Chicon IV

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The 40th Worldcon and the fourth in Chicago, Chicon IV was held September 2–6, 1982, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. GoHs: A. Bertram Chandler, Frank Kelly Freas and FGoH: Lee Hoffman.

Marta Randall was Toastmaster. It was sponsored by ISFIC and chaired by Ross Pavlac and Larry Propp.

The convention was famously bureaucratic, and many felt that it represented the apotheosis of the Columbus Cavalry. It was also noted for having something like 8 color gradations in its badges, providing a set of fine ranks from the bottom (attendee: black) to the top (senior committee: white). (Elliot Shorter commented on this!) Red, green, blue, and yellow -- at least -- were in between. It was also a bit famous for its lines: First for Registration, then to pick up a Masquerade ticket, and then again at the Masquerade to use the ticket.

No wonder Bill Higginscatchphrase, “Hog Butcher for the Worldcon,” caught on!

The convention newsletter was The Daley Planet edited by Mike Glyer.

Scientology was busy: There was a large mock-up of L. Ron Hubbard’s Battlefield:Earth on the stage as well as a billboard advertising it on the main road from the airport to the convention site. The publishers’ hired buff actors to portray characters in the Masquerade.

Chicago in 1982 defeated the Detroit in '82 Worldcon bid in 1982 Worldcon Site Selection. Chicon IV hosted the 1984 Worldcon Site Selection and 1982 Hugos.

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