Pittsburgh in '60

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A bid to hold the 1960 Worldcon in Pittsburgh, PA. This bid was selected at Detention (see 1960 Worldcon Site Selection for details) and went on to run Pittcon. It was sponsored by the PSFA.

The committee included Dirce Archer, F. C. MacKnight, P. Schuyler Miller, Jack Price, Beatrice Taylor and the Board of Directors of the PSFA.

Archer was a determined bidder, according to Ted White, as quoted in Partners in Wonder: Women and the Birth of Science Fiction, 1926–1965 (Lexington Books, 2005):

A number of prominent people in the field, like P. Schuyler Miller (who also lived in Pittsburgh), strove in her behalf. The bid mounted for Pittsburgh in 1959 was a steamroller of BNFs, which included fake bids by fans in other cities placed so that they could strategically withdraw β€˜in favor of Pittsburgh,’ as well as bid parties fueled by the Pittsburgh hotel where the convention would be held.”

Its competition was DC in 1960, Chicago in '60, and Philadelphia in 1960.

Their ad from the Detention PR 1:

Their ad from Detention PR 2:

Their ad from Detention PR 4:


1960 Site Selection Files Search: Fanac, Fan, Pro, SFE, Wikipedia, Reasonator 1960

Also involved: - Dirce S. Archer - Pittsburgh-in-60 - Worldcon Bid

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