Tricon, the 24th Worldcon, the third and last in Ohio, was held September 1–5, 1966, at the Sheraton-Cleveland. GoH: L. Sprague de Camp. Isaac Asimov was Toastmaster. Co-Chairmen: Ben Jason, Howard DeVore, and Lou Tabakow. Officially jointly hosted by Cleveland, Detroit, and Cincinnati (hence "Tricon").
Cleveland in '66 beat an out-of-rotation Syracuse in '66 bid. See 1966 Worldcon Site Selection.
Among its events was a sneak peak at an upcoming TV show, Star Trek. Based on its scanty mention in con reports, the screening didn’t have a big impact on attendees, but it didn’t occur till 7 p.m. on Monday.
Bjo Trimble and Fritz Leiber (represented in absentia by John Trimble) were made Knights of St. Fantony in a full-dress ceremony on Friday night.
On Sunday, "A Galaxy of Fashion," a fashion show sponsored by Galaxy magazine, featured Karen Anderson, Jean Berman, Judy Blish, Marsha Brown, Julie Jardine, Barbi Johnson, Sheila Kamper, Lois Lavender, Peggy Rae Pavlat, Barbara Silverberg, Maggie Thompson, Robin White and Betsy Wollheim modeling futuristicostumes, according to the program book. (Other participants, photographed by Jay Kay Klein, were Sherry Jackson, Ruth Kyle, Carol Pohl and Mary Young.)
It was directed by Luise Petti, with Bjo Trimble as a consultant who suggested designs and helped those making their own costumes. Elizabeth Pickering, a Star Trek model, brought to the con by Gene Roddenberry to promote the premiere, also appeared, as well as helping out backstage.
The 1966 Hugos and 1967 Worldcon Site Selection were held, with Nycon 3 the winning bidder.
- Tricon publications and photos on fanac.org.
- Fred Pohl's Tricon Reminiscence.
- Cory Seidman (Panshin)'s Tricon Reminiscence.
- Con report by Pat & Dick Lupoff in Horrib 4.
- Photos by Jay Kay Klein.
The Tricon Program was a single track held in a single room.
|Project Art Show||Whitehall Room|
|N3F Hospitality Room||Director's Room|
|Magazine & Book Displays||Whitehall and Circus Bar Room|
|Thursday, September 1|
|6pm||Registration for early arrivals (Mezzanine Floor)|
|8pm||Warm-Up Party for early arrivals (Consuite)|
|Friday, September 2|
|1pm||Brief Welcome Speech by Chairman, Ben Jason|
|Announcements by Associate Chairmen Howard DeVore and Lou Tabakow|
|Introduction of GoH L. Sprague de Camp|
|Introduction of TAFF Guest, Tom Schluck|
|Introduction of notables by Fred Pohl and Howard DeVore|
|3pm||Harlan Ellison -- Talk: "Dangerous Visions"|
|5pm||Comic art panel: Don & Maggie Thompson, Bill Thailing, Ted White, Dick Lupoff and Larry Ivie|
|7pm||Dave Kyle: Report on BSFA & British Conventions|
|Tom Schluck: Report on German Fandom & Conventions|
|8pm||Room will be cleared for rehearsal by Order of St. Fantony|
|9pm||Initiation into the Order of St. Fantony|
|11pm||BEER PARTY sponsored by Syracuse in '67 and Boston in '67|
|Saturday, September 3|
|1pm||Panel: "How Not to Write Science Fiction" -- Roger Zelazny, James Blish, Hal Clement, Randall Garrett, Norman Spinrad and Dannie Plachta|
|4pm||Panel: Shall Special Fandoms Secede from SF Fandom?" -- Dick Lupoff, Vernell Coriell, Jack Chalker, Dave Van Arnam, Bruce Pelz, Hal Lynch, Don Thompson, Bill Obbagy, George Heap|
|11pm||BEER PARTY sponsored by New York in 1967|
|Sunday, September 4|
|11 am||Panel: "Religion in Science Fiction" -- Dannie Plachta, Dean McLaughlin, Roger Zelazny, Norman Spinrad|
|1pm||Fun and Joke Session -- Harlan Ellison vs. Isaac Asimov|
|3pm||Room will be cleared for "A Galaxy of Fashion" rehearsal|
|4pm||"A Galaxy of Fashion" -- A Fashion Show sponsored by Galaxy Magazine. Director: Luise Petti, Fashion Show Consultant: Bjo Trimble. Models: Barbara Silverberg, Marsha Brown, Sheila Kamper, Karen Anderson, Lois Lavender, Judy Blish, Jean Berman, Julie Jardine, Betsy Wollheim, Maggie Thompson, Robin White, Barbi Johnson, Peggy Rae Pavlat|
|7pm||ANNUAL HUGO AWARDS BANQUET -- L. Sprague de Camp GoH. Toastmaster: Isaac Asimov|
|11pm||BEER PARTY sponsored by Baltimore in '67|
|Monday, September 5|
|1pm||Business Meeting and Voting for 1967 Convention Site|
|3pm||Panel: "Critics & Criticism of Science Fiction -- Have They Done the Field More Harm Than Good?" Moderated by Larry Shaw. Panelists: William Atheling, Jr., Robert Coulson, John Brunner, Ed Wood and Paul Fairman|
|7pm||FILM: Sneak preview of new science fiction television series, "Star Trek", which will make its appearance this Fall. Mr. Gene Roddenberry, producer of Star Trek, will be on hand to talk about this series and to answer questions.|
|9pm||"Interference on My Wavelength" -- Talk by John Brunner|
|11pm||FAREWELL PARTY -- Tricon Convention Suite -- for the diehards and late hangers-on|
|Loncon 2||Worldcon - Bidding - Hugos||Nycon 3|
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