Solacon

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The 1958 Worldcon, second in LA, Solacon was held August 29–September 1 in the Alexandria Hotel at South Gate, CA. The GoH was Richard Matheson, and it had no Fan GoH. Solacon was combined with Westercon being also Westercon 11, sharing Guests of Honor and Chairmen. Solacon was physically in Los Angeles, but (by mayoral proclamation) technically in South Gate, California, to fulfill their bid slogan of "South Gate in 58".

Anthony Boucher was Toastmaster (also also parlimentarian of the WSFS Business meeting!) Solacon was chaired by Anna S. Moffatt and sponsored by the Outlanders with "participation" by the Pacific Rocket Society and LASFS. The LASFS Fashion Show at Solacon was organized by Bjo Wells and included Honey Wood Graham and Miriam Dyches as models.

It was at Solacon that WSFS, Inc., received its deathblow from Moffatt. (See the entry WSFS, Inc. for details.)

Formed from the South Gate in '58 bid, it ran the 1959 Worldcon Site Selection.

From Fancyclopedia 2 ca 1959
from Convention SoLACon was the culmination of the longest-range campaign in fan history; it squashed the WSFS Inc, introduced the Lens to fannish fashion, saw Ron Bennett come over for TAFF, and sparked off a revival of activity in the Los Angeles area, which had been practically dead since the Insurgent War. (Cf SOUTH GATE)



Loncon I Worldcon Bidding,  Hugos Pittcon
Westercon 10 Westercon Bidding Westercon 12
Pacificon I LA Worldcons L.A.Con I
Reasonator 1958
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