Ah, 1958 was an excellent year:
Novel or Novelette: The Big Time by Fritz Leiber
Short Story: "Or All the Seas With Oysters" by Avram Davidson
Outstanding Movie: The Incredible Shrinking Man
Magazine: Fantasy & Science Fiction
Outstanding Artist: Frank Kelly Freas
Outstanding Actifan: Walter A. Willis
I envy you your elevator episode--and even more the memories of the elevator episode. Undoubtedly you are going to have a richly textured old age.
Evidently these days there are F/SF conventions taking place somewhere during every week of the year.
Speculative Fiction fans aren't a minority anymore.
Last night I read another Sharon Lee and Steve Miller Liaden Novel, Agent of Change
. Obviously the appeal for the cult following of the Laiden Universe novels is partly due a succession of feisty, physical heroines.
This isn't 1958 any more.
One of the humiliations of an increasingly cluttered mind is to remember facts without remembering the sources of these facts. I understand that among YA publishers there is a sub-category of books for teen-age readers, informally titled "Girls Who Kick Ass".