In the mid-seventies, my late sister (Gnome, Katharine Hall) and I were avid participants in the Dictionary Rally, an annual contest wherein the contestants were furnished with a paperback dictionary and a list of “tasks” to perform. The Rally had three rallymasters, one of of whom, Fun, John Ferguson, was at that time a krewemember. Fun sent us minisamples in early 1977, and we were both hooked shortly after that.
Source: email from Grinch.
First Issue: Nov 1977