-Chapel
Hill, first as the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill Fantasy and Science Fiction club, then as Chimera, and now as a
lost cause waiting for some starry-eyed UNC student to once again
take up the mantle of organzing fandom at Chapel Hill.
UPDATE 7/9/2001: Changed URL for Enigma.
The archive would not be possible if not for all of you who were willing to talk
with me and share your memories, artwork, photos, newspaper articles,
etc. This is your site.
UPDATE 7/9/2001: Changed URL for Enigma.
The archive would not be possible if not for all of you who were willing to talk with me and share your memories, artwork, photos, newspaper articles, etc. This is your site.
Where Are They Now? links you to former Chimerans' websites or email.
Newspaper Articles - all the articles I've collected or been given about the club.
Artwork - by Jim Allman, Mike Brown, Cindy Holtsag, Larry Iversen, and Carolyn Wallace.
Cantina Skits and Songs - words to skits and songs from the infamous Outer Limits Cantinas.
Photographs - photographs of mine and other people's, from the late 70's through mid 90's.
Interviews - memoirs from ex-Chimerans.
Other SF Websites - links to current active SF fandom in Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh.
Con Guests and Officers - an attempt to compile a complete list of con guests and club officers. This section needs your help!
Update 9/24/99: Newspaper Articles Section - removed the article by Chris Kridler at his request. I have old issues of the Phoenix if you're really curious and want to read the article.
The consolidated History of Fandom at Chapel Hill and Surrounding Areas, 1978-Present is now online for your viewing pleasure. (The first half of this article appeared in the 2/99 issue of the Southern Fandom Confederation Bulletin; the second half appeared in the April 1999 issue).
Where are they now? Section B: Email links
Where are they now? Section C: Children/Relatives of Chimera
This first drawing above is by Mike Brown and was done in the early 1980's. It features most of the then-current members of Chimera drawn as superheroes. Click on the thumbnail for a larger view and see if you can pick out:
Artwork from Chimeracon I, by Carolyn (Waterson) Wallace
Artwork from Chimeracon IV, drawn by Jim Allman, who also did the illustration to the left.
Artwork from Chimeracon VI, by the talented Carolyn Waterson Wallace
Artwork from Chimeracon VIII, Cindy Holtsag
Larry's Gallery, featuring artwork drawn by Larry Iversen
A brief History of Chimera, from the front of the ChimeraCon I program, by Dan Reid
Carolyn Waterson Wallace
Joyce (Mahoney) Felder
Rusty Hits Rick With Snake - Film at 11
Goblins at the Gates - by Kevin Gunn
Shannon (Wikle) Sudderth
The Great Chimera Rescue Squad, a True Story - by Phil Lee
This section represents all
of the newspaper coverage I have been able to collect (with donations
from various former club members). In typing up this series of
articles, I noticed two things: one, the coverage is more fair and
interesting when written by Chimera members who worked at the various
UNC student publications; and two, as the articles are arranged
chronologically one can see the decline of the club by looking at the
11/6/80 - New club focuses on science fiction, fantasy, from The Daily Tar Heel. This is the earliest article I've found about SF fandom at UNC, and it refers to The Science Fiction and Fantasy Club, precursor of Chimera.
3/3/83 - Chimera, a place to enjoy science fiction, from The DTH.
1/23/85 - Science fiction gala attracts earthlings, from The DTH . Karen K. Fisher, DTH reporter and Chimera president that year, writes about ChimeraCon II.
1/30/86 - ChimeraCon: Science Fiction. Coverage of ChimeraCon III in The Phoenix, an alternative weekly student newspaper at UNC, written by ChimeraCon staff member Chris Kridler. UPDATE: 9/24/99 - This article was removed at the request of the author. I do have old issues of The Phoenix, if anyone really wants to read the article as it appeared.
1/31/86 - Fantasy, fiction come to life at UNC convention, from The N&O. Contrast this article to the one above.
1993-94(?) - Fantasy enthusiasts enjoy games, form friendships in sci-fi club. Another article from The DTH, ten years after the previous one.
11/22/95 - Gaming club caters to students with science fiction interests. I think this is probably the last mention of Chimera in the Daily Tar Heel, as the club ceased to exist sometime after the ill-fated "Chimerafest" of 1997.
Labor Day camping
trip in 1982, with
Dan Reid, Chuck Andrews, Rex Moody, Anne Worth (PBT)
Halloween Party 1982 - help me ID these people! (PBT)
Halloween Party 1982 - more photos (PBT)
Robert Hurt and Dan Reid looking very earnest, 1983 (UNK)
Halloween Party 1984 - group shot (PBT)
Halloween Parties 1984,85 - captioned so you know who's who (PBT)
Robert Hurt in Space Gear, 1985 (?) (UNK)
Robert as a Vulcan (UNK)
ChimeraCon III folks in costume, 1986 (PBT)
Carolyn (Waterson) Wallace dressed as a Sorceress, pre WorldCon trip (1986?)
Trevor Gunn as Jaimie from Dr. Who, Halloween party 1987 (CL)
Laura Haywood and Cherie Lambeth - Halloween 1987 (CL)
The Cube in the Pit advertising the annual Chimera Halloween costume ball, fall 1987 or '88 (CL)
Heather Valli at the annual Chimera Halloween costume ball, 1987 or '88 (LGH)
Susan Keeler as Vincent from the TV series Beauty & the Beast, Halloween 1987 (LGH)
Rick McGee with Rusty's cat Hobbes, 1989 (LGH)
Cherie Lambeth and Jo Wyrick as Sarah and Jareth from Labyrinth, spring 1990 (LGH)
Rusty Williams at Anne and Ron's wedding, spring 1990 (LGH)
Yeaton Clifton - Halloween 1990 (PBT)
Cherie, Laura Haywood, Emily (Keys) Innes and her husband Ewan on the steps of Lenoir Hall, December 1995 (LGH)
Photo credits: CL=Cherie Lambeth, LGH=me, PBT=Paul Thompson, UNK=I forgot, so email me if the photos are yours. :-)
of Dungeons and Paranoia and Dragons and Cthulhu by Rusty Williams and Ken
Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Redshirts by Carolyn Waterson Wallace and Simon Goldenberg
The Rubber Chicken Parade by WRay Templeton
A Modern Science Fiction Fan sung by Dr. Michael McVaugh, Chimera's advisor for many years
Help! This section is still incomplete. I need info on the
Research Triangle Science Fiction Society
Fandom Resource Guide