Thursday, October 6, 2016

More of SoonerCon 4's Program Book -- 1988

Just before SoonerCon 25, I posted the first few pages of the SoonerCon 4 Program Book.

Here are more.

 Octavia Butler was our literary GOH.

 Sweet Angela Bostick, aka Lowry, was our Artist GOH.

 Margaret Middleton was Fan GOH.

 Melinda Murdock was another writer guest.

These are pages 6-14 of the book; that's all that are scanned, so far!

Thanks for joining me into a look at SoonerCon's part!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

SoonerCon 4: Program Book 1st Instalment

SoonerCon 4 was held at the Central Plaza Hotel on October 21-23, 1988.

 Wonderful art from Angela then-Bostick, now Angela Lowry.  Our Big-Name-Guest line-up was all distaff, and this cover lines up our guests with Muses.  Who is the representative of Science?  Is it Toastmaster MS Murdock?  The central place is our Writer GOH, the gracious Octavia Butler; and the representative of the Muse of the Arts is Our Angela .
 Our charity was the YWCA Battered Women's Shelter.  We raised $900 for them.  We also raised $200 for the Warren Norwood Fund.
 This welcome from Chair David Means lays it all out.  We also have another fine bit of art by Angela.
The ConComm and other stuff.  You may notice that I was the President of STAR OKC for long enough to write the "Welcome to SoonerCon" letter.  That was due to attrition, and soon remedied at the January, 1989 STAR OKC elections.
Here's the typical "Policies" page, with some more art by Angela.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

More SoonerCon 4 Adornments, and Newspaper Coverage

Here is a button won in the Costume Contest:

And here's another example of a multi-tasking Con membership badge:

The first morning of  SoonerCon 4, October 21, 1988, The Oklahoman ran this article:

Next post:  The Program Book, Part 1.


Thursday, March 3, 2016

1988 - SoonerCon 4 Pocket Program

Here's the pocket Program from SoonerCon 4, held October 21-22-23, 1988, at OKC's central Plaza Hotel.

Art is by Angela Bostick.

I shouldn't be surprised if this filler art is by Bill Hodgson.

See you again soon, I hope!


Thursday, February 25, 2016

SoonerCon 4 Dealers' Rom Info - The Con Suite

SoonerCon 4 was held at the Central Plaza Hotel in OKC on Fri-Sat-Sun, October 21-22-23, 1988.  Here is the Dealers' Room handout:

As you can see, Wall Tables were $50, and Aisle Tables were $40 each.  Bring your own extension cords so you can play the videotapes you're selling!
If you could find somebody to watch your table, you could sneak off to the Con Suite, which provided pop, snacks, and (at some SoonerCons) beer to this with ID.

These fine fellow are (L-R):  Vice-Chair Jon Powell (also in charge of Dealer's Room); STAR OKC member Mike Powell (NO RELATION); and some unknown attendee.

I hope it won't be months until our next bit of coverage of SoonerCon 4!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

SoonerCon 4 Is Coming!

Here is a flyer for SoonerCon 4, held in October, 1988.

Surely this nifty art is by Angela?  There's an "A.F.B." on the front of the space suit.

For the ConComm, each year was a panorama of things-to-do.  We had a schedule of when we were supposed to have things accomplished.

What a lovely idea, to plan ahead!

See you next time ...


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

1987 - SoonerCon 3 - Attendance Survey, Press Release, etc

The above is a tabulation of a survey of SoonerCon 3 attendees.  Who our number cruncher was, I don't know.  But it sure looks demographic!

The above is a press release by publicity maven Larry Nemecek, then of the Norman Transcript,  later known as ThunderChief through his helming of ThunderCon (of which more anent).

 Here's the programming grid.  Note the straight lines!  I suspect somebody pretty smart did this. These pages were the result of dozens, possibly hundreds, of hours of planning.

Con Chairs asked for each department head to write up a brief job description/how-to-do-it guide for any successor.  The above is notable in its explanation of VCR chaining and other hi-tech procedures.

Nowadays we have computers to do everything, right?

See you at SoonerCon 24!

Monday, January 19, 2015

More from SoonerCon 3 - 1987

 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.

Happy New Year, see you soon I hope!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

SoonerCon 3 -- October 16-18, 1987 -- Program Book

 Cover art is by David Cherry, our artist GOH.  Thanks to Mike Hodge & Leonard Bishop for the info.

 Our charity was the Oklahoma Pediatric Cancer Association, which does not seem to exist any more under that name.  Does anybody know if it changed names, or went dormant?

 Con Chair was Casey Means (nee Hamilton); Mike Hodge was STAR OKC President.

 Art by David Lee Anderson.

Conquest  is still alive and kicking!
 Art by Dell Harris.
 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.

  Art by Dell Harris.
As was SoonerCon tradition, the outside cover of the Program Book was an ad for next year's show.  We already had our all-female line-up lined up!

More items to come from SoonerCon 3 include badges, flyers, attendee surveys, and others.