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Hood Ornament Returned
Previously the article claimed that the original, 1953 Hugo was based on the hood ornament of a 1953 Oldsmobile Here's a picture of the 1953 Hugo trophy 
Here are images of the the Olds Rocket 88 hood ornament from circa 1950 
This gives specific years 
The hood ornament, for most years looks nothing like the 1953 Hugo, except for the 1951 model. There the base looks a fair amount like it, but the fins are quite different. They are larger and there are fewer of them on the hood ornament. Presuming that Oldsmobile had the same hood ornament on all of its cars that year, the Hugo was unlikely to have been based after it.
Mike Glyer, the publisher of File 770, gives this story on a Polish website. It is based on an article by Ben Jason, ScientiFiction, Winter 1994. In 1955, Nick and Noreen Falasca wanted to bring back the Hugo for the 1955 Cleveland Worldcon. They hoped that Jack McKnight might make the Hugo, but he did not reply to their letters. Nick Falasca suggested that they use am Oldsmobile "Rocket 88" model hood ornament. That is probably where the idea came from that those ornaments were used. The problem wsa that they had a hollow underside, and the idea had to be rejected. Instead, Ben Jason made the rounds of machine shops looking for a way to make affordable Hugos. Finally, someone advised him to make a picture of it. Eventually, Hoffman Bronze Company prepared a pattern from it, and made six chrome plated replicas from it. This first batch was too flawed to be used as Hugos. However, the second was lathed to remove surface pits and fissures, and proved satisfactory. Today's Hugos are based on that design. 
Rich Dengrove 4 May 2008(UTC)
A question about the prize
The Nebula Award article states that there is no cash prize associated with that award. Is it also the case with the Hugo? It would be helpful if the article clarified this. Thanks.—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); August 17, 2012; 19:19 (UTC)
2016 Finalists named
List here. It looks like the Rapid Puppies in particular had success with their slate, but I don't think they swept the nominations. I imagine Space Raptor Butt Invasion by Chuck Tingle will get some media attention. Kelly hi! 19:53, 26 April 2016 (UTC)
- According to File770, it appears the Puppy slates did once again sweep most of the nominations. Just took a quick scan through the list - non-Puppy noms included a Best Novel finalist, a short-form dramatic presentation finalist, some of the editors, and a fan award or two. Kelly hi! 20:08, 26 April 2016 (UTC)
- Here is an article about the finalist list in The Guardian. Kelly hi! 20:13, 26 April 2016 (UTC)
Re recent edits
This only came out in edit summaries, but technically it's not an English-language award. In practice, of course, works won't win unless an English-speaking audience can understand them, and other-language works are eligible also based on their year of English-language publication. Pinkbeast (talk) 14:01, 28 June 2016 (UTC)