They were there at the beginning of the Society for Creative Anachronism, and helped bring the arts to sf cons: John and Bjo Trimble are our just-added Special Costume Guests! We are really happy they’ll be with us in Sacramento.
Bjo introduced art shows to science fiction conventions, and put on some of the earliest costume shows, which evolved into today’s masquerades. She and John were key players in Star Trek fandom, helping keep the original series on the air when it was first under threat of cancellation. They have been active in fandom ever since.
Plus, they’re just nice folks! Be sure to say “welcome!”.
Check out our Sponsors page for the opportunity to support their attendance, and other worthy causes as well.
The submission deadline for manuscripts for the Westercon 66 Speculative Fiction Writers Workshop has been extended to May 28, 2013. Visit the workshop pageÂ for more details.
Cellist-singer-songwriter Unwoman will be gracing us with a teatime performance in the atrium/solarium space in the hotel. Unwoman’s songs, with their powerful lyrics and electronic beats under classic cello, will captivate you.
Unwoman is San Francisco based. With timeless songs about love gone wrong and classic covers, Unwoman has been a featured favorite at major steampunk, goth, and sci-fi-related events all over North America. In addition to solo work, Unwoman has performed with Amanda Palmer, Voltaire, Abney Park, Rasputina, and Vernian Process.
Visit her website to take a listen!
Look to the atrium/solarium for musical happenings throughout Friday!
Long an avid reader, EileenÂ Tuuri started in fandom with Star Wars, and with the Santa Barbara Science Fiction Alliance in the 1980′s. She was always enthusiastic, and one of the most productive people I have ever known, creating costumes, knitwear, dollhouse furniture and so much more, which the rest of the gang could only be in awe of. Professionally, Eileen worked in marketing, with employers ranging from Dolby to Habitat for Humanity. She was also very involved with online political communities. Eileen help-
ed me transition to technical writing, joining her in a silicon valley company. She was a good friend.
Eileen recently returned to fandom, in Arizona. She had moved back there from Canada, staying with her sister Celia for some months before getting her own place. Eileen quickly got involved in a local Arizona convention, and wanted to do more.
When I needed a new progress report editor, I thought of Eileen; I knew from personal experience she was a fine writer and knew layout, and of course it would be fun to work with her. She jumped right in and got a splendid issue out in timely fashion.
Her accidental untimely demise on April 30th has come as quite a shock.
Eileen, thank you for everything you shared. You will be missed.
- written by Lance Moore, Marcom & Publications
PO Box 61363, Sunnyvale CA 94088-1363 USA
For immediate release: Thursday, 25 APR 2013
WESTERCON 66 SITE SELECTION BALLOT NOW AVAILABLE
The deadline for bids to be listed on the Westercon site selection ballot has passed. Â San Diego in 2015 will be the only bid listed on this yearâ€™s ballot.
You must be a supporting or attending member of Westercon 66 to vote; you may join when you vote. Obtain a ballot at: http://www.westercon66.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/SiteSelectionBallot_W66.final_.pdfÂ .
Mail-in ballots must be received by June 20th. Onsite voting takes place at Westercon 66, July 4th-5th (the convention runs 4th-7th), at the Hilton Arden West in Sacramento, CA. The hours for Site Selection will be:
- Thursday: Â Â Â Â Â 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm PT
- Friday: Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 10:00 am to 7:00 pm PT
Westercon sites are selected two years in advance by a vote of the members of the current Westercon. Sites in western North America (and Hawaii) are eligible, subject to the provisions of the Westercon Bylaws.
Find more information about Site Selection at: http://www.westercon66.org/westercon-business/site-selection-and-bidding/.
The current Westercon bylaws are available at: http://www.westercon66.org/westercon-business/westercon-bylaws/.
Site Selection Administrator
We are super pleased to announce that David Gerrold, Hugo and Nebula award winning writer (and author of the beloved Star Trek – The Original Series Tribbles episodes), will be our Toastmaster!
David is funny and personable and will know how to
stretch keep the audience eager for the next event. You can visit his blog here, and see him live in July at Westercon 66! Check out the Guests of Honor page for more information.
Our next committee meeting will be on Sunday, April 14, at the Hilton Arden West.
The exact time is still being set. The meeting will start at 11:00 AM.
This will be a working meeting, with a short general session and then breaking out into departments. Â It is open to the public; people interested in joining to help with the convention are encouraged to attend as well.
Our art show information and rules are now available on the Art Show Page!
Due to the efforts of some of our best agents, information continues to flow. Make sure to read Progress Report #3 while the news is hot!
One of the reasons we are bidding to host Westercon in 2015 is that it will be the 100th anniversary of the Panama-California Exposition, which was held in San Diego’s Balboa Park.
Balboa Park, in conjunction with History Pin, has put up an interactive map of Balboa Park with historical photos, including several of buildings built for the 1915 exposition. Â Mor information on this can be found at http://www.balboapark.org/historypin.