Full record for letterhack n.

Definition a fan who frequently writes letters to magazines and fanzines
OED requirements antedating 1946
Earliest cite in Thrilling Wonder Stories
Comment Fred Galvin submitted a 1947 cite from a letter by Alvin R. Brown in Thrilling Wonder Stories.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1959 cite from Fancyclopedia II.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1966 cite from Lin Carter's "Handy Phrase-Book in Fannish".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1948 cite from a letter by Chad Oliver in Thrilling Wonder Stories.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1947 cite from a letter by Tom Pace in Startling Stories.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1946 cite from a letter by Tom Jewett in Startling Stories.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1947 cite from a letter by Ron Anger in Thrilling Wonder Stories.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1954 cite from an editorial reply to a letter in Startling Stories.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1946 cite from a letter by Gene Hunter in Thrilling Wonder Stories.
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Citations for letterhack n.

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1946 Startling Stories Fall 102/2 Nowadays a letter-hack says things simply, which is, after all, the best way. Take any good story. You don't find long, stilted sentences with long-winded descriptions (which was one reason I put ‘The Dimension of Chance’ last). So listen and learn, letter-hacks.
1946 Thrilling Wonder Stories Winter 102/2 Despite the fact that a listing of stories is considered tabu by the best letter-hacks, I'm giving with a few comments on the fiction content.
1947 Startling Stories Jan. 100/2 Dear Sargie: You said it; letter hacks come and go, but the Sarge goes on forever. Well, here's one letter-hack who came, went, and is coming back.
1947 Thrilling Wonder Stories June 99/1 I see that the old guard is back but as a greatly matured and slightly subdued group of letter-hacks. This column now reflects the rise of stf out of the screwball stage.
1954 Startling Stories Fall 106/2 If the casualty rate among letter hacks were as rough as you say the same old faithful names wouldn't appear as long as they do—bless their little ink-smudged hearts.
1958 R. M. Holland Ghu's Lexicon 12 LETTERHACK - An actifan who specializes in writing letters for zines. One of the simplest and yet the most effective phases of fanac. Give the letterhack a ream of paper, stamps, and one or two other letterhacks for him to argue with, and he will keep happy and tractable for months.
1966 L. Carter Handy Phrase-Book in Fannish in If Oct. 66/2 If your ‘fanac’ (activities in science-fiction fandom) are confined largely to reading fanzines and submitting LoC's (letters of comment), you are likely to be sneered at as a ‘letterhack.’