Begun in March 1973 as a part of the national Star Trek Association for Revival, STAR OKC underwent many cosmetic changes but remained central Oklahoma's most influential seedbed of fandom, until its demise through lack of membership in February, 2005.
.....STAR OKC has fostered such folks as TREK mavens Larry & Janet Nemecek; artists Kevin Hopkins, JR Daniels, and Bill Hodgson; and fanboys like yours truly.
A scan of the "badge of honor" worn by then-STAR OKC Prez Mike Hodge. As you can see, his area of high responsibility was the Con Suite.
Back in the pre-internet days, publicity was handled by mail-out. Much effort was expended to acquire a possibly overlapping group of addresses, such as the mailing list for another SF con a few states away, or a local comic-book store. The kind of one-sheet above would also be sent to local newspapers and even social clubs.
Here's an update from Dealers' Room chair David Means letting them know that a Thursday set-up is no longer in the works. Note the statement towards the end that SoonerCon might "make the Central Plaza our home in perpetuity." We are all lamenting that this did not come to pass. Maybe not all are lamenting.
Great art from Dell Harris for SoonerCon 3! It should be on a hundred dozen T-shirts! (This is a high-res scan from a photo print of the art.)
This is a version of the "Deadline Schedule" that supposedly guided the departments. If it was "X" months away from the Con, then x-y-z should have been completed by your department.
Note the page header, "SoonerKin." This was an appellation coined to refer to main guests from previous SoonerCons. This status enabled them to get in free to future SoonerCons (free admission only). Some STAR members thought this was giving away future possible revenue, others thought it was a nice gesture.
Who was the artist for the bottom of this page? Was it Angela (Bostick) Lowry?
Now we have bios for "Programming Speakers." Also note the ad for "Southside Comics" in Norman, later Planet Comics.
Here are the last of the items from SoonerCon 2, held in October, 1986.
SoonerCon 2 was held only a few months after SoonerCon 1 so that a "standard" date for the Con could be established. We wanted to have a late fall/early winter con, and it just wouldn't do to go a year until the following fall.
So people dashed around like mad to have a SECOND SoonerCon about four months after the first. This was the main reason for only having two "official" days -- Saturday and Sunday. Also why this con was promoted as "Pure Con Extract" by Con Chair David Means.
I really don't know the source for the lab-rat-in-spacesuit concept for the badges.
Even though the "Friday" schedule -- nothing but video -- begins with "10AM," I am pretty sure that this room started at 10PM, and then ran 24 hours until Sunday afternoon.
Here's the questionnaire distributed to con attendees in the hopes of defining our demographics/audience. Maybe someday we will run across the findings from these.
In case you wonder how we could have only 22 interior pages -- 22 not being a multiple of 4 -- it's because each page was an individual 8 1/2-x-11 inch sheet of paper, and the pages were stapled together.
Despite the notation on the back cover, never again was a SoonerCon held at the Skirvin.
Later on I'll post the flyer, badges, attendee questionnaire, and so on.