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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 Petty, 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 Program[edit]

The Tricon Program was a single track held in a single room.

Program Gold Room
Registration Mezzanine Floor
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"
4pm Auction
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
3pm Auction
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
8pm Costume Party
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
2pm Auction
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
4pm Auction
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

“A Galaxy of Fashion” Show:

Loncon 2 Worldcon - Bidding - Hugos Nycon 3
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