MidAmeriCon

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(Did you mean Big Mac the fanzine?)


Carol Resnick as “Haunte” at MidAmeriCon.


MidAmeriCon, the 1976 Worldcon (often called Big Mac) was held September 2-6 in the Radisson Muehlebach Hotel and Phillips House in Kansas City, MO. GoH: Robert A. Heinlein, FGoH: George Barr. Wilson Tucker was Toastmaster. Chaired by Ken Keller.

Joni Stopa ran the highly lauded masquerade, the judges included Sally Rand, and Patia von Sternberg did a strip tease while they deliberated.

1976 Hugos, 1978 Worldcon Site Selection.

Fred Pohl's MidAmeriCon Reminiscence.

Karass #24 for September, 1976 has an interesting and extensive con report which was continued in #25/26 in November.

Competition: KC in '76, Columbus in 1976, Highmore in '76. See 1976 Worldcon Site Selection.

MidAmeriCon was very worried about the increase in convention sizes in the ’70s and took drastic steps to control membership by significantly raising the price of an attending membership which started at less than $6 and ramped up to an unheard of $50 at the door, as well as limiting programming about fringe fandoms and using hospital bracelets to back up name badges as proof of membership to control ghosting.

The newsletter was called the Bullsheet, available here. A significant portion of the convention was video recorded by KMAC, organized by Scott Imes.

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MidAmeriCon members toss Chairman Ken Keller into the hotel pool at the con's end. (Photo by Bob Webber.)



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