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.
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?
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!