After the Sheraton Park was demolished, Disclave had to go somewhere, but that turned out to be the ironically named Hospitality House in Crystal City, VA. (Fans called the hotel "Hostility House".) The hotel was so rude and uncooperative that it almost undermined Chairman Tom Schaad excellent management of the con. He got stuck with the hotel, but by ingenious planning made it work a lot better than it should have.
SWAT Team Affair
Joe Mayhew described this: "For me the highlight of the con happened while I was auctioning. The room was a ground level exhibition area with two vast doors in its back. While Jack Chalker had his back turned, sipping coffee, the doors opened and a SWAT team with loaded machine guns barged in. Someone had been seen on a balcony of the hotel with what looked like a gun. It was a very security minded area. We don't know how many attended with or without the G-Men."
Nothing bad happened that day, but responsible conrunners shuddered collectively and wondered what might have happened if some jerk with a toy gun had pulled it suddenly on one of the members of the SWAT team. This provided part of the impetus towards tightening convention weapons policies.
Among other things, con supplies were stored in a locked hotel closet. The only employee with a key left for the weekend and the hotel refused to call him back to open it.
A number of fans who had guaranteed their room reservations with American Express cards and were refused accommodations. They complained to Amex, which found them rooms elsewhere. On Tuesday, Amex representatives came and scraped all their stickers off the hotel.
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