Convention Commitee Bios for Westercon 72 (and NASFiC should we win)

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Kate Hatcher (Isn't brought in last minute yay!) is a writer, disability advocate, RPG fan, customer service guru, voracious reader, world-builder and stay-at-home mother of an autistic giggle factory named Ireland. She majored in music theory and history at college and carries experience with lifestyle differences. 

Her first RPG character in the ’80s kicked a bad guy where it counts. After rolling 4 (D-6) and re-rolling successes, the table group groaned, protected their characters’ anatomies and pushed her to run online tabletop games. She met her husband Ben as her vampire erased his character’s memory and they stuck like fan-glue for the last fourteen years. Kate is often pulled into conventions last minute to help, which earned her the nickname of ‘Igor’. Certified to run the floor of a hospital, she volunteered with Westercon 67LTUE (Life, the Universe and Everything), Salt Lake Comic Con and is currently helping Westercon 70 . and Worldcon 76



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Dave Doering is a life-long fan, even though he didn't discover fandom until he attended Brigham Young University. There he founded the student SF/F journal The Leading Edge, one of the oldest such continuously published in the country. He also founded Life, the Universe, and Everything, the annual writer/creator con held in Provo with over 1600 attending. He was chair of Costume Con 23 and Westercon 67 as well as served on staff for Conduit, Norwescon, and Sasquan..



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best teachers ever photo u1Taught to read by his oldest sister who read him Star Trek novels, Ben is an avowed fan of both Science Fiction and Fantasy. His first convention was the only visit of Doctor Who to South Carolina in the mid-eighties.  Later on, he attended and supported Gen Con, Origins, and the Star Wars 30th Anniversary Convention in Los Angeles, followed by two separate LTUE's and Westercon 67. Ben is also a long term online player of White Wolf's World of Darkness role-playing games, and online GM.   

He stays current with computer hardware, time permitting, and still has written permission from BBC to build his very own TARDIS computer. Ben is also a retired medieval weapon smith and armorer who swears his most popular selling item was the Klingon Bat'leth. Currently he works on his fan fiction writing as well doing research for an original novel.


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Godfather to the Ireland giggle factory, Wolfsinger’s main goals include keeping Kate’s websites from imploding when she screws them up in the name of learning, and eating steak dinners for life. Working on his Bachelors in IT, he has an AA in computer science and multiple certifications. He has worked in the tech industry for over 25 years, and currently is a software engineer at ProShip.

Wolfsinger has enjoyed being a part of furry fandom since his teens. He has attended Midwest Furfest, Anthrocon, Gencon, Rainfurrest, Steamposium, and Fursquared. One of his goals is to get Westercon to Wisconsin so he doesn't have to help with Dave Doering and Kate Hatcher's conventions when they are all in Utah.



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 (Elizabeth has not graced us with a bio yet)





Charles Galway - (ConCom)

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 Charles delved into fandom in the 1970’s with Utah’s first Star Trek and Science Fiction conventions. He became involved with the next three cons (Intervention) and attended his first Westercons in 1978 & 1979. His first Worldcon was Iguanacon in 1978 in Phoenix. He has volunteered at 25 local CONduits, the joint CONduit & Westercon in 2014, and was an assistant chair for Costumecon 23 in Ogden, Utah. 

Charles worked in an engineering research lab in his spare time while getting a bio-degree and an MA in Education. He participates and works at ‘Make Salt Lake’ (a makerspace workshop) and enjoys helping bellydance shows with lighting, performing and assistant event tech. He was involved with the local Society for Creative Anachronism shire and Barony Loch Salaan.



Other Committee Members: (Who will hopefully grace us with their info soon)

Bobbi Armbruster

David Gallaher

Bruce Farr

Pam Oberg

Sean McCoy

Patty Wells

Michael Oberg

Dee Astell

Hal Astell

Rick Moen

Jayrod Garrett

Joe Monson

Jerry Gieseke

Ben Yalow

Mike Willmoth

Jessica Crichton

Michael Harmon

Jaleta Clegg

Kenway Miller

John Hertz

Randall Shepherd

Ginny Smith

Logan Kearsley



What is a Westercon?
In 1948, Walter J. “Doc” Daugherty of the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society proposed that an annual West Coast convention be started for West Coast fans who couldn’t afford to travel east each year. The first Westercon was held in September, 1948. It was a one-day event with an attendance of 77. It wasn’t until 1951 that the Westercon became a weekend-long event, settled into the July 4th holiday and began traveling to different cities. For a full history and traditions of this regional event, please visit

In the Works...

Committee Gallery
Images of our committee to show how we are tackling the job and how crazy we can be!

Which Convention is Next?

Find out where our flyers will be, tables, parties or us!
Salt Lake Comic Con

Salt Lake Comic Con Salt Lake City, Utah

Dates: September 21 - 23rd, 2017

Location: Salt Palace Convention Center

It might be hard to notice us at our table with celebrities like Dick Van Dyke, Jon Bernthal, Wil Wheaton, and Elijah Wood walking around.

Make sure to get a peek at our 2019 author GOH Jim Butcher!

Fencon 2017

Fencon 2017 Dallas, Texas

September 22 - 24th, 2017

Location: the Westin DFW in Irving. (That's at SH 114 and Ester's Road in Irving

Fencon offers to take you 'Beyond the Stars'. Because everything is bigger in Texas, we have to attack them with SMOFS and take no prisoners!

Our advisors will spread the flyers, love, and call for support from the home state of our artist GOH, Vincent Villafranca.

Snake River Comic Con

Snake River Comic Con Pocatello, ID

Dates: September 29 - October 1st, 2017

Location: Mountain View Event Center 1567 Way to Grace

Trek the three hours north of Salt Lake, to Pocatello Idaho to find a hidden mecca of fan fun with our Bid Chair, Ben Hatcher.

We will have a table in Clarion (hall or hotel tbd) near where Ben will talk about Dr. Who and Supernatural.

This is your last chance to get our membership pricing at this event, before price increases Sept. 30th.


League of Utah Writers Fall Conference Salt Lake City, Utah

October 6-7th, 2017 Please join us to hear from our special guests, Kevin J. Anderson, J.H. Moncrieff, Michelle Johnson of Inklings Literary, and Angie Hodapp of Nelson Literary Agency. More agents, professional authors, poets, editors, and publishers round out the exciting program including hands-on workshops.

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