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

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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!

SaltLakeComicCon.com

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.

Fencon.org

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.

SnakeRiverComicCon.com

LUW

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.

League of Utah Writers