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Fairfield man to deliver Guinness awards

By Nicole Major, Ledger staff writer | Jul 25, 2017
Photo by: NICOLE MAJOR/Ledger photo Fairfield resident Walter Day holds a certificate from Guinness World Records. He will personally deliver 13 of these awards around the country and around the world to leaders in the science fiction industry.

Fairfield resident Walter Day is at it again.

Less than a year after being honored by Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition, Day will present 13 copies of Guinness World Records Awards to leaders in the science fiction industry.

Day earned fame through his video game arcade “Twin Gallaxies,” which he started 35 years ago in Ottumwa. The arcade has been hailed as the birthplace of organized competitive eSports,

“This is my own personal science fiction odyssey,” Day said. “I am deeply honored to travel the world and be the official person who brings news of this award to the science fiction industry.”

Day will deliver 13 awards to recipients in California, New Jersey, Colorado and Puerto Rico. Not only that, he will personally deliver the first award at the Worldcon75 Hugo Award’s Ceremony in Helsinki, Finland.

Worldcon is the largest science fiction convention in the world.

“It’s very possible that Guinness World Records has never done this before — presented so many copies of the same award to so many far-flung destinations,” he said.

Day recently suggested to Guinness that the Hugo Award is history’s longest-running science fiction award.

“They instructed me to do the research and submit it to them, which I did,” he said. “They promptly reviewed my research and concluded that the Hugo Award was, indeed, history’s longest running science fiction award.”

Because Day has been associated with Guinness World Records ever since his arcade began, the editor-in-chief of Guinness World Records commissioned Day to deliver the awards. He has been on tour making presentations about the Hugo Award at various award locations. On Aug. 11, he will deliver the first one at Worldcon75, science fiction’s flagship event.

“I will fly to Helsinki Aug. 8 ... a sponsor in California has paid for my airplane tickets and for all of the hotel expenses,” he said. “So this journey is like a gift from Heaven!”

After Day presents the Guinness World Record Award in Helsinki, he will continue his tour to the 12 other destinations.

“The grand finale is in San Jose, California,” Day said of Worldcon76.

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