Science Fiction Convention
Celebrating Fun, Fandom and Friendship for 35 years
October 8-10, 2010--Romulus, Michigan
ConClave Committee Biographies
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My second SF convention, and the first I worked, was ConClave in 1980. I've been involved with the ConClave ConCom every year since then, and always enjoyed myself. It was also at a ConClave that I was inducted into the Dorsai Irregulars. I have chaired both ConClave and ConFusion, worked a variety of departments, and been a FanGOH at other conventions. One way or another, Fandom has brought most of the most meaningful things I've experienced into my life, and I'm forever grateful to it. I think ConClave is one of the best science fiction conventions around. It tries to have something for everyone. I'm proud to be a part of it
I joined fandom in 1974, and took to it like a duck to water. I was inducted into the Dorsai Irregulars in 1975. I was one of the founders of ConClave thirty-one years ago, in 1976, as a club project. It has grown in fame and attendance over the years. I have chaired ConClave several different times. I have also been a department head. I have run the Dealers Room for the last 25 years. I also ran ConFusion's Dealers Room for 24 years, been a department head or deputy at other conventions, and done security with the D.I. at many conventions. I have been pleased to have been a FanGOH for 4 different conventions. ConClave is the child of my brain, augmented by a lot of thought and sweat on the part of many others over the years. It will always be special to me. Come and enjoy it.
I've been in Fandom since 1974 attending my first WorldCon. I helped organize Waldo & Magic on EMU's campus that year and helped develop ConClave from the beginning. I've had something to do with ConClave most years since then.
You usually see me in registration. I've worked security at WorldCons as well as being that pretty lady handing out the Hugos on stage. I love going to conventions all over the world. I am also very much a Trekker (although not obsessed about it).
I've been working with conventions for awhile, and I should know better, but when Evil asks for favors, like running the art show for a convention two states away, you either run the other way or say yes. Obviously living in Chicago wasn't far enough away to escape the influence. So I did the obvious and said yes.
I've worked tirelessly behind the scenes for ConClave. I ran ConSuite for a couple of years, but when the challenge was thrown out three years ago not to complain unless I could do better, I shifted my attention from ConSuite to programming. It's a lot more challenging doing three dimensional crosswords, but a lot of fun! (In a sadistic sort of way).
This will be my second year of running the 24 hour ConSuite at ConClave. Somehow, I've learned that it's difficult to say no when Patricia and Evil together say yes...I've got a lot of new things planned and a lot of old favorites will be raising their heads.
I've been involved in Fandom in varying degrees for 28 years. My first convention was ConClave 7, and I was on the committee of the second convention I attended. I have actively worked conventions from Toronto to Atlanta, from San Antonio to Baltimore, being on as many as 6 committees a year. (I've gotten better). I was inducted into the Dorsai Irregulars 20 years ago, quickly earning the moniker of Evil.
got dragged into doing these conventions because Evil made me do it. Actually, I love art, and the process of creating art; so naturally, I try to feature as much programming as possible for people who, like me, want to know how stuff is done. I am an incorrigible punster. I am not "too" difficult to ply with good drink and red-headed women (actually women of any hair color) and not necessarily in that order. I love science fiction because it allows people to think, plan and dream (and the room parties are a hoot).
Consort to Evil...no, really, he married the Co-Chair! Polymath, computer engineer, and incorrigible punster. (Please, do not incourrige.) His license to perform miracles, unfortunately, has been revoked...but he still manages to create them upon occasion. (Shhh.... don't tell ....or we'll have the Ministry of Magic involved again!) ConClave I was his second Con, and he's been at (almost) every ConClave since.
I have been going to conventions for just about all my life and when I was old enough, I began working conventions too. I have worked at several cons in various departments and been on committee in a couple of conventions as well. I graduated the University of Illinois Urbana in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. I am currently the head of Children's Programming at ConClave and I prefer Pepsi over Coke, especially Pepsi Throwback