RE: NANFA-- Aug 72 TFH

Jay DeLong (
Sat, 16 Sep 2000 22:38:22 -0700

Here's why I'd like that issue of TFH. It predates NANFA and contains an
article from John Bondhus about the upcoming establishment of NANFA.  Here's
an article from AC in 1978 where I read about it:

Thank You, John Bondhus
By Mark Gottlob

The Winter Weekend Workshop 1978 was such a success for NANFA that it caused
Dick Stober and myself to reflect on the organization's history. As charter
members we both remember our meager beginnings and realize just how far
NANFA hascome in the last six years. We also remember who we have to thank
for making our organization a reality: John Bondhus. The general consensus
at the workshop was that John was the most missed member. Many of us were
meeting each other for the first time. It was so much fun meeting people who
we had worked with and read articles by for many years it is not hard to
understand why John was missed.
Like many of us who collect native fish, John wished that there were a guide
to native fish with color photographs, keys, range and habitat descriptions,
and maintenance and breeding information for each North American species.
With determination John organ-ized a national society to make his desire a
reality. The result is the North American Native Fish Association. I first
heard about John's idea for an organization when I read a one page article
in the August, 1972 Tropical Fish Hobbyist by John. After an introduction
extolling the virtues of several native fish, John stated his and other
aquarists' desire to start an association dedi-cated to native fish.
Since that time John has organized NANFA, served as its first president;
published the first American Currents; written many fine articles; made his
extensive personal library available to the membership; is serving as
secretary; started a slide collection; and copied and mailed, at his own
expense, hundreds of pages of information to interested members. In other
words, there wouldn't be a NANFA without John Bondhus. John's greatest feat
of leadership occured in the four months between the time his article
appeared in TFH and the first of 1973. In that short period of time John
gathered forty-eight charter members, or-ganized them with an active Board
of Directors and eight com-mittees and with a newly purchased offset press
published the inaugural issue of the American Currents. John opened his
first president's report with this apology: "Hello there, well we finally,
got our first issue to the world of aquarists. Having had a slow start, this
inaugural issue will be the only issue in 1972." That was enough to get
things started.
This first issue also included a detailed and illustrated article on the
northern pike. Since then John has published many articles including:
"Catfish and Bullheads" (vol. 1 no. 1), "Collecting Native Fish" (vol. 1 no.
2), "Native Sunfish and Bass in Aquariums" (vol. 1 no. 4), "Locating
Literature Sources" (vol. 3 no. 1) and "Distribution of Fishes" (vol. 3 no.
2). John's articles are always thorough and well written. It is worth
completing your set of American Currents just to read them.
I know I speak for all of our growing membership new and old timers alike
when I thank you for NANFA, it has meant a lot to all of us.

Jay DeLong
Olympia, WA

> -----Original Message-----
> From: On Behalf
> Of Jay DeLong
> Sent: Saturday, September 16, 2000 4:35 PM
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> Subject: NANFA-- Aug 72 TFH
> Does anyone have the August 1972 Tropical Fish Hobbyist for sale
> or loan?  I would VERY much like to see that issue.

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