Disclave 24

After the Sheraton Park was demolished, Disclave had to go somewhere, but that turned out to be the ironically named Hospitality House in Crystal City, VA. (Fans called the hotel "Hostility House".) Chairman Tom Schaad got stuck with the hotel, but by ingenious planning made it work a lot better than it should have. Over the usual Memorial Day weekend, 1980, Guests of Honor were Spider and Jeanne Robinson. Jack Chalker and Somtow Sucharitkul were Featured Writers and Robin Wood was Featured Artist. Joe Mayhew's play "Gossip" was put on as part of Friday night programming. The hotel was so rude and uncooperative that it almost undermined Tom's excellent management of the con.

Joe Mayhew writes: "For me the highlight of the con happened while I was auctioning. The room was a ground level exhibition aria with two vast doors in its back. While Jack Chalker had his back turned, sipping coffee, the doors opened and a SWAT team with loaded machine guns barged in. Someone had been seen on a balcony of the hotel with what looked like a gun. It was a very security minded area. We don't know how many attended with or without the G-Men."

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