Tucker started life in Louisiana, and grew up in New Mexico, where
his first career was playing guitar in bar bands. He then took on
the duties of editing Loadstar,
a Commodore disk magazine, in Shreveport, Louisiana.
turned that project over to another Commodore enthusiast, he started
Ramble House, a small business producing books, mostly reproductions of long out of print mysteries and other "pulp fiction," whose small cult following keeps the company going. He started with books by the now unknown but prolific
Keeler, and as of 2009 the company was offering over 350 titles, and
had produced around
4,800 individual books. Most of the finished books are now produced by print-on-demand printers,
Lulu.com and CreateSpace.com, but a few are still printed and hand bound by Fender himself. Total sales are around 12,000 books.
Mikie and I visited Fender and his wife
Judi in Mississippi in 2009,
during which time he demonstrated the manual book-making process.
|A few books, clamped together
|Rare for a paperback, this one
a dust jacket
|Measuring the cover to fit the book
||Fitting the cover to the book