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Westercon 48 Progress Report 2

July, 1994


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Westercon 48

June 30-July 3, 1995

Beginning Friday at Noon, ending Monday at 4 PM

Portland, Oregon

Red Lion/Jantzen Beach and Red Lion/Columbia River

Writer GoH: Vernor Vinge
Fan GoH: Elayne Pelz
Artist GoH: John R. Foster


Our Addresses

Postal:
Westercon 48
PO Box 2584
Portland, Oregon 97208-2584

Please use this address for all correspondence. Do not use the return address shown on the back cover. That is our outgoing bulk mail address only!

Telephone:
(503) 283-0802

CompuServe:
74007,3342

GEnie:
ORYCON.18

Internet:
74007.3342@compuserve.com
or ORYCON.18@genie.geis.com

Credits

This progress report is Copyright 1994 Oregon Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. It was edited by David D. Levine, who also did the cover. Most uncredited text pieces are by John Lorentz.

Westercon 48 is a production of Oregon Science Fiction Conventions, Inc., a tax-exempt non-profit corporation.

"Westercon" is a service mark of the Los Angeles Science Fiction Society.


Portrait of the Chair as a Young Fan

John Lorentz

We're halfway there-both by the calendar, and by the number of progress reports you'll see. Planning is moving forward, and we keep adding committee members. Several of us were at Westercon 47 a few weeks ago, and we picked up many ideas-at least some of which we'll be able to use.

And if you have any suggestions, please let us know. You can reach us through any of the posted means-our PO Box, through CompuServe (74007,3342) or GEnie (WESTERCON.48-isn't that easy to remember?), or by calling (503) 283-0802. Some of the ideas we may be able to try out at OryCon, the local convention that we run here in Portland every November. (It's a fun convention-and there's even a flyer included with this very progress report!)

One improvement that we plan on implementing next year is having some type of shuttle between the two hotels, for the folks who aren't up to making the walk several times a day. Among other ideas we're hoping to try is the "Beer Track." Since Portland has more brewpubs and small breweries than any other city in the country, we plan on exposing to you to some of the local "culture" (sorry) with some panels on home brewing and maybe some microbrew beer tastings.

As always, we're looking for more volunteers. Drop us a line, and we'll put you on the mailing list for the Wooden Circuit Board, the committee newsletter.

Registration

Barbara Oldham, Linda Pilcher, Page Fuller

Please take a moment right now to check the label on your progress report. This has your real name, your address, your badge name (if you have requested one), and your membership number (or INT if you are receiving this PR because you requested information).

If this information is not correct or has changed, please let us know. Mailing us a post card is the best way, but if you must call, please spell out the changes so that we can put them into the computer correctly.

If the name on your label starts with "G/", then your membership was purchased as a guest of someone else and no other name has been given to us. We encourage you to let us know in advance the name of the person using the membership, so that we can have a correct badge ready.

Memberships are transferable. Please let us know in advance so that we can have the correct badge ready at the convention. A signed note from the original member indicating the transfer of membership is all we need to accept the transfer. Please remember that we will not make any transfers at the convention without a note from the original owner. If you move, or change any of your information during the year, drop us a note or postcard with your new address. We don't want to lose you!

And if you have some free time at the convention, try volunteering at Registration. It's a great place to be and lots of fun!

Membership Rates

Memberships in Westercon 48 are available at the following rates:
$40 until December 31, 1994
More later
Supporting memberships are $20 (at all times), and for $5 we'll still sell you a pre-supporting membership!

Children who will be 6-12 at the time of the convention are half price. Children 5 and under at the time of the convention are free. Children must be accompanied by an adult with a membership.

Ad Rates

Ad rates for the remaining Progress Reports will be as follows:

Full Page-$60 Half Page-$40
(20% discount for non-profit groups)

        Ad Deadline        Target Mailing Date
PR #3   December 31, 1994  January 20, 1995
PR #4   March 31, 1995     May 1, 1995
Each page will be "half size"-5 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches.

Ad rates for the Program Book will be in the next progress report. Feel free to contact us at the PO Box for more information, or send e-mail to Stuart Hellinger at sch@panix.com.

Artist Guest of Honor John R. Foster

Mark Bourne

Since 1983, John R. Foster has been the astronomical artist for the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry's planetarium department. John is also known worldwide for his realistic portrayals of cosmic vistas. His work has appeared in numerous exhibitions, including the 1987 Art of the Cosmos at UC Berkeley, and the 1989 Dialogs/Starway of Humanity show in Moscow and Pasadena. John's art frequently graces the covers of magazines such as Astronomy and Sky & Telescope, and his illustrations frequently accompany articles of astronomical topics. You can see John's work in books such as In the Stream of Stars (William K. Hartmann, et al., Workman Publishing, 1990), Visions of Space (David Hardy, Dragon's World, 1989), and Isaac Asimov's Library of the Universe series.

Among his many current projects is a book collaboration with writer Mark Bourne, an interstellar travel guide called Dream Worlds, Inc.

Committee List

John Lorentz

Like we said before, any committee list is a "work in progress." This list is complete as of July 4, 1994, but is almost assuredly incomplete by the time you see it.

