Wednesday, December 27, 2017

1989 - SoonerCon 5 - Progam Book Pages 1-11

SoonerCon 5 was held November 17-19, 1989, at the Central Plaza Hotel.  Here are the first 11 pages from the Program Book.

Other OKC fandom notes: NOSFA, the Norman Oklahoma Science Fiction Association, held its first PsurrealCon convention.  Previously, the NOSFA con had been named PseudoCon.  Amazingly enough, yours truly was the one to suggest the new "PsurrealCon" when the chair wanted to change the name, but keep a "P" at the beginning of its name.

1989 was the same year that SoonerCon founders Mike and Tamara Hodge upped anchor.  First stop: New York City.

Also in 1989, STAR member Larry Nemecek took a trip to California and Paramount, including “seven hours with TNG profession­als.” This doubtless planted in his mind the treacherous possibility of abandoning his Club for some Paramount job, as he will indeed did in the 1990s.  We still love ya, Larry!

Someday you may learn all about The Okie Horror Picture Show, originally the halftime entertainment for the SoonerCon 5 Costume Contest.

Stay tuned!

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!