Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The January, 1988 Galactic Gazette

As printed by the Commodore 64's mps-801 printer ...

My favorite of these inventions is the Soapbox on Wheels:  "This Porta-Pulpit makes it simple for you to tell everyone what to do and how to do it before you disappear over the horizon forever."

Ain't it the truth?
The first report from new 1988 Prez Casey Means

From VP Mark Alfred

A song from Claire Stephens (now McMurray)

Minutes from December 1987 meeting by Larry (future ThunderChief) Nemecek.

See you later, my friends.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

1988: SoonerCon 4: Review and Warthog Gazette

As you will recall, SoonerCon 4 took place October 21-22-23, 1988, at the Central Plaza Hotel in OKC.

A lot of fun was had by most (if not all), as attested by soon-to-be ThunderChief Larry Nemecek in this review, which appeared in STAR OKC's December Galactic Gazette.
Another bit of detritus from SoonerCon is this tattered bit of oral history.

From my understanding, the Warthog Gazette was produced by one or two people who listed at parties, or other places at the con, for silly statements, outrageous questions, or (even better) lines that could be taken out-of-context to raise some eyebrows.


I don't know if the WG appeared anywhere else in fandom or at other cons (I was going to ask if it appeared in con-dom!)  But you would find copies set out in the public spaces on Sunday morning ... so evidently it was worked over, in the wee hours of Saturday night, to be presented as a fait accompli, a bit of devilish fun.


Please, can anyone else shed some light on the true story of the Warthog Gazette?

See you another time, friends!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

More of the SoonerCon 4 Program Book

Welcome back, and Happy New Year, friends!

The missing (scanned but misplaced) pages from the SoonerCon 4 Program Book are now unlost.  Here are pages 15-26.

 The "SoonerKin" were basically previous panelists and/or previous featured guests who were encouraged to return every year, to help spice things up.  They were given free admission.

I remember the discussion at a SoonerCon ConComm meeting, about renaming PseudoCon.  For some reason, they liked the "P" as the beginning letter of the con name.  I suggested, "Why not PsurrealCon -- leave the 'P' at the beginning!"  And so it happened.

PS -- See that Kevin Hopkins art shown on page 26, just above?  If was repurposed 18 years later as the cover art for the first of the new SoonerCons, in 2006.

See you soon, I hope, with the rest of the SoonerCon 4 Program Book!

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!