I first met Fred Pohl at the 1956 Worldcon, in New York City. Worldcons were still small enough then that you could meet just about everyone in the science fiction world who went to Worldcons. I was attending with my then-boyfriend Phil Klass, and there were so many of his friends and fellow writers to meet that few of them really stood out. So many important people, important at least in this little world I was entering, and so many of them behaving so strangely!
As I remember it, they were all men accompanied by their wives and/or girlfriends, except for Arthur C. Clarke, who was accompanied by his partner Mike, and Judy Merril, unaccompanied. In the course of that Worldcon, Harlan Ellison’s first marriage broke up rather spectacularly, with Aurea Keyes, Danny Keyes’s wife, getting clobbered by Charlotte Ellison’s wildly swinging handbag. Aurea had nothing to do with any of it—she just couldn’t get out of the way fast enough.