The 1963 Open ESFA, the seventeenth, was held in Newark, NJ on March 3, 1963. The GoH was John W. Campbell and celebrated his 25th anniversary as editor of Astounding. Other speakers included Willy Ley, Isaac Asimov and Lester del Rey. During the program, Asimov credited Campbell for formulating the Three Laws of Robotics, and for suggesting "Nightfall" and the Foundation Series. Campbell, in response, said he got the idea for "Nightfall" from Ralph Waldo Emerson.
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