Chair (& Committee Newsletter)      John Lorentz *
Ad Sales                            Stuart Hellinger
Artifacts                           Nancy Smith *
Art Show                            Ruth Sachter *
        Assistants                  Sandy Cohen
                                    Jane Hawkins
"Beer Track"                        Dick Pilz
Business Meeting Chair              Kevin Standlee
Committee Secretary                 David Schaber
Club House                          Roz Malin
                                    Dick Pilz
Dealers' Room                       David Schaber
Events & Tech Crew Head             Robert Verde
        Assistants                  Kurt Daily
                                    Dean Koenig
Exhibits                            Sharon Sbarsky
Filking                             Cecilia Eng
Gaming                              Mary Olsen
GOH Liaisons                        Mark Bourne (Science)
                                    Ruth Sachter (Artist)
Handicapped Members Liaison         Marilyn Mork
Hospitality Head                    Debbie Cross
        Assistants                  Pat Gulley
                                    William Sadorus
Hotel Liaison                       Patty Wells *
        Assistants                  Melanie Schaber
                                    Helen Umberger
                                    Ben Yalow
Information                         John Bartley III
Mail Room                           Kate Yule
Masquerade                          Pat & Peggy Kennedy
                                    Twilight (Susan Mohn)
        Assistant                   Richard Lawrence
Operations/Security Head            Glenn Glazer
Outside Events                      Alan Smith *
Professional Symposium              Marc Wells
Programming Head                    Andrew Nisbet *
        Assistant                   Dave Hicks
Children's Programming              Roz Malin
Publications Head & PR's            David Levine *
Program Book Editor                 Steve Berry
Registration                        Barbara Oldham
                                    Linda Pilcher *
                                    Page Fuller
        Assistants                  John Andrews
                                    Anthony "Skip" Ward
                                    David Lohkamp
SFWA Liaison to Westercon           James Fiscus
Site Selection                      Rick Katze
Treasurer                           Paul Wrigley *
Video                               Anne Peck
                                    Fred Torck
                                    Theo Williams
VIP/SFWA Suite                      Chris York
* Names in bold are members of the Westercon 48 Executive Committee.

Artifacts

Nancy Smith

Attention Westercon 48 Shoppers!

Get ready to see some of the finest souvenir items around, when you stop by the Westercon Artifacts Table. Right now we are considering wares such as t-shirts, tote bags, mugs and lapel pins that will show off the energy of the Northwest. We are looking for quality products that can be kept in the $5-$15 range so that merchandise will fit into just about anyone's budget.

Our goal is to have designs and items available for pre-con ordering in our next Progress Report. We welcome any ideas or submissions for designs you may have. It would be appreciated if they were mailed to the Westercon PO box no later than the end of October. Comments are welcome too! Just send a note or leave a message on the Westercon telephone hotline letting us know what you'd like to see.

If you don't order early, make sure you look for the Artifacts Table located next to the Information Booth at the convention...we're sure you will find a keepsake of the time you Plugged Into Portland at Westercon 48!

Art Show

Ruth Sachter

Westercon 47 (Conozoic) is over and it's now time to make your Art Show plans for Westercon 48 here in Portland.

At Westercon 48, the Art Show's focus will be on original works with science fiction, fantasy, fannish or comic themes. Artworks in all media are welcome-from pen and ink to jewelry, acrylics to dioramas, stained glass to quilting-but remember, there needs to be some visible connection to the genre. Reproductions are welcome, but only one of any particular piece may be displayed. Our Print Shop will be available for multiple copies.

LOCATION: Those of you who joined us in 1990 or who have come to recent OryCons will remember (I hope with pleasure) the Riverview Room in the Columbia River Red Lion. The Riverview Room is one of those ideal function rooms for an Art Show. It's a 75 foot square with a 12 foot ceiling, good lighting (we'll add spots if necessary) and a convenient drive-up back door for easy loading and unloading.

BACKGROUND: For those who haven't yet had the opportunity to attend or exhibit at a con here in Portland, some information on our local Art Show may be helpful. At Orycon 15 (1,358 attendees) we had 1,094 pieces by 72 different artists. 332 pieces sold for $8,314 to 146 buyers. We expect the Westercon 48 Art Show to be half again as large and, as usual for a Westercon, generate higher sales per capita.

DISPLAY SPACE & FEES: The basic space reservation unit will be the panel or table. All of our panels are 4 x 4 foot pegboard and artwork will need to be matted, framed, etc. for display on them. Tables are 8 x 2 1/2 feet and will be reserved by the half-table unit (4 x 2 1/2 ft.). Please feel free to inquire about floor space and other display options.

Panels and half-tables will be $12 each. Westercon 48 will take a 15% commission on all sales. Your display fees will be credited toward that commission. There is a $5 display fee per artist for the Print Shop. There are space reservation limits per person for display space and Print Shop.

Mail-in artwork will be accepted with a handling fee of $15 in addition to prepaid return postage. (If all of your artwork is sold, we will rebate half of the handling fee.)

