Chicon II

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The 1952 Worldcon and second in Chicago was held at the Hotel Morrison in Chicago, Ill. from August 30-September 1. GoH: Hugo Gernsback. Chaired by Julian C. May. The committee attempted to call the convention the TASFIC (for "Tenth Annual Science FICtion") but this was ignored by fandom.

The convention was run by a "Committee of Seven", consisting of Julian May, Mark Reinsberg, Erle Korshak, William Lawrence Hamling, Ted Dikty, Oliver Saari and Bea Mahaffey. It was criticized for being largely a committee of professionals and there were concerns that the pros had taken over Worldcon. Julian May was the first female chairman of a Worldcon and took four months off work to focus on it.

Other notable points: There was significant criticism of registration which apparently took several hours. GoH Hugo Gernsback received long ovations before and after his GoH speech. The third night featured fans and pros performing music, skits plays and other entertainment.

TASFIC Program

Erle Korshak has questioned the attendance figure of 870 attending members. His recollection is that 1,350 members were present, a figure that would not be equaled or surpassed until the 1970s. In a contemporary report by Sam Moskowitz in Fantasy Times, (V7 #17, First September 1952), Moskowitz estimates that "over 1,000 [pre-]registered, 1,050 attended, and over 1,500 members had been enrolled." Harry Warner reports in A Wealth of Fable that registration approached 900 and an estimated 175 persons crashed the gates. (Regardless, this was by far the largest convention to date even without the numerous ghosts.)

Fanac convention publications (IA)

From Fancyclopedia 2 ca 1959
(listed under TASFIC in Fancy 2)

The ChiCon II (1952). The committee wanted to call it this -- initialese from Tenth Annual Science Fiction International Convention -- but fen wouldn't have it, since the tradition of naming the con for the town was strong; and anyway, the Worldcon notion began with the NYCon I in 1939, not in 1942 when the planned Pacificon was canceled, so "Tenth Annual" was incorrect.

Nolacon I Worldcon Bidding,  Hugos 11th Worldcon
Files Search: Fanac, Fan, Pro, SFE, Wikipedia, Reasonator 1952

Also involved: Dave Kyle's Chicon IV Reminiscence - Cleveland in 1953 - Dave Kyle's Chicon 3 Reminiscence - Detroit in '53 - Dick Spelman - Donald Susan - Eva Firestone - Fannish Play - Frances Hamling - Irish Fandom - Niagara Falls in '53 - Numerical Fandoms - Philadelphia, PA - Philcon II - Queens SFL in '53 - San Francisco in '54 - Science Fantasy Writers of America - Dave Kyle's St. Louiscon Reminiscence - TAFF - WAW With the Crew in '52 - William L. Hamling - Willis Discovers America
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