Last FAPA mailing was 448 pages, 50 members, 43 fanzines, one member contributed 4 zines, most of which were 1 page but one of 12 pages, one member did 3, and a couple others contributed 2. The fantasy commentator was a double issue this time, bound together & printed. 30 years ago it varied widely, but generally, there were 65 members and most mailings averaged well over a hundred pages. When there were special occaisions like the 200th mailing about 15 years ago everyone tried to get into it, and it was at least 800 pages. It feels like the size has shrunk, though, because there's no particular prestige in doing it anymore, and instead of having a 5-year waiting list to get on, there's no real wait anymore.
I have been in SAPS over 50 years, and have been OE of it, the first time I did it, about 50 years ago, it was about 30 pages. Probably about 30 or 40 pages in the 60's, and the most recent one was 50, but it really feels things have shrunk. Back in the old days, the propaganda and tricks we were sending out consisted of a lot more pages than the actual mailing. One time when I was doing the collating I included one real official publication and three fakes, so you couldn't figure out which was the real one. I sent a withdrawal from Nancy Share for the OE election one time and faked a return address of a Pennsylvania home for wayward girls, asking everyone to vote for good old George. She got upset and came back with something else, then I issued a statement from George's wife Mary saying he'd always wanted to be OE of SAPS and if he didn't make it this time he didn't think it ever would, and if something happened to him Mary and I would finish stuff for the next year, someone in Wyoming actually believed he was dying. I published something saying Wally was running around naked in Seattle baying at the moon, and this was a reason not to elect him. Ray Ballard out in ND was accepting the votes, and he was on Nancy's side, issuing progress reports on the voting about once a week, and I don't know exactly how I rigged it, but there were 8 people that hadn't voted, and I sent a message out saying that 4 people hadn't voted, naming them, and that the votes stood like so, and I said "no matter how they voted, George has a clear majority, so let's make this one election where everybody votes, go ahead and vote for whoever you want, and we'll get a 100% turnout". I made up a different version, naming the other 4 people separately, making it seem like they might as well get on the winning side. In the meanwhile, Nancy was writing to each of them, promising each one that she'd appoint him vice-president. She won, and wound up with 34 vice-presidents in a club that didn't have a president, because the only office was OE. I sent her the money, as outgoing OE, as a money order so I got a reciept. I then claimed that it was a fraudulent election, and I was not going to send her the money. She retorted that she'd gotten the money, and I claimed that she was using her own money because it was a fraudulent election. I got a list of the 12 Detroit fans who used to be in SAPS, and told Nancy that they all wanted on the waiting list, at which point she put 20 of her relatives on the waiting list. Then I went down to the corner, cut 2 pages out of the phone book and asked her to put these people on the waiting list, and she wrote me back saying the joke was over and she wasn't going to type out 400 names. Nowadays we don't even have elections unless someone particularly wants to run, and nobody has. Dick and Nicki Lynch did it for a while, said they were going to stop, and if someone else didn't take over SAPS was going to die, Art Rapp took over for a while, got people back, and then he resigned and Toskey out in Seattle took over and has done it for over ten years.
I actually published a history of the SAPS mailings, with graphs, for SAPS over 25 years ago. I had special size paper cut to fit it, and used a special mimeo, and Chad can't convince me to do one now because the paper would be too big, no matter what he says these newfangled computers will do!