A membership in Westercon 48 is not required to enter your work in the Art Show but is necessary for participation in any other aspect of the convention-this includes art-related programming and workshops.

A full information and reservation packet is on its way to everyone on our mailing list. Please note that we will not accept any reservations without a completed reservation form and fees. Deficient reservations-missing form or incorrect fees-will not be processed until everything is in hand.

HELP WANTED: Yes, we need your help before, during and after the con for set-up and tear-down, running the show, the auction, the sales, entering artist and buyer information in the computer, etc. If you would like to be part of the Art Show staff, please let me know what you are interested in doing.

If you wish to be added to the mailing list or are not sure that we have your correct address, please send a card (or e-mail) with your mailing information marked Attention: Art Show.

We will be doing our best to provide a smoothly run, enjoyable (and profitable) show for all. Thank you.

Beer Track

Dick Pilz

Since Portland now has more breweries than any other city in all of the Americas, we felt that some attention should be paid to "liquid bread." We are arranging for one or two afternoons of panels with brewers, beer critics, tasters, and beer authors, along with demonstrations and tastings. Fred Eckhardt, author of The Essentials of Beer Style and Sake (U.S.A.), will be a special guest.

Child Care

As we've done at Portland conventions in the past, Westercon 48 will be offering child care through most of the convention hours. We will be contracting with a licensed firm, and should have the rates early next year. Child care will be partially subsidized by the convention, so we should be able to keep the rates as low as possible (probably $3 to $5 an hour).

More information will be forthcoming in the next progress report.

Club House

Dick Pilz and Roz Malin

The Club House will be in the Columbia River Hotel and will be open during the day starting Friday noon. As at Westercon 43 (1990), we will be serving quality food and beverages such as smoked salmon, roast leg of lamb (courtesy of Martha Schrader at Three Rivers Farm), barbecued ribs, chicken, cheeses (including brie and Stilton), curries, dals, homemade breads, salads, fruits, baklava, Scottish shortbread, cheesecake, hazelnut pie, homemade ginger ale, meads, spiced ale, pale ale and on and on and on. There will be food for both vegetarians and omnivores.

We will also be having special events which will include a chocolate tasting and four ale and mead tastings. Westereggs will be back. Information about all these events will be in the program book. Do check the book for our hours. We are not the main Hospitality and will be closed during opening ceremonies and the salmon bake and the Chocolate Tasting (you must buy a ticket to attend the chocolate tasting). Also, The Club House closes in the evening and everyone is encouraged to gather in Hospitality or enjoy the dances, filking, and other evening activities.

The ale/mead tastings are part of the beer track and will be every afternoon about 4:00 PM. We will have at least three meads and two ales to sample. I.D. will be checked. In Oregon you must be 21 to legally drink alcohol.

Basically, The Club House provides a place for everyone to come and rest in between daytime programs they wish to attend. We like jazz and classical music. bouquets of fresh flowers, quality food, and the murmur of friends talking. This is what we hope to present to you. We hope to see you.

Dealers

David Schaber

The Westercon 48 Dealers Room will be offering tables upon tables of books, jewelry, art work, costuming supplies, music tapes and CD's, and even more books.

We'd hoped to include here a list of the dealers that we have so far, But recently the Fire Marshal revised some of the room capacities, so we've had to move things around and everything is still in flux.

There are yet a few tables available. Drop us a note (please, don't call), and we'll send you the registration forms and information sheet. The tables are $50 to $70 each (not including memberships).

Fan Tables

Sharon Sbarsky

Westercon 48 has a limited number of tables available for designated fan organizations to publicize their groups. These tables will be located in the lobby of the Red Lion Columbia River. The site selection table, where members may vote on the site of the 1997 Westercon, will also be in the Columbia River lobby. (Regular attendees of OryCon will recognize this as the area where OryCon registration is located. However, Westercon Registration will be in the Jantzen Beach Red Lion Hotel, not in the Columbia River lobby!)

If your fan group would like to reserve a table in the Fan Tables area at Westercon 48, contact Sharon Sbarsky, who is in charge of Exhibits. (You can send paper mail to the Westercon PO Box, or e-mail to sharon.sbarsky@gtegsc3.sprint.com or S.SBARSKY on GEnie.) The supply of fan tables is extremely limited, so reserve early. If you show up at the convention expecting a table without having make arrangements with the Fan Table Coordinator, you may be disappointed. Also please note that fan tables are not a substitute dealers room, and that they are primarily for fan clubs, future conventions, and bids for future Westercons and Worldcons.

(Thanks to Kevin Standlee for writing this article.)

Filksinging and Music Programming

Cecilia A. Eng

Westercon 48 invites you to participate in a wide variety of music events. We plan to have daytime and evening concerts to allow you to hear the newest and best of science fiction/fantasy music, as well as two Song Circles on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights! For those new to filk, you'll be able to choose from a Performer's Choice Song Circle (the people brave enough to perform get to decide what you'll hear) or join in the Pick, Pass, or Play Bardic Circle where people may 1) request a song, 2) defer to the next person in the circle, or 3) perform a song, poem, reading, story, or joke for the group. You'll hear folk songs about space, science fiction and fantasy, as well as a few delightful parodies, protest songs, funny stories, or-whatever folks happen to bring!

