Our next Science Fiction Trading Card Spotlight features Tammy Coxen, who is displayed on card number 199 from the Science Fiction Collection. Tammy is what they call a SMOF (Secret Master of Fandom). She started working on fan-run conventions in 1997, eventually becoming chair of her local convention, ConFusion. After attending her first Worldcon in 2000, she became active in Worldcon fandom and has held a variety of area and division head roles. In 2014 she was the chair of Detcon1, the 11th North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC). She continues to work on conventions near and far, large and small.
Are you still involved with science fiction today, and what role do you play?
I am still an active convention runner. I’m currently the Division Head for Member and Staff Services for Dublin 2019, An Irish Worldcon. I’m also active with Worldcon 76 coming up this year in San Jose, California, where I’m helping with the Retro Hugo presentation. On a more local level, I’m head of programming for Capricon, a regional convention in Chicago, IL.
Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Natalie Rossetti who is displayed on card number 2078, from the Superstars of 2015 Collection. Natalie has been in the television and media world for many years now. She has worked on a variety of TV shows such as Fly Girls on the CW network. In 2012, she joined forces with Dave Danzara and was the videographer and editor of the documentary, “The Video Craze”. She is currently in the process of another gaming documentary called “No Princess in the Castle”, a film about women in the gaming industry. Natalie also owns her own film company called White Willow Films.
Do you remember your first video game / arcade you played and what do you remember about it?
I might be aging myself here, but my older brother had an ATARI 2600 in the early 80’s and I had to ask him for weeks if I could try it out. When he finally said yes, I just remember staring at the screen not really knowing what a video game was exactly. I have no idea what game I played, but I’m guessing it was Asteroids.