Archive for March, 2013

WOMBATCON – jan howard finder Memorial and Irish Wake!

March 27, 2013

WOMBATCON! It’s FREE! Bring your best Wombat stories and be prepared to share!


DATE: 1 June 2013
TIME: Noon until

PLACE: Holiday Inn Wolf Road, Albany, NY
Room Rate: $99/night, Friday/Saturday

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Oy…Just oy

March 26, 2013

Archeology At Jan’s House just turned up three old AutoClub cards from 2007, ’08, 09, a credit card with an expiration date of 12/03, and *drum*roll*please* jan’s grade school report cards.
With things like “needs improvement in self control” and under “promptness” the note “stalls”. All I can say is the man was consistent.

Update: corrected original post from “2207” to “2007”. I wish he’d lived until 2207.

Some fun comments on this to be found on jan’s Facebook page.

Like: Grade 2A: “Initiative: Needs improvement in finding of worthwhile things to do.” Really? I guess they had a different idea of worthwhile than jan did.


Wait! What? An “unsatisfactory” in science? Grade 6A, first period (the structure of these makes me thing “first period” is the first weeks of that semester), science: “U”. I guess jan had a falling out with his instructor over something, or it was taught boringly. However, the grade improved to an “E-Excellent Achievement” by the end.

There was some debate on Facebook as to whether it was boredom (my usual reason for bad grades) or failing to turn in his homework (several other people’s reasons for bad grades).

Quote for jan

March 23, 2013

The person who has lived the most is not the one with the most years but the one with the richest experiences
~ Rousseau

Found on jan’s dresser

March 22, 2013

Found in the clutter on jan’s dresser. Given that the man bears a remarkable resemblance to jan, I’m guessing these are his parents.

Comments on this can be found on jan’s Facebook page.

It’s been confirmed by Joan, one of jan’s cousins, that this is indeed jan’s parents.

The man never ceases to amaze me.

March 20, 2013

There’s a pile of books on a shelf in the library on how to get your real estate license. But I never knew he’d gotten one until I found this card. I have no clue when, or what he did when he had it.

Comments on this can be found on jan’s Facebook page.

Archeology strikes again!

March 9, 2013

Continuing archology finds these delightful pictures, taken when jan was in Australia in 1900-2000.
Wombat and Wombat, cuddling.  Comments on these can be found on jan’s Facebook page.

Archeology at jan’s house

March 7, 2013

I’m doing inventory/archeology of jan’s stuff: what is this? what is its history? what are the stories around it?
Consensus is that it’s the award jan got from an Italian convention in 1976 for his fanzine, Spang Blah. Comments on this can be found on jan’s Facebook page.

A painting of jan from 1963

March 6, 2013

A portrait of the young jan howard finder. The date on the painting is 1963.

jan’s birthday present to jan, March 2010

March 2, 2013

This was taken the day jan recieved RedShift, his lovely red Corvette. He picked it up at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY. This expression says everything you need to know about how he feels about it.