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