Alan Scrivener has recently posted online a history of the early days of San Diego Tolkien fandom, particularly the San Diego branch of the Mythopoeic Society known as the Society of the Friends of Hobbits. Alan’s article is titled “Ron Cearns and the Society of Friends of Hobbits (S.O.F.O.H.) OR On the Prehistory of Comic-Con in the Grossmont High School Tolkien Club and Some Other Related Notes.” You can read it at http://www.well.com/user/abs/SOFOH/sofoh.html.
Under the leadership of Ron Cearns, SOFOH was an early supporter of San Diego’s Comic-Con. In fact, from the San Diego Mythopoeic group came Comic-Con’s first female committee members and officers, Pam May and Donna McGary. Pam and Donna joined in 1970, the year of the first San Diego Comic-Con, and in 1972, for the first El Cortez convention, they were, respectively, Secretary and Treasurer.
BTW, if anyone knows the whereabouts of Pam and Donna, we would enjoy hearing from them.