Westercon 72's Fan Guests of Honor - Kevin Standlee, Lisa Hayes & Kuma Bear

 

 

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Kevin Standlee is one of SF Fandom’s compulsive organizers. His first SF convention was the 1984 Anaheim Worldcon. He first attended Westercon in 1985 and almost immediately caught the bug for bidding and helping run conventions, clubs, and other fannish activities.
     He was involved in the San Francisco in 1993 Worldcon bid, and met his future wife, Lisa, while putting up flyers for an SF in ’93 bid party at the 1990 Westercon in Portland. Kevin later went on to co-Chair the 2002 Worldcon in San Jose.
     Kevin is a director of SFSFC, Inc. (1993, 2002, and 2018 Worldcons, 2000, 2011, and 2013 Westercons) and of CanSMOF (2009 Worldcon), and he is currently Chair of the WSFS Mark Protection Committee. Kevin is an expert on the rules of Worldcon and Westercon.
     His other hobbies include trains and rail transit. In recent years, he has hosted the SF-themed game show Match Game SF, with Lisa making the magic happen while he serves as 'straight' man.
 
Lisa Hayes first attended Westercon in 1990 as part of a local Portland fan group. There she met Kevin under amusing circumstances (ask her to tell you the story). While they were planning their wedding at Eclecticon in Sacramento, they were stymied when the convention suddenly folded. Lisa stepped in to chair on short notice a small one-day substitute convention called Micro-Eclecticon. She has organized parties at and for Westercon and Worldcon at many conventions.
    Lisa shares Kevin’s love of trains and rail transit, so she and Kevin married on board a Portland Vintage Trolley somewhere along Portland’s light rail system. Lisa’s hobbies include video production. She has acquired extensive profession recording equipment, which she uses to record the Worldcon and Westercon Business Meetings and other fannish events. She makes Kevin sound good while running the tech at Match Game SF.
 
Kuma Bear found Lisa in 1990 while Lisa was working as a “booth babe” at an amateur radio convention. He has been Lisa’s constant companion ever since, traveling around the world but also to the grocery store with her. Kuma chaired the Tonopah in 2012 Westercon bid, and still doesn’t understand why Kevin was so relieved that Seattle won the election.
     Kuma’s hobbies include sleeping, thinking about fish, and helping at fannish events. He’s a good bear.
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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 Westercon.org

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!
Orycon 39

Orycon 39 Portland, Oregon

Dates: November 17 - 19th, 2017

Location: The Red Lion Hotel - Jantzen Beach

Our Programming Dept. Head - Elizabeth Vann-Clark hopes to say hello, dazzle you with everything we have planned and ply you with ribbons or artwork. Be sure to catch a peek at our tshirts and facility brochures.

Orycon 39

Loscon 44

Loscon 44 2017 Los Angeles, CA

November 24 - 26th, 2017

Location: Marriott Los Angeles Airport Hotel

In support of Loscon, and the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society who holds the service mark for Westercon, we sent a team of expert infiltrators to inform you all about our convention and pass out flyers, ribbons, and data to make your membership getting convenient. If you are a member stop by for a ribbon while they last!

Loscon 44

Midwest Fur Fest

Midwest Fur Fest Rosemont, Il

Dates: November 30th - December 3rd, 2017

Location: Hyatt Regency OHare

Our super sneaky tech guru, Wolfsinger, is going to pass out flyers to show we are interested in all types of fandom everywhere across North America and beyond.

Midwest Fur Fest

Smofcon 35

Smofcon 35 - Boston Boston, MA

December 1 - 3rd, 2017

Location: Back Bay Hilton, Boston

It's official, our Convention Chair - Kate Hatcher is hopping a plane with her 'run you over' wheelchair. She hopes to ply the experienced movers and shakers of con running with drinks, charm, information, ribbons, shirts, and promise of excitement. To do this Kate will even brave the Fannish Inquisition while promising not to worry.... I mean they are only people who have been running worldcons for a long....long...time.... lol

Smofcon 35