Ditto 14, combined with FanHistoriCon 11, was held October 12–14, 2001 at Jumer's Chateau in Bloomington, IL, a location selected for its proximity to Bob Tucker's home to enable his attendance. It was organized by Dick and Leah Smith with Tucker, his wife, Fern and Henry and Letha Welch.
First Fandom was also represented by Forrest Ackerman, who nearly didn't make it because his travel agent had erroneously booked his flight to Bloomington, Indiana, rather than Bloomington, IL. Fortunately, the Smiths discovered the error in time to make arrangements for Forry to fly to Chicago, where Tom Veal made sure he made connections to get to Bloomington, IL.
Neil Rest also had trouble with transportation to the con, which was held amid the heightened security in the aftermath of 9/11, when trains and bus companies suddenly began demanding photo IDs. A nondriver, Neil had no such identification. Ultimately, the Smiths found Neil a college shuttle service from O'Hare Airport that didn't require it and he got a ride home with Steven H Silver.
Post-9/11 travel issues affected several other fans, most notably the white-bearded Art Widner, who arrived harried and indignant after airport personnel, mistaking him for an ayatollah, subjected him to an undignified search.
Having Tucker, Speer, Ackerman and Widner all together made the con very special. Leah Smith took advantage of it by asking these four founders of fandom just who it was who stuck the microcosm with that name and dubbed its members with the troublesome title fans. None of them knew, so it seems no one ever will.
Nicki Lynch and Bob Tucker taken at the 2001 Ditto/FanHistoriCon
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