Friends of Filk is proud to welcome to Westercon 48 as their special guests, the rock band Tempest, whose Celtic rock (with a touch of Middle Eastern, Latin, and other traditional influences) will liven up the Friday night dance! And for those of you who want a pre-convention sample of Tempest live, they'll be on tour this summer-for information, contact Tempest at 2155 Park Blvd., Suite 1, Oakland CA 94606 or call them at (510) 452-5084.

Gaming

Mary Olson

If you have any suggestions for gaming, please call me at (503) 238-4591. Please allow eight rings for our voice mail to pick up if you don't get an answer by the third ring. Include all pertinent information in your message and at least a phone number so that I may contact you should I need even more information.

Handicap Access

Marilyn Mork

We are investigating ways to offer a basic shuttle system for fans who aren't up to walking back and forth between the two hotels.

If you will be needing any special assistance or equipment at the convention due to a physical or mental handicap, please fill out the enclosed Handicap Access Questionnaire and send it to me at the PO Box. This form will help us to help you. I will drop you a note within 4 weeks of my receipt of this form, so you'll know that I have received it. If you know anyone who is attending Westercon and has a physical impairment which might prevent them from filling out this form, please help them.

Hospitality

Debbie Cross

Our hospitality plans are progressing nicely. We are aiming to provide a comfortable place to sit and talk with friends. And to make it more pleasant, there will be tasty, nutritious, and easy to eat snacks, and a wide selection of drinks.

Because the suite we will be using is not as large as some of the suites at recent Westercons, the Hospitality Suite itself will be totally nonsmoking. However, the hotel has a lovely deck overlooking the Columbia River, and Portland weather is generally quite pleasant in July, so smokers should have no problems convincing their nonsmoking friends to step outside with them.

Unlike many large conventions these days, Westercon 48 does indeed plan to serve beer and wine in the Hospitality Suite. However, to avoid any possibility of impropriety surrounding the consumption of alcohol, we will employ a professional bartender to do the serving. To help offset the cost of the bartender, and also to keep the budget as big as possible for the rest of the Hospitality provisions, we will be charging a nominal fee for alcoholic drinks.

The Hospitality Suite focus will be providing a place for conversation and snacking. Convention activities such as Gaming or Filking have locations and times provided during the convention, and will not be allowed in the Hospitality Suite, in order to keep the chairs available and the sound level reasonable for those who want to visit with friends.

We are still very open to suggestions on menu items and other hospitality ideas, so if you have some, or if you or a group of you and your friends are interested in spending some time hosting at the Westercon Hospitality Suite, please contact us through the PO Box. It's never too early to think about food!

Hotel

Patty Wells

Once again, Westercon will be using the Jantzen Beach and Columbia River Red Lion hotels. The adjoining hotels (they share a common parking lot) are nestled next to Columbia River, just north of downtown Portland and minutes from the airport. (Interstate 5 is right next door.) The hotels both use the standard low-rise Red Lion design, which means no long waits for elevators. (And speaking of elevators, the Columbia River hotel will have a new one leading to the programming areas by the time Westercon rolls around!)

The Jantzen Beach hotel will be the Party Hotel, and will house Registration, Gaming, Dealers, Hospitality, the Masquerade and dances, and some of the programming. The Columbia River hotel will be the Non-Party Hotel, and will house the Art Show, the Club House, Child Care and Children's Programming, and the rest of the programming. It is a leisurely five-minute walk from lobby to lobby, and we plan on offering a shuttle for folks who aren't up the walk.

Room rates (and hotel reservation form) will be in the next progress report, and should be on the order of $75 single and $85 double.

Masquerade

Pat & Peggy Kennedy, Twilight

The Masquerade will take place on Saturday night of Westercon. The masquerade rules will be in the next progress report, but feel free to drop us a note at the PO Box for more information.

Outside Events

Alan Smith

All sorts of ideas have been flying around this department for fun and interesting activities for our members to participate in: from a dinner banquet and a Sternwheeler harbor cruise, to microbrewery and winery tours, to Portland sight-seeing and a shuttle bus to Powell's City of Books. I would very much appreciate everyone's input before decisions need to be made. Fill out the enclosed questionnaire and send it back to me no later than mid-October. You'll be entered into a drawing for a great prize! See the questionnaire for details.

Thank you!

Programming

Andrew Nisbet

Right now, our crack Programming staff is hard at work, collecting program ideas and participants to fill the hours at Westercon. The goal?-to make sure that there are at least two items every hour that you simply have to see!

Westercon will begin at Noon, Friday, June 30th (when Dealers opens and the program starts), and runs until 4PM, Monday, July 3rd. Opening Ceremonies will be Friday evening. (If you've never been to one of our conventions, you want to attend the Opening Ceremonies. We pride ourselves at producing truly silly presentations.) The Masquerade will be Saturday evening. In between, we'll pack in a Regency Dance, GOH events, the Susan Petrey Auction and dozens of panels, discussion groups, workshops and readings.

