1941 Michiconference

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Michicon 1, the 1941 Michiconference (also known as the Michigan First Annual Science Fiction and Fantasy Conference), was a convention held November 16, 1941, at the Otsego Hotel in Jackson, MI. John Millard was chairman.

Cover art donated by Ziff Davis brought in $3 to $5 at an auction. The convention was remembered for a bed collapsing from too many fans on it — possibly the first, but far from the only time this happened in fanhistory.

One of the great fears expressed at time time was that the prozines might all go extinct — which seemed to be a real possibility. Later, the group went to the home of E. E. Smith for a bull session.

The Mid-West Fantasy Fan Federation was organized there, with directors from each of the states represented.

Among the attendees were Al and Abby Lu Ashley, C. L. Barrett, Alan and Kay Becker, Lynn Bridges, Claude Degler, E. E. Evans, Jack Hessmer, Morrie Jenkinson, Erle Korshak, Dick Kuhn, Walt Liebscher, Leonard Marlowe, Mark Reinsberg, Doc and Jeannie Smith, Alan Stanley, Dorothy and Tommy Tomkins, Al and Verna Smith Trestrail, Bob and Jane Tucker and Jack Wiedenbeck. Plus Smokey the cat.

Tucker ran his conreport in LeZombie 44 (November–December 1941, p. 3), with a cover photo, and additional photos on the cover of Le Zombie 48.


1941 Michiconference in session, listed in vertical columns from front to rear.
A: Walt Liebscher (in black bow-tie) and behind him, Kay Becker.
B: Jane Tucker (plaid jacket), Verna Smith Trestrail, Doc Smith, Abby Lu Ashley, and Erle Korshak “imitating a Michigan moose” in back.
C: E. E. Evans (wearing badge), Al Trestrail, Alan Becker, Jack Wiedenbeck and Mark Reinsberg.
D: John Millard and, far rear, Leonard Marlowe.
E: Al Ashley, Dick Kuhn, Lynn Bridges, Morrie Jenkinson and Claude Degler.

Photo from the cover of LeZombie 44 (December 1941).

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