Date: Sun, 03 May 2009 16:53:56 -0400 From: "Mike B." <yahoo at omniphile.com> To: WSFA members <WSFAlist at KeithLynch.net> Subject: [WSFA] Re: May 9th, 1969 Reply-To: WSFA members <WSFAlist at KeithLynch.net> Keith F. Lynch wrote: > I am not counting media cons, i.e. cons devoted to Star Trek, anime, > Famous Monsters from Filmland, etc. Nor am I counting gaming > cons, hacker cons, mystery cons, comics cons, events held in homes, > churches, or outdoors rather than in hotels or convention centers, > or events that were called meetings, parties, picnics, weddings, or > funerals, or events held closer to Baltimore, Richmond, Annapolis, > Gettysburg, Frederick, Blacksburg, etc., than to DC. > > Am I forgetting any? Yes, at least two: August Party. It was a Star Trek/SF convention. That is, it was started for Star Trek fans, but because the folks running it were generic SF fans, it was not limited to Star Trek. Rich Kolker, who was a WSFAn for a number of years, was the con chair, Another committee member who is still involved with fandom is Theresa Renner (she was at Capclave last year). It started out as a one day at the University of MD in '75...and it ran every year for 10 years (I don't believe the info at http://fanlore.org/wiki/Star_Trek is correct). The later ones had attendance in the 1500 range I think. Some info at http://www.fanhistory.com/wiki/August_Party One of the main features was the "Sunday Show", which was a stage play sort of thing involving a parody skit of various movies and TV shows, with scripts written by Peter David, who went on to write for Nickelodeon and (I think) Marvel Comics. These skits were not always Trek-oriented. For instance, one year it was "Star Feuds" (a game show starring the Empire Family (Darth, and 3 generals and admirals) vs. the Rebel Family (Luke, Leia, Han and Yoda). Han Solo was dressed as Indiana Jones, but in the "Cabonite" pose from the movie, and squeaking out a weak "oil can...." when addressed. Another year it was "Return to Jedi, Address Unknown", and another time it was "Battlestar Ponderosa". These sometimes started off with a "squad room" bit parodying Hill Street Blues, but with characters from the movie being parodied in the main part of the skit. The Sunday Show also had other parts, such as the "Chairnak" routine, which was a parody of Johnny Carson's "Carnak"...envelope to the head, divine the answer, open the envelope and read the question. For example, answer: Dagobah, question: "What do da sheep say?" There was also filking, a costume contest (which usually had costumes from Dr. Who, Tolkein, or other things, such as "Bored of the Rings"), an art show, and for several years a call to Gene Roddenberry to ask about the movie. The other missing one was put on by WACO (Washington Area Convention Organization, and pronounced "Wacko"). The first was in January, 1984 (in an ice storm, in Reston) and was called "Brave New Con". Attendance was almost 500 despite the weather and time of year. There was programming that included GOH Frederick Pohl, Art GOH Kelly Freas and General Daniel O. Graham of Project High Frontier, movies, and various panel discussions. Chair was Rich Kolker...I was treasurer/pre-reg/software development for the mailing list. Other involved committee people included Ted and Karen Pauls, TJ Burnside (now Clapp), Gail Pittaway, Theresa Renner, and several other ex-August Party folks). The second WACO con was to be in 1985 and called "Take My Con...Please", chaired by Ted Pauls, but it didn't happen. -- Mike B.