We'll have more details in the next progress report.

Children's Programming, or "They're Here. . . We'd Better Give Them Something to Do"

Roz Malin

Children's programming will start at noonish on Friday and continue until 4:00 PM on Monday. On Friday at noon, children's programming will begin with a getting-to-know-you party for parents and children. This will give parents a chance to meet other parents (and hopefully set up "trades"), and the children to bond together into little tribes. The Club House, located across the hall from the Children's Programming Room, will supply lots of food and drink.

Then, from 1:30 PM until children's programming closes at about 5:00 PM there will be various activities for the kids to do. This, however, is not childcare. If you want to just drop your child off and go to a function, please take them to childcare. I am hoping that enough parents can get to know each other well enough to trust each other with their kids. (In most cases, 5 kids per adult will work. Also, some children require more attention then others. Ours, for example, is at his best when he has a whole room full of adults to cater to his needs.) In the late afternoon, after programming ends, the room will stay open for another child/parent party. There will be more food and drink. The rest of the con, there will be an hour each morning, noonish, and afternoon for everyone to gather in a party/play/eat atmosphere.

Saturday, Sunday, and Monday programming will start around 8:00 AM (the gathering) and run until afternoon. Some of the activities will involve costuming, art, dance, music, story reading (by authors), jugglers, a play, a magic show, learning magic, OMSI's STARLAB, microscopes, and various physical activities to wear out the little dears out...hmmm, do we know anyone that could lead them through an exercise program... There may even be opportunities for some of the programming (storytellers, magicians) to go to the child care room. (Ariel's idea. Thanks!)

Also, there are going to be a couple of special events. Please read your schedule carefully so your child does not miss something special. (If they do, I'm sure they will continue to remind you of it for the rest of the convention, month, year, etc.) Also, by the door there will be posted a list of the days events. A couple of them (like the STARLAB-it's BIG!) will be in another area.

Oh, by the way. Bring shoestrings-one or two or a dozen. It doesn't matter if they have knots in them. It would be nice if they aren't all dirty and muddy.

Screamers

Roz Malin

Screamers might be considered multi-generational programming-both adults and kids enjoy making them. These are large paper- and cloth-maché monsters (The idea stems from Dan Reader's The Simple Screamer) that you can put together and paint. Basic body parts made of paper-maché, clay (teeth, eyes), glue, paint, lots of old sheets, and various strange things will be provided. You can then cut them and glue them and tape them into charming drooling and gross monsters that you can put on your doorstep for Halloween. I made a Screamer candy dish which has become a Halloween tradition. It's wonderful to see the look on the kids faces when they realize they have to reach in to it to get their candy. So far, I haven't had anyone not go for the candy, but then it hasn't bitten anyone yet.

Children can go to this, but there will be knives and scissors around; and therefore, adult supervision will be required (up to a certain age...). The Screamer room will be next to the Children's Programming Room and across the hall from the Club House. It will be open most of the time during the day. There will be a contest for those that wish to enter. However, I don't know the criteria or who's going to judge because I just thought of it.

1997 Westercon Site Selection

Rick Katze

If you've attended many science fiction conventions, you've probably seen notices for parties hosted by "(city) in (year)," such as "El Paso in `96." You've probably also seen groups of people in the Fan Tables with signs of a similar nature, and flyers urging you to support their "bid." These flyers, parties and tables are promoting fan groups who want to host a future Westercon (or Worldcon, which uses a similar system). In case you've been wondering what this stuff was all about, here's a crash course in site selecton.

Westercon is held somewhere in Western North America (defined as continental North America west of 104 degrees West longitude, plus Hawaii) each year in a different city. (Yes, El Paso is just barely far enough west to qualify-the dividing line is approximately the boundary between Wyoming and Nebraska, in case you have a US map and are curious about it.) The members of each year's Westercon vote on where the Westercon two years from now will be held. For example, Portland was selected as the site of the 1995 Westercon by a vote held at Westercon 46 in Seattle in 1993.

The site of the 1997 West Coast Science Fantasy Conference (Westercon 50) will be selected at Westercon 48. If you are a member of Westercon 48, you can vote on where the site of the 1997 Westercon will be held. The ballot will be in Progress Report 4, mailing probably next May, and you can vote either by mail or in person at Westercon 48.

Groups who want to submit a bid to host the 1997 Westercon must submit filing papers to Westercon 48 no later than April 15, 1995. Only sites more than 75 miles from Portland and north of 37 degrees North latitude (the northern boundary of Arizona and New Mexico) may file bidding papers, except that if NO eligible bid files by December 31, 1994, then bids from ANY site in North America west of 104 west (including Hawaii) may file.

Filing papers must include: (1) The names of the bid's Chairman and Treasurer (who must be two separate people); (2) An organizing instrument such as bylaws, articles of incorporation/association, or a partnership agreement; and (3) A letter of intent or option from a hotel or other facility declaring the specific dates on which your group plans to hold the Westercon if you are selected to host it.

We recommend that you file early if possible. We must have the papers in our possession by April 15, 1995-unlike US taxes, a postmark is NOT sufficient for your bid to have been filed by the deadline.

