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Friday, September 26, 2008

1968 Notice of Tragedy

Science Fiction Times
No 452
March 1968

Silverberg Home Burns

The home of Bob and Barbara Silverberg was badly damaged by a fire which broke out in the attic about 4. a.m., Tuesday, February 13 {1968}. No one was injured (including the cats) but the roof and the attic were destroyed, and about half of the third floor was badly damaged. There was little damage on the first two floors.

Bob's entire science fiction collection, and his extensive library of rare books and research materials were destroyed. Also partially destroyed were his Science Fiction Writers of America files (Bob is currently President).

The house, in the Riverside section of the Bronx, was formerly the mansion of New York mayor Fiorello LaGuardia. While it is being rebuilt, the Silverbergs are temporarily living elsewhere in the area.

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