W. Randy Hoffman, a lifelong resident of Southwestern Pennsylvania until his relocation to Maryland in 2013, attended his first con and his first open filk at Marcon in Columbus in 1989. While there he wrote his first filk song (which, fortunately for humanity, has been lost to history) for which he was accompanied on guitar by a red-haired gentleman whom he never saw again.
After that he remained active in fandom, but didn't return to filk until he listened to a basement tape produced by his college buddies Rand Bellavia and Adam English and said, "Boy, these guys need an appreciative audience, and I know where they can find one!" He accompanied said buddies to several open filks and filk concerts over the following two years and finally decided he liked the scene himself. (Rand and Adam went on to form the nucleus of the renowned filk band Ookla the Mok.)
Since 1989 he's written dozens of poems and over 150 filk songs; some of them serious, more of them funny. A lot of these are available on his four solo albums and on the album that he recorded with his late singing compatriot Kira as the duo "Partners in K'RHyme".
He's won songwriting contests at numerous Eastern and Midwestern conventions and has placed in the top three in such contests more often than almost any other filk songwriter over the past twenty years. Partners in K'RHyme were Interfilk Guests at Consonance and Toastmasters at Concertino and were slated to be Toastmasters at OVFF in 2017 before Kira's untimely passing; Randy carried on alone with that duty.
His contribution to the filk community of which he is most proud, however, is probably his organization and presentation of the filk programming at Confluence in Pittsburgh since 1995, including full-weekend tracks since 2002.Randy was inducted into the Filk Hall of Fame at FilKONtario in April 2019.
The Rocket "Science" (mp3)
Copyright ©2003 by W. Randy Hoffman- All rights Reserved
Goddard started sending up rockets; they symbolized our mounting hope
Give me a rocket named "Science," and "Progress" and "Justice" as well
The nations started sending up rockets; they symbolized our mounting pride
Give me a starship named "Science," "Intrepid," and "Jupiter 2"
Today we're still sending up rockets; they symbolize much for our race
Give me a station named "Science," and "Janus" and "Babylon 5"
So give me a science named "rocket," and "physics" and "astronomy"