Submit your bid by sending the filing papers to the Westercon 48 PO Box, Attn.: Site Selection, or by giving the papers to Rick Katze, the site selection administrator, in person. If you have any questions about Westercon site selection, contact Rick at the PO Box or by e-mail at r.katze@genie.geis.com.

(Thanks to Kevin Standlee for writing this article.)

Susan C. Petrey Auction

Debbie Cross, Paul Wrigley

The Susan C. Petrey Clarion Scholarship Fund annually provides two $1,000 scholarships-one each to students attending Clarion and Clarion West. Past Petrey winners have included Kathe Koja and Mona Clee. All administrative costs of the fund are paid by OSFCI (the organization that puts on OryCon and Westercon 48), so that all money the Fund itself takes in is used only for the scholarships.

The scholarship is named after Susan C. Petrey, the Portland Hugo- and Campbell-nominated writer, fan and friend. Susan herself was accepted to Clarion in 1978, but couldn't attend when her car died. When she died suddenly in 1980, Portland fans collected the money that was used to start the scholarship.

The major source of income for the Scholarship Fund is the benefit auctions held at Portland conventions. We're always looking for donations of items (books, galleys, art work, jewelry, convention memberships, etc.) to auction. Items may be sent to OSFCI (PO Box 5703, Portland, Oregon, 97228) or to Wrigley-Cross Books (8001A SE Powell, Portland, Oregon, 97206).

Other sources of income include the sales of Gifts of Blood, the collection of Susan's stories what was published for Westercon 43. The hardcover is available from OSFCI (address above) for $20, and includes forewords by (and signatures of) the Westercon 43 Guests of Honor-Ursula K. Le Guin, Vonda N. McIntyre and Kate Wilhelm. A paperback edition (without the GOH material) was published by Baen Books, with all royalties going into the fund.

Video

Anne Peck, Fred Torck, Theo Williams

Because Westercon is a 4 day event, we have 96 hours on one channel and 92 hours on the second channel to fill for your video watching pleasure. This means that we, your video committee, want to know what you want to see. Please let us know by or before March of 1995. If it is obscure or rare, please try to tell us where we can find a copy. We promise to be responsible for any videos loaned to us (Fred says "I have not lost one yet"). We can rent some tapes, if necessary, but we can't buy any.

Please don't show up at the convention with a tape saying "I brought this really keen video that I want you to show in the video program." In rare and very special cases we may show such a video, if we deem it better what we have, but otherwise... "sorry, no can show."

Also, if there is a video or videos that you believe should not be included in the Westercon video program due to subject or content, let us know. (However, final word on what should or should not be shown will be determined by the Convention Committee).

So send in your ideas, requests, and such by or before March 1995. You can contact us at any of the addresses on the inside front cover, or you can write to us directly at the following address:

Fred B. Torck
5425 SW Watson Ave.
Beaverton, OR 97005
Attn.: Video

Writers' Workshops

Like other Portland conventions in previous years, we're planning on offering writer's workshop sessions. Please drop us a line if you'd like more information. The rules for participation will be included in the next progress report.

Weapons Policy

In line with the standard practice at most major conventions, including recent Worldcons as well as most Portland conventions for the last several years, the carrying and wearing of weapons will not be permitted, except as part of a Masquerade contestant's costume, or as part of other designated events, and then only during the event, or in transit to and from the event. The use of a weapon as part of the Masquerade must be approved by the Masquerade Director prior to the event. Failure to do so is grounds for immediate expulsion from the convention.

The Convention committee defines as weapons any object designed to cause bodily harm, or any replica of such an object and any other object the Committee determines to be dangerous. However the committee reserves the right to amend this definition of a weapon, and the right to impound weapons for the duration of the convention.

Any weapons purchased in the Dealer's Room must be securely wrapped.

The committee realizes that most people who would like to carry and wear weapons are sensible and careful individuals. However, because of the present liability laws, the risk of weapons causing accident or distress, and to preserve relationships with convention hotels, we have had to adopt this policy. The safety of convention members has to be our overriding consideration.

Smoking Policy

In order to make the convention more enjoyable for everyone, there will be no smoking allowed in the indoor convention areas. Both Red Lion hotels are designed with many decks and balconies, and the pleasant summer weather will make it quite reasonable for smokers to step outside for a quick break.

Membership List

Barbara Oldham, Linda Pilcher

Here is the Westercon membership list as of June 4th. Members' real names are listed in alphabetical order by last name.

