(Did you mean the Australian NatCon?)
A Worldcon in O/r/l/a/n/d/o/ Miami
SunCon was bid by "7 in '77", a group of well-known con-runners who promised that if they won they would then select an ideal site. It won against four other active bidders -- see 1977 Worldcon Site Selection for details.
The 7 in '77 committee selected a hotel in Orlando, Florida, which subsequently went bankrupt. On the grounds that the bankrupt hotel would not honor the contract, SunCon subsequently moved to a classic hotel in Miami Beach, the Fountainbleu -- which then also went bankrupt. This didn't help a committee which was also suffering from exceptionally bad publicity -- Locus was positively sarcastic in its reporting of Lundry's lack of forthright responses to questions.
The 7 in '77 proved unable to work effectively together and one after another the members resigned or were pushed out, ultimately leaving Lundry alone and a convention with a bad reputation. See the Stuncon membership card for an amusing take on this.
Not all of the convention's problems were the committee's fault. To date, SunCon is the only Worldcon where it has rained in the art show (which probably helped to explain the mildew on the walls). (A tropical storm passed over Miami during the con. While not terribly windy, it released deluges of rain which, among other things, helped to locate many leaks in the somewhat decrepit hotel's structure.) It was also the subject of an unsuccessful SunCon Boycott proposed by Marion Zimmer Bradley.
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Also involved: - 1977 Best Dramatic Presentation Hugo - 1977 Best Fan Artist Hugo - 1977 Best Fan Writer Hugo - 1977 Best Fanzine Hugo - 1977 Best Novel Hugo - 1977 Best Novelette Hugo - 1977 Best Novella Hugo - 1977 Best Professional Artist Hugo - 1977 Best Professional Editor Hugo - 1977 Best Short Story Hugo - 1977 Campbell Award - 1977 Worldcon - 1977-worldcon - 1979 NASFiC Site Selection - 1979 Worldcon Site Selection - 35th Worldcon - 35th-worldcon - Bob Madle - Britain in '79 - Cats - Columbus Cavalry - Convention timeline - Elliot Shorter - Freddiecon - Grace Lundry - Great Combined Milford and Clarion Decennial Jubilee, Colloquim and Beer Bash - How Louisville Changed My Life - Hugo Losers Party - IguanaCon II - Iguanacon II Reminiscence (Farber) - Janice Gelb - Joan Bledig - Jon Singer - Launchcon 5 - Lou Tabakow - Mooncon - New Orleans in '79 - New York in '77 - NorthAmericon '79 Reminiscence (Francis) - Philadelphia in 1977 - Project Art Show - Second Fandom - South Florida - Suncon - Terry Jeeves - Terry Jeeves Fan Fund - The Sunbeam - Tim Daniels - WOOF - Washington in '77 - Worldcon Bid - Worldcon Emergency Fund
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