Atlanta in '86
As of early 1982, Atlanta in '86 (I) was co-chaired by Penny Frierson and Randy Satterfield and included Cliff Biggers, Charlotte Proctor, and Ward Batty and was endorsed by the largest local club, ASFiC. It was bidding the Atlanta Hilton, the Regency Hyatt, and the Marriott Marquis. It was sponsored by Worldcon Atlanta, Inc.
A second, schismatic bid, Atlanta in '86 (II) was formed by Michael Smith, Joe Celko and Gail Higgins with Celko taking the lead. They wanted to use the Regency Hyatt, Peachtree Plaza, the Merchandise Mart and the Apparel Mart.
There was the usual variety of reasons given for the split, including a simple disagreement on venue as well as the predictable personality and power issues. There was also controversy over the who controlled Worldcon Atlanta, Inc.
Atlanta (I) was unquestionably the powerhouse with considerable experience in all area of fandom, while Atlanta (II)'s committee had virtually no con-running experience. As would be expected, people switched allegiances and some avoided getting drawn in. See File 770 #31 p1 , File 770 #33 p1 p2, and File 770 #41 p17 for more details.
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