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  152  Sue Ellen Adkins             8    Erin Brown                 104  Bruce Farr
  362  Susan Allen                  7    Greg Brown                 312  Doug Faunt
  37   Pete Aller                   249  Jordan Brown               19   Gary Feldbaum
  184  Todd Allis                   66   Leonard Burstiner          348  Neal Feldman
  11   Carol Ann Alves              53   Renee Byrd                 142  Jan Howard Finder
  12   James Alves                  34   David Cantor               230  Glen Fisher
  160  Kenneth B. Amos              183  Stephanie Cantrell         201  Don Fitch
  130  Clifton Amsbury              253  Frederick B. Capp          40   Steve Forty
  283  Gwen Amsbury                 356  Paul Carpentier            198  H. Richard Foss
  282  Shirley Amsbury              299  John Caton                 199  Janice Foss
  186  John Andrews                 298  Linda Caton                213  Adrienne Foster
  200  Pat Apodaca                  231  David Clark                G3   John Foster
  349  Craig Arnush                 321  Nancy L. Cobb              91   Crickett Fox
  271  Jean Auel                    31   Sandy Cohen                138  H. Denise Freeman
  272  Ray Auel                     92   Lindsay Crawford           17   Randolph Fritz
  134  Alicia Austin                270  Sonny Crockett             30   Page Fuller
  119  Rick Baird                   56   Debbie Cross               173  Larry Fye
  122  bandit                       175  Ctein                      215  David Gallaher
  314  G/John Edward Bartley III    269  Sandy Cutrell              308  John David Galt
  313  John Edward Bartley III      360  Signe Landon Danler        102  Janice Gelb
  330  Mark H. Beasley              244  James Stanley Daugherty    188  Dave Gembala
  220  Marcia Bednarcyk             243  Kathryn Daugherty          156  David Gish
  133  Jinx Beers                   310  Anne Davenport             302  Glenn Glazer
  351  Donald Bell                  132  Howard Davidson            63   Cheryl Glover
  204  Judith C. Bemis              77   Kim Davis                  105  Don Glover
  192  Gene Bennett                 70   Lonnie Davis               254  Vicki Glover
  325  Stephanie Bergeron           277  Margaret Davis             234  Mike Glyer
  39   Steve Berry                  114  Lea Day                    207  Jean Goddin
  208  Terry Berry                  123  Genny Dazzo                256  Lynn Gold
  65   Leroy Berven                 307  Alana Deckert              205  Barry Gold
  75   Frances Beslanwitch          305  Dan Deckert                206  Lee Gold
  74   John Beslanwitch             304  Danise Deckert             276  Deborah Goldstein
  178  Clint Bigglestone            306  Ian Deckert                179  Sarah E. Goodman
  180  Rick Bligh                   67   Linda Deneroff             223  Steven J. Greenfield
  212  Vickie Bligh                 265  Jane Dennis                107  Hugh S. Gregory
  331  G1/Wrigley-Cross Books       264  Scott Dennis               84   Bob Grieve
  332  G2/Wrigley-Cross Books       280  Don Dever                  58   Robert Griffiths
  292  Susan Booth                  149  Julie Dickinson            131  David B. Grimes
  346  Mellissa Bowman              185  Tom Digby                  120  Richard P. Gruen
  176  John M. Bradley              148  Patricia A. Diggs          318  Tox Gunn
  80   Richard Brandshaft           153  Brian E. Dubberley         252  Juna Haggart
  267  Gayle Brauner                347  James Erwin                124  Hahn
  69   Seth Breidbart               29   Elinor Fadgen              61   Tom Hanlon
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  236  Harold Harrigan III          170  Robert A. MacPherson       358  Maria O'Grady
  238  Harold Harrigan              341  Roz Malin                  327  Thomas O'Grady
  237  Lisa Deutsch Harrigan        33   Marci Malinowycz           23   Barbara Oldham
  62   Leif Harrison                309  Faye Manning               295  Christopher Oldham
  90   Mike Haslam                  38   Marsha Manning             117  Margaret Organ-Kean
  110  David Haugen                 174  Sandy Manning              203  Tony Parker
  246  Lisa Hayes                   250  Shawn Marier               334  Laurel Parshall
  319  Nancy Hayes                  151  Charles Matheny            247  Fred Patten
  18   Stuart C. Hellinger          10   Winton Matthews, Jr.       235  Jenevieve Paurel
  350  Pat Henderson                116  Linda McAllister           46   Linda Payne
  106  John Hertz                   115  Richard Frederick          163  J. W. Pearce
  50   Dave Hicks                        McAllister                 164  Judy Pearce
  189  Geri Howard                  45   Mary Kay McCloskey         165  M. A. Pearce
  135  Jamie Hunger                 187  Cheryl McCombs             329  Micheal Pearce
  47   Penny Hutchison              145  Malinda McFadden           G6   Bruce Pelz
  48   Steve Hutchison              357  Julie McGalliard           G2   Elayne Pelz
  370  Christine Marie Jakob        158  Michael McLaughlin         108  Margaret Pennetti
  367  Dustan John Jakob            355  Allen McMillan             353  Arlene Hills Peterson
  26   Phil Jansen                  328  Carolyn McMillin           354  Scott Peterson
  150  Mary Jane Jewell             73   Brian McNett               136  Karen M. Phillips
  103  Dale Johnson                 137  Penelope McQuarrie         287  Albert Pilcher
  96   Keith Johnson                338  Miwa McRee                 2    Jim Pilcher
  259  Angela Jones                 222  Robyn Ann Meadows          1    Linda Pilcher
  262  Jordin Kare                  98   Mary Medina                340  Dick Pilz
  146  Mary Kay Kare                166  Theodore R. Medina         342  Evan Pilz
  4    Rick Katze                   147  Wilma Meier                343  G1/Dick Pilz
  128  Frank Kelly-Freas            225  Karen Meschke              344  G2/Dick Pilz
  129  Laura Brodian Kelly-Freas    182  Paul Metz                  345  G3/Dick Pilz
  333  Dean Koenig                  82   Kathleen Miles             93   Ken Porter
  363  Sheila Kowal                 125  Craig Miller               286  Lauri Powers
  68   Jack Krolak                  373  Kamila Z. Miller           44   Bob Pownall
  268  Kirby Krueger                374  Rory A. Miller             94   Melinda Pratt
  285  G/Guyanne Kucera             9    Jenny Montaire             24   Jill Pruett
  284  Guyanne Kucera               60   Andrew Montgomery          64   Karen Rall
  141  Guest Of Stephen Landan      54   Michael J. Montoure        16   April Reed
  139  Stephen Landan               42   Dave Moreland              85   Barry Reeves
  140  Joshua Landon                296  John Morgan                322  David John Reichen
  177  Juliana Lane                 233  Robert L. Moscoe           364  Mike Rerick
  209  Jane Larsen                  232  Yvonne Moscoe              221  Susan Rich
  263  Richard Lawrence             197  Craig Mosley               32   Yvonne Richardson
  266  Victoria Lawrence            99   Beth Moursund              109  Marcus R. Rieck
  111  C. E. Leichter               51   Janice Murray              257  Bruce Ritter
  311  Chuck Leon                   241  Lex Nakashima              219  Judith Ritter
  78   David Levine                 339  Steven C. Neighorn         36   Linda Louise Robinett
  336  Keith Lofstrom               43   Kevin Nelson               315  M. Strata Rose
  21   John Lorentz                 118  Michael G. Nelson          193  Stephanie Rosenbaum
  5    Gary Louie                   240  Fuzzy Pink Niven           52   Alan Rosenthal
  157  Sonia Orin Lyris             239  Larry Niven                251  Ed Rush
  194  Ellen Levita                 258  Lynn Nonnweiler            22   Ruth Sachter
  83   David MacDonald              335  Marsie Nufer               190  Drew Sanders
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  191  Kathy Sanders                324  Katherine Stewart          210  Delia Walowski
  226  Emerald Savitsky             297  Paul Stone                 211  Jeremy Walowski
  229  Karen C. Savitsky            97   Paul Stratton              126  Anthony D. Ward
  227  Kathryn Savitsky             112  Bernie Strub               87   Michael Ward
  228  Stephen Savitsky             113  Debbie Strub               216  Doreen Webbert
  3    Sharon Sbarsky               369  Melinda Suydam             217  Jim Webbert
  214  Kate Schaefer                352  Anders Swanson             290  Elizabeth Wells
  88   Karen Schaffer               366  Janet Taylor               121  Patty Wells
  218  Mike Schlofner               365  Ross Taylor                27   Roger Wells
  301  Benjamin Schreiber           171  Sherilynn Thagard          288  Sean Wells
  89   Eric P. Scott                155  Becky Thomson              289  Zoe Wells
  181  Stephanie Seung              159  Bruce Thompson             95   Mary Whitlock
  195  Linda K. Shapely             86   John Thompson              361  William Wichgers
  25   Ariel Shattan                6    Keith Thompson             167  Art Widner
  72   Arthur Shattan               161  Amy Thomson                76   Theo Williams
  172  Joseph P. Silva              317  Michael Threadgill         242  Mike Willmoth
  57   Frank P. Skinner             316  Richard Threadgill         326  Joan Wilson
  279  Alan Smith                   224  Dan Tolliver               144  Marie Ellen Wilson
  293  Michael D. Smith             59   Fred Torck                 143  Thomas Luke Wilson
  294  Nancy A. Smith               300  Dineh Torres               28   Sally Woehrle
  278  Nancy M. Smith               275  Dick Trtek                 202  Noel Wolfman
  303  Roxanne Smith                260  Cindy Turner               320  Deborah Wood
  261  Scott Smith                  372  R. Laurraine Tutihasi      101  Richard Wright
  15   Sean Smith                   371  Helen Umbarger             55   Paul Wrigley
  196  Terri Smith                  274  Anna Vargo                 100  YaLeah
  14   Vicki Smith                  154  Tom Veal                   13   Ben Yalow
  323  Tony Sommers                 81   Robert Verde               41   Cheryl Lynn York
  337  Scott Soule                  127  Michael Vilain             291  William O. Younkin
  71   Carol Springs                G1   Vernor Vinge               79   Kate Yule
  35   Mark Stadler                 375  Deeann Viramontes          273  Sue Yule
  20   Kevin Standlee               49   Bryce Walden               281  Joyce Zimmerschied
  359  Marcia Starke                255  Wayne E. Wallace           168  Ron Zoeller
  368  Mike Starke                  162  Michael Wallis             169  Sherry Zoeller
  248  Tom Stern                    245  Thom Walls
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