The 2023 Winner Is
Reed, who is still active in the furry community, was a highly influential figure in the early fandom. Along with this late wife, Kate Worley, he created the seminal Omaha the Cat Dancer (debuted in 1978) furry comic series, which, along with Steve Gallacci's Albedo, is possibly the most influential furry work of fiction of that era and brought a lot of people into the furry fandom (including yours truly, Grubbs Grizzly)
Reed also cofounded (with Ken Fletcher) the first furry APA, Vootie, which first came out in 1976 with about 100 copies sent to contributors. APAs were the first publications that really got the early fandom pumped with fresh writers and artists wanting to contribute to "the Funny Animal Liberation Front." Good news for Omaha fans: Reed will be reprinting the comic later this year!
The Winners for 2022
Mark Merlino and Rod O'Riley
For their work in founding the first furry convention, Confurence 0, as well as running Califur and for their monthly Prancing Skiltaire furry party and also publishing In-Fur-Nation.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is a new prize starting in 2022. Unlike the regular Good Furry Awards, this special award is not chosen by the furry fandom at large. A select committee consisting of three veterans of the fandom has agreed to work on this project and to pick one winner each year.
The candidates for this award must be furries who have been active in the fandom for 25 years or longer and who have made significant contributions to the fandom that have made a historical impact on our fuzzy society.