Cinvention, the 1949 Worldcon, was held September 3–5 at the Hotel Metropole in Cincinnati, Ohio, with GoH Lloyd A. Eshbach and FGoH Ted Carnell. Carnell was also toastmaster with the title "Entertainment Master of Ceremonies". He was brought to North America by the Big Pond Fund. Alley Oop creator V. T. Hamlin was a special guest.
Attendance: about 190. It was a CFG project.
Dave Kyle created some controversy by promoting his girlfriend, Lois Miles, to local news media as Miss Science Fiction in order to hype the con. He sprang this on the concom without warning. A group of other fans, including Nancy Moore and Jean Bogert, also posed in costume for publicity purposes.
- 11am - 1 pm -- Registration
- 1pm -- Introductions
- 7 pm - Jack Williamson, Theodore Sturgeon, E. E. Smith
- 10:30am -- N3F, Dale Tarr, president
- 1pm -- Cincinnati Fantasy Group
- Fan Auction
- 1pm -- Business Session
- Fritz Leiber, Report from the Publishers
- 7pm -- Banquet
From the Cinvention letterhead:
- Chairman: Charles R. Tanner
- Secretary: Darrell C. Richardson
- Treasurer and Recording Secretary: Donald E. Ford
The 1950 Worldcon Site Selection was held there.
- Cinvention publications
- Membership list
- Program Book
- The Cinvention Daily (unofficial)
- The Cincy Report
- Lloyd Eshbach's Cinvention Reminiscence
- Cinvention Account by Fred Patten (from 1976)
- , Stan Skirvin's memoir of the Cinvention, from
- Don Ford: “Post Mortem”
- Roy Lavender: “The Cinvention Scene Dimly”
- Rog Phillips: Comments on Sinvention
- “Vas Ve Effer in Cincinnati?” by Art Rapp, Spacewarp 30, p. 4
|From Fancyclopedia 2 ca 1959|
|from Convention CinVention under Cincinnati Fantasy Group sponsorship was prefaced by the Second Tucker Death Hoax. Guests of honor were selected from both pros (Lloyd Arthur Eshbach) and fans (Ted Carnell, who had been brought over by the Big Pond Fund). A group of attendees appeared on TV to plug the con, Kyle arranged for a model to come from New York to pose for cheesecake photos of "Miss Science Fiction", pro guests included the author of scientificomic "Alley Oop", and Dave MacInnes recorded all on wire. 200 attendees met at the Metropole under Don Ford's chairmanship. The Cincy boys made a tidy profit to pass on to the next year's con. Parenthetically, Redd Boggs puzzled some fans no end by titling his comments on the con, "The Fantasy Boys Over the Rhine"; It turned out that "Over the Rhine in '49" was a World War II slogan used by those who thot the conflict would end in this year.|
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