A small group of experienced conrunners in the late 1970s and early ’80s centered around Columbus and Chicago who specialized in saving failing conventions. Members included Ross Pavlac (who initially named it the Columbus Light Cavalry), Bob Hillis, and Larry Smith.
They were a competent lot who did much good for conventions (including MidAmeriCon and SunCon), but came under considerable criticism for their love of bureaucracy and their tendency to prefer resolving a crisis to preventing it. They formed the leadership of Chicon IV, a famously bureaucratic convention, and their star went into somewhat of an eclipse afterwards, especially when their efforts to “save” Nolacon II were seen as making the con worse than it might have been without them, in part because of expensive perks they gave themselves.
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