North American Science Fiction Convention 2019 (NASFiC)
Guest of Honor (Ceremony Masters) - John & Bjo Trimble
John Griffin Trimble served in the US Air Force, Air Rescue, during the Korean War. Afterwards he worked for an international cordage company, then for Gallup Poll. He met Bjo at a convention party under Forrest J Ackerman’s grand piano and found himself involved in a lot of unplanned science fiction projects. John was a mainstay in the Save Star Trek letter-writing campaign, but never got much credit in the midst of the feminist movement. Now retired, John works on the Trimble’s online company, Ancient Earth Pigments, www.ancientearthpigments.com. He likes mystery and history books, cheeses, home-brewed dark beer, dark chocolate, and good company.
Bjo Trimble began her art career as a freelance graphic artist for Los Angeles area printing companies, wrote two published Star Trek books and multiple magazine articles. She served in the US Navy during the Korean War, but was never assigned overseas. Bjo originated the Art Shows and Futuristic Fashion Show for science fiction conventions. She is a long-time dyer and scroll illuminator, and currently acts as tutorial writer and Crazy Ideas person for the family business. She likes mystery and crafts books, cheeses, teaching, chocolate, sewing wall quilts, and good company.
The Trimble Team are responsible for many successful projects, chief among them a 58-year-long marriage and the raising of three delightful and creative daughters. They live in a 105 year old Craftsman-style California bungalow in the foothills of Southern California, sharing the little house with middle daughter, Lora, and her husband, Jason.
Active in Science Fiction fandom for 60+ years, John & Bjo Trimble were on the committees of several SF cons, founded their own media and Star Trek cons, originated the Worldcon Art Shows and the Futuristic Fashion shows. The latter event has moved to Costume Con, where it still thrives. They both have Inkpot Awards from San Diego Comic Con for setting up the convention’s first art shows. The Trimbles also helped set up Comic Con’s masquerade contests, with the aid of actor Walter Koenig, and Jack Kirby. They rallied fandom to name the first space shuttle the "Enterprise" to draw attention to the space effort.
They are active in the Society for Creative Anachronism, where they are known as Master John ap Griffin and Maestra Flavia Beatrice Carmigniani. They founded Collegium Caidis (a medieval college), started the first regional newsletter, and have taught many classes from heraldry and SCA history (John), to crafts, dyeing, scribal work and several other subjects (Bjo).
They owned and operated two family businesses until 2015: Griffin Dyeworks & Fiber Arts www.griffindyeworks.com, and Ancient Earths Pigments. The Trimbles chaired an annual Fiber Retreat for 10 years. They sold Griffin Dyeworks to their business partner, Theresa Wollenstein, but kept the pigment business.
John & Bjo still help with the Fiber Retreats and with one-day Fiber Frolics. The classes Bjo offers are about natural pigments and use of dye extracts as pigments, such as block-printing fabric with natural pigments.
Besides working on their online pigment business, they also do workshops, and write an occasional online blog for StarTrek.com. You can find them on Facebook on their combined and individual John & Bjo Trimble pages and on the Ancient Earth